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The Herbs/Parsley The Lion - Complete Collection [1968] [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Abbey Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016A1CEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

For the first time relive the The Herbs & The Adventures of Parsley The Lion on 1 dvd.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Neil Boyd on 12 July 2008
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I bought this from Amazon and received it on 9-Jul-2008. The version I received had no technical problems.

This complete collection of both The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley for less than £9 is excellent value and a lot less confusing to buy than the series 1 and series 2 and part-mixed series of Herbs and Parsley DVDs. To buy the two complete series collections as separate DVDs, at the current prices available on Amazon, costs over £50.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Nunn on 13 July 2010
The Herbs offers up that strange yet typically British combination of G&S and obstinate paganism (check the music and herb-lore). The style of stop frame along with the colour sensibility has clear links with the stunning work of Smallfilms, and The Herbs could easily be miscredited to Postgate. Nothing patronising here either - Bond (through the narrator) really does speak to children. There's plenty in the way of vocabulary (as with The Clangers), excellent articulation of ethical quandaries, and endless laughs along the way. I can see no reason why this show shouldn't be enjoyed by today's children, though I am sure that plenty of people like me will have a great time revisiting favourite characters - the chives spring to mind!

I suppose a comment about class relations is in order - little wonder that The Herbs' successor somewhat does away with the previous social order, although in doing so something literary seems to be lost. Still, The Adventures of Parsley is riotously funny. The magical book is a particularly inspired narrative device that I am sure would motivate children to read today as much as it encouraged us back in the pre-digital era.

In Adventures Parsley has developed the ability to speak directly to his friends (as have Dill the dog and Tarragon the dragon). Again I think something is lost - if nothing else the endless lessons in communicating confronted by children now become a string of misunderstandings instead of the previously highly entertaining but informative and reassuring stories enacted by The Herbs. Additionally, although much of the animation techniques remain identical, the setting of Adventures begins the trend towards a generic landscape of children's TV.

So I guess The Adventures of Parsley is the weaker of the two series in this collection. Still, an entirely worthwhile purchase that holds substantially more charm and imagination than any contemporary TV programme aimed at children. Definitely one to buy ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnny M on 5 Feb 2014
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You have to be a certain age to remember 'The Herbs'. It seemed to disappear at some point in the mid-70s, along with a fair number of other 'Watch with Mother' shows that illuminated my early childhood, such as 'Andy Pandy' and 'The Woodentops'; but distance hasn't diminished the charm of this series, which has retained a hold on the memory ever since. I still think of the characters whenever I see herbs lined-up on the supermarket shelf, and it's no wonder. These characters are instantly memorable and prove to be an imaginative take on a novel idea, making Basil and Rosemary slightly dim aristocrats, Bayleaf a cap-doffing 'oo-arr' gardener, Sage a grumpy owl, Parsley a less-than-ferocious lion, and Dill a manic dog with crazy hair. The series also has that same brilliant use of colour that Gordon Murray's Trumptonshire trilogy had when British TV was poised to switch from monochrome.
The fifteen-minute 'Herbs' episodes were aimed at pre-school children and have a sedate pace that is very seductive and calming in the Postgate vein, whereas the spin-off, 'The Adventures of Parsley', aired in the later, 'Magic Roundabout' five-minute slot before the news and consequently acquired a cult adult audience, with Parsley's laconic humour and various cultural references that went over my head during their original broadcast. It's great to have both in one package and this set provides 40-somethings with enchanting time-travel TV from a time when children's television had a quality threshold it rarely dipped beneath.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rhythman69uk on 3 Jun 2009
Seeing these again brought back some happy childhood memories! If you are a fan of those classic children's programmes from the 60's and 70's, such as the Clangers and The Magic Roundabout, this was my personal favourite and full of the same gentle humour and charm, which time has not changed. With around 50 episodes it is excellent value for money, well packaged and with some laugh out loud episodes and quirky stories and songs. The version I got from Amazon still has the episode, 'Miss Jessop Tidies Up' cutting short before the end, but Amazon say they're onto this now and will sort the matter out. A world away from today's children's programmes, this will stir the imagination and I can't recommend it highly enough for those with children or as a gift for someone. Seeing it was placed around #22 in the top 100, was a pleasing surprise for something originally aired so long ago. Enjoy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larson E. Whipsnade on 24 Jan 2014
I recently received (not from Amazon, but from a retailer that offers just a return and refund) one of the well-documented faulty DVDs .. so they still exist. I contacted Abbey Home Media at the only obvious address they provide, but twice received no answer. So it looks like I'm stuck with it (because it was quite cheap).

What others with the faulty disc may like to know is that the 'missing' end of the Miss Jessop episode IS on the disc - it's just not referenced from the menus. You can watch it on a computer with VLC media player (or similar - but not Windows Media Player or similar) by opening the file VTS_01_4.VOB which contains (somewhere around its middle) the whole episode. This only works because the disc appears not to be copy-protected (otherwise playing an isolated .VOB file would give a scrambled picture).

The programme itself is a delightful reminder of when children's TV was calmer and wittier (and stranger) than it generally is now. One star off for the picture quality, which I suspect is not quite as good as it could be.
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