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The National Trust - National Treasures [DVD]

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Duke Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3AV76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,417 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Documentary taking the viewer on a private guided tour of selected properties. The programme charts each of their often colourful histories and reveals a selection of their art treasures - from 17th-century tapestries and Renaissance stained glass to sculptures by Henry Moore and oriental rugs.

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National Trust - National Homes

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Agglomeration 27 April 2012
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
This ten-disc set by SkyArts features documentaries on eleven National Trust properties. These are Hardwick Hall (Derbyshire); Calke Abbey (Derbyshire); The Vyne (Hampshire); Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire); Castle Drogo (Devon); Powis Castle (Powis); Willow Road (London)/The Homewood (Surrey); Ham House (Surrey); Batemans (Sussex); and Castle Ward (County Down).

As you can see, the preponderance of places chosen is in the south of England, with two in the Midlands, one in Wales, and one in Northern Ireland. I suppose the most useful is that on The Homewood; described as "the last country-house" to be built in England, this property in leafy Surrey can only be visited by booked guided tour.

In terms of period and style, we have Medieval (Powis Castle), Elizabethan (Hardwick), Jacobean (Batemans), Palladian/Gothick (Castle Ward), French Baronial (Waddesdon), right up to the Modernism of Willow Road and the Homewood. But most of the properties, of course, are rarely pure in these terms and comprise an agglomeration of features from different parts of its history.

Each episode is about an hour long and consists of a narration by Nigel Havers. He describes each property, its history, many of its interior and exterior features, and how it came to the Trust. Various talking heads - members of the donating family, Trust regional administrators, property managers, volunteers, local and art historians - provide useful additional information.

The whole series is directed by Jon Woods, so each episode tends to follow a set pattern, but that on Batemans (or Bateman's - the series cannot seem to make its mind up about the apostrophe) is really a biography on Kipling. The series is useful in providing a background to a visit, as well as often acting as a surrogate visit itself.

The whole set could quite easily have fitted onto three or four discs, for there are no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxset 30 Mar 2013
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If your, like me, a fan of old houses you cant go wrong with this boxset.
You get 10 dvd`s full of great pictures and facts.
I realy love it, exept the one about two houses from the 30`s, but thats just me, even that is perfectly filmed and told about.
If you like old houses, you need this box!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity lost 31 Oct 2013
How not to do it. Repeated use of stills, inappropriate use of classical music excerpts, again sometimes repeated ad nauseam, Nigel Havers commenting on matters of interest not, before they are dealt with visually, but after the camera has passed on. Far too many talking heads in a bore for Britain competition, far too little visual exploration in depth, far too much repetitious material. The Bateman's DVD in particular just doesn't know what it is supposed to be doing. Is it on the house or the man? It fails on the former and the NT has no authority whatever to comment on the latter. The viewer can see how large the house is from the repeated exterior shots. He actually sees about 20-25% of it - again and again, when not peering at the same b&w pics of the great man himself. Excruciatingly yawn worthy; and it could have been so good. Much the same applies to all the other titles. This whole thing needs to be re-done, with a far more professional approach. I've watched them. I will not be adding them to my collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Loved it!
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