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Watership Down: The Complete Collection [DVD]

Ian Shaw    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ian Shaw
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 936 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Collected edition of the animated series, based on the book by Richard Adams, in 14 volumes. A group of rabbits are warned in a vision that their home is going to be destroyed, and so Hazel, Fiver, Blackberry and Bigwig lead them through hardships and adventures to a new home, known as Watership Down. But even at their new home the rabbits aren't safe from danger, and find themselves struggling against humans, predators, and another warren of evil rabbits. Featuring the voices of Kate Ashfield, Richard Briers, Dawn French, Jane Horrocks, John Hurt, and Ian Shaw, amongst others.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The entire series in one box! 5 Dec 2005
We Watership Down (TV Series) fans have been praying to Frith above for the whole series to be released, however what was to come was a major shock to us all!
All 39 episodes (all 3 series) on 14 DVD's, who could have believed that it would be released as a box set.
Despite a continuity error with Episode 25 (Bigwig's Way) and it being given a different name, the rest of the series is here in the proper order.
This box set is a first since it has all 13 episodes from series 3 which has never been seen in the UK, untill now, however the animation style is different between Series 1 and 2 and Series 3, also after the first 26 episodes many of the voice actors left, meaning there is major cast changes for series 3, however some of the voice actors (Stephan Mangan, Andrew Falvey, Rob Rackstraw, David Holt, Lee Ross, Sue Elliot Nicholls and Richard Briers) remained.
The series also gets darker by series 3 but has a terrific ending (which I'll keep to myself).
Plus there is the beautiful music by British songwriter and composer Mike Batt (who did the music for The Wombles and ITV's sucsessfull animated series The Dream Stone) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is superb, with the theme 'Bright Eyes' sung by Stephen Gately from Boyzone whom also plays 'Blackavar' for 3 episodes.
Despite the story being slightily different from Richard Adam's orginial novel (with the story being totally different towards the end of the series), this is a great British animated show. Worth every penny in my opinion.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 20 Oct 2005
The main reason why I really like the box set of Watership Down is simply because it contains all 3 seasons. I never got to see season 3. My favourite episode is episode 26, 'The Homecoming', one of the rare episodes with proper fighting in it. The only problem is episode 25 should have been called 'Bigwig's Way' but in the Box Set it is called 'Dandelion's Big Story' - simply because this was going to be the original episode tale but it was changed - and it is in the wrong place. But that can easily be ignored as the story is still the same.
A must-buy product, containing the entire Watership Down TV Series. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars...BUT... 3 May 2008
By Judy G
I think little needs to be said about this series and its story. To sum it up in a few words: it's enchanting; nostalgic, with some parts of it truer to the book than the film was; clever; perfectly presented, with good voice actors; and touching, especially when Campion is introduced into the plot. The characters are all unique and, by the third series, have complex personalities and emotions, some of which can only be fully understood by an adult audience; while this series is primarily aimed at kids, the characters bring enough depth to the plot to draw in an older audience too. The story takes an entirely new turn, different to anything mentioned in the book, in the third series, but is just as clever.

While the show does have many more strengths, I feel the other reviews on this site capture them well (so read those to find out more about why you SHOULD buy this seires). I would like to identify what were, in my opinion, flaws: the changes in the third series. Had I known about these before buying the box-set, I may have been able to enjoy them a little more. So, to all potential buyers, here are the major differences to ponder over.

The story's nice, and the characters are much the same (personality wise) but the animation truly changed. Pipkin, Blackberry, Primrose, and Fiver, four of the main characters, appear to be from an older, rougher version of the show; think The Simpsons in the 1980s compared to The Simpsons now. Dandilion also lacks his black markings, making it harder to distinguish him from the minor characters, and Blackavar has either been changed to resemble Captain Broom or has been thrown out of the plot altogether, I couldn't quite figure that one out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite children's TV show 25 Sep 2007
By Toboe
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I can remember watching this series as a child and being enchanted. The whole thing was
Both fun and beautiful. Watership down the TV series had so much that the other children's
TV shows didn't. The thing that stood out the Most was that each episode built up to the next
, It wasn't picaresque which most Children's TV shows are.

I also remember being terrified!
This is one of the Darkest, spooky and tense children's shows around. Partially John Hurt's ruthless Portrayal of the evil (seriously evil but also understandable)General woundwart! (note, hurt played hazel in the film)
also Fiver's visions, Vervain's performance And the scenes with the black rabbit of inlay also provide spine tingling moments. But don't be put the show also has quite a lot of comedy,Usually from Dandelion and Hawkbit.

When I found out that the entire series was out one DVD I maid up my mind to buy it. And I was so glad I did, watership down was even better than I remembered.

Three things I love about it

1 characters, this series has some of the best characters I have ever seen Hawkbit, Fiver woundwart
Silverweed, Vervain and Campion are my favourites but there all great (yes including and especially
Hanna the mouse). I suppose all credit to the great Richard Adams

2 the score, watership down the TV series has music scores I've ever herd, up there with lord of the rings

3 the second half, half way through after the episode homecoming the show changes, the animation becomes darker, several character voices change (including Dandelion and Kehaar) and the series on the whole becomes scarier and more violent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories of my childhood
These are a fantastic set of dvds - they tell the Watership Down story very well, based on the novel, and my children aged 7 and 9 are instantly hooked. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome tv-series!
Not only does the box display some nice work of art, the DVD's are sure to entertain you for hours!
Published 9 months ago by Bart Koenen
5.0 out of 5 stars Box Set Classic
Excellent box set of Watership Down,it is a timeless classic that has all the rabbits in it.Really exciting adventures!The box has all the rabbits on it.
Published 15 months ago by Peter R. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Water ship down
Very pleased with the purchase. It came in a lovely storage box. I can keep it for many years to come.
Published 21 months ago by Maisie54
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine series for both young and old
I stumbled across this series when it first aired on TV in the early 2000's I didn't think much of the show then, but I had never read the book or seen the original movie either. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Reader Rat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
It holds a few minor errors, like the mistake with the episode-title for Bigwig's Way that is referred to as Dandelion's Big Story - also it is placed wrongly, at Volume 10 the 3rd... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by Annika
5.0 out of 5 stars watership down
well lets first point out the obvious the series was brilliant and most of all well made. well if it wasn't for my mom who is 47 i would never have gotten into the movie book and... Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wqtership Down - Box Set
I bought this box set as a Christmas present for my 3 year old daughter. We already had Volumes 1 and 2 and we enjoyed them so much we could not wait until Christmas to watch the... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by Ms. Rachel Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant.
I remember watching the series as kid and thought it was one of the most well-developed cartoons ever, along with the tremendous voice acting. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2009 by R. Preston
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