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  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: IMPORT
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 393 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 9051596529
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 episodes

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Adie Barrett on 5 Feb. 2011
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This review is on the Dutch DVD set entitled "Wie Betaalt De Veerman?" and not the 2012 English edition by Eureka.

Watching this edition of "Who Pays The Ferryman" the serial came over as well as I remembered all those years ago. Once seen, the storyline, characterised by the Cretan culture and oozing with long-held local beliefs, understandings and the way of life - with long memories central to the plot - could easily be a once-only see but the storytelling scores the most points and makes it essential re-viewing material. No plot spoilers here though, I'm afraid.

The picture is quite and shows little in the way of compression artefacts good if a little soft and with an off-white tint here and there, with some evidence of age here and there from the tapes, all of which is expected amongst programmes of this vintage where little evidence is seen of any digital clean-up is seen. (The Eureka edition is, if anything, worse.) But that should not deter from watching this strongly-plotted storyline one jot, neither should menu navigation to turn off the Dutch subtitles which is easy. Location filming added so much (the first 10 minutes of episode 1 is purely on film) and must have cost a bit for the BBC at the time. A pity therefore that the entire series couldn't have been on this format.

I'm glad I have obtained this I'm also staggered that it took so long for such a well-remembered major drama serial such as this to be given an official British release on DVD. This fate is affecting many classic top-quality BBC shows of contemporary vintage which lie forgotten in the vaults in preference to the Corporations' pushing out of more recent popular shows (i.e.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By HK Nick on 18 April 2013
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I remember watching this series with my father during November and December 1977 and we both enjoyed it immensely. However, we never managed to watch the final episode as we had to attend a function in the evening - we both tried to wriggle out of that but there was no escaping for either of us! And, at the time of writing, I still have not seen that final episode, but will get there soon ... at last!

The story and acting all get full marks from me but a word of caution is required. Soon after ordering the Dutch DVD of the series, I noticed a newly restored version had been issued in the UK by Eureka Entertainment. I ordered that too, expecting to receive an improved copy over the Dutch version - perhaps not a restoration along the lines of that carried out for 'Lawrence of Arabia' or 'The Bridge Over The River Kwai' but something better than what I already had! I am sad to say that, in my opinion, the quality of the Eureka version is dreadful. Many, but certainly not all, of the scratches and spots evident in the Dutch DVD (and I certainly do not blame them for those - at least they issued the series which surprisingly the BBC didn't) have gone but there has been no attempt to balance and restore the faded colours (which in both the Dutch and Eureka versions, strangely seem only evident in clips using natural light as the primary lighting source). But worse still is that the Eureka restoration has introduced a dreadful 'ghosting stutter' (that's not the correct technical term I am afraid) in many instances where the camera or its subject is moving at around walking speed - very odd and terribly distracting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Armitage on 27 May 2013
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This British series, made in Greece - Crete, in 1977, was very populay when it first was broadcast, and it has never been repeated in Australia.
I was delighted to see that a restored version was on three DVD discs, and it was indeed very beautifully presented, and I was happy to have ordered it from Amazon.
Jack Hedley was the leading man, and the lovely Betty Arvaniti, a Greek actress played the role of the woman in the piece, Annika.
I would recommend this romantic story to anyone interested in the history of the British involvement in Crete during the Second World War, when it was invaded by the German paratroopers in May, 1941, which is when the story of Who Pays the Ferryman begins.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jan. 2009
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Who pays the ferryman ? - BBC 3 DISC SET - R2 { IMPORT }
I recently purchased this item and have found the 3-disc set as good as I remember when I saw this first time round on BBC. The music is wonderful, the acting is excellent. The titles and the language are in English and I didn't have to bother about turning sub-titles on or off. The only slight problem is that the actual cover on the case and the discs are not in English but it is easy to follow the episodes by pressing the relevant number with your remote control.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 26 July 2014
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The title of the series refers to the ancient mythos of Charon the ferryman to Hades.

Another great production from the late M J Bird; dealing with Crete and in this case a central character, Alan Haldane, returns to the island decades after WW2. Only to find out that his former girlfriend has passed away, but that he has a daughter. He decides to stay. While the main theme deals with him and his experiences, there are episodes with a sub narrative of their own, however, the shadows from his past catch up with him and threaten his present contentment. The Filming was done on location in Crete for a good part of the filming. The series also had a very memorable theme tune.

The transfer to DVD is not bad, and I consider quite good. There is some 'bleaching' but there rarely nothing to spoil its entertainment value.

Unless I am wrong, there are two versions of this series out on DVD, one Dutch and other from Eureka. I personally think the Dutch version is the better of the two in terms quality of picture, otherwise the series on both are one in in the same.

The price paid was more than reasonable. This is well worth investing your time and money - real TV Classic, unlike some of the poor programming we get on TV today. Enjoy!
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