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on 14 January 2007
The natural beauty of the New Forest is one of the reasons I'm getting these DVDs for my dad, who remembers this area as it once was very well. Roe deer and British finches of all varieties are the wild things in volume 6.There is also a detailed description of the shotgun which is nothing like a rifle. It is made to suit the individual. Jack describes exactly how it works - lock, stock and barrel. There's mention of "granny's" remedies for flu made from plants you can find in the countryside. Country folk often used the materials they could find locally.
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I loved watching Jack Hargreaves on TV many years ago, when he presented from that atmospheric shed in his garden in the New Forest. It evoked another era, and you could almost smell the country in the air as you watched. Jack's films have become even more valuable with the passage of time and they are a priceless glimpse into a rural past that has been lost. His memory went back a long way and he had a genuine love of all country matters which comes through strongly in all these episodes. They are all equally watchable if you are interested in old country ways. Jack Hargreaves commentary is wonderfully natural and idiosyncratic, which matches the films perfectly. He has captured a countryside that has now all but vanished. His enthusiasm and wealth of country knowledge is obvious. Most importantly for us is that he wanted to pass that on. These films are his wonderful legacy to us.

This one contains the following: Episode 16 The Hidden Stream/Deer Shoot. Jack finds a pristine stream where he can fish for truly wild brown trout and also goes out with a professional deer stalker. Episode 17 The Shooting Master. Jack watches an expert clay pigeon shooter at work. Episode 18 British Finches/Yerro's Operation. Jack visits the British finch breeders association and arranges for an operation on his mule which has been disturbing his neighbors. All these episodes are hugely enjoyable, the pick for me being the fascinating 'Yerro's Operation'. Even better today than when they were first shown, now is a good time to buy them. They have dropped in price considerably from when they were first released, and can be picked up for a bargain at the time of this review if you are prepared to buy used DVD's as I did. No regrets there! Best watched with a pint of strong bottle conditioned beer in front of a wood burner on those long winter nights. A purely personal choice of course, but one I am sure Jack would have approved of!
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on 17 December 2009
The Out Of Town video's and DVD's series by Jack Hargreaves can be enjoyed by everyone. Especially those who remember horse transport, the pony and trap, fly or coarse fishing, summer fields, hay making, the Wheelwright, the Blacksmith, Shepherding or the ponies in the New Forest. For those too young, these programs will be a delight to learn from. They can be watched with enjoyment time and again, there are no other video programmes available to compare them with!
Nostalgia pure and simple! I heartily recommend collecting all nine programs.
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The shows, and Jack Hargreaves, of course transcend criticism. Jack's lovely style and his treatments and knowledge of rural matters and the history of the countryside was unique and can never be equalled or bettered

The films included here are excellent, and look just as good as they day they were first aired. So, full marks for the content and the technical quality of the material here.

So why only three stars? Well, it's the packaging: For a DVD of this price to include only three 24 minute shows is just a disgraceful rip-off. To charge over £12 for 72 minutes of old TV material - however excellent - is just not on. I'm afraid the same applies to almost all of this series of DVDs.

Thus, the three stars for cynical rip-off packaging of these excellent shows which, of themselves, deserve ten stars.
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on 10 October 2015
Arrived safely. Great product.
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on 31 January 2016
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