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5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life
Until I watched the Mitchell & Kenyon footage on the BBC I thought that all Victorians/Edwardians would be solemn and staid. I also thought life for the working classes would be so awful (I have read "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist") that they would all be miserable. These wonderful films suggest they weren't. In one sense it's the shots of the crowds that are of...
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Mr. J. Creevey

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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling commentary and no sub-titles
It goes without saying (and others have said it eloquently) that this series of films from the turn of the 20th century is a wonderful treasure-trove of social history, but my enjoyment was completely ruined by the appalling commentary. The female voice was dull, lifeless, monotonous, and sounded as though she was bored stiff with the script she was reading. Was it really...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life, 18 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Mitchell And Kenyon - Edwardian Sports [1901] [DVD] (DVD)
Until I watched the Mitchell & Kenyon footage on the BBC I thought that all Victorians/Edwardians would be solemn and staid. I also thought life for the working classes would be so awful (I have read "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist") that they would all be miserable. These wonderful films suggest they weren't. In one sense it's the shots of the crowds that are of greatest interest. The flamboyance of some of the middle class men's hats is somewhat surprising but their playing up to the camera proves that they weren't the sort of straight laced individuals I expected; it is true though that they may have been well lubricated. The working class crowds are less flamboyant with their stereotype caps and muffler look but they still appear to enjoy life or at least their sport.

Many of the interesting sports clips are short but how incredible they are. I can't believe that I've seen the great Saints (St Helens) in what I think were blue and white hoops playing Warrington at Northern Union at the very beginning of the 20th century. If you're a Rugby League fan you should buy the DVD just to see snippets of some of the great teams (and Wigan) playing the original version of the game with 15 a side and a full scrum after every tackle. If you're a Rugby Union fan or player you might be surprised at how quickly a competitive scrum can form and be completed. I do miss competitive Rugby League scrums!

The football is also fascinating. Newcastle playing Liverpool at St James' Park; as someone whose student years were spent in Newcastle and occasionally on the old terracing of St James' Park I could almost have cried. An Everton v Liverpool Derby game shows a recognisable Goodison Park with a crowd of more than 40,000 and there's much more coverage of both Association and rugby (Northern Union) football.

In addition there's cricket, cycling, rowing and various athletics events together with swimming and diving at Tynemouth. Old Trafford cricket ground footage shows steam trains going past all the time and a very middle class crowd because working men couldn't have time off mid-week. The hills around Accrington with mill chimneys belching out smoke form a backdrop to a Lancashire League cricket Derby with Church (a small town not an ecclesiastical building). A blackened (no longer) Bolton Town Hall is the starting point of a foot race to Southport and a competitor in a motorised tricycle race in Manchester smokes a cigarette before the start as if this was only to be expected before any sporting event.

If you have any sense of history it's a must. Wonderful. But... The sad thing is the children and young men. Not that long before 1914.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look into a byegone era, 8 Sep 2009
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Marvelous old films, very well restored, dealing as the title says with edwardian sports - Makes History come alive
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling commentary and no sub-titles, 12 Feb 2013
This review is from: Mitchell And Kenyon - Edwardian Sports [1901] [DVD] (DVD)
It goes without saying (and others have said it eloquently) that this series of films from the turn of the 20th century is a wonderful treasure-trove of social history, but my enjoyment was completely ruined by the appalling commentary. The female voice was dull, lifeless, monotonous, and sounded as though she was bored stiff with the script she was reading. Was it really not possible to employ as skilled and experienced commentator, perhaps an established actor, so as to do these films justice? Don't they deserve better? The absence of subtitles compounded the mistake, not one expects from the BBC and BFI. Please re-issue with a proper commentary and sub-titles!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 14 Aug 2007
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Mitchell And Kenyon - Edwardian Sports is an outstanding DVD, the films made in the early 1900's are really interesting to watch.
People of 100 hours ago had real lifes and this DVD makes it all seem so real.
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