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This video of How Green Was My Valley is wonderful.,
This review is from: How Green Was My Valley  [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I thoroughly enjoy all five hours of the twinpack PAL video How Green Was My Valley starring Stanley Baker and Sian Phillips. They play the mother and father of the Morgan family in a South Wales mining town. This is based on the classic novel by Richard Llewellyn.
The video covers ten years or so in the life of the family and the small town they live in. Besides the family, an important character is the Rev. Gruffydd played by twice nominated BAFTA actor Gareth Thomas. He helps educate young Huw Morgan and is a general family friend.
All the acting is superior. Sian Phillips said that this TV production was far superior to the older American movie version which was award winning. This production was originally a 1975-6 UK TV production, but there is nothing dated about it because it is a period piece to begin with. It was originally done as six episodes. In the video it is now divided into two parts, one part per two and a half hour video each.
When I first got this video set, I sat down and immediately watched all five hours of it at one sitting. I was totally enchanted.
I do have to mention that there is a little static at times on the screen. I don't know if this is because my PAL VCR is not very good, or if there are some flaws in the film because it was not preserved well over the decades before it was released on video. But these are minor flaws and are not important.
I really highly recommend this video version of How Green Was My Valley. Anyone who loves good drama should enjoy this.