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  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 716 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00695KVXQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GRANADA'S LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY SERIES

The original Seven Up was broadcast in 1964 as a one-off World in Action special, featuring children who were selected from different backgrounds and social spheres to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation that would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become? Inspired by World In Action founder editor Tim Hewat's passionate interest in both the Jesuit saying, "Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man", and the rigid class system of 1960s Britain, Seven Up set out to discover whether or not the children's lives were pre-determined by their background.

The result is groundbreaking television - the very first example of a programme recording real people living real lives - and the follow-up films have won an array of awards. Director Michael Apted, who has since moved to Hollywood to direct films, has returned every seven years to chart the children's progress through life. Over the past five decades, the series has documented the group as they have become adults and entered middle age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between.

This DVD release has been made with the co-operation of the Up production team and features an in-depth interview with Michael Apted on both the series of films and his time as a staff director/producer at Granada, as well as contributor-specific commentaries with producer Claire Lewis, film editor Kim Horton and cameraman George Jesse Turner.
 

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The saying that I have chosen as a title was the impetus behind this series. A group of children from widely different social backgrounds was filmed and interviewed for television in 1964 at the age of seven, and thereafter every seven years. The first interviews in the series are hilarious, for the most part, though some are poignant. We found it compulsive viewing: it is fascinating to see people - and society - changing and developing, and to discover something of how their lives turned out, and one comes to care about what happens to them. One disadvantage of the format is a certain amount of repetition at the start of each new programme, as new viewers needed to have it explained to them what happened in the past, but by spinning out our viewing over several days we minimised the nuisance - in fact we came to look forward to some moments, like the little boy who didn't like greens. We also enjoyed the absence of background music. The interviewers kept out of sight and did not compete for attention with the subjects, who were all interesting in their different ways. The first programme was black and white, so it showed television developing too. It was quite a heart-warming programme: one could respect and like all the subjects, varied though their lives and personalities are, and in spite of the considerable social gap (discussed thoughtfully, without rancour on one side or snobbery on the other)the final impression is of the basic decency of human beings, and the unity of human experience in the journey through life. It was not clear at the end whether another set of interviews will take place in 2012: I do hope so.
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I watched the first three series every seven years whilst growing up in England. It was most enjoyable back then ~ and some of the children involved, particularly Neil and Tony have always remained a vivid picutre in my memory. That is why I was most excited when I managed to track down a copy of 7-49. It is just how I remembered it. Extremely entertaining although quite pertinent at times with it's portrayal of the class difference and social issues.
My only minor critism in each series would be the constant flashbacks to previous interviews. I realise that this was only meant to be viewed every seven years ~ therefore we would need to be reminded of previous questions and subsequent answers given by the children. I chose to watch 4 series in one week ~ so naturally by the fourth series of flashbacks I was growing a little tired of the same footage!
That said I am finding the series extremely entertaining and love watching them all finding their place in society!
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The 'Up Series' represents one of the most fascinating and unusual uses
of film in cinema history - a documentary life-long chronicle of the
lives of 14 people starting at 7 years old, revisiting them every seven
years through age 49 (so far).

While I could quibble, wishing for a bit more depth here and there
(especially with the women, where there's a bit too much emphasis
on love and marriage at the expense of all else), it's really an astounding,
moving, frightening and uplifting document. There's no way to watch
this remarkable series of films without reflecting deeply on one's own
life, and how you have changed (and stayed the same) over your own
lifetime.

While Michael Aped deserves every bit of credit he's received for this
amazing piece of cultural anthropology, it's important to note the first film,
7 Up,was actually directed by Paul Almond, and Apted was a that point a
researcher for the project.
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I was enthralled by this mammoth documentary. Every episode left me wanting and waiting for the next. I originally saw only the first (7 Up) when it was released in 1964. I then left the UK and went to live in Switzerland for 30 years, so I had only read about the subsequent programmes.

I am now 80, living in New Zealand where it has recently been shown at our film festival. I had to order it for myself immediately afterwards, and I am finally up to date.

Like some of the participants, I am not altogether sure what the director set out to achieve - was it an effort to discover if the Jesuit saying, "Give me the child...." etc. is valid? Or was it to explore how the British class system predetermines character? Or both?

The over-riding impression I got from the series was that the family, in every case-study portrayed - not background or class - has the most influence on one's life. And it is this revelation (especially in view of today's fragmented and fast diminishing family life) that has made the whole series so worthwhile for me.

I most probably will not be around to see the next episode, but I earnestly hope that it will take place in the allotted seven years' time.

Thank you for this extraordinary and brilliant series, and well done to all concerned.
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Had been looking for this long-running documentary series for some years, so, delighted that it's finally available at a box-set. Pretty much unsurpassable in its portrait of childhood, growing up, life through the 50s, 60s, and beyond...
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