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  • Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lloyd Owen, Polly Adams, Antony Byrne, Ralph Ineson
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Granada Ventures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2007
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWUHNC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,823 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The story follows a young man's struggle against the legacy of a brutal father, the humiliation of an unfaithful wife and the horrors of the Western Front during World War One. The story opens in September 1913 and Charlie MacFell, home from university, arrives at Moor Burn Farm, where his father Edward rules with an iron fist. ...The Cinder Path

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Catherine Cookson has certainly excelled in this story. I was rivetted to my seat (Which is coincidental as I was a rivetter on the Lancaster Bomber during the war). The story was set during the war and it was no doubt a similar experience that my late husband Ken experienced himself whilst he battled in the trenches. The storyline has everything including the cruelty of the Cinder Path, adultery and a good old fashioned love story. Catherine Zeta Jones (who bears an uncanny resemblance to my daughter Rita)suberbly plays the part of the adultress.I highly recommend the Cinder Path to other 80 year old women who love the intrigue and seduction of a good Catherine Cookson story.
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An excellent story, well acted and totally enjoyable from beginning to end. War scenes are very dramatic, although not quite accurate on uniforms/kit etc. Loved the training camps back in England that really does highlight the ideals of the day. Nellie is a rebel and hugely entertaining, while Catherine Zeta Jones is superb and very cold!

The story is totally believable, right down to the 'no loved lost' between Charlie and his sister.

One niggle, but one thats very common in the Catherine Cookson series.......they just stop! All the endings are similar, they just cut off as though the producers have ran out of film and time.
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An over-long and dreary film, let down by wooden acting and by the excruciatingly slow pace at which the action moves. The plot is simple enough, yet is full of highly implausible developments. An intellectually inclined and very wet heir to a Northumbrian farm witnesses his martinet father's manslaughter by a much exploited farmhand and doesn't do anything about it. At the urging of his family, he marries a sexy but unfaithful wife (sexy women used to be rather suspect in the far north of England, let us note in passing) and then joins the army. During his basic training, he finds to his horror that the aforementioned murderous farmhand has metamorphosed into his bullying and blackmailing sergeant but when he gets out to the trenches, our hero despite his wetness manages to conduct himself honourably while settling scores with his former tormentor. He is injured and invalided out of the army, inadvertently signs his farm away to his unpleasant sister, but falls in love with his former wife's sister, so all ends well.

Much of the action takes place before and during the First World War, and some poor soul, born no doubt over 60 years after the armistice, must have gone to immense pains to try to make sure that all the details were as authentic as possible. Partly because the plot moves so slowly and so tediously, one begins to ignore the acting and the story, and one starts to concentrate on the cornucopia of historical details instead.
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Definatly aCatherine Cookson fan these films are good all round dramas......Thank-You
I now own the whole set of films and wish that more could be filmed to be purchased
Service good no complaints
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Koch Vision and BBC presents "THE CATHERINE COOKSON ANTHOLOGY" (1995) (1259 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Dame Catherine Ann Cookson was an English author --- Cookson became Britain's most widely read novelist, while remaining a relatively low-profile figure in the world of celebrity writers --- Her books were inspired by her deprived youth in North East England, the setting for her novels.

Cookson took up writing as a form of therapy to tackle her depression, and joined Hastings Writers' Group --- Her first novel, Kate Hannigan, was published in 1950 --- Though it was labelled a romance, she expressed discontent with the stereotype --- Her books were, she said, historical novels about people and conditions she knew --- Cookson had little to do with the London literary circus --- She was always more interested in practicing the art of writing --- Her research could be uncomfortable - going down a mine, for instance, because her heroine came from a mining area --- Having in her youth wanted to write about "above stairs" in grand houses, she later and successfully concentrated on people ground down by circumstances, taking care to know them well.

Cookson went on to write almost 100 books, selling more than 123 million copies of her books, her works being translated into at least 20 languages --- She also authored books under the pseudonyms Catherine Marchant and a name derived from her childhood name, Katie McMullen --- She remained the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK for more than 20 years, only losing the title in 2004, which is testament to the ongoing popularity of her novels.
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