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Escape To River Cottage [VHS][1999]

4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9NJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,090 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire Channel Four television series, in which TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall lives the self-sufficiency dream; which includes raising his own pigs and then having to slaughter them, producing his own smoked fish, keeping an eye on the mice in his house and cooking a variety of meals using only the ingredients he breeds/grows in his garden.

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It's easy to be cynical about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's adventures as a downshifted smallholder in Escape to River Cottage; after all, given his fame and fortune, he could upshift again faster than a BMW sports gearbox whenever he chose. "Why don't you give it a go?", he asks us. Because we don't all have fat media contracts to fall back on, we roll our eyes and reply.

However, despite HF-W's seeming like a Posy Simmonds character, the fact remains that no TV chef has come close when it comes to reminding the supermarket generation about where food really comes from, or indeed where it should come from, as well as the values of indigenous produce (also a largely overlooked aspect of macrobiotics, incidentally). In this well-stuffed double DVD set Weirdly-Eatingall does alarming things with a goose, smokes fish in his chimney, eats his rather cute pigs, monitors the movements of mice by marking them with lipstick (why does he just happen to have some lippy lying around?) and, almost in passing, cooks up some wonderful dishes with his home-grown ingredients.

On the DVD: Escape to River Cottage two-disc set includes six episodes, plus a bonus in the form of the Christmas special. Extras are on-screen recipes, F-W's biography and some outtakes, which are deeply unfunny except when various things decide to bite the presenter, which they do fairly often. The extras are duplicated on both discs, which is pointless and/or a bit of a swizz. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2003
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This DVD takes you right back to the beginning, when HFW planted his first broad beans and took delivery of his prime Gloucester Old Spots. I love this series and being able to sit back and luxuriate in the albeit rose-tinted version of self-sufficiency espoused by HFW is a real treat.
I love the food. It's real food, robust and never poncy. It always makes me want to get into the kitchen and make a mess.
I love the idyllic setting. Dorset is beautiful and the bits near Bridport and Beaminster are especially good. Hugh has a natural presenting style and you can see the affection and good humour he and his new found friends feel for one another is genuine.
I'm already looking for my own 'River Cottage', somewhere deep in the countryside. And after watching this ground-breaking series my guess is that you will be downsizing too.
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The first series of River Cottage coming out on DVD has been long awaited, but it well worth every second. The DVD has all that the televised series had with interactive extras- 7 episodes of 'Escape to River Cottage' (including the Christmas special), Christmas goose recipes & some fabulous clips of when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's wonderful presenting style does not go to plan. Also, there is a 'menu' selection, where you can view the preparation of each of the recipes featured in each episode without having to trail through the series looking for the recipe of your choice, alternatively you can opt the watch the full episodes back to back.
Fearnley-Whittingstall is from a "very posh family", but his presenting style is classless, appealing to all viewers of all ages, though the outakes give the DVD a 15 certificate (including an uncut scene of HFW in the bath!). His cooking shows that trully amazing food should not be the reserve of the sofisticated dinner party, but it should be enjoyed everyday by everyone.
You can learn from this series, about real food or you can just sit back and enjoy the excellent production of this real classic. The only thing that this title is now lacking are the follow up series, that hopefully will not be too long in coming.
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I was traveling in Europe for two months and had the opportunity to watch this program when in Dover and loved it. I wanted to show my US friends this wonderful program and ordered the DVD (even though the current exchange rate makes this quite expensive). We were not disappointed with any of the programs and loved the Christmas special. After watching each of the programs, I have the overwhelming desire to drop all I do and move out to the country. This program is wonderful. Please continue the show and the DVDs. Thank you.
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Yes, everything Hugh does speaks volumes in my mind. Escaping the rat-race and becoming totally self-sufficient, who would not love to return to nature if Hugh were there to cook the most delicious meals and do the hard work. He has an infectious and earthy sense of humour that he shares with a wealth of interesting country characters. Hugh's triumphs against the trials and tribulations of rural life make wonderful reading and viewing and I can't wait to try out some of his wonderful recipes.
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Hugh FW takes us away from the big smoke to rural dorset for some serious downshifting!! This is the 1st series of HFW's journey from being a city ex-chef ( say that after a few glasses of dorset scrumpy!!! )to humble smallholder. OK so he did'nt own the place for the 1st series but what is clear is that he geniunely enjoyed and revelled in the challeges before him. We learn that its the small things that count, from that 1st egg from your own chickens to winning a third prize in the local horticultural society show!!
The DVD has a great Xmas special and some amusing outtakes. Also some web links thrown in and recepies. Worth the admission price - just a shame we can't all follow Hugh to that rural paradise - it's too damn expensive now as everyone is moving to the country!!!!!!!! Ah well, back on the 7.00am train to Charing X!!!!!!
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An excellent and insightful look into a life a million miles away from the City. Hugh's often hilarious antics coupled with the colourful characters of Dorset make this a joy to watch. Another series would be welcomed should he choose to repeat the experiment.
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This is the best DVD I have bought so far. Hugh is a great character. It must be everyone’s dream to do what he has done, get yourself a lovely cottage and some land and just live in the peace and tranquillity of a flowing river.
Hugh has many different characters visit his cottage for food and he narrates the whole DVD wonderfully. He also manages to do that naughty thing of getting drunk with the lads.
This is a must for cooking fans and also fans of Hugh, GET IT NOW!
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This must be the ultimate series on living a simple but enjoyable live. Hugh shows his struggles and victories whileliving from the "fat of the land" . The only disadvantage of this DVD is that one starts looking for smallholdings in Dorset!
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