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How Green Was My Valley [DVD] [1975]

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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Siân Phillips, Nerys Hughes, Keith Drinkel, Mike Gwilym
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
  • Run Time: 310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOT70A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes of the BBC adaptation of Richard Llewellyn's classic novel set in a Welsh mining community at the turn of the century. Gwilym (Stanley Baker) and Beth Morgan (Siân Phillips) work their hardest to provide for their children, but these are the years before the unions improved the miner's lot, and times are very hard indeed. However, the community in which the Morgans live is a close-knit one, and they are grateful for all the help they receive, especially from the Rev. Gruffydd (Gareth Thomas).

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If you enjoy beautifully told stories about loving, supportive families, then you will enjoy How Green Was My Valley, a wonderful 1975-76 BBC production. It is the story of the Morgans, a close and loving Welsh family of seven as they endure the sorrows and celebrate the joys of life over a period of about ten years. The father and three of the four sons are coal miners and though there are several plot lines, the underlying theme of the story is the family's hopes for the youngest son, Huw. They are determined that he shall have the advantage of an education and the opportunity to escape a life in the mines, and they are aided in this effort by the caring Rev. Gruffyd who helps and encourages Huw and loves Huw's sister, Angharad.

This five-hour production is based on the 1939 novel by Richard Llewelyn and is lovingly told in six episodes. The characters are richly developed and beautifully portrayed, and the viewer is quickly drawn into the story.

The entire cast, many of whom are from Wales, gave wonderful performances. Sian Phillips as the mother, and Nerys Hughes as Bronwyn were especially good, as was Mike Gwilym who gave a wonderfully nuanced performance as Owen. He is one of my favorite actors and never disappoints.

I would recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoys a great story, well told. The quality of the DVD is very good. Unfortunately, it is NOT currently available in Region 1 format for the USA.
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This has to be one of the best dramas ever shown on British television and the years have not dimmed this glowing production.
The writing is superb and the actors bring the whole story to life. Sian Phillips and Stanley Baker are wonderful in their roles as the parents of the Morgan family. Mike Gwilym and Sue Jones Davies are but two more of this wonderful cast.
The story of the Morgan family oozes good and right as well as the struggle for survival in late 19th century Wales. It is for me one of the best performances by that fine actor Stanley Baker, and, with great sadness, one of his last I believe. As a teenager I marvelled at this drama and in my 40's I still marvel. Five stars is not enough.
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How Green Was My VAlley (1975) is a wonderful early Welsh classic on PAL video which in five hours gives great detail to the beloved novel by Richard Llewellyn. Originally it aired on BBC in 1975-6 in 6 fifty minute episodes and starred Sian Phillips and Stanley Baker as the heads, Beth and Gwilym, of the large Morgan family, a poor coal mining family in Wales at the turn of the century.
Later in 1976 this production aired on Masterpiece Theatre in the US.
The story revolves around the Morgan family of seven people and especially its youngest member, Huw, played in this TV adaptation by two actors. The minister who helps him and who also falls tragically in love with his sister Angharad is the Rev. Mr. Gruffydd, played by my favorite actor of all time, Gareth Thomas.
The acting in this production is first rate all around. The intricate plot is given plenty of time to develop over the five hours, and the complex characters are very specifically shown. Unless you have read the classic novel or seen the earlier made award-winning American movie, you will be surprised to see how the events unfold, bringing happiness to some and sadness to others.
Several plot lines intermingle throughout the show, but the core always remains the Morgan family which is held together with love. I would guess that approximately ten years is covered in the show.
When I received this video in the mail, I immediately put it on the VCR and sat entranced for five straight hours. I was never bored.
I have nothing but good words to say about this production, and I highly recommend this to anyone.
My only warning might be that sometimes the Welsh accent makes it hard to understand exactly every word said, but this doesn't happen often. Sometimes actual Welsh is used which adds to the realism of the show.
This is definitely a classic story and a very well done TV adaptation.
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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.
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