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Marchlands [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jodie Whittaker, Alex Kingston, Dean Andrews
  • Writers: Stephen Greenhorn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 245 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HARLAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,511 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marchlands is a ghost story at its heart. Alice’s haunting of Marchlands creates a disturbed and eerie domestic life for the three families who live in the same house across three time periods (1968, 1988, 2010) following her death. This gripping drama follows Ruth's journey to solve the mystery of her daughter’s tragic passing, so that Alice's spirit can finally escape Marchlands.

Marchlands features a fantastic cast including Alex Kingston (Moll Flanders), Denis Lawson (Bleak House), Jodie Whittaker (St Trinian's), Anne Reid (Ladies of Letters), Shelly Con (Mistresses) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses)

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By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2011
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This drama features three families who live in the same house, Marchlands, divided by time. The first couple, Paul and Ruth Bowen, live in the house in the 1960s together with Paul's rather overbearing parents. They have tragically lost their only child, Alice who drowned some months earlier. Ruth Bowen is determined to find the truth of what really happened to her. Obviously this overshadows the Bowens' life and their relationship. However, Alice has not totally gone as the couple who live in the house in the 1980s, Helen and Eddie Maynard come to realise when their young daughter, Amy, is very aware of her presence. Initially they assume Alice is an imaginary friend. Things take a more sinister turn when Amy blames Alice for the death of her kitten and later goes to the lake apparently following Alice. The present day couple, Nisha and Mark, are expecting their first child who is subsequently born, also become overshadowed by Alice's influence. They have an interesting home help in the person of Ruth Bowen, the 1960s mum, who is still looking for the truth behind the loss of Alice.

The mystery is eventually resolved in the last episode. The conclusion is not a shocking revelation, but the three stories come to a reasonably logical end at that point. I did not really think that the climax lived up to the previous episodes, which was rather disappointing, but overall the series kept the interest engaged throughout.

The plot switches between the three couples effectively so that there are three developing stories with the common factor of Alice, whose supernatural presence in the house dominates. The switches between the three scenarios blend together well and there is no feeling that they are disjointed.
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I thought Marchlands was terrific. Great plot, super story line, good dialogue and well acted. I love a thoughtful spooky tale. This provided everything. Only at one point towards the end did I wish the author had been a little more subtle, but if that's the only criticism then I can forgive that! There were even a few genuine creepy moments. Not easy to achieve these days of ingrained exposure to mass produced horror.

Set in rural England, the tale covers three generations of families who live in a house that becomes haunted. In 1967, young Alice is drowned and the distraught mother seeks answers that are not forthcoming.

The second generation 1987, is a family who also have a daughter. She develops an `imaginary' friend, much to the concern of the unbelieving parents, who seek rational medical advice for their daughter's delusions.

In the final generation, 2006, the inhabitants are a modern young couple awaiting the birth of their first child. Slowly, the wife begins to realise that there is something amiss with the ambience of the house.

The unique feature of this production is that each generation is told simultaneously, with the action flicking quickly from one to the other. Whilst this demands your undivided attention it also makes for faster paced viewing. I enjoyed it.

It also becomes evident that a number of characters from the first generation appear later in the thread of the story. Which also makes demands on the concentration, but is essential for the plot. The story is wrapped up nicely in the final episode where a number of shocking truths come to light.

If you enjoy blood and gore and lots of special effects then this is probably not for you. The author took time to develop each character so they became believable.

The whole production is clever, gripping and does not go over the top. I wish there were more like this.
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I am leaping to the defence of Marchlands after reading some very sniffy reviews is the 'quality' press.

Deliciously creepy (by this I mean you won't be too scared to the put the light out afterwards), it is a tale of a house and the three families who live there in three different decades, all troubled by the same event, the (accidental?) drowning in 1968 of a little girl called Alice who appears never to have left the house since, drawing attention to heself by means of water....

The action swings easily back and forth between '68, '87 and 2010, and as a bonus, showing us the fashions, hair styles, decor of each period.

Once you begin to watch, the story becomes compelling as you gradually pick up the pieces of the jigsaw and identify with the characters.

If like me (call me old-fashioned)you prefer a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, you will enjoy Marchlands.

(Beware... this Marchlands has NO CONNECTION WHATSOEVER with the novel of the same name.)
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My wife and I saw this when it was first televised, and had always hoped it would be released on DVD. The plot is unique, being set in three different era's, namely the 50's, 80's and 2000's. The storyline is very clever, allowing for seamless switching between each era, without losing the plot. The acting is impeccable, the characters very believable and the production is just brilliant to say the least. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who loves high quality British drama. As to the story itself........ well I really don't want to spoil the surprise for any potential purchaser!! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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