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I wouldn't encourage my friends to buy this set.,
This review is from: Return to Cranford [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is two more episodes which continue the original five episode series. If you haven't watched the first series of episodes, or if you are unfamiliar with the Elizabeth Gaskell novel "Cranford", you will have a difficult time if you begin this series here. It is assumed by the film makers that the viewer will be familiar with the characters and location and there is no attempt made to explain who characters are or their background or relationships to one another.
From a purely artistic standpoint I would not hesitate to rate these two episodes as 4 stars. The attention to period details in location, props, costumes and make up are superb. I might add that the acting is also very high quality.
When it comes to the actual plot of the episodes I'm afraid my rating drops to 2 stars. This series has evolved into a type of soap opera done in period costume. All appearances of adhering to the style of characters and situations developed by Elizabeth Gaskell have been abandoned in favor of "modern" danger and drama. The whole charm of the characters of Gaskell's "Cranford" is that they are so understated and yet survive so well within their own small sphere of life. In order to lengthen this series, completely new ideas have been developed and characters have been added or have disappeared completely at the whim of the writing team. I really do think that the "cranford" style could have been kept, but it would have necessitated an entirely different type of program. There are characters who have been made to act completely opposite to how they were originally drawn and some have been modernized to such an extent that I no longer recognize them. I'm sorry about that. I am also exceedingly sorry about what was decided to happen with the train wreck. Surely, surely another idea could have been used for causing that wreck. As long as you are making the whole thing up from whole cloth now anyway, why not make a better choice in that instance?
I've chosen to assign a 3 star rating to these episodes, but I don't think I will encourage my friends to buy this set. The special feature included here: Cranford in Detail, is interesting but still not enough to redeem the set for me.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2010 18:15:35 GMT
Nick Brett says:
I watched four minutes of this on TV before falling into a coma. In fact just thinking about itzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2010 15:38:53 GMT
J. Lesley says:
Nick, would a LITTLE culture really be so bad? Just think, if you are at home at least you can take your shoes off and swill wine.
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