Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't encourage my friends to buy this set., 20 Jan. 2010
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
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 itzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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.
Judy
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer

J. Lesley
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: United States

Top Reviewer Ranking: 957