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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection, 26 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Coronation Street - Golden Anniversary Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I'm reviewing this set as an amateurish 'Corrie' fan who wishes to familiarize himself more with life on the cobbles. Having watched only a handful of episodes for nearly 4 years when I was studying in England during the mid-90s (brings back memories!), I now know a lot about the cosy 'Corrie' community watching these discs. Apart from episodes selected from each decade (the lack of plot continuity is regrettably, but understandably, unavoidable), the 'specials' are to be treasured especially for the well-edited footage within character introductions (such as 'The Stars', which I wish were arranged chronologically) and interviews (for example, 'Corrie Controversies' and 'The Street Undressed'). Even if you're not familiar with the situations involved, the extracted dialogues (alternating between the tragic, hilarious, and romantic) are simply brilliant (touching and funny scenes are sandwiched between fiery kisses and gory fisticuffs). Some of the 'specials' are mostly biographical: an in-depth view is given of the actors' real-life drama (domestic joys and sufferings), but with strong reference to their fictional roles in the series. The other 'specials' focus on various relationships, including the major 'Corrie' families (some scenes - for instance, the Tracy and Karen plots - recur in two or more 'specials', but they are hardly monotonous). The golden 12-DVD box has each disc in a separate case (the breaks between the parts of an episode are edited out without any sign of a clumsy jump from one part to another), but (alas) there is no booklet, not even a leaflet; however, the presence of English subtitles for the HOH - except for the short 'Celebs' and 'Best' extras - is a great asset (regional accents can sometimes be difficult to catch). I only wish that the set had more episodes: the seven discs featuring complete episodes could have been filled more generously (the quality of the scripts of the first four decades, notably the '70s, is more exceptional than that of the '00s, but the recent episodes are also enjoyable, notably the one with Ian McKellen playing a con artist). I hope that ITV will re-release (and very soon) the Network collections - 80 episodes from each of the first three decades - with subtitles (an absolute must for me, although I'm not a HOH person): it would also be great if, instead of a random selection, the episodes chosen maintained some sense of plot continuity (perhaps with short connecting narratives between gaps). Until then, I'll be watching this collection so many times (the 1998 Christmas episode is magnificent, but pity the one where Deirdre is released from prison was skipped). Enjoy!

NB Don't buy the 3-DVD anniversary set if you plan to purchase or already have this anniversary box, which contains the three discs from the small collection.
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2012 23:28:49 BDT
ohall says:
Hi, Do you own this dvd collection and if so does it contain the episode of Bet leaving the street? as I bought the 90's collection as I was told its on there and its not the last episode with Bet in is when she and rita have that argument. Bets last episode as landlady of the rovers is one that i missed and have been trying to see it but cant seem to see it. thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012 05:04:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2012 05:09:24 BDT
Yes, the episode 'Bet Bails Out' is included on Disc 9. The collection is currently available at less than 20 quid, which is a steal!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2012 23:52:57 BDT
ohall says:
Thank you very much, I will be trying to get hold of it to add to my collection. thanks. xx

Posted on 25 May 2012 18:22:29 BDT
Hey, does this collection feature the whole of the Richard Hillman saga, or if not whole, what parts if any? Thank You! x

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2012 04:15:38 BDT
Only one episode, 'Richard Hillman's Confession', is included in its entirety (disc 11). Best.
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