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to serve them all my days,
This review is from: To Serve Them All My Days - Parts 1, 2 and 3  [DVD] (DVD)
Like other reviewers I saw this in the 80s as a teenager and just loved it. For years i had looked in vain for its release on video or dvd...i even contacted the bbc and asked were they going to release it. NO.
Anyway having finally obtained a copy I watched it with some trepidation fearing that it could never live up to my memories of it and that it would seem dated. It did and it isnt. My only reservation is that the colour seems a little faded so that everything is a bit sepia hued. When I went back onto TV everybody was tomato coloured as i had all the settings so high to get a bit of colour in the picture. Its a minor gripe however.
Having read the novel (a fabulous book.....if you havent read any R.F Delderfield.... you should, he is a glorious story teller), the highest accolade i can give is to say that this film really is the novel jumping from the page. Casting is perfect from the brooding fragile Powlet Jones to the shrewd eccentric adorable headmaster. Being a bit of a lefty ,like Powlet Jones it would be easy to take offense at the glorifying privilege represented in the public school system. However like the novel..the DVD celebrates human spirit in all its guises. Forget Goodbye Mister Chips, this has it all..romance,tragedy,triumph, politics, class stuggle, snobbery, inverted snobbery.......I could go on, but I wont!
Why did the bbc make us wait so long?