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|Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance Trilogy |
A Woman of Substance / Hold the Dream / To Be the Best
Actors: Jenny Seagrove, Stephen Collins, Deborah Kerr, James Brolin, Claire Bloom
Directors: Don Sharp, Tony Wharmby
Genres: Drama, Television
A Woman of Substance: Based on Barbara Taylor Bradford's novel, this 1984 miniseries tells the timeless rags-to-riches tale of servant girl Emma Harte. Hold the Dream: This second installment sees the mature Emma heroicall... more »
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A lot of substance, but not a lot of quality
R. Johnson | Graham, WA USA | 04/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this trilogy on the strength of the 5 star review I had read. To save someone else the disappointment I received, I am writing my first review.
The first of the 3, the title piece, was worth watching and on it's own might rate 4 stars. But the quality of the other two fell off dramaticly and I wouldn't give either of them more than 2 stars. Have our standards changed so much in the last 14-20 years since these were made and first broadcast, or would they have seemed just as insipid to me if I had seen them then, I wonder? I suppose if you have read and enjoyed the books (which I have not) you might have a different opinion. But I found the story rather contrived, the acting mediocre, and the characters underdeveloped and unappealing. Even the love scenes were uninspiring. The worst part, though, I think would have to be the cheesy background music which made it impossible to forget that I was watching a repackaged 80's miniseries.
So buy it only if you are a big Barbara Taylor Bradford fan and can overlook some major shortcomings. This trilogy has certainly not made a fan of me."
A Great DVD!
M. E. Newell | Georgia, United States | 12/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was so happy when I learn that "A Woman of Substance" series was coming to DVD. These are two great DVD's(while Hold the Dream is okay)The picture and sound on all three movie's is great. My only complaint is why was Lindsey Wagner casted for "Hold the Dream?" The change in the cast hurts this movie. Overall, "The woman of substance" trilogy is must for any fan of the books."
A Woman of Substance Trilogy
Roberta Odocayen | Fort Worth , TX | 09/15/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"disc #1 was wonderful ... I started disc #2 the same night and was THOROUGHLY DISAPPOINTED.... this #2 started out about 30 yrs ahead.. There was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ON THE DISC ABOUT EMMA'S LOVER PAUL AND THEY STORY TOGETHER... i watched #3 just because I had it... I WROTE TO THE AUTHOR MRS BRADFORD AND THE COMPANY THAT MADE THE CD... I WANTED A REFUND.... If there is a complete disc 2 out there I never saw it :(