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The Edwardians
The Edwardians
Actors: Thorley Walters, Francis Terry
Director: John Howard Davies
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     9hr 50min

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 10/14/2008 Run time: 635 minutes Rating: Nr

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Actors: Thorley Walters, Francis Terry
Director: John Howard Davies
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/14/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 9hr 50min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

BORING, BORING, BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P. Sanders | Gainesville, Florida United States | 11/11/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I love historical entertainment, but plowing through this collection of extremely boring programs was more than I could do....never watched the complete set.... first, the sound is awful, volume had to be turned way up to hear it....and the B/W wasn't crisp and clear... I was looking forward to this set, and was sorely disappointed. Wasted my money - and will donate it to the Friends of the Library book sale...."
marnei | New Mexico | 11/28/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is a TV drama production with poor direction. Everybody sounds as though they're reading their scripts. The sound quality is so appalling it is about the same as a poor pirated VHS tape. Thinking of all the good TV drama productions that there are I would leave this one alone."
L. Weight | 08/05/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is is a 4 disc set, with two programs per disc. The 8 part series, The Edwardians, was telecast on BBC TV 1972-1973. The color episodes look like 70's productions. The black & white episodes look (and sound) like poor quality television episodes from the 40's. The case description says that only one of the programs is in color, with all others in black & white. Actually, there are two color episodes, the first, Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce and the last, Lloyd George. Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce is sort of interesting. Lloyd George, starring Anthony Hopkins, is awful. All in all a very disappointing purchase. Don't waste your money."
A response to the other reviewers...
Carl West | Falls Church, VA | 11/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am appalled at the other reviews here for this DVD set. Is this the first 1970s BBC production that the reviewers have seen?? Where they expecting Hollywood?

I also get the impression they are not familiar with the fact that we are lucky to have these episodes at all now. The black and white episodes were "junked" by the BBC (look up "missing Doctor Who episodes" on the net for a good history of this unfortunate practice). All episodes of The Edwardians were originally recorded in color, but sadly only black and white copies of the middle four episodes survived the 1970s BBC purgings. This also explains the sound quality, but of course the DVD producers had the wisdom to give us the subtitle options too. (On a side note: color copies of "Conan Doyle" and "The Reluctant Juggler" have since turned up in New York, so we will hopefully see these on a future re-release).

Nonetheless, this is an EXCELLENT mini-series. We get the alternating friendly/antagonistic relationship between Rolls and Royce (Royce standing at Rolls' grave at the end is particularly moving); the ill-fated antihero Horatio Bottomley; E. Nesbitt, the eccentric children's author with a tragic personal life; an interestingly different angle on British detective shows with "Conan Doyle"; and a Victorian/Edwardian who's who with "Daisy." This release is absolute gold for those of us who love archival British television.