Search - Helen Mirren at the BBC (The Changeling / The Apple Cart / Caesar and Claretta / The Philanthropist / The Little Minister / The Country Wife / Blue Remembered Hills / Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets) on DVD


Helen Mirren at the BBC (The Changeling / The Apple Cart / Caesar and Claretta / The Philanthropist / The Little Minister / The Country Wife / Blue Remembered Hills / Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets)
Helen Mirren at the BBC
The Changeling / The Apple Cart / Caesar and Claretta / The Philanthropist / The Little Minister / The Country Wife / Blue Remembered Hills / Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets
Actors: Nigel Hawthorne, Alison Steadman, David Daker, Liz Smith, Bernard Hill
Directors: Anthony Page, Claude Whatham, Peter Wood, Stuart Burge
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     13hr 30min

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/19/2008 Run time: 811 minutes

     
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Actors: Nigel Hawthorne, Alison Steadman, David Daker, Liz Smith, Bernard Hill
Directors: Anthony Page, Claude Whatham, Peter Wood, Stuart Burge
Creators: Christopher Hampton, David Mercer, Sarah Pia Anderson, Thomas Middleton
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 13hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Differences between US and UK Versions
J. B. Malone | Columbia, CT USA | 01/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In regard to the previous review by Donald J. Lloyd, this set is indeed offered differently in the US and the UK. Unfortunately, neither is a complete set. The US set (5 discs; 13 hours and 31 minutes; 9 titles) is missing:

A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie Dec 13, 1981)
Cymbeline (TV Movie Dec 20, 1982)
The Hawk (Theatrical Movie released Dec 10, 1993)

all of which are in the UK set.

However, the UK set (6 discs; 17 hours; 11 titles) is missing:

Soft Targets (Oct 19, 1982 Episode of TV Series Play for Today)

Both sets contain:

The Changeling (Jan 20, 1974 Episode of TV Series Play of the Month)
The Apple Cart (Jan 19, 1975 Episode of TV Series Play of the Month)
Caesar and Claretta (TV Movie May 9, 1975)
The Philanthropist (TV Movie Oct 29, 1975)
The Little Minister (Nov 2, 1975 Episode of TV Series Play of the Month)
The Country Wife (Feb 13, 1977 Episode of TV Series Play of the Month)
Blue Remembered Hills (Jan 30, 1979 Episode of TV Series Play for Today)
Mrs. Reinhardt (Oct 30, 1981 Episode of TV Series BBC2 Playhouse)

The UK set may be ordered from Amazon.co.uk for about USD$60 plus shipping but it is PAL format, Region 2. A viewer in the US will need a multi-format, multi-region DVD player.

The only title currently available individually is The Hawk (VHS edition available at Amazon).

Helen Mirren is currently one of the most accomplished actors of the last 30 years. Anyone interested in her acting performances over the 20-year period of these titles will not be disappointed. It should be noted that an earlier 1968 Theatrical Movie of A Midsummer Night's Dream is also available separately at Amazon. This is an excellent production and, in addition to Helen Mirren, has performances by Diana Rigg, Judi Dench, Michael Jayston, Ian Holm and Ian Richardson."
Dennis Potter fans take note
Thomas Yotka | Santa Monica, USA | 02/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dennis Potter fans stateside should take note that this is the first US release of BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS in any form here. You could order a PAL version from the UK for $40 PLUS shipping (part of the Dennis Potter Collection), but now you can get this important work AND all these other great Helen Mirren performances for $60 in this box set. I don't miss the Shakespeare plays offered in the UK version of this set (I already have them as part of BBC Shakespeare sets)and the Poliakoff Soft Targets is a great bonus. I get a duplication in Apple Cart (which is part of the BBC Shaw set), but still, this new Mirren set is a GREAT VALUE!
Now let's hope BBC get off their bums and issue the Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard plays they have in their vaults BEFORE the tapes completely disintegrate!"
Incomplete set
Donald J. Lloyd | Park Forest, IL USA | 01/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"If the shown info is correct, this is not the complete set as issued in England. The England set has 6 discs and runs 17 hours, whereas this US one is 5 discs and runs only about 13 1/2 hours. I don't know why this is so, but an addition $20 would have made the US set worthwhile. Who wants an incomplete set?"
She Can do no Wrong
Cornelia Miller | Chciago, IL | 09/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you value your standing as a Helen Mirren fan, this collection is for you. It's a treat to see her in her sumptuous early career in such a wide variety of roles as well as the later vesion we have to come to know as to Elizabeths and the star of Prime Suspect. It's mostly available on Netflix for previews now."