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To the Manor Born: The Complete Collection (Silver Anniversary Edition)
To the Manor Born The Complete Collection
Silver Anniversary Edition
Actors: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Daphne Heard, John Rudling
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2008     10hr 50min

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 09/09/2008 Run time: 650 minutes Rating: Nr

     
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Actors: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Daphne Heard, John Rudling
Creator: Peter Spence
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 10hr 50min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
Edition: Box set,Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Re-release of great series
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 07/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This very witty BBC series of the 70s stars Penelope Keith (formerly of The Good Life aka Good Neighbors) and Peter Bowles (many many supporting dramatic roles). When rich from birth Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton (Keith) loses her husband, she learns that he left her completely penniless and is forced to auction off the family manor. The estate gets bought Richard Devere (Bowles) an eccentric millionaire in the food business. Moving into a small cottage on the estate, Audrey with help from her friend Marjorie and her butler spends the next few years doing everything her power to get her ancestral home and place in society back including falling in love with the new "Lord of the Manor". This newly released set includes a newly released "silver anniversary" reunion disc which is also available separately for those of you who (like me) own the earlier released set. Chances are the earlier (blue) set will eventually get discontinued, so like series (plural) like Vicar of Dibley and others that have released revised box sets (years after previous releases of the "complete series"), the deal is this: if you have the old set like me, order the separate copy of the silver anniversary disc, if you don't, then order this set (currently a better price than the older set alone) and you'll get all the discs together."
One of the Best Britcoms Gets an Anniversary Special
Movie Mania | Southern Calfornia | 07/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To the Manor Born is the second best Britcom behind Butterflies. Twenty five years has passed since Audrey and Richard finally tied the knot. This rerelease is the fantastic orignal series plus the new 25th Anniversary Christmas special (which has not been shown in the US!!)

This dvd set contains all 21 episodes from the original 3 series plus the 25th Anniversary hourlong special.

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton's (Penolope Keith) husband has passed away (but she is really not mourning it). He has left her virtually penniless and she must save her family home (which she is mourning). The manor is sold to a self made foreign millionaire, Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles). While Audrey despises everything Richard stands for but there is definite sexual tension between them. With help of best friend Marjorie (Angela Thorne) and Richard's mother, Mrs. Poo (Daphhe Heard), Richard and Audrey will find happiness. The series finale ends with two happy endings (I won't spoil it but it will not surprise you.)

Jump 25 years later, it's the Dever's 25th Wedding Anniversary and Audrey is going to celebrate it in style but it is going to take everyone's effort to save the day and the town.

This is one of the best comedy series ever (British or American). It has witty writing, razor sharp direction and a perfect cast. Penelope Keith has proven to be one of Britan's great comic geniouses (she has had over half a dozen hit comedies.)

Just buy this set and just plan and laugh alot."
Excellent Set
History Buff | 09/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a fan of the show then you must have this dvd set. The transfer quality is excellent. I have one suggestion though...for some reason they put the Christmas special at the end of the dvd set and it really should be watched after the first dvd so it is in sequence with the series."
Best Birthday present the recipient (who is 51) has ever rec
Victoria Blake | LA, CA USA | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My mom has been watching her personally recorded VHS casettes of this show for 20 years. She said that it is amazing the stuff that she missed. First of all, when the episodes aired in America, evidentally they cut off the very beginning and/or end (teasers, if you will) of the show. By the time you combine all of the new footage, it's like a whole new episode. Then there is the famed grandfather clock. She assumed that it was an English antique. WIth the clarity of DVD she was actually able to see for the first time that it is a beautifully intricate Chinese Clock. And don't forget the anniversary show is in this pack, as well. FANTASTIC! If you ever watched this show, this is the gift for you! Don't miss the interviews. Very fun, and interesting."