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Catherine Cookson Boxed Set
Catherine Cookson Boxed Set
Actors: Jean Anderson, Aran Bell, Christopher Benjamin, Caspar Berry, Donald Bisset
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
NR     2005     3hr 50min

The Black Candle: Catherine Cookson's story, set in the north of England in the 1880s, follows the fortunes of Bridget Mordaunt, a young woman who inherits a factory from her father and wins respect from the workforce as s...  more »


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Actors: Jean Anderson, Aran Bell, Christopher Benjamin, Caspar Berry, Donald Bisset
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Studio: Tango Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 11/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 3hr 50min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 11/26/2018...

I actually don't have this particular title. What I own is a Region 2 collection which has 24 discs, and encompasses all the Granada productions of Catherine Cookson's stories. Unfortunately, these have all been divided up into sets and single disc titles in the U.S. That being said, every single one of these tales are incredible and rewarding to track down, and crammed with acclaimed actors.

Catherine did not have it the easiest, was raised in poverty, thought her mother was her sister, and many of these stories were probably things she observed throughout her life, if not unlike her own. Writing novels ended up being cathartic and healing for her. And brought in loads of money. These tales are mostly lower and middle class, turn of century. Every episode is riveting, convoluted, takes a dark turn or two, and somehow people end up being resilient and rising above their unfortunate occurrences. There is some very severe and mature subject matter here, as it is humanly honest. These elements are never handled in a gratuitous way though. Complete list of the productions:

The Moth, The Black Velvet Gown, The Black Candle, The Secret, The Mallen Streak, The Mallen Girls, The Mallen Secret, The Mallen Curse, The Girl, The Fifteen Streets, The Rag Nymph, The Wingless Bird, The Dwelling Place, The Glass Virgin, Tilly Trotter, The Cinder Path, The Man Who Cried, The Round Tower, The Tide of Life, Colour Blind, A Dinner of Herbs Part 1, Dinner of Herbs Part 2, The Gambling Man, The Storyteller

Movie Reviews

Not as good as earlier releases of Cookson's stories
S. D Forrest | 07/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"These two movies are dark and unhappy.....not something you want to look at to cheer you up, but they are well done and I guess life did turn out like that in the 19th century UK and those that survived just made the best of a bad situation....but I swear I don't think this is one I will want to view a second time. Buy the earlier DVDs that have 8 movies on them. They are a much happy view even with the ends in them not all skittles and beer, you won't lie awake and cry for a fictional character!"
Good--- but!
Shirley Wall | Woods Cross, Utah USA | 11/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very good set and a good buy. There is only one thing wrong with it, just as Pride and Prejudis it is NOT closed captioned which is a MUST in todays world of Baby Boomers who are getting a LITTLE hard of hearing."
Caterine Cookson boxed set
Terry Mahon | 11/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Black velvet gown had good acting. The plot was a little weird. It was a little of a let down.
The Black Candle had good acting."