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The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection (DVD, 2008, 7-Disc Set)

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Elizabeth Gaskell's novels capture an England during the Industrial Revolution, where snobberies, gossip, and small-town values collide with the rapidly modernizing world. These film adaptations for the BBC capture all the nuance, romance, and deviousness of Gaskell's characters who have thrilled generations of readers. In CRANFORD, the local ladies rule the small town through their words uttered behind closed doors. But their world is about to be changed by more than just a handsome new stranger. NORTH AND SOUTH is a look at the contrast between rural life and that of a booming new mill town. And finally, WIVES AND DAUGHTERS takes the microscope to a well-heeled social circle filled with nobles, their wives, and the scandalous behavior that follows, as seen through the eyes of a 17-year-old girl whose father is about to take a new bride. This trip back in time reminds us that, though some things may change, there are plenty of human qualities--admirable and not--that are perennial.

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  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 883929012695

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Genre:Dramas, Television

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Created: 05/20/08

Excellent DVD Collection--Multiple Hours of Enjoyment

As a fan of Victorian & Regency literature, I eagerly awaited Masterpiece Classic's adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford. The story was excellent & it was such a pleasure to see such wonderful acting. The creme de la creme of English actors appeared in even the smallest parts! Her other works in the set are fabulous also. I bought this set as I have almost worn out my copy of North & South from repeated viewings! The ending scene is one of the most romantic scenes ever filmed ( even if it deviates from the novel) & Richard Armitage & Daniella Denby-Ashe are a couple with great chemistry. Wives & Daughters is a compelling & sweeping novel that will keep you quite interested in it's multiple characters. This is such a great set of DVD's to add to your collection.

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Created: 07/30/10

Elizabeth Gaskell

I had already seen Wives and Daughters, and loved it. I love how it is a sweet and calming story about dumb luck with love, but how everything seems to iron out in the end for most everyone. It is probably something that is good for people who get into the british mini-series type movies (Like me ;)). Small warning: The only really disappointing aspect of the movie is that there is no finale kiss at the end :(.
When I watched North and South I totally loved it! It is almost a direct parody of Pride and Prejudice. In fact I liked it even better! Coming from me, that is huge because I am one of the biggest Jane Austen Geeks ever. I think John Thorton is more like Mr. Darcy than Mr. Darcy is. He is dark and mysterious, and he really has the flaming temper that Mr. Darcy claims to have. And when he and Margret Hale (the female lead) are ticked off at eachother they let eachother know and have verbal battles. It is not like the Jane Austen setting where they are obligated to hide their fellings behind good manners. If they are hiding something it is either for a legitamite reason, or for the sake of their own pride. Another thing I liked about it was that there were also important issues that needed to be worked out. It wasn't like it was about people who are twiddling their thumbs waiting to fall in love and be swept off their feet. It is an amazing movie. I totlly recommend it.
Haven't watched cranford yet, but am looking forward to it.

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Created: 01/02/11

Elizabeth Gaskell collection. Very Enjoyable !

This is a very nice collection of Elizabeth Gaskill movies. When I'm in the mood for romance and or comedy I find it in this collection. From the women of Cranford to the hard working families of Milford in North & South and the sweet father daughter relationship in Wives & Daughters. This collection is complete.

I've watched each over and Over! Lori K

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Created: 05/03/10

I love, love, love this collection. QUALITY!

After watching "North and South" 3 times in a row, I decided to stop bugging the library to let me have the works by Elizabeth Gaskell all the time and just order my own!
I am passionate about 19 Century British lit and this collection embodies the why of my love for it. I really think the author beats Jane Austen in the gentle "natural" character development. I think she makes some wonderful social statements perhaps even more palatable than does Dickens. I never even knew about Elizabeth Gaskell until about a year ago. How glad I am. She may even beat out the Bronte Sisters and Thomas Hardy!

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Created: 01/11/11

Great viewing for BBC fans

As an addict of the BBC, this collection was a must. Classic British period pieces. North and South is my personal favorite. It has the elements of Pride and Prejudice, but with even more layers. I bought this set for my mom and she watched them all within a week.

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