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The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection [DVD Box Set]

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The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection
The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection DVD Box Set contains three BBC miniseries adapted from Mary Gaskell's classic novels.

Wives & Daughters

Wives and Daughters is set in a richly portrayed society well-stocked with eccentric nobles and gossipy villagers. The well-ordered world of 17-year-old Molly Gibson becomes complicated when her father, a respected country doctor, remarries after many years of widowhood.

Cranford

Adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, the five-episode miniseries Cranford focuses on female characters in the 19th-century British town to thematically contemplate encroaching modernity in rural England. With the camera roving house to house, each drama within the grander story is constructed of scenes featuring dialogue between several gossipy ladies obsessed with moral code, romantic ideas about courtship, and social occasions.

Three main characters, the ever-appropriate Deborah Jenkyns (Eileen Atkins), her sweet sister, Matilda (Judi Dench), and their younger, more savvy relative, Miss Smith (Lisa Dillon), continuously weigh in on situations, providing a dependable view when other ladies, like the nosey Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton) are too judgmental. In fine period dress, the women of Cranford remind the viewer of how little action was needed in their small-town lives to provide unceasing entertainment.

North & South

North & South is a splendid, four-hour adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 19th century novel about an unlikely, and somewhat star-crossed, love between a middle-class young woman from England's cultivated south and an intemperate if misunderstood industrialist in a hardscrabble, northern city.

Daniela Denby-Ashe plays Margaret Hale, forthright and strong-willed daughter of a former vicar (Tim Pigott-Smith) who relocates his family from a pastoral village outside London to unforgiving, largely illiterate Milton, a factory town where John Thornton (Richard Armitage) and his mother (Sinead Cusack), survivors of poverty, rule their cotton mill with an iron hand.

Thornton befriends Margaret's father but incurs her wrath for his severity with his workers. What she doesn't notice is Thornton's core sense of responsibility for his employees' welfare. On the other hand, he misinterprets some of Margaret's own actions and intentions. Equally stubborn, the two drag out their obvious attraction over many painful months and events.


The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

This collection also includes special features for all three series, including a specially recorded interview with Richard Armitage and The Making of Cranford!

The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

Video
Codec: MPEG-2
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
English

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Discs
DVD
Seven-disc set (7 DVD)

Playback
Region 1

Video
Codec: MPEG-2
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
English

Subtitles
None

Discs
DVD
Seven-disc set (7 DVD)

Playback
Region 1