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Cranford (2007) - Golden Globe ® Nominee!

Starring: Dench,Judi
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206929568
UPC: 883929012404
UPC 14: 00883929012404
Category Keywords: British  Thriller
Rating: NR
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BBC Video 2 Disc Set!
The BBC drama series adapted from Mary Gaskell's classic novels of small town gossip, secrets and romance.

1842. Cranford, a market town in the North West of England, is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules, but Cranford is on the cusp of change...

For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness in Cranford, and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue - a handsome new doctor Frank Harrison from London has arrived; a retired Captain and his daughters have moved in to a house opposite and the preparations for Lady Ludlows garden party are underway. Everyone - from charming rogue Dr Marshland to mean Mrs Jamieson and her lap dog talks, and is talked about, behind closed doors.

The town also has its secrets which it slowly reveals: Mattys encounter with an old flame at the garden party; Lady Ludlows gardener, Mr Carter, teaching a gypsy lad to read and write; the wild expectations of the May Day celebrations and - news that shakes the town when it is revealed - a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.

" instant classic.  The Hollywood Reporter
"...for anyone interested in the social issues of the Victorian era, and industrial development and its impact on society at the time...  Lara Killian, PopMatters
"This is as good as this kind of thing gets. Don't miss it.  MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher
"...gorgeous, lush location filming, impeccable costuming and set design, and of course a roster of exemplary performers.  Paul Mavis, DVD Talk
"...the period drama of the year, and probably the series of the year.  The Sunday Express

Editor's Note
Gossip, gossip, and more gossip! This BBC film adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel captures all the nuances of life in a small upper-class English town. It's a place ruled by social order, and plagued by women who sneer and connive behind closed doors. All it takes to set these ladies off is a small ripple in the social fabric; so when a handsome stranger enters their lives, he brings a world of trouble to their supposedly quiet universe. But are things in this uptight little neck of the woods about to change? How long can a place obsessed with tradition hold on to its perceived values as industry and modernity are creeping in all around them? Their world is about to get rocked not just by scandal and intrigue, but by a new train that is going to unite their cut-off society with the rest of England. Drama, romance, and dirty little secrets abound in this clever period piece.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/20/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 295 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000037442
Video UPC UPC: 00883929012404
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Cranford: The Collection - DVD Review
By: Jennifer Bogart Reviews
Published on: 2/18/2010 3:19 PM
The town of Cranford in the North West of England in 1842 is poised on the brink of change. Long governed by an unusually high population of older, single women, its culture revolves around propriety and social calls. The slightest hint of change in fashions, residence, or circumstance prompts a torrent of talk. Still, despite the oft-times virulent stream of misunderstandings and troubled times, Cranford is a town with deeply held friendships and strong loyalties. Cranford: The Collection is a beautiful two-volume boxed set that includes both the original Cranford with five parts on two DVDs, and the two parts of Cranford: Return to Cranford on a single the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alex Etel
Video Cast Info Imelda Staunton
Video Cast Info Judi Dench
Video Cast Info Julia McKenzie
Video Cast Info Kimberley Nixon
Video Cast Info Lisa Dillon
Video Cast Info Michael Gambon
Video Cast Info Simon Woods
Video Cast Info Ben Smithard - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Carl Davis - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Dan Roberts - Editor
Video Cast Info Donal Woods - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Frances Parker - Editor
Video Cast Info Mark Kebby - Art Director
Video Cast Info Mary Gaskell - Based On Novels By
Video Cast Info Rebecca Eaton - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Simon Curtis - Director
Video Cast Info Steve Hudson - Director
Video Cast Info Sue Birtwistle - Producer
Video Cast Info Sue Birtwistle, et. al. - Screenplay


Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Cranford, Audience Award (TV)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Eileen Atkins, Best Actress
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Judi Dench, Best Actress
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Jenny Beavan, Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Alison Elliott, Best Make Up & Hair Design
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Heidi Thomas, Best Writer

Golden Globe (2009)
   Video Award Name Cranford, Nominee, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
   Video Award Name Eileen Atkins, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
   Video Award Name Judi Dench, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Emmy (2008)
Video Award Name Alison Elliott, Winner, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie
Video Award Name Eileen Atkins, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

British Academy Awards (2008)
Video Award Name Eileen Atkins, Winner, Best Actress

Emmy (2008)
   Video Award Name Heidi Thomas, Nominee, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
   Video Award Name Jenny Beavan, Mark Ferguson, Nominee, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
   Video Award Name Jerry Wanek, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie
   Video Award Name Judi Dench, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
   Video Award Name Kate Harwood, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Miniseries
   Video Award Name Maggie Lunn, Nominee, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Professional Reviews

5 stars out of 5 -- "Seamlessly adapted from three Elizabeth Gaskell novels, the result is by turns funny, sad and subtly riveting....Gorgeous stuff." 03/01/2008 p.146

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dench,Judi
Product attributeLabel:   BBC Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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