In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a ... See full summary »
In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a wastrel, a roue and, like his father, loves to hunt. The younger son William lives to fly aeroplanes. Christina finds herself struggling with the ideas of classism as she falls in love with country life, the hunt, and one of her cousins. But after their impulsive marriage, when her husband is called away by the First World War, Christina must keep Flambards afloat by herself. Written by
A family member turned me onto this series during its initial broadcast, and much to my surprise I enjoyed it. It was slow and lethargic compared to the action stuff I was used to liking, but I found myself growing to like the characters. I think this was in no small part to an excellent cast. In fact I liked it so much that I made it a point of watching it whenever it was on.
Now it's on DVD, and where I'm happy to have the episodes (and finally able to see the series in its entirety 20+ years later) I have to say I'm pretty dissapointed by the quality of presentation. According to the IMDB the series was shot on 35mm, but the print on the DVD looks like a washed out 16mm broadcast print (the kind rented to low budget UHF TV stations). The color's all washed out, the image is fuzzy and grainy as can be, and the sound, though audible and clear has not been remastered. Additionally there's a preamble missing from this release where the main character, Christina, tells of how she came to the Flambards' estate in the first place.
If you can get by all that, then the DVD may be worth your while because the story and characters are quite good. It's a slow paced period series set in late Victorian England, examining a clash of worlds and generations as the "modern" age creeps into a traditional family.
The series itself is filled with emotional ups and downs, but, like I said, the DVD presentation is less than sterling. If you can find yourself a good clean VHS print, then you would be well advised to get that for your collection until a better DVD print can be released.
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