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The Forsyte Saga Collection

The Forsyte Saga Collection

With sumptuous costumes, bold characterizations, and slow-burn action, these two complete series tell the story of a family bitterly divided by ambition, adultery, and revenge. Featuring "stunning performances" (The...more.
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Overview
With sumptuous costumes, bold characterizations, and slow-burn action, these two complete series tell the story of a family bitterly divided by ambition, adultery, and revenge. Featuring "stunning performances" (The New York Times) from an all-star cast led by Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers), these adaptations of John Galsworthy's celebrated novels impressed critics and fans alike when they aired on Masterpiece Theatre.

Set amidst the social upheaval of the 1920s, the dramas follow two generations of the Forsyte family, each marked by petty jealousies, disastrous love affairs, and tragic consequences. Also starring Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), and Corin Redgrave (Enigma). 2 complete miniseries, approx. 702 minutes plus bonus programming, CC, 5 DVDs.
Episodes
Series 1
Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) stars as Soames Forsyte, a successful London solicitor and wealthy scion of a respectable upper-middle-class Victorian family. Soames marries the beautiful Irene-all he needs to complete his golden existence-but finds that he can never truly possess her. Based on the first two of John Galsworthy's nine books about the Forsytes, this sweeping drama follows the family through two tumultuous decades that reflect the pivotal times in which they live. Also starring Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta), Corin Redgrave (Enigma), and Gillian Kearney (Sex, Chips and Rock n' Roll).

Series 2
The stunning adaptation of John Galsworthy's books about the fabled Forsyte family continues with this story of young love in the next generation. Fleur, daughter of Soames and Annette, and Jon, son of Irene and Jolyon, meet by chance as youngsters and make an indelible impression on each other. A decade later, they meet again and fall instantly-and disastrously-in love. This era in the saga of the privileged Forsytes unfolds amid the gaiety and social upheaval of the 1920s, the dawn of the modern age.

Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers), Gina McKee (Notting Hill), and Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta) reprise their roles as Soames, Irene, and Young Jolyon, joined by Emma Griffiths Malin (The Cazalets) and Lee Williams (Billy Elliot) as the young lovers.
DVD Extras
  • "Making of" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes photos
  • John Galsworthy biography and booklist
  • Cast biographies
  • English subtitles (Series 2 only)
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time 702 minutes, plus bonus programming
Format: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 5
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: Yes
SDH: No
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR
Cast
Starring Damian Lewis, Gina McKee, Rupert Graves, Ioan Gruffudd, and Corin Redgrave.
Press
"A ripping good story" --San Francisco Chronicle

"Marvelous" --The Sunday Times (UK)

"Great drama." --TV Guide

"Sparkling" --San Francisco Chronicle

"Wittily scripted, subtly acted" --London Evening Standard

"Beautifully composed and acted" --Daily Telegraph (UK)

"An intelligent story...excellent performances" --The Times (UK)
Awards

American Cinema Editors, Eddie Award Winner for Best Edited Episode from a Television Mini-Series (2003)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Original Television Music (2004)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Production Design (2004)

BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Original Television Music (2003)

Royal Television Society Award Nomination for Best Art Director (2002)

Satellite Awards, Golden Satellite Award Nomination for Best Miniseries (2003)

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