Treasure Houses of Britain

Treasure Houses of Britain

DVD - 2012 | Widescreen edition.
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Join Scott as she discovers the astonishing affluence and fascinating stories behind the cherished properties Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall and Boughton House. Explore the parlors, suites, and grounds of homes that are more than simply architectural masterpieces: they're snapshots of the tastes and sensibilities of bygone eras and part of the fabric of the nation's history.
Publisher: Silver Spring, Md. : Athena, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781598287493
Branch Call Number: DVD 728.80942 TRE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 231 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Scott, Selina

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EuSei Jan 12, 2013

This could have been a wonderful program. The houses are stunning, the interiors and surroundings to die for. But they repeatedly show the same rooms, furniture, objects, paintings, objects-d’art—over and over again, ad infinitum, and I caught myself fast-forwarding. Too often Selina would comment on some portrait/art work in front or behind her without a close up view of it. Also there were pointless, excruciatingly long interviews with the present owners. (I was taken aback by one of them who wore a pair of jeans with frayed seams; to me it denotes lack of respect for the viewer.) Half way through the first house we knew a couple of rooms in detail! So, we tried the second episode: same thing. A program we thought would be a pleasure, ended up being frustrating. Hopefully there are books about these gorgeous houses we can get and be able to see the whole thing.

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winston16
Jul 02, 2012

Really interesting look at five great English country houses with stunning photography and interviews with current owners/caretakers. Only wish Highclere (Downton Abbey) was one of them, but still a worthwhile show.

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