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Forsyte Saga: Complete Collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Victorian Era Depiction

    Thoroughly enjoyed, realistic characterizations, beautiful actresses,distinguished actors, touching, warm, addicting you need to know what will happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    I truly love the Forsyte Saga Collection. Highly recommended!. T

    I truly love the Forsyte Saga Collection. Highly recommended!. This is a must see DVD.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    The story truly wraps around the character of Soames Forsyte. Th

    The story truly wraps around the character of Soames Forsyte. This is a man who represents the higher echelon of society and loves the 1800’s London world. He’s a man of property who sees his future in the form of the lovely Irene – who he begins to pursue like a hungry lion chasing after a doe with only marriage in mind. Irene is not really fond of Soames, but when her stepmother tells her they will soon be destitute, Irene approaches Soames and accepts his proposal.

    Now the Forsyte clan is beyond wealthy, and Soames is the manager of all that wealth who demands that the family be respectable. Soon they are celebrating the engagement of June Forsyte, daughter of Jolyon; Jolyon was cast out of the family for leaving his wife and running away with the governess (a major slip-up, which made Soames put him on the ‘out’ list). June's fiancé is a young architect named, Philip Bosinney. When June introduces Philip to her relatives, she singles out Irene, whom she has become very friendly with. What she doesn’t realize is that Irene is looking for love – real love. Soames treats Irene as yet another piece of property instead of a soulmate (even though he is completely in love and obsessed with her). So the ALWAYS unhappy Irene decides to begin a love affair with June’s prospective groom and, to make matters even worse, the independent outcast, Jolyon, comes back into the picture.

    These situations get everyone into a mess as Soames’ ownership of Irene spawns a horrific moment that results in Irene running away and separating from Soames for the next ten years. Soames wants a child and truly wanted that child from Irene, so he tries to get her back into his life. What happens? He drives her into the arms of another family member.

    What goes around comes around, so to speak, and Irene bears a son while Soames sires a daughter. And this son and daughter end up falling for one another, yet their parents won’t allow them to be together because of the awful secret that the family holds. The daughter’s name is Fleur, and she is JUST like her father. A Daddy’s girl through and through, she will not be told that she can’t have the man she wants and throws herself into the love affair body and soul.

    This story runs from the Victorian era straight into the beginning of the 1920’s. The changes in the world make Soames shudder at times. From women’s rights to allowing them to ride horses in the Park to motorcars that fill the skies with black smoke – these are issues that Soames despises and wants to bring back the good old days when respect and wealth went hand-in-hand. Not to mention keep his beloved daughter far away from Irene’s son.

    This is the beginning of Galsworthy’s saga about the Forsyte family. This first trilogy opened the door for him to write two more, which showed how the later generations dealt with the wars, financial problems, lost loves and changes in the world. This is a classic story; extremely well written and amazingly well acted. You’ll get emotionally involved with the characters – hating them one minute and loving them the next. Galsworthy’s words put the modern love stories to shame proving, once again, that we need more of these tales and far less of the ‘fanged and furry’ ones.

    Quill Says: This is a definite keeper that will be watched over and over again. Hopefully the next two trilogies will be filmed very soon because the books were truly phenomenal!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing story with outstanding acting

    Covers several generations and is full of the unexpected slot twist. Well worth watching!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An original classic

    The original Forsyte Saga had my full attention to the very last episode. The acting was superb, the story line filled with history and the setting though dated excellent for its time. I highly recommend seeing this version of the saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All I Want for Christmas

    When I saw the series in the 1960s, I immediately adored some characters (Fleur, Irene & Jo), hated Soames (brilliantly & menacingly portrayed by Eric Porter), and could barely contain myself until the next episode was shown. Went to the local library where I read their complete collection by John Galsworthy. This is a true test of a good story well told - all it does is whet your appetite for more of the same.

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    Posted October 13, 2008

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