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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Bfs Video
  • Release Date: April 12 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PHE9JC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,811 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By ROBERT BENNETT on Nov. 7 2013
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It was what I expected, yes I would recommend this great DVD if you are a Coronation fan. a must for your collection
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By Leslie on Jan. 27 2013
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If a die hard "Corrie" fan loved this, it must be good. This is a great addition to her collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful look at the beginning of Corrie Street July 3 2011
By Sandra Goodman - Published on
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This was a very interesting DVD about how Coronation Street began as just an idea and has been going on since the 1960's. I have watched Coronation Street for about 30 yrs on the Canadian TV channel & I tape the episodes & send them to my son who moved to FL & can't watch it on TV there. We both love this program very much. I thought this DVD would be more like a documentary but was very pleased it was more like a movie. I think people would find it a pleasant surprise.
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Tony Warren, You've Come a Long Way! Jan. 30 2012
By Sylviastel - Published on
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This film is a first rate dramatic documentation about how a young man named Tony Warren took the British television world by storm in 1960. With an idea about reflecting the reality of Northern British street life, he created unforgettable characters like Annie Walker, Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner, Kenneth Barlow, and Albert Tatlock to name a few. Their portrayers were ordinary Northern people.

Doris Speed was a cast member on a radio show called Children's Hour with a then known Tony Simpson. He wrote Annie Walker especially for her. Celia Imrie does a fantastic job in portraying her so well.

Violet Carson's character, Ena Sharples, was the last cast member to join the show. What a character! She was a real battle axe of a woman--fearless and intimidating. They had originally cast Nita Valerie for the character but she was all wrong because she was so likable. When Tony had mentioned Violet Carson's name as a possible Ena Sharples, he remembered her for trying to spank his bottom as a child. Lynda Baron is incredible in the performance of Violet Carson and Ena Sharples all at once.

Then there is the incredible and beautiful Pat Phoenix's character, Elsie Tanner, who shows up late for the audition and is on the verge of quitting the business. Thank God, she didn't!

William Roache's Kenneth Barlow is still going strong after 5 decades on television. In 2016, he will be the longest running character played by a single actor in Guinness Book of World History Record surpassing American actress Helen Wagner's Nancy Hughes on "As The World Turns" who only had 54 years.

While the casting process was difficult, Tony wanted Northern actors and actresses for the parts. He hesitated in casting Violet Carson who he described as a nightmare to work with but we're glad he did since her Ena Sharples is still one of British television's most endearing characters.

In a way, I would long for a chance to have show where characters reflected society. Coronation Street today is not the same but I still enjoy it. I still think it's wonderful that Sir Ian McKellan CBE CH would rather spend time as a character on the show when he has so many opportunities.

Coronation Street is an incredible story. Tony Warren should be knighted since there hasn't been a writer who has given so much about Northern life in television drama--not John Osborne or Alan Bennett. Tony Warren MBE is a genius and his contribution of Coronation Street to the world is still endearing and captures viewers to this day.

Coronation Street inspired other shows in the similar format like East Enders, Brookside, Crossroads, and others but none of them could match up to Coronation Street's originality, charm, raw, and honesty in it's depiction of a street life in a Northern city.

The DVD includes the short film of about 80 minutes and a second disc features the first episode ever on television.
The Road to Coronation Street Aug. 26 2012
By Execelsior - Published on
Format: DVD
I saw the very first episode of Coronation Street when it appeared on ITV in 1960. Like most of the men and boys in the UK, I 'fancied' Elsie Tanner and soon 'got into the swing' of the street. I watched each episode when it appears at 7.30 pm on Monday and Wednesday evening. It was a great show with great character actors.

I remember going to Blackpool a year later to 'see' the stars turn-on the illuminations. Once I went off to college, I would only catch the odd episode when at home - and only if Elsie was in it. She had some great storylines over the years - the best were her disagreements with Ena and with the snobby Annie Walker and those with her son Dennis, once his role took on some depth.

This is a remarkable film in that the characters now playing the original actors of the programme are quite spectacular - and topping them all is the great and talented JESSE WALLACE - she IS Elsie/Pat Phoenix - she must have watched old shows again and again as she has captured the essence of both Pat Phoenix and Elsie Tanner. She is to be congratulated for her performance.

It is a tragedy that Britain no longer has a film industry as Ms Wallace is a natural for the big screen. In the past, a few films made in the UK would garland an actress of her talents a Hollywood contract and then, BINGO, she'd be a worldwide star. Sadly, today, few will know her. This is a great loss. And what are we left with? Rubbish big-budget trash from the U.S.

I recommend this DVD to everyone.
Corrie Story Aug. 13 2013
By Henriette - Published on
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I've been a fan of "Coronation Street" for years and am fortunate enough to live close to the Canadian border so I can watch it on TV. This comedy/drama traces its origins and how it finally got on the air as a ground-breaking look at the middle class. I highly recommend it for "Corrie" fans.
The Road to Coronation Street Sept. 24 2014
By Carol - Published on
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Great to see the effort behind this program, a true icon of English Television

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