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This DVD about the legendary clans of Scotland begins with an informative segment on the battle of Culloden in 1746, a critical event in which the once-powerful clans were defeated by English troops. An explanation of the general nature of Scottish clans and their importance in the country's history provides a good background before a number of short segments are presented on individual families. The narrator of the film tells brief historical anecdotes about each featured clan, which includes Anderson, Armstrong, Buchanan, Cameron, MacGregor, Stewart, and Wallace (with William Wallace of Braveheart fame). Accompanying the narration are beautiful shots of Scottish scenery, so the presentation is a visual treat. But the approach of focusing on clans individually means that while the various stories about each clan may be interesting, there is no real cohesion to the entire production. And while the production may be interesting to those curious about Scottish lore, it's by no means a definitive work on the subject of the clans. A bonus program on the DVD, "Scottish Verse," features readings of well-known poems by such authors as Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Walter Scott to the accompaniment of scenic footage of Scotland, some of which includes actors portraying characters in the poems. --Robert J. McNamara

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This unique programme delves into the origins and backgrounds of key individual Scottish Clan names. These famous Clans echo across the Highlands and through the mists of time to form an integral par of the country's modern heritage. Set to a specially written musical score and an imaginative back drop of well-known landmarks, battlefield and beautiful Scottish landscapes, this enthralling video encompasses a brief history and description of the most famous Scottish names.

Clans included in the programme: Anderson / ARmstrong / Brodie / Brude / Buchanan / Cameron / Campbell / Chisholm / Douglas / Drummond / MacDonald / MacFarlane / MacGregor / MacKintosh / MacLeod / Murray / Robertson / Rose / Stewart / Urquhart / Wallace

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By JamesJames - Published on
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Very low-budget program. Two actors who are used over and over again, walking, strolling, reflecting, running, sighing, staring, falling down. Repetitive scenery shots abound. Little useful information, and very few clans. Monotonous narrator. Could have been an informational delight. Instead, a static drone.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Okay, for what it is. March 13 2007
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: DVD
Scottish Clans/ Scottish Verse (Ken Gray, 2001)

Have you ever gone to a museum that showed videos? You know the kind I'm talking about-- produced on next to no budget, with frequent reuse or stock footage and extensive narration? That's what these two small pieces are, and as long as you're ready for that, these aren't bad little movies. Scottish Clans, the longer of the two, is basically a rundown of many of the major historical clans, with some background on each. Scottish Verse is recitation of, well, Scottish verse. And, as expected, stock footage. ** ½
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Really enjoyed this DVD. Aug. 23 2008
By Kirkuk K - Published on
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Though the other reviews were a bit "harsh", I enjoyed watching this dvd. The scenery is beautiful & the info, useful.
Informative for those who want to know about their Scottish roots. April 9 2013
By Carole Stewart - Published on
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There were very brief sketches of a great many of the Scottish Highland clans that gave their genealogical and geographic background.
I will enjoy it very much Aug. 21 2014
By Mrs. Denise I. Akers - Published on
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Thank you for having this book available. I will enjoy it very much.