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3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 1 2012
  • Run Time: 667 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007701RFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,955 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A Woman of Substance
Determined to ruin the upper-class Fairley family who wronged her, Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove) aims to become one of the richest women in the world. Although anachronistic for a woman born around 1890, it is exhilarating to watch her think and act like a contemporary woman with the benefits of late-20th-century feminism. In just over five hours, this Emmy-nominated version of Barbara Taylor Bradford's bestselling novel A Woman of Substance traces Emma's life from overworked Yorkshire maid to the triumphant 79-year-old matriarch (Deborah Kerr) of a vast business empire. Married twice, but only truly loving a man she could never marry, Emma devotes herself to building her business empire. Surrounded by a loyal few, including Irishman Blackie O'Neill (Liam Neeson), Emma lives her life as a strong, uncompromising protagonist similar to Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara in a social environment reminiscent of Upstairs, Downstairs. Her life is a sort of feminist retrospective on the social issues of 1890s-to-1930s England--poverty, illegitimate children, illness, anti-Semitism, World War I, whether to marry for security or passion, the role of women in the workplace, and such--making A Woman of Substance a historical and inspiring film to watch.

Hold the Dream
The love of her life was there all along, she just didn't know it. As sequels go, Hold the Dream is a little like the sequel to Gone with the Wind: it's not devoid of merit, but it's not as captivating or enthralling as the original. Paula Fairley (Jenny Seagrove) inherits and runs the retail empire built by her grandmother, Emma Harte (Deborah Kerr). This somewhat lackluster tale of dutiful, hard-working Harte versus undeserving, greedy heirs set in the rather sterile world of 1980s New York City penthouses and English country manors lacks both its precursor's production budget and inspiring poor-girl-makes-good conviction. On the other hand, the love story between Paula and Shane (7th Heaven's Stephen Collins) manages to transcend the miniseries' weaknesses. Overcoming obstacles, tragedy, and deceit on numerous fronts, Paula remains driven by her sense of duty and business acumen. Finally learning that she cannot live on work and her grandmother's dream alone, Paula slowly warms to the possibility of true love. Her most loyal supporter and lifelong friend Shane helps her see that her own dreams can be the most rewarding. Wonderful performances by Seagrove and Collins make Hold the Dream a heartwarming tale about a powerful businesswoman learning to look beyond the bottom line and accept the love of a man who has loved her in silence her whole life.

To Be the Best
In the close of the trilogy, To Be the Best, Paula (Lindsay Wagner) comes into her own as a woman, mother, wife, and businesswoman. While not as captivating as the first parts of the trilogy, To Be the Best offers a satisfying close to the story and has its strengths, including a standout performance from Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins, who plays Paula's chief of security. Thanks to Hopkins's performance, what might otherwise have seemed like a long-lost episode of Dynasty is also part espionage thriller. As Paula gets inveigled into a series of compromising business situations in Hong Kong, it is her dapper and debonair chief of security who repeatedly saves the day. --Tara Chace --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This series gave us Jennie Seagrove in a star-making performance as the young Emma Hart, a woman bent on revenge that manages to build an empire. Deborah Kerr plays the older Emma Hart bookending the first film. Liam Neesan plays Blackie (friend to Emma) with Jennie and, in old-age makeup with Ms. Kerr. A winner. The sequel is as good. The third in the trilogy is just plain odd. But the first two are enough. Very entertaining television.
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I was so happy when I learn that "A Woman of Substance" series was coming to DVD. These are two great DVD's(while Hold the Dream is okay)The picture and sound on all three movie's is great. My only complaint is why was Lindsey Wagner casted for "Hold the Dream?" The change in the cast hurts this movie. Overall, "The woman of substance" trilogy is must for any fan of the books.
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This is one of the best mini-series that I have watched. Although I hadn't seen Liam Nielson in any movies until I watch this mini-series on T.V., I found that he was a wonderful actor and I later looked for other movies he was starring. The story line in this mini-series is GREAT and it is interesting to learn about the differences in English culture -- the differences between the rich and the poor; the landowners verses the workers.
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is my favorite author, A Woman of Substance is my "all time" favorite book, and this DVD Trilogy did not let me down. I will watch it many times, I'm sure.
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By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 23 2013
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I'm not sure just what I expected from this series, but in the end, I realized how disappointed I was. I felt totally crummy after watching hours of people being dishonest, cruel, hurting others to make money and climb the ladder of success, and using people to further their careers. Perhaps I watch movies to find the best in people and life. That didn't happen in this one, for sure. The acting might have been good, the photography great, the costumes and directing true to the eras portrayed in the story, but I didn't have the feel good response I thought I would have. I just can't recommend this.
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I loved the books and the mini series is worth watching. I will lend it my my mother who will really appreciated the times of the series.
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4 videos to watch, first one is the best , woman of substance, the others not as easy to watch as they take some time to piece together what happened. Great story lines but not easy to follow with so much editing. Reasonable value. Discs and case in excellent condition, well pkgd too.
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I first watched this in the 1980's and fell in love with this story so immediately read all the Barbara Taylor Bradford novels - was so glad to see I could get this on Amazon......
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