BBC finally making Kenneth Clark's Civilisation available on DVD in the US…

We got this wonderful news today…someone was listening.

—–Original Message—–
From: customer.service []
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:54 AM

Subject: Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation on DVD

Dear Mr. Lubetkin ,

BBC Video (BBC Worldwide America) is proud to announce that ‘Civilisation: A
Personal View by Lord Clark’ (DVD) will be available for pre-order on May
23rd. We rely on our valued customers input and appreciate your patience.

Kind regards,


  1. Absolutely excellent and long overdue. I did see the DVD listed on One concern-it will be region one-viewable in the US, won’t it?Geoff

  2. When the series was first broadcast on PBS in the early 1970s, there was a study guide published by PBS. It’s a paperback book sort of like a “Cliff Notes” for the series, with a chapter for each episode, and program notes to the works of art and the musical excerpts used in the program. You might be able to find a copy of it on eBay.The original book on which the series is based, “Civilisation: A Personal View,” is available as a used book from Amazon, and there may be copies available in other bookstores.

  3. Oh, I forgot to respond to Geoff’s comment. The whole purpose of this blog’s campaign regarding Civilisation DVDs was to get BBC to produce one that was region-one compatible. They’ve been selling a Euro DVD (Region 2) for years. For a long time, they told me there was no customer interest in a version for the US. Thanks to readers of this blog, we changed their minds!

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