Thanks Greg for the tip! I was just hoping to avoid buying video tapes (expecially used ones), but it looks as if that may be the best solution with all the DVD editing that you and Ken mentioned. Thanks again.
No idea about USA releases but you could have a look on E-Bay (enter Poldark) as there's always plenty of videos and DVD's for sale on there, however I think that the latest DVD's had quite a few scenes edited out from the older ones. I've the full set of the 1990's UK VHS videos and even they were pruned down a fair bit from the original TV programmes aired in the '70's ! Also check the three video postings above for possible further info.
Before doing anything though check out all the technical differences between USA systems and UK ones as I've no idea I'm afraid.
I've just finished reading the 12 books in the Poldark saga and would dearly love to watch the old BBC miniseries but it doesn't seem to be available in the US (at least not on DVD). The DVDs have been released in the UK; does anyone know if there are plans to release them here? Thanks.