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Q. - The Almost Complete Q | DVD | (20/11/2017)
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Comedic madness in Spike Milligan's ground-breaking, wild, subversive and nonsensical BBC sketch comedy series from 1969 1980. Simply Media are delighted to announce release of Q: The Almost Complete Collection on DVD 20th November 2017, containing all surviving episodes from Qs 5-9 in this 5-disc set, on DVD together for the very first time. Originally shown by the BBC from 1969-1980, this BAFTA-nominated series is considered a landmark in British Comedy. The fast-paced, anarchic sketch comedy will delight fans of the series and Spike Milligan's work. Written by and starring BAFTA-winner Spike Milligan in a variety of silly outfits and outlandish situations involving idiot Boy Scouts, Adolf Hitler, and the Royal Family. The original Q5 of 1969 was heralded as the inspiration behind Monty Python's Flying Circus, which debuted a few months later. It's also one of the best showcases of Spike's surreal and eccentric humour. Sketches come in thick and fast, and jump from one plot point or location to another with no explanation, and sometimes no apparent conclusion. Bizarre, yes. Funny, most definitely! Terry Jones and I adored the Q... shows , recalled Michael Palin for Spike's biography, [Milligan] was the first writer to play with the conventions of television. The BBC initially delayed re-commissioning the ground-breaking Q series until the Monty Python series ended, despite the impact Q had already had on the world of alternative comedy, and at a time when Kenny Everett and Not the Nine O'clock News were further testing the limits of TV Comedy. However, the popular Q returned over 6 years later for four further series. It is clear to see Monty Python in Spike's work, with Life of Brian's Chris Langham on the writing team and Monty Python's Flying Circus director Ian MacNaughton directing some episodes. For Q8 and Q9, direction was taken over by the talented BAFTA-winning Ray Butt (Only Fools and Horses). Spike leads a fantastic cast of co-performers including John Bluthal (The Vicar of Dibley), Bob Todd (Superman III), John D. Collins (?Allo ?Allo), Peter Jones (The Rag Trade), and Margaret Nolan (Goldfinger), Alan Clare (Rising Damp) and a self-parodying David Lodge in yet more surreal, outrageous and determinedly under-prepared sketches and musical interludes. Enjoy all the madness and mayhem of Spike Milligan's Q again with this landmark DVD collection.
Digby | DVD | (07/01/2013)
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Children's shaggy dog story. Digby is a sheepdog rescued from the pound by schoolboy Billy. When Billy is told that he cannot keep the canine at home, animal expert Jeff (Jim Dale) offers to take Digby in. However, when Digby accidentally drinks a secret chemical concoction, he grows to a massive size, going on the rampage around the country. It is up to Billy and Jeff to track the enormous Digby down before he is blown up by the army or sold to the circus!
Q Volume 1 Series 1-3 (Q5, Q6, Q7) | DVD | (21/11/2016)
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Q is a surreal television comedy sketch show written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand. Considered one of the best examples of the British Comedy Award winner's eccentricity and 'stream-of-consciousness' humour, Spike Milligan's sketches in Q make outrageous leaps from one subject matter or location to another, stopping with no apparent conclusion, and not shying away from controversial matters. Filled with invention and taking huge risks, Q provides the perfect showcase for Milligan's surreal wit. It is clear to see Monty Python in Spike's work, and the Pythons were quick to nab director Ian MacNaughton for their own show. The series features regular appearances from John Bluthal, John D. Collins, Peter Jones and Margaret Nolan, with seasoned satirists Richard Ingrams and John Wells prominent in the rarely seen early episodes. Contains all surviving episodes from Series 1, and the complete Series 2 and 3.
Q Volume 2: Series 4 and 5 (Q8 and Q9) | DVD | (27/02/2017)
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BAFTA-winning director Ray Butt (Only Fools and Horses) takes the helm for the final two series of Spike Milligan s anarchic sketch show, recorded in front of and occasionally featuring a wide-eyed studio audience. Qs 8 and 9 were made in quick succession in 1979 and 1980 after the BBC initially delayed re-commissioning the series until the Monty Python team departed TV-land. This was despite the impact the original Q5 of 1969 had on the world of alternative comedy. At a time when Kenny Everett and Not the Nine O Clock News were further testing the limits of TV comedy, the former Goon leads a cast of co-performers including John Bluthal, Bob Todd, Julia Breck, Alan Clare and a self-parodying David Lodge in yet more surreal, outrageous and determinedly under-prepared sketches. Running gags and familiar tropes prevail, with Adolf Hitler, Arab sheiks, idiot Boy Scouts and the Royal Family subject to scattergun ridicule, while musical interludes from Spike, pianist Ed Welch and occasional guest singers age the shows a little more harshly than the main man s virulently anti-PC humour.
The Last Remake of Beau Geste | DVD | (24/01/2011)
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Following his unforgettable performances in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein and Silent Movie Marty Feldman wrote directed and starred in his own classic spoof. He plays Digby Geste the 'identitcal' twin brother to Beau (Michael York) but without his dashing sibling's do-or-die heroics. When a priceless family heirloom is stolen their fates are sealed the lunacy escalates and the laughs come thick and fast.
The Best Of Spike Milligan | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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Some remember him from the Goons some through his army autobiographies or his poems but it is his work on television that has stamped Spike Milligan's surreal chaotic and devastatingly funny humour on the nations imagination. This compilation features classic moments such as The Lost Forever in the Bermuda Triangle Holiday the Eurovision Joke Contest Michael Parkinson at the Soldierama Massage Parlour Spike as the singing Viking Maiden and loads more assorted lunacy from the
Curry And Chips - The Complete Series | DVD | (19/04/2010)
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Curry And Chips: The Complete Series
The Peter Sellers Collection | DVD | (09/10/2017)
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An all new original Peter Sellers DVD gifting set. The set features 4 DVDs in a slipcase and includes his 1974 comedy The Great McGonagall set in Victorian times, a story of the world s greatest poet William Topaz McGonagall, also starring Spike Milligan. The 1969 classic comedy The Magic Christian starring Ringo Starr, Richard Attenborough, Christopher Lee and Spike Milligan. The film features original music by Paul McCartney. The 1973 comedy that Sellers did his utmost to prevent being released Ghost in the Noonday Sun starring Peter Boyle and Spike Milligan. And finally the 1979 adventure comedy The Prisoner of Zenda also starring Lionel Jeffries and Elke Sommer.
The Bed Sitting Room (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/10/2011)
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In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a 'nuclear misunderstanding' (which lasted two minutes and twenty eight seconds, including the signing of the peace treaty) is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed-sitting room. This vividly imagined, darkly satirical filmic version of a post apocalyptic England, directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Days Night, How I Won the War, The Knack) is based on the highly regarded play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. It also boasts great performances by the cream of 60s British comedy and acting talent: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Dandy Nichols and Marty Feldman.
Down Among The Z Men | DVD | (24/06/2002)
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Although they made their name in the medium of radio, the legendary Goons also made brief forays into the world of television and, with Down Among the Z Men, film. It captures the team at a very early stage in their career, with Michael Bentine still in the fold, and with their unique, anarchic brand of humour still in its infancy. Sadly, the style and feel of the film does little to suit their comedy style. While radio offered an opportunity for their imaginations to run riot, here the four find themselves tied to a few stock characters, most of whom would make a more animated appearances later in their career. The plot--with its tale of eccentric professors and evil spies--sees a series of musical numbers and a variety performance crow barred into the proceedings. Those who wish to add to an already existing Goons collection may want to consider this, but anyone wondering what all the fuss is about should head straight for the many radio collections available and hear the sound of true genius at work. On The DVD: Down Among the Z Men offers little to recommend, with the DVD lacking in any extras whatsoever. Being taken from an original fifties print, the black and white picture is of reasonable quality yet cannot help but look extremely dated. At best it is the sort of curio that would pass time on a Sunday afternoon but it is hard to consider this a particularly essential DVD release. –-Phil Udell
Alice's Adentures In Wonderland | DVD | (08/03/2010)
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Boasting a star studded international cast of Academy Award Winners nominees and BAFTA recipients including Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther Dr Strangelove The Goon Show) as the March Hare Michael Crawford (Some Mothers Do Ave 'Em Hello Dolly!) as the White Rabbit Dudley Moore (10 Arthur Bedazzled) as Dormouse Spike Milligan (The Goon Show Adolf Hitler-My Part in his Downfall) Sir Michael Hordern (Where Eagles Dare Gandhi) Sir Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes Doctor Zhivago) & Fiona Fullerton (View to a Kill) as Alice. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels this extravagantly lush British spectacle which brings Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations enchantingly to life with a bewitching score by James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA winning cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey Superman) is presented in its original aspect ratio 2.35.1 Todd-AO 35 'Scope.
Ghost In The Noonday Sun | DVD | (12/12/2016)
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Peter Sellers stars as the bumbling Captain Dick Scratcher, a high seas pirate, Peter Boyle, Spike Milligan and Antony Franciosa lend their comedic talents in their search for buried treasure! Dreaming of untold riches and a harem of curvaceous woman, Scratcher and his roguish buccaneer band set sail for Treasure Island. But Captain Scratcher's quest for riches runs into a little snag - Ras Mohammed's ghost. A chest of loot worth a King's ransom lies buried beneath the ex-pirates remains! He fiercely protects his precious stash; and he doesn't take kindly to conniving grave robbers.... A riotous romp, GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN follows in the slapstick tradition of Monty Python and Benny Hill. It's a treasure of laughs that's sure to keep you in stitches!
The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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Barry McKenzie a loud-mouthed sex crazed innocent travels to London to get a cultural education. His Aunt Edna Everidge accompanies him to keep him out of harm's way. Barry's adventures take him from the Australian colony of Earl's Court to Rickmansworth and the strange perversions of England's upper classes then along the hippie trail meeting the swindlers of the British music industry before landing him back in London this time among the poofters and lezzas of Notting Hill.
The Great McGonagall | DVD | (09/02/2004)
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William Topaz McGonagall (Milligan) is an unemployed Scottish weaver who decides to devote his life to poetry. Falling in love with Queen Victoria (here played by Peter Sellers) he donates his major poetic works to her and despite many rejections dreams of one day becoming Poet Laureate...
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins | DVD | (08/10/2007)
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Comprising of 7 magnificent short films on the Seven Deadly Sins this cult-classic comedy features a mammoth cast of legendary British comedians and saucy girls. The hilarious segments include a bachelor desperate to get a date and a chauffeur searching through London's sewers to find his boss' lost 50p. Pride of place goes to an episode illustrating class warfare when a Bentley and a clapped out Morris meet head on in a narrow lane and both drivers refuse to back down.
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine: The Complete Series | DVD | (31/12/2099)
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Digby - the Biggest Dog in the World | DVD | (25/09/2006)
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""Everybody's Favourite Shaggy Dog Story!"" Young Billy can't keep Digby the lovable sheepdog he brought home from the pound so he decides to leave him with animal expert Jeff (Jim Dale). But while Jeff's back is turned Digby accidentally drinks a top secret chemical which makes him grow... and grow... and grow! The gigantic Digby is soon being chased all over the country. The army think he dangerous and want to blow him up. Two thieves are trying to sell him to the circus! In this frantic and hilarious race against time Billy and the hapless Jeff must get to Digby with the antidote or lose him forever. With and all star cast including Spike Milligan and Victor Spinetti Digby The Biggest Dog In The World is a classic adventure story for the whole family. Available for the first time on DVD!
Penny Points To Paradise/Let's Go Crazy | DVD | (03/08/2009)
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Two valuable early Peter Sellers performances rescued from obscurity and reconstructed as completely as possible. Both films provide an important insight into British comedy history and specifically chart the beginning of Sellers' rise to stardom.
The Lacey Rituals: the films of Bruce Lacey (and friends) 1952-2012 (2-DVD) | DVD | (23/07/2012)
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What links The Beatles, Ken Russell, Peter Cook, Fairport Convention, The Goons, The Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band and Turner prize-winning artists Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller? The answer: Mr Bruce Lacey. A legendary figure on the British counter-cultural art scene during the 1960s, Lacey has enjoyed five decades of defining cultural moments, collaborating with all manner of filmmakers, musicans and artists (such as director Richard Lester, cartoonist Bob Godfrey and artist Jill Smith), and making appearances in such era-defining pop cultural experiences as Help! and Not Only... But Also.This indispensible two-disc collection finally brings together many of Lacey's rarely-seen films for the very first time, showcasing the rich and diverse talents of a seminal and thoroughly original British artist-filmmaker.Includes: The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film (Richard Lester, 1960), The Lacey Rituals (1973) and much more.
The Life And Legacy Of Spike Milligan | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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Voted the funniest person of the millennium in a BBC poll the late great Spike Milligan remains an inspiration to a new generation of comedians. This DVD of 'The Life And Legacy Of Spike Milligan' is the extended version of director Cathy Henkel's 2005 documentary featuring interviews with family friends and colleagues who reveal Spike as a brilliant but tortured man treading a thin line between genius and debilitating depression. Performance footage previously unseen home movi