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M.A.S.H. - Complete Series 1-11 - The Martinis and Medicine Collection | DVD | (25/12/2008)
from £37.99 | Saving you £162.00 (81.00%) | RRP
This M*A*S*H-tastic 36-disc collection is one for the television time capsule. It contains all 11 seasons of this multi-Emmy Award-winning series. Adapted for television by legendary comedy writer Larry Gelbart, the series has long since supplanted Robert Altman's film in the public's consciousness. Life and death at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War doesn't seem like ripe fodder for a comedy series, but M*A*S*H masterfully balanced laughter and tears (less so in its later, more preachy seasons). It often does play better without a laugh track (a viewing option for all episodes). During its run, M*A*S*H survived several delicate operations, including the departure of Gelbart after season 4 and the loss of core ensemble members McLean Stevenson as Col. Henry Blake and Wayne Rogers as Trapper John (after season 3), Larry Linville as Frank Burns (after season 5) and Gary Burghoff (a veteran of the original film) as Radar (after season 8). The show thrived with the introduction of some new blood, Henry Morgan as "regular Army" Col. Potter and Mike Farrell as compassionate BJ (season 4) and David Ogden Stiers as elitist Charles Emerson Winchester III (season 6). M*A*S*H was honored with the prestigious Peabody Award "for the depth of its humour and the manner in which comedy is used to lift the spirit and, as well, to offer a profound statement on the nature of war." This was a sitcom that did not always leave you laughing, as witness the classic season 3 episode "Abyssinia, Henry." And throughout its run, M*A*S*H broke the sitcom mould with several episodes, including "The Interview" (season 4), in which Clete Roberts interviews the staff of the 4077th, "Point of View" (season 7), subjectively seen through the eyes of a wounded soldier and "Life Time" (season 8), which unfolds in real time. M*A*S*H boasted one of television's greatest ensembles, fully embodied characters who each became icons, most notably Alan Alda, who served with distinction as Hawkeye, the series' soul and conscience. But a special salute to Loretta Switt, whose Margaret Houlihan went from "Hot Lips" to nobody's pushover. From the "Pilot" to the feature-length finale, "Goodbye, Farewell & Amen," still the most-watched episode in history, this essential (but not so much if you bought the individual season sets) collection honours one of television's greatest half-hours. --Donald Liebenson
The Munsters: Season 12 (Repackage) | DVD | (10/10/2011)
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Get ready to be entertained by America's first family of fright. In this timeless, one-of-a-kind comedy series. The unforgettable family of The Munsters casts a hilarious spell that will keep you laughing through every episode!Episodes comprise:1. Munster Masquerade 2. My Fair Munster 3. A Walk on the Mild Side 4. Rock-a-Bye Munster 5. Pike's Pique 6. Low-Cal Munster 7. Tin Can Man 8. Herman the Great 9. Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie 10. Autumn Croakus 11. The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster 12. The Sleeping Cutie 13. Family Portrait 14. Grandpa Leaves Home 15. Herman's Rival 16. Grandpa's Call of the Wild 17. All-Star Munster 18. If a Martian Answers, Hang Up 19. Eddie's Nickname 20. Bats of a Feather 21. Don't Bank on Herman 22. Dance With Me, Herman 23. Follow That Munster 24. Love Locked Out 25. Come Back Little Googie 26. Far Out Munsters 27. Munsters on the Move 28. Movie Star Munster 29. Herman the Rookie 30. Country Club Munsters 31. Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights 32. Mummy Munster 33. Lily Munster, Girl Model 34. Munster the Magnificent 35. Herman's Happy Valley 36. Hot Rod Herman 37. Herman's Raise 38. Yes, Galen, There Is a Herman (a.k.a) My Friend Herman 39. Bonus Episode: My Fair Munster (Unedited Colour)40. Herman's Child Psychology41. Herman, the Master Spy42. Bronco-Bustin' Munster43. Herman Munster, Shutter Bug44. Herman, Coach of the Year45. Happy 100th Anniversary46. Operation Herman47. Lily's Star Boarder48. John Doe Munster 49. A Man for Marilyn 50. Herman's Driving Test 51. Will Success Spoil Herman Munster? 52. Underground Munster53. The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights 54. Herman's Peace Offensive55. Herman Picks a Winner 56. Just Another Pretty Face 57. Big Heap Herman58. The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World 59. Grandpa's Lost Wife60. The Fregosi Emerald 61. Zombo62. Cyrano de Munster63. The Musician 64. Prehistoric Munster 65. A Visit From Johann 65. Eddie's Brother 66. Herman, the Tire-Kicker 67. A House Divided68. Herman's Sorority Caper 69. Herman's Lawsuit70. A Visit From the Teacher
M.A.S.H. - Season 1 | DVD | (19/05/2003)
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Set in an emergency medical camp, the sitcom M*A*S*H was based on Robert Altman's 1970 movie of the same name, which notionally took place during the Korean War but was implicitly a bleak commentary on the US involvement in Vietnam. First aired in 1972, the series is broader and less edgy than the film, taking the original characters and reducing them for stock comic value. Nonetheless, the sense of hip insolence is preserved in Alan Alda's carousing, wisecracking but essentially decent Hawkeye--Groucho Marx in a surgeon's mask. The first series shows Hawkeye and buddy Trapper John (Wayne Rogers) dealing with the bloody and messy end of the war. Though not often explicitly critical of the conflict, their attitude towards the uptight, irascible Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Loretta Swit's prim, buttoned-up nurse "Hotlips" Houlihan suggests a healthy contempt for military mores. Fortunately, their commander Henry Blake (McClean Stevenson) is an easy-going soul who indulges them and allows a genial atmosphere to flourish at the 4077th. The pilot--in which Hawkeye arranges a raffle where the prize is a night with a gorgeous nurse to raise money for a Korean kid to get to college--sums up the spirit of these early episodes: soft-centred liberalism mixed with somewhat dated sexism, albeit more slickly delivered than contemporary British sitcoms such as On the Buses. The skirt-chasing and buffoonery in this first series would give way to a more earnest tone as the show continued. On the DVD: M*A*S*H is disappointingly short on special features. However, there is the option of removing the jarringly inappropriate intrusive laugh track that was used on US broadcasts of the show but not the UK version. These episodes have been comprehensively cleaned up for DVD consumption. --David Stubbs
M.A.S.H - Seasons 1 - 11 Complete Box Set | DVD | (30/10/2006)
from £54.91 | Saving you £145.08 (72.50%) | RRP
Korea 1950. They were a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit stationed three miles from the front. Incoming helicopters full of wounded brought the horrors of war to them daily and sometimes bullets flew right outside the operating room door. Hilarity and hijinks were all that kept them sane. Now journey back to that special place where friendships were forged laughter was found and drinks were served. Featuring all the episodes from the complete 11 seasons of M*A*S*H!
Doing Life | DVD | (28/05/2007)
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Convicted of cop-killing Jerry Rosenberg seemed destined to die in the electric chair. The remarkable and inspirational story of how he turned his life around and fought a very personal battle to get his sentence commuted is told in this compelling drama starring Tony Danza of Taxi fame.In the early 1960s Brooklyn-born career criminal Rosenberg faced the death penalty for a double cop-killing. But Rosenberg swore he was innocent and set about squashing his conviction. Through a correspondence course in law Rosenberg even gained a degree and he went on to establish a considerable reputation for counselling and defending his fellow inmates and to earn the title 'America's Greatest Jailhouse Lawyer'.