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My Name Is Earl - Seasons 1-4 | DVD | (05/10/2009)
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The Apartment Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017)
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Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (cowritten with long-time collaborator I A L Diamond). --Robert Abele
Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) | DVD | (03/05/2004)
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The ultimate collection for fans of Laurel and Hardy: 21 discs of classic comedy! Content comprises: 1. A Chump At Oxford / Related Shorts 2. Classic Shorts / Someone's Ailing 3. Way Out West / Shorts 4. Classic Shorts / Ollie And Matrimony 5. Our Relations / Dual Roles Shorts 6. Classic Shorts / Murder In The Air 7. Blockheads / Themed Shorts 8. Classic Shorts / Blackmail 9. The Bohemian Girl / Related Shorts 10. Classic Shorts / Be Big / Laughing Gravy 11. Saps At Sea / Themed Shor
Blackadder - Complete Blackadder | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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Like a skidmark through history the Edmund Blackadders left an indelible dirty stain on every era they passed through. No one knows where the notorious Blackadder family originated from - some say the shallow end of the gene pool others just nod and point to the cess-pit behind the pig-sheds. Every new era produces a more contemptuous Edmund Blackadder each incarnation bearing a striking resemblance to the last carrying forward the family traditions of cowardice treachery and po
Bless this House: Complete Series (repackaged) | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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Sid James stars as successful travelling stationery salesman and average family man Sid Abbott in this classic television comedy. A man who would give anything for a quiet life his position as head of the chaotic Abbott household is constantly being eroded by the harassment and seemingly unreasonable demands made by his family - wife and sparring partner Jean (Diana Coupland) groovy art school dropout son Mike (Robin Stewart) and schoolgirl daughter Sally (Sally Geeson). The sympathetic neighbours Betty (Patsy Rowlands) and Trevor (Anthony Jackson) are always on hand to make a bad situation worse... This 12-disc set features all 65 episodes of the series and also includes the feature film version made in 1972.
The Woody Allen 20 Film Collection | DVD | (02/07/2012)
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AliceA woman develops magical powers, thanks to an Asian herbalist. Annie HallComedian Alvy Singer falls for ditzy but delightful Annie Hall in this Best Picture OSCAR Winner. Another WomanA writer eavesdrops on the therapy sessions of a stranger. BananasFielding Mellish becomes the president of a banana republic. Broadway Danny RoseA talent manager gets dragged into a life-threatening love triangle. Crimes And MisdemeanorsMartin Landau plays an adulterous husband contemplating murder. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* But Were Afraid To AskOutrageously funny answers to provocative questions about sex. Hannah And Her SistersMichael Caine and Dianne Wiest won OSCARS for their supporting roles in this film brimming with laughter and tears. InteriorsAn intimate drama about a mother and her three daughters. Love And DeathA cowardly Russian finds himself on the war front. ManhattanA divorced writer falls for his best friend’s mistress. Melinda And MelindaA seriously funny love story told as both a comedy and a drama. A Midsummer Night's Sex ComedyLove blooms in the countryside for a crackpot inventor and his guests. The Purple Rose Of CairoA movie character steps off the screen and into the real world. Radio DaysA coming-of-age story set during the golden age of radio. SeptemberUnrequited love and secrets from the past haunt a fragile woman. Shadows And FogAn all-star cast lights up this dark comedy about a killer on the loose. SleeperThe future is funny in this sci-fi spoof about a man out of time. Stardust MemoriesA filmmaker grapples with fawning fans and the meaning of life. ZeligA human chameleon fascinates America in this mock documentary.
Logan Lucky 4K UHD | Blu Ray | (26/12/2017)
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Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is from a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, whose clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. After being fired from his job, and with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) threatening to move out of State taking their daughter with her, Jimmy decides he has to do something to get his family's life back on track. With a little help from his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and an incarcerated explosive expert, the aptly named Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year. Directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike, Traffic), Logan Lucky also stars Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, and Brian Gleeson.
Will and Grace: Complete Series 1 | DVD | (30/08/2004)
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Will & Grace debuted with a controversial splash because one of its two lead characters is gay--but smart writing and topnotch performances, not politics, have made the show a hit. Two neurotic and sharp-tongued urbanites--gay lawyer Will (Eric McCormack) and straight interior designer Grace (Debra Messing)--delight in their volatile but enduring friendship as they share a sumptuous New York apartment. Sweeping into the mix are Will's unapologetically queeny friend Jack (Sean Hayes) and Grace's wildly eccentric assistant Karen (Megan Mullally). Much like Seinfeld, the humour on Will & Grace springs from self-obsession, petty jealousy, and compulsive interfering in each other's lives--basically, the building blocks of human nature. The show's writers apparently feel compelled to keep the lead characters warm and likeable in the usual sitcom mode (which hardly seems necessary, as McCormack and Messing are naturally engaging). As a result, it's Jack and Karen who get free reign to be truly obnoxious and ridiculous--which, of course, makes them incredibly funny and charismatic. Hayes and Mullally rise to the occasion, ripping through absurd situations and arias of narcissistic wit with dazzling panache. Will & Grace's plots routinely center around scenarios that could feature a married couple or two same-sex roommates: Will and Grace bicker over buying a dog, find their relationship tested by apartment renovations, or discover they're both pursuing the same guy--standard sitcom material that the gay factor gives a clever spin. Though their relationship gets in the way of their sex lives, the two take so much pleasure in each other's company that they can't help but stick together--a surprisingly chaste theme for such a culturally groundbreaking show, but one that Will & Grace's addicted audience undoubtedly appreciates. --Bret Fetzer
Will and Grace: Complete Series 2 | DVD | (30/08/2004)
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After a first season made controversial by the mere presence of openly gay characters, Will & Grace returned triumphantly with renewed confidence and vigour. In their second season, sidekicks Jack and Karen (the very, very funny Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally) are more snide and gleefully obnoxious than ever; Will (Eric McCormack) has perfected his prickly panache; and in particular Grace (Debra Messing) has entered a whole new plane of sexy goofiness, diving even more headlong into physical comedy--such as the episode when, in order to woo a high school crush, she gets a water-padded bra that springs a leak. The writing has also become tighter, grown more deft in its gay and pop culture references (which were often self-conscious in the first season) and at juggling sustained storylines, such as the Immigration department investigating Jack's marriage to Karen's Salvadorian maid Rosario (Shelley Morrison), Grace and Will struggling to become less emotionally incestuous, and Jack seeking his biological father. The show excels at tackling emotional subjects (like Will discovering that his father, who has accepted and even embraced his homosexuality at home, has told his co-workers that Will is married to Grace) with a sharp comic eye. Guest stars start to accumulate: Molly Shannon returns, Sydney Pollack and Debbie Reynolds play Will's dad and Grace's mom, Joan Collins appears as a rival designer, Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, MD) plays the leader of a going-straight support group, and Gregory Hines takes on a recurring role as Will's new boss, a high-powered lawyer who seduces Grace. Will & Grace mixes superb sitcom farce with sly sociopolitical commentary; the fusion is smart and consistently entertaining. --Bret Fetzer
King of the Hill Season 1-5 Box Set | DVD | (16/08/2010)
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King Of The Hill is another animation hit from Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge who also voices the starring character Hank Hill a propane gas salesman in the fictional town Arlen Texas. Hank is often besieged by the idiosyncrasies of society but he finds (some) serenity in his home-life with his wife substitute Spanish teacher Peggy his awkward son Bobby and his live-in niece-in-law Luanne Platter. Adding flavor to the ordinary dish the series serves are Hank's friends divorcee military barber Bill Dauterive paranoid Dale Gribble (with an obsession with Government conspiracy theories) and the gibberish spouting Boomhauer. This stunning box set contains all 105 episodes from the first five seasons on 19 discs.
The Morecambe & Wise Show - Complete Collection | DVD | (04/10/2010)
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Morecambe & Wise Show Complete Collection
Carry On - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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This box set features a veritable campsite of bawdy comedic treats from the Carry On crew! Includes: 1. Carry On Abroad (1972) 2. Carry On Again Doctor (1972) 3. Carry On Doctor (1967) 4. Carry On Don't Lose Your Head (1966) 5. Carry On England (1976) 6. Carry On Follow That Camel (1967) 7. Carry On Matron (1972) 8. Carry On at Your Convenience (1971) 9. Carry On Behind (1975) 10. Carry On Camping (1969) 11. Carry On Dick (1974) 12. Carry On Emmanuelle (1978) 13. Carry On Girls (1973) 14. Carry On Henry (1971) 15. Carry On Holiday 16. Carry On Loving (1970) 17. Carry On Up The Jungle (1970) 18. Carry On up the Khyber (1968) 19. Carry On Sergeant (1958) 20. Carry On Nurse (1959) 21. Carry On Teacher (1959) 22. Carry On Constable (1960) 23. Carry On Regardless (1961) 24. Carry On Cruising (1962) 25. Carry On Cabby (1963) 26. Carry On Jack (1963) 27. Carry On Spying (1964) 28. Carry On Cleo (1964) 29. Carry On Cowboy (1965) 30. Carry On Screaming! (1966)
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
Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxed Set | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017)
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Eureka Entertainment to release BUSTER KEATON: 3 FILMS, a collection of essential films from one of the greats of cinema operating at the height of his powers, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on Blu-ray from stunning new 4K restorations in a lavish limited edition (3000 copies) 3-disc hardbound boxed set on 16 October 2017. Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies. Collected here are three key films from that era; Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. Together they represent a true master at his peak, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from stunning new 4K restorations available for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world. Sherlock Jr. (1924) A film projectionist (and amateur detective) offers to solve the case of a missing watch, but is instead framed for the crime himself. Desperate to clear his name, the projectionist dreams of being the great Sherlock Jr., and in one of cinemas most iconic sequences, literally steps into the screen to bring his fantasies to life. The General (1926) When union spies steal his locomotive (along with his girlfriend), a plucky railway engineer pursues them doggedly across enemy lines. Containing one of the most memorable chase sequences in the history of filmmaking, The General is widely considered to be Keaton's masterpiece. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) A steamboat captain receives a telegram informing him that his son who he has not seen for many years will be coming to visit. Eagerly expecting a strapping young lad who will help him compete with his arch-rival, he is disappointed with the effete progeny that instead shows up. Best remembered for its climactic cyclone sequence in which Keaton performs a number of death-defying stunts whilst an entire town is destroyed around him, Steamboat Bill, Jr. was Buster Keaton's last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest. BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: 3 x Blu-ray discs plus 60-page book all housed in a hardbound slipcase 1080p presentations of all three films from stunning new 4K restorations Audio commentary on Sherlock Jr. by film historian David Kalat Three new video interviews with film scholar Peter Kramer discussing Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr Buster Keaton: The Genius Destroyed by Hollywood (52 mins) - A new documentary on Keaton and his struggles working within the Hollywood studio system Buster Keaton on Wagon Train (58 mins) an audio recording of a then 63 year old Buster Keaton in conversation with television writer Bill Cox Sherlock Jr. Original music by Timothy Brock Sherlock Jr. Tour of Filming Locations featurette Sherlock Jr. Movie Magic & Mysteries featurette The General - Original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis The General Tour of Filming Locations featurette The General Video Tour featurette The General Home Movie Footage The General Introduction by Orson Welles The General Introduction by Gloria Swanson Steamboat Bill, Jr. - Original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis Steamboat Bill, Jr. A video essay on the making of the film PLUS: A 60-PAGE BOOK featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; notes on each film; archival writings; Keaton Family Scrapbook, a selection of Keaton family photographs generously supplied by friends of the Keaton family; and a stunning array of archival imagery
The Player | DVD | (30/04/2001)
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Robert Altman's a biting satire on the Hollywood industry, The Player, has always been acknowledged by insiders as too close to the truth for comfort. Opening with a self-referential nine-minute tracking shot around the studio lot where producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) works, the story's intrigue begins with the first of several postcard death threats from a writer he's angered. After accidentally killing the wrong man, Mill moves from one star-studded lunch table to another. All the while he's hounded by the real writer and an obsession with "Ice Queen" artist June Gudmundsdotter (Greta Scacchi) who'd been the deceased's girlfriend. Altman's tradition of improvised dialogue makes each of the dozens of cameos a fascinating treat for movie fans. Blink and you'll miss Angelica Houston, John Cusack, Rod Steiger, or Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts who appear in the hilarious movie-within-a-movie finale. There's an endless list of terrific support from the likes of dry-witted Fred Ward, fly-swatting Lyle Lovett, or tampon-twirling Whoopi Goldberg. Aside from the star-spotting and a script that crackles with sharp dialogue, this also warrants acknowledgement for being the movie to set off an explosion of independent film in the Nineties. On the DVD: there's a commentary track (which leaves the film's soundtrack playing a little too loud) from director Altman who talks at length about the poor state of today's industry, and writer Michael Tolkin who contributes about ten minutes of veiled displeasure about the treatment of a writer's work. There are five grainy deleted scenes featuring lost cameos from Tim Curry, Jeff Daniels, and Patrick Swayze. Then in a 16-minute featurette a lot of the deleted footage is repeated around an interview with Altman. A trailer rounds out the package. --Paul Tonks
Sex And The City - Series 1-6 - Complete | DVD | (07/09/2009)
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From creator and Executive Producer Darren Star (Melrose Place Beverly Hills 90210) and based on the series of articles by Candace Bushnell Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker Kim Cattrall Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon in a hilarious outspoken and outrageous look at dating mating and relating in New York.
Frasier - Series 1-11 - Complete | DVD | (07/09/2009)
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Frasier: The Complete First Season: Making the move from Boston to his former hometown of Seattle a newly divorced Dr. Frasier Crane finds himself on the radio airwaves as the host of his own call-in advice show. When he's not dealing with the problems of his troubled listeners he's embroiled in skirmishes at home involving Marty his retired police detective father; Daphne his father's physical therapist; his younger brother (and rival) Niles; and Eddie...his father's devious dog! Frasier: The Complete Second Season: Frasier Crane infuriates the entire city of Seattle when he complains about its rainy climate during his radio talk show. Meanwhile his father Martin finds his favorite bar is slated for the wrecker's ball - and could it be that Frasier and Niles are behind its demise? Roz considers a new job offer... Daphne finds her privacy invaded... and Frasier's romantic island getaway with a new girlfriend is ruined when his ex-wife is discovered in an adjacent cottage! Frasier: The Complete Third Season: Frasier has encounters with both a woman from his past - Diane Chambers - and one in the future in the form of new radio station manager Kate Costas. Niles is kicked out of the house by wife Maris; Martin is exposed as a budding songwriter for Frank Sinatra and both Daphne and Roz attract some not-so-secret secret admirers! Frasier: The Complete Fourth Season: Cupid's arrows fly in all directions in Season 4 as romantic entanglements include Niles and Daphne as well as Martin and Sherry. Frasier's scorecard is even more impressive: Frasier and a blind date arranged by Roz ; Frasier and a mystery woman who accidentally called his answering machine; and Frasier and...KACL co-worker Gil Chesterton! (Well via an unexpected dream.) And to top the whole season off Eddie is treated by a psychiatrist for doggie depression. Frasier: The Complete Fifth Season: Sibling rivalry between Frasier and Niles leads to some riotous cases of one-upsmanship in Season Five. Which of the two will find out the winner as they vie for the same attractive woman? Frasier: The Complete Sixth Season: What?! Frasier Crane unemployed? Yep that's the stunning predicament in Season Six when KACL switches its format to salsa and Frasier finds himself out of a job! Meanwhile Niles finds himself without a secret love to obsess when Daphne is swept off her feet by a new suitor Donny Douglas. Frasier: The Complete Seventh Season: In this collection the laughs can only shift into high gear when a heavily medicated Frasier inadvertently spills the beans to Daphne about Niles and his powerful infatuation for her - just as she is preparing for her wedding to Donny Douglas! Frasier: The Complete Eighth Season: wedding bells chime a sour note when Daphne flees her marriage ceremony to run off with Niles and the two lovebirds - as well as a hapless Frasier - ultimately find themselves embroiled in a lawsuit as a result of the marital mayhem! Frasier: The Complete Ninth Season: Celebrate Frasier's 100th episode in Season Nine which has Frasier Crane (Grammer) commemorating his 2 000th radio show on KACL in Seattle. But where oh where is that one missing tape that would make Frasier's collection of radio programs complete? Frasier: The Complete Tenth Season: In Season Ten Frasier's confrontation with an annoying stock market analyst at KACL results in the entire staff having to attend a sexual harassment seminar. Frasier: The Complete Final Season: The entire cast says Goodbye Seattle in a memorable two-part finale. You won't want to miss a minute of this acclaimed comedy's final season in this entertaining laugh-provoking DVD collection.
Spitting Image - Series 1-7 - Complete | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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A milestone in television comedy Spitting Image lifted satire to a new level for over a decade through the 1980's and 90's. No target was safe from the series' gunsights: politicians of all persuasions Ronald Reagan the Pope and even the Royal Family could find themselves up for a ribbing on any given programme. Exceptionally topical the series was worked around that current weeks news stories to retain its biting edge and many famous impressionists honed their craft portraying the voices behind the wickedly accurate rubber puppets: Chris Barrie Rory Bremner Phil Cornwell Steve Coogan John Culshaw Harry Enfield and Kate Robbins (among many others).
Blackadder: Complete Series 1-4 | DVD | (12/11/2001)
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Follow the progress of Rowan Atkinson's irredeemably wicked Edmund Blackadder throughout history in this complete box set of all four series--from the snivelling War of the Roses-era creep in the Shakespearean parody that was the first series, to his final and unexpectedly noble demise in the trenches of the First World War in Blackadder Goes Forth. In between, of course, we see Edmund at the court of giggly Queen Elizabeth I in Blackadder II, now transformed into the Machiavellian cad audiences came to love so well (thanks to a character overhaul from writing team Ben Elton and Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson’s note-perfect performance). Then in Blackadder III he's still scheming, but this time has moved a little down the social ladder as butler to the congenitally stupid Prince Regent on the cusp of the 18th and 19th centuries. In all four generations Blackadder is accompanied (or should that be hampered?) by his faithful yet terminally stupid servant Baldrick (Tony Robinson); and if that wasn't bad enough he also has to put up with the incompetence, pomposity and one-upmanship of a host of other contemporary hangers-on wonderfully played by regular costars Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnery, Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson and Rik Mayall. Taken as a whole this sharp, cynical, occasionally satirical, toilet humour-obsessed and achingly funny saga deserves to stand alongside Fawlty Towers as one of the best ever British sitcoms. --Mark Walker
Ealing Comedy DVD Collection - The Ladykillers/Kind Hearts and Coronets/The Lavender Hill Mob/The Man in the White Suit | DVD | (02/09/2002)
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Four of the British film industry's best-loved comedies in one box set makes The Ealing Comedy Collection absolutely essential for anyone who has any passion at all for movies. The set contains Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955). Ealing's greatest comedies captured the essence of post-war Britain, both in their evocation of a land once blighted by war but now rising doggedly and optimistically again from the ashes, and in their mordant yet graceful humour. They portray a country with an antiquated class system whose crumbling conventions are being undermined by a new spirit of individual opportunism. In the delightfully wicked Kind Hearts and Coronets, a serial killer politely murders his way into the peerage; in The Lavender Hill Mob a put-upon bank clerk schemes to rob his employers; The Man in the White Suit is a harshly satirical depiction of idealism crushed by the status quo; while The Ladykillers mocks both the criminals and the authorities with its unlikely octogenarian heroine Mrs "lop-sided" Wilberforce. Many factors contribute to the success of these films--including fine music scores from composers such as Benjamin Frankel (Man in the White Suit) and Tristram Cary (The Ladykillers); positively symphonic sound effects (White Suit); marvellously evocative locations (the environs of King's Cross in Ladykillers, for example); and writing that always displays Ealing's unique perspective on British social mores ("All the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period")--yet arguably their greatest asset is Alec Guinness, whose multifaceted performances are the keystone upon which Ealing built its biting, often macabre, yet always elegant comedy. On the DVD: The Ealing Comedy Collection presents the four discs in a fold-out package with postcards of the original poster artwork for each. Aside from theatrical trailers on each disc there are no extra features, which is a pity given the importance of these films. The Ladykillers is in muted Technicolor and presented in 1.66:1 ratio, the three earlier films are all black and white 1.33:1. Sound is perfectly adequate mono throughout. --Mark Walker