Steptoe And Son: Stripper Zita settles for any old iron when rag-and-bone man Harold Steptoe marries her after a wild stag night. Joining the newlyweds on honeymoon in Spain rusty Albert tries putting his son's well-laid plans on the scrap heap. It seems he's succeeded when Harold deserts his bride but before he can utter good riddance to bad rubbish Harold learns she's pregnant and he's the proud father of the litter! (Dir. Cliff Owen 1972) Steptoe And Son Ride Again: Rag-and-bone man Harold Steptoe is conned into putting his father's life-savings into a dodgy greyhound who needs contact lenses to see the hare! When the dog loses the race Harold must pay off his debts; that's when the fun starts... (Dir. Peter Sykes 1973)
In 1962 comedy writers Alan Simpson and Ray Galton wrote a new comedy pilot for the BBC's Comedy Playhouse. Set in a house and a yard full of junk it featured rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and his son Harold....
Hemel Pike (Harry H. Corbett) is a barge operator who takes advantage of his position to seduce a series of women in the towns along his canal route. When one of them falls pregnant however his days as a canal Casanova are numbered.
The Very Best of Steptoe and Son is wonderful collection of "Steptoe" moments...but not entirely what it claims to be. This selection, is in fact a collection of five episodes from the two surviving series of the four shot in colour in the 1970s--the four black and white series shot in the 1960s are neglected entirely. However by the 1970s, Wilfred Brambell and Harry H Corbett had been playing Albert and Harold Steptoe for almost a decade and the parts of the greedy needy old man and his witty feeble son were second nature to them. One of the best episodes on show here is "The Desperate Hours", which sets the father and son duo off against a similar couple--Leonard Rossiter's escaped bank robber and the old lag who taught him everything he knows--both couples come to understand the shared dynamic of their relationships. The 1970s episodes included more external shots and opened the show out from its original two-hander format--"Oh What a Beautiful Mourning", for example, introduces us to a large selection of the Steptoe clan, played by a variety of well known character actors. On the DVD: The DVD is presented in a standard television 4:3 aspect ratio and adds the luxury of Dolby Sound to the show's original mono; the Ron Grainger signature tune has never sounded so good. There are no subtitles, but the DVD includes a short account of the two stars' careers and an extended interview in which Galton and Simpson, the scriptwriters, talk about the history of the show from its origin as a one-off Comedy Playhouse episode through to the eventual decision that after the eighth series it was time to call it a day. --Roz Kaveny
Welcome to the kingdom of Terry Gilliam: his solo-directing debut, a gonzo medieval comedy Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town's only possible saviour but Dennis Cooper (Life of Brian's MICHAEL PALIN), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? The first outing as a solo director by TERRY GILLIAM (Brazil)inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky and made on the heels of Gilliam's success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Pytho - showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker's most uproarious visions of society run amok. BONUS FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin and actor Annette Badland New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias
Who is stealing virgins and turning them into shop-window mannequins? What is the meaning of the gigantic hairy finger found at the scene of the latest crime? What clues can the mad professor (Kenneth Williams) or his deathly pale and impossibly buxom sister (Fenella Fielding) provide to the hopeless Detective Bung? (Harry H. Corbett) Join the Carry On team including Charles Hawtrey Bernard Bresslaw and Joan Sims as they chill your spine in this hair raising spoof of a horror movie. Special Features: Audio Commentary Trailer
Performed mostly in mime this comical tale relates the daily life of a Sandwich Man and his encounters with many of his very eccentric acquaintances.
A medieval comedy-adventure starring Michael Palin and directed by Terry Gilliam, Jabberwocky is an episodic adaptation of Lewis Carrolls surreal poem. Having previously directed Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) with Terry Jones, Jabberwocky marked Gilliams solo directorial debut--is it coincidental that Jones is killed by the titular monster in the opening scene? Palin plays the naive Dennis Cooper, a man seeking his fortune just as the Jabberwocky is laying waste to the country. Its much the same world as Holy Grail, with all the trappings of the romantic Hollywood epic being liberally coated with literal and metaphorical muck. Palins character causes unwitting mayhem wherever he goes--one stand-out scene involves the destruction of a maintenance shop for damaged knights-in-armour--though as much humour comes from exposing the foibles of the people he meets. And those people constitute a roll call of contemporary British comedy: Harry H Corbett as a sex-mad squire, Warren Mitchells Mr Fishfinger, plus Annette Badland, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, John Bird, Neil Innes and John Gorman. Jabberwocky lacks the hilarity of Holy Grail, but is a consistently amusing, exceptionally atmospheric, gleefully gory yarn which points the way to Gilliams Time Bandits (1981) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). On the DVD Jabberwocky is distinguished by an engaging and enthusiastic commentary from Gilliam and Palin, in which they delight in the amazing cast and ponder how such a handsome film was made. Otherwise the extras are a short sketch-to-screen comparison, three posters and three trailers (only one for Jabberwocky). Transferred anamorphically enhanced at 1.77:1, the picture is variable, with many beautifully lit indoor scenes looking fine, while other exterior, daylight shots appear washed out. There is some minor print damage. The sound is a revelation for a low-budget 1970s film originally released in mono. Given a full Dolby Digital 5.1 remix the tremendously detailed, rich and involving soundscape really brings Gilliams world alive and puts many much more recent and expensive titles to shame. --Gary S Dalkin
Pop legend David Essex stars opposite Beau Bridges in a bittersweet story set in the cut-throat world of motorcycle racing. Featuring thrilling scenes filmed at the 1979 British Grand Prix and a powerful score by John Cameron (and a memorable top-ten hit for Essex himself) Silver Dream Racer is presented here in a brand-new transfer from original film materials in its original, as-exhibited aspect ratio. Aspiring racer Nick Freeman returns to his job as a garage mechanic after losing out to his underhanded American rival Bruce McBride. A twist of fate, however, gives Nick one more chance: when his brother is killed in a motorcycle accident, Nick inherits the untested, super-fast 500cc prototype on which he was working. Despite a series of crushing setbacks, he finally has the chance to prove both himself and the Silver Dream Machine ... SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Happy ending Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Promotional PDF
A lively musical tale of teen rebellion Some People stars BAFTA winner Kenneth More alongside a group of young actors on the cusp of bursting onto the Swinging London film scene. Ray Brooks Annika (Anneke) Wills and David Hemmings play the young bored rebels living for kicks in this key British film from the early 1960s. Some People is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Young and bored Johnnie Bill and Bert are teenaged tearaways whose only interests are motorbikes and rock music. When they are banned from riding and fined heavily they become convinced that society has no use for them. But a choirmaster finds them playing rock on a church organ and for some of them at least there seems to be a way out of a no-hope situation... SPECIAL FEATURES  Full-frame 4:3 as-filmed version of main feature  Original theatrical trailer  Image gallery  Press book PDF
Joe Brown stars as a likable young dreamer who finds himself with a hit on his hands in this wonderfully endearing musical drama of 1963. Also starring Harry H. Corbett and featuring songs from Joe and his Bruvvers Marty Wilde Susan Maughan and Freddie and the Dreamers What a Crazy World is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Against the background of London's East End is set the story of Alf Hitchins an unemployed lad whose life revolves around dance halls amusements arcades and cafés - any place to escape from the family home where his father mother and sister are deeply preoccupied with dog racing bingo and courting respectively. Alf's cynical but cheerful acceptance of life expresses itself in the song he casually composes one night - and the results take everyone by surprise! Special Features: Image Gallery
Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett play Albert and Harold rag-and-bone merchants in this comedy classic. Father and son are always arguing but the wily old man always comes out on top. In a house filled from top to bottom with junk the gruesome twosome get up to the most indescribable antics! This release features all 7 classic episodes from Series 2. Episodes comprise: 1. The Bath 2. Wallah-Wallah Catsmeat 3. The Stepmother 4. Sixty-Five Today 5. A Musical Evening 6. F
Fresh from their success with Tony Hancock, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson originally planned Steptoe and Son as a one-off for the BBCs Comedy Playhouse. It was quickly turned into a series, originally broadcast in 1962, and the six episodes here (including the Comedy Playhouse "pilot") contain all the classic ingredients that were to keep the show on British TV screens until 1974. Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell are the father and son rag and bone men, constantly bickering, constantly at each others throats. Corbetts Harold harbours ridiculous bourgeois aspirations, hoping to impress the "birds" with asparagus soup or his wine cellar, which has been painstakingly collected by draining the dregs of empty bottles. But all his efforts at social improvement are in vain, thanks to the mean-spirited efforts of his father Albert, who glories in his sons contemptuous "dirty old man" tag, and who is content with life exactly as it is in the cast-off paradise of their ramshackle junk-filled boneyard. The show was groundbreaking at the time, depicting working-class people in light comedy instead of serious social drama as was the norm. It also differed significantly from Hancocks Half Hour and other sitcoms, which featured comedians effectively playing themselves: Brambell and Corbett were real actors whose marvellous chemistry helped ensure the shows longevity. In our modern throwaway culture, Steptoe and Son provides a window into a bygone era, when men with horses and carts routinely patrolled the streets recycling junk, without the need for government incentives or environmental pressure. On the DVD: Steptoe and Son, Series 1 has six episodes on one disc. The black and white picture shows its age quite badly, and the mono sound is equally fuzzy in places. There are no extras, which is a shame, as Galton and Simpson could surely have provided an illuminating commentary track. --Mark Walker
One of the funniest Carry Ons ever! Who is stealing virgins and turning them into shop-window mannequins? What is the meaning of the gigantic hairy finger found at the scene of the latest crime? What clues can the mad professor or his deathly pale and impossibly buxom sister provide to the hopeless Detective Bung?
Massively popular with audiences of over 20 million Steptoe & Son was an obvious choice for the festive schedules but this classic comedy had been running for over ten years before the first of the extended Christmas Specials appeared in 1973. A year later writers Galton and Simpson had decided to bring the series to an end. The 1974 Christmas Special would be the final ever episode: a fitting end to a legendary series. The Party: (Christmas Special 1973) Albert and Harold are busy making preparations for Christmas. Albert is putting up Christmas decorations while Harold is at the travel agents booking some sunny festive fun in Majorca. He's made all the necessary arrangements however there is one last thing to do: tell Albert to pack his bags in preparation for a short stay at the local old people's home! A Perfect Christmas: (Christmas Special 1974) Fed up with staying at home every Christmas Harold plans to take his dad abroad for the holiday. But his old man isn't going to make it easy for him: he pleads to go to Bognor instead objects to every resort in the brochure and struggles to find his birth certificate for the passport. Then just when it looks like Harold's Christmas is going to be another disaster fate delivers one more twist... Originally transmitted: 24/12/73 & 26/12/74 Due to the archive nature of the footage the sound and picture quality may vary occasionally.
A rumbustious sex comedy boasting a truly stellar international cast Percy's Progress charts the ongoing misadventures of Percy Edward Anthony – recipient of the world's first penis transplant. This cult sequel to the box-office hit Percy features Leigh Lawson Elke Sommer Judy Geeson Denholm Elliott and Harry H. Corbett and is featured here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original aspect ratio. Determined to conquer his addiction to the opposite sex Percy takes to the high seas in search of a life of celibacy. Meanwhile a major catastrophe takes place which has rendered the entire male population impotent... But all is not lost: Percy's self-imposed exile has ensured his bits are still in working order and on his return he discovers he's now the only male capable of saving the human race! Special Features: Original theatrical trailers Image Gallery Promotional material PDF
Leslie Phillips, Bob Monkhouse, Patricia Hayes, Harry H. Corbett, David Jason, Jimmy Edwards and Richard O'Sullivan are just a few of the legendary performers starring in this collection of humorous plays penned by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson the legendary writing writing team whose timeless credits include both Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.Following the same format that had proved so effective with their earlier run of plays for Comedy Playhouse, this series consists of six shows:The Suit: starring Leslie Phillips and Bill OddieA married man falls victim to a rather embarrassing burglary.Friends in High Places: starring Bob Monkhouse and Patricia HayesA 55-year-old wishes to be young again and his wish is granted!Never Talk to Strangers: starring Harry H. Corbett and Rosemary LeachTwo lonely people have a chance to find happiness together.Don't Dilly Dally on the Way: staring Jimmy Edwards and David JasonAfter 23 years in the same bungalow, a couple prepares to move house.Pity Poor Edie... Married to Him: starring Milo O'Shea and Gwendolyn WattsWhat happens to a marriage when the breadwinner finds she is expecting?An Extra Bunch of Daffodils: starring Stratford Johns and Patsy RowlandsA man who has buried five heavily insured wives begins a search for his sixth
Joe Brown stars as a likeable young dreamer who finds himself with a hit on his hands in this wonderfully endearing musical drama. Also starring Harry H. Corbett and featuring songs from Joe and his Bruvvers, Marty Wilde, Susan Maughan and Freddie and the Dreamers, What a Crazy World is featured here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Alf Hitchins is an unemployed East End lad whose life revolves around dance halls, amusement arcades and cafÃ©s any place to escape from the family home. Alf's cynical but cheerful acceptance of life expresses itself in the song he casually composes one night and the results take everyone by surprise! Special Features: Theatrical trailer Image gallery
Steptoe And Son: Stripper Zita settles for any old iron when rag-and-bone man Harold Steptoe marries her after a wild stag night. Joining the newlyweds on honeymoon in Spain rusty Albert tries putting his son's well-laid plans on the scrap heap. It seems he's succeeded when Harold deserts his bride but before he can utter good riddance to bad rubbish Harold learns she's pregnant and he's the proud father of the litter! Steptoe And Son Ride Again: Rag-and-bone man Harold Steptoe is conned into putting his father's life-savings into a dodgy greyhound who needs contact lenses to see the hare! When the dog loses the race Harold must pay off his debts; that's when the fun starts...
All 57 episodes of the classic BBC comedy series starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett as the father and son running a a junkyard and scrap metal business. Includes every episode from Series 1-8, plus the two Christmas specials from 1973 and 1974.
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