Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Are You Being Served The Movie|
Actors: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, Trevor Bannister, Wendy Richard
Director: Bob Kellett
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Writers Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft managed something quite clever with this, the film version of the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served? The idea of this cheery collection of comedy stereotypes--the pompous one, the vulga... more »
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Charlotte E. from POWDERLY, TX
Reviewed on 6/1/2013...
We are great fans of "Are You Being Served" TV series, so we ordered this DVD. If you have not seen all the TV episodes, this is a good selection. It is funny, but has so much of what you have seen on the TV series that it is just "rerun" script. Still funny, and good for a laugh.
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WADE T. (bookbear) from WAVERLY, AL
Reviewed on 8/7/2010...
This took me back years to when I watched the series on PBS. It's a shame there's no subtitles, because it's hard to understand what they're saying half the time.
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Lally & Willetts | Northiam, East Sussex. England | 06/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have read the various reviews on here that give this film version a bit of a panning. I note that the reviewers are also mostly from America. I felt it deserved a bit of an explanation from a Brit who saw this film at the movies when it was released and who has had an affectionate view of it ever since.
Back in the 70's it was traditional for many famous TV comedies of the time to get a filmed version released and AYBS was no exception. They were made mainly for domestic consumption - few people back then could ever have envisaged them being made so widely available, especially not in Video or disc format. Almost all of these TV spin-offs were essentially regurgitated episode scripts, with a bit of extra business occasionally thrown in for good measure. They deliberatley cashed in on the tremendous success of the TV series - just imagine it, with sometimes as many as 15 million peple regularly tuning in there was a ready made cinema market for such stuff!
The filmed version of AYBS is therefore different in feel - mainly due to the absence of a studio audience (the BBC did not use laughter tracks at that time - if they ever have!). There are some very, very funny performances in the film though - especially Mrs Slocombe getting her "jacksie full of vaccine" and getting her passport photo taken. From a UK perspective it is also funny as it shows up our tiny island's wonderfully parochial attitude to foreigners and 'going abroad' for a holiday; something that was still in its relative infancy at that time. It's more of a time capsule than the TV series is.
I would ask that you all give this film a second chance - it isn't as bad as some people have said on here, it's just different. The performances are still wonderful. Watch and enjoy if only to laugh at how gloriously pompous us Brits can be when we talk about our fellow European neighbours!
I have watched it more times than I care to remember - and it makes me laugh every time!"
Are You Being Served: The Movie - - AYBS in a nutshell
RONALD | Monticello, AR | 10/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having been a fan of AYBS for a number of years, I eagarly awaited arrival of this video, and the wait did not disappoint me. Old fans and new acquaintances will enjoy this movie once a few guidelines are realized. First, this is a movie and not a television show. The laughtrack is gone but the set is more realistic and more modern (the store setting, for example, looks like a real store and not a stage prop). Previous reviews regarding poor sound and lighting quality are perhaps a bit too demanding, as is the complaint that the jokes are straight from the show. I went through the entire movie before I "remembered the jokes" -- they flow through the movie well. Second, please remember that this is AYBS, its not supposed to be realistic as no good comedy is. The original cast is here, in their youthful, energetic selves. Its only fault, in my opinion, is that there's a lengthy delay before they get into the trip itself, but this is only a minor problem. I would recommend this video to anyone, providing that they judge the movie by its own standards and not compare it to the show."
If your an AYBS fan then you need to also have this movie:-)
RONALD | 07/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is a great addition you any AYBS fan's collection. Starring the origional cast with Grainger and Lucas (however it has Mr. Harmon rather than Mr. Nash from Maint.)The voices seem a little different in the movie rather than the television series, and you do miss the laughter from the audience - however it is still classic Are You Being Served and good for some great laughs! If you are an AYBS fan buy this movie - if you are not a fan, well you should be! ;-)"