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Father Ted: The Definitive Collection
Father Ted The Definitive Collection
Actors: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn, Gerard McSorley
Directors: Andy DeEmmony, Declan Lowney
Genres: Television
NR     2008     10hr 32min

Craggy Island, located somewhere off the coast of Ireland, is the setting for this critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy series. Father Ted, the responsible one of the bunch, is challenged with the difficult task of o...  more »

     
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Actors: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn, Gerard McSorley
Directors: Andy DeEmmony, Declan Lowney
Creators: Arthur Mathews, Geoffrey Perkins, Graham Linehan, Lissa Evans
Genres: Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 10hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

If you already own the first set
Howie | Arkansas | 02/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You may not want or even need this one. As listed, there is only an additional 10 minutes of footage from the first set to this, "The Definitive Collection" of "Father Ted". Here is a list of the bonus material:

* Commentary with Graham Linehan, Arthur Matthews, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tim Shuttlewoode & Chris Claycee
* Interview with Writers
* A Christmassy Ted
* Tedfest 2007 - A Very Ted Weekend
* Tedfest 2007 - Two Tribes Go To War
* Comedy Connections
* Comic Relief with Ted & Dougal
* Craggy Island Memories
* Dougal's Sound Effects Gallery
* Biographies
* Photo Gallery

The additions to the previous "Holy Trilogy" are:
* The 2 "Tedfest" featurettes (from a 2007 Father Ted convention)
* A 30-minute episode of the BBC program "Comedy Connections" from 2004 detailing the former and subsequent careers of the cast and writers
Craggy Island Memories
* Commentary tracks on the series 3 episodes (of which there were none on the original "The Holy Trilogy" - Series 1 and 2 already had commentary tracks by writer Graham Linehan who is joined on the 2nd half of series 2 by actor Ardal O'Hanlon.)
* Dougal's Sound Effects Gallery

While there is nothing left off the original release and the additions add only "10 minutes" to the running time (even though they add up to more), these additional features seem to make a double dip unnecessary unless you are a "Father Ted" completist.

I purchased the first "Holy Trilogy" box set as a blind buy when looking for some new British comedy and was pleasantly suprised. While it took a few episodes to warm up to the characters, the series quickly grew on me. It's irreverent humor and situations were a breath of fresh air over more staid approaches to religion in comedy. At times it has a surreal feel and frequently could easily offend those with little tolerance but I can see Priests in such situations behaving similarly. After all, they are people too and if you are truly honest about religion you must admit that there are people like these characters in them all. If you are easily offended you should probably look elsewhere ("The Vicar of Dibley" is much "safer" while still being funny). If you enjoy irreverent British humor you should give "Father Ted" a go."
Enjoy!
R. Rossier | Minocqua, Wisconsin United States | 01/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an extraordinary show. The only minus is it was only on for three seasons. It is side-splittingly funny. You will be laughing out loud as Father Ted, Father Dougal and Father Jack, along with their housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, stumble through life, almost demolish Catholicism, reveal the hypocrisy rampant in us all, and make social commentary that is incredibly witty, but is also bitingly accurate! Whether you're just looking for a laugh, or enjoy seeing pompous arse's brought down low, this show is for you. And as an added bonus, the location,the fictional "Craggy Island" is one of the most beautiful locations ever! You need this in your collection! And the Yuletide extra, "A Christmassy Ted" is worth the price all by itself!"
Father Ted
Jonathon Humphrey | 08/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Apparently the definitive Collection is not necessary if you already own The Holy Trilogy. That being said, I did not, and therefore found this to be a necessity to my tv on dvd collection. Although most of the special features aren't vital, it's nice to see Ted & Dougal's TV spots and to here the actor who portrayed Dougal joke about on his commentaries. If you've already seen Father Ted, and enjoy it, this is worth the price, and will provide plenty of laughs for you, and the people you know who weren't fortunate enough to stumble upon this on there own. If you haven't seen this show, well a brief synopsis would be it focuses on three priests (In the looses sense) one a monosyllabic drunkard, another a man child, and the third, the title character, just happens to always be in the wrong place in the wrong time (and is probably an embezzler) and how they really want to just be normal people (which doesn't stop them from using there priest status when it benefits them) on an island of the mainland of Ireland full of people who are the farthest thing from normal. Watch an episode first and if you like 1, you'll like all 25 episodes."
Great religious humour!
Roy Anderson | Mount Brydges, Ont. Canada. | 01/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm willing to bet one's appreciation of this product is hugely dependent upon one's view of religion generally - OR one religion in particular.

I'll come clean and state that I am of the same opinion as the Salvation Army founder, General Booth, who stated his opinion that God deserves to have joy and humour expressed in his name and that He should not be thought only deserving of dirges and solemnity.

This Series is, in my opinion, a veritable masterpiece of humour. It would be all too easy to concentrate upon the bad language and the occasional crudity, but that would be totally wrong. There is a universal humour, that shines through this Series and the participants are all joyfully superb. The - completely unique - housekeeper is a real gem. She lights up the TV screen, every time she comes into view. Watch her every move!!

This show will shock the puritanical, but amaze and delight the average person. Personally, I can't get enough of this brilliant and totally outrageous show. I'd give it 6 stars for humour, without doubt!"