Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Only Fools and Horses - The Complete Series 4-5 and the Specials|
Actors: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Tessa Peake-Jones, John Challis
Directors: Mandie Fletcher, Ray Butt, Susan Belbin, Tony Dow
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 10/09/2007 Run time: 695 minutes Rating: Nr
British Comedy at its Very, Very Best!
Tiggah | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 12/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Only Fools and Horses, which ran for over 20 years (1981-2003), was one of Britain's most popular (and, in my opinion, one of the best) comedies ever made. Briefly, for those unfamiliar, David Jason (A Touch of Frost, The Darling Buds of May, Open All Hours, Micawber) stars as Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, a smooth-talking, street-smart, self-important dealer in goods of questionable quality and dubious provenance, to say the least. He is assisted (though hindered may be a more accurate word!) by his not-so-street-smart (albeit better educated) younger brother, Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst).
The first three series (contained in the first BBC boxed set) were produced between 1981-1983 and were the only ones to feature Grandad (Lennard Pearce, who sadly died, aged 69, of a heart attack in December 1984 just as the fourth series had begun production). Though there were some truly memorable episodes and many hilarious lines in those first three series, I do feel the series as a whole became stronger with the commencement of the fourth series. For one thing, the supporting cast became larger.
Del's half-witted friend, Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack--farmer Owen from The Vicar of Dibley), who cannot seem to get it into his head that Rodney's name is "Rodney" not "Dave"; and the pompous, sharp-dealing, used-car salesman Boycie--who would sell his own grandmother if there were a profit in it--are back. Now, however, we get to meet Boycie's hilariously tarty wife, Marlene (Sue Holderness of Sandbaggers 3), who we get the distinct impression has slept with most if not all of Boycie's friends at some point! The last episode in series three introduced us to two others who become regulars from series four on: Mike the barman (Kenneth MacDonald, who remained with the show until his sudden death from a heart attack in 2001 (he was 50)); and Del's lorry-driving friend, Denzil (Paul Barber of The Full Monty), who is always letting Del talk him into doing something he really doesn't want to do. Sadly, Denzil's wife, Corinne, is never seen after series three as the actress died of a drug overdose.
The most notable newcomer to the series is, of course, Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield, who remained with the show until his tragic death in 1999 from a brain tumour. He was 78). Where Grandad was so obviously a fairly frail old man in the winter of his life, Uncle Albert is full of life and energy--a rosy-cheeked, white-bearded, jolly old salt who enjoys playing the piano at the pub and recounting his war stories (to everyone's chagrin!). Though a loyal British sailor, one can't help thinking the German's ought to have awarded him a medal for services rendered (albeit unintended, of course!).
This boxed set contains the complete fourth and fifth series (thirteen 30-minute episodes from 1985-1986) plus all four Christmas specials from that period: "To Hull and Back" (90 minutes--chronologically this episode follows series four), "Royal Flush" (80 minutes), "The Frog's Legacy" (60 minutes), and "Dates" (80 minutes). The last three specials are from 1986, 1987 and 1988 respectively and follow series five.
Just as a point of interest, the show becomes serial in nature with the "Dates" special (ie. the episodes and specials must be watched in order from then on). Two final series followed it, which were produced between 1989-1991 (both with 50-minute episodes), and a host of Christmas specials were made which concluded (to date) in 2003.
In conclusion, it's not often one finds a comedy of such quality as this classic series--a series which only gets better each time you watch it (and this set is particularly rife with hilarious episodes!). It's one of my all-time favourites, and one which I recommend extremely highly to anyone who enjoys the very best in British comedy. I only hope the BBC will release series six and seven and the remaining specials!"
Best British Comedy
P. Augustine | New York, NY United States | 10/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Only Fools and Horses is not for the faint of heart. It is truly British comedy, filled with working class everymen speaking in Cockney rhyming slang and hustling to make a quid or two. The writing is unimpeachable and the characters are full of life and brilliantly rich and colorful. You will root for them all.
And this is a great 4-disc set. In addition to the complete series four and five, it contains four of the feature length Christmas specials:
To Hull and Back
A Royal Flush
The Frog's Legacy
This set is a must-have for die-hard fans of British humor."
Like Seinfeld, this comedy needed time to get the formula ri
Luke Richards | SC, USA | 08/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well judging from my title you probably know what I am talking about. With more character and plot development this comedy got better and better through the mid to late eighties. You need a basic sitcom at the start that gets moderate attention as OFAH did, but its only then that you can start bending reality slightly to make something even funnier. Don't get me wrong 1-3 were great in their own right. Then 4-5 were the gateway to 6 and 7 and the other specials that really had the right formula and character development. Remember Trigger will call Rodney Dave for twenty plus years. Not funny in the first episode but by the time we get to 'Modern Men.' Its the funnist 'in' joke of any comedy in history.
I am an expat, and was devasated to have to sell all my OFAH videos before coming to the States. Luckily, just a few years later, and to my overwhelming joy they have started to be released here. Now America can enjoy the hilarity of Del-boy Rodney and Co.
This comedy ran for the better part of 20 years. Why? everybody asks.
Answer? John Sullivan. For Sullivan knows the formula of great comedy, namely tragedy. Del and Rodneys upbringing was tragic. Sullivan himself has a phenomenal social awareness and can push the tragedy and comedy at almost the the same time. Watch Grandads funeral, the first episode of season 4. It starts off pretty grim, but then when they drop his hat into the grave and it turns out to be the vicars hat, then you should understand the co-relation of this comedy, tragedy thing Im talking about.
One of my favorite lines ever is when Rodney says after his marriage is failing "Ive got this horrible feeling that if there is such a thing as reincarnation, knowing my luck I'll come back as me!" Genius!
To all Americans, this is the best comedy of all time on any continent, and if you give it time you will see why. funny lines, as well as funny situations. Not many comedies can say they can do both. By the time you get to season 6 you actually start watching them to find out how these peoples lives will turn out, really you will.
Of course you don't have to beleive me, just read all of the other high reviews of OFAH on this Amazon site."
This time next year Rodders........
Jon C. Mcafee | Harvest, AL | 09/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my all time favorite British Comedy. I own all of the episodes on Brit VHS and love them. I fell in love with the Trotters when I was stationed in England in the early 90's. I am sooo excited that they are bringing out the rest of the shows.
I wish there was more info. Which specials? Will it include the Millenium Specials? They are great! This is the most viewed and best selling Brit Comedy in the history of the BBC.
Not to be a spoiler, but Rodders and Del Boy both get married and you get to meet Uncle Albert (The old man of the sea)!
Will not disappoint!"