Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Keeping Up Appearances - The Full Bouquet Set |
Actors: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Josephine Tewson
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 09/27/2005 Run time: 1400 minutes Rating: Nr
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mwreview | Northern California, USA | 12/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of Keeping Up Appearances cannot be without The Full Bouquet; especially those who are "socially less fortunate" and need the lessons from England's expert on social etiquette, Hyacinth Bucket...er, Bouquet. Every episode is included in this set which is beautifully packaged in the most tasteful manner deserving of a glass of the "Dowager Lady Ursula's homemade gooseberry wine." It also offers holiday specials and lots of extras including Routledge's monologues as "Kitty" on Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV in the early 1980s (definitely a precursor to Hyacinth) which are waaaay too British for me to comprehend. Brit Comedy fans also get a guest appearance by Are You Being Served? star Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas). Here's what you get:
1. My Way or the Hyacinth Way with the following episodes: "The Name is Bouquet: B-U-C-K-E-T," "Welcoming the Dishy Vicar," "Visiting the Acquaintance's Stately Home," "A Fate Worse Than Serenity," "Our Daisy and Her Boy Toy," "How to Manage a Family Christening" (my personal favorite where Hyacinth's niece Stephanie is having her baby christened but does not know which of her two hippy companions is the father). Bonuses: Outtakes (bloopers), Cast bios.
2. Hints from Hyacinth with the following episodes: "A Strange Man" (Emmet's debut), "Driving Mrs. Fortescue," "Candlelight Supper," "Golfing with the Major," "The Googley-Eyed Register. Bonuses: Outtakes (bloopers) and cast bios.
3. Home is Where the Hyacinth Is: "Cocktails with a Greek Shipping Millionaire," "The Unfortunate Prospect of Early Retirement," "Playthings for Daddy," "Three Piece Suite," "Picnic for Daddy." Bonuses: "Funny Woman" profile of Patricia Routledge, outtakes (bloopers), cast bios.
4. Deck the Halls with Hyacinth: "A Very Merry Hyacinth," "Sea Fever"-an hour-long special featuring Hyacinth and Richard running all around the QE2, "Angel Gabriel Blue-another hour-long special although not very Christmasy but it does feature a guest spot by Trevor Bannister known for his role as Mr. Lucas in Are You Being Served? as well as a bio of him in Hyacinth's guest book, "Historical Pageant." Bonuses: Kitty monologues which I'll warn you are very British, cast bios.
5. Everything's Coming Up Hyacinth: "Half a Camel," "How to Retire Early if You're Not Careful," "A Portrait of an Artist as a Hen-pecked Man," "The French Lieutenant's Daughters," "How to Go on Holiday Without Really Trying," "What to Wear When Yachting," "Violet's Cottage." Bonuses: outtakes, cast bios.
6. Some Like It Hyacinth: "Hyacinth Tees Off!" (another favorite of mine where Hyacinth tries to get Richard in the "Frosticles" firm, "The Nautical speaker," "Indoor/Ourtdoor Luxury Barbeque and Finger Buffet," "Rural Retreat" (starting the episodes where the Buckets have a "cozy, charismatic country cottage"), "Beacon for the Best in Hospitality," "Please Mind Your Head" (featuring Hyacinth on a horse), "Let There Be Light." Bonuses include a UK commercial with Hyacinth and Elizabeth for Second Chance National Vocational Qualifications.
7. Living the Hyacinth Life: "Seaside Fun," "The Fancy Dress Ball," "Riparian Entertainments," "Sister, Sister," "Country Estate Sale." Bonuses: Pebble Mill interview with Routledge and Clive Swift, outtakes, cast bios.
8. Hats Off to Hyacinth: "General Bucket," "A Bon Vivant Buffet," "A Crafts-Woman Scorned," "Scintillating Socializing." Bonuses: Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket, outtakes, cast bios.
I thought I had seen every episode of Keeping Up Appearances on my local public broadcasting channel, but there are many here I have not seen before. Buy this set now, or Elizabeth will drop a cup of hot tea in your lap!"
"The Bucket residence, the lady of the house speaking!"
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 10/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why is it that the best British sitcoms have incredibly annoying lead characters?
First, there was John Cleese as a mad hotelier. Now, there is Patricia Routledge, as a social-climber with affected manners and a piercing voice. And with the aid of talented supporting actors and some gloriously madcap scripts, this sitcom becomes almost pure comic bliss.
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet") is the local social climber, and a terror to all who know her -- she views herself as the doyenne of good taste, artistry, morals, decorum, and class, and her perpetually in-debt son Sheridan as being the next Einstein.
She kisses up to the wealthy and aristocratic, and anyone who is closely associated with them, unaware of how much her self-promotion scares them. Her weary husband Richard (Clive Swift) and nervy neighbor Elizabeth (Josephine Tewson) dread whatever she has next.
She adores her sister Violet, who married a wealthy transvestite and has "a swimming pool, Mercedes, and room for a pony." But she'll do anything to hide her impoverished family members: her wacked-out father, sloppy romantic Daisy (Judy Cornwell) and skanky Rose (Mary Millar), who has a new boyfriend for every episode. Not to mention Daisy's couch potato hubby Onslow (Geoffrey Hughes).
The series opens with Hyacinth trying to hide the fact that "dear Daddy" was hurt while bicycling naked after the milk lady. From there on, she must tackle dozens of other problems: athlete's foot, mad cruises on the QE2 (with Onslow and Daisy), inadvertant theft of a Rolls Royce, riverside picnics gone awry, suicide attempts, Richard's ill-fated stint as a filmmaker, Christmas kisses, and Rose's decision to become a nun in a miniskirt. "It's all right," she announces as she drunkenly smooches the vicar. "I'm going to be a nun!"
Sure, there are some dud episodes -- the amusement park one with all the old people is full of one-note jokes. Sorry, but old ladies throwing up is not funny more than once. Most of the time, however, the writing is spot-on, from Rose's affairs with married men ("You swore you'd be faithful... and then... I catch you sneaking back to your wife!") to Hyacinth's efforts to hide her family.
Routledge is the star of this series, no doubt about it -- she makes Hyacinth a magnificently awful character. Not only is she frighteningly annoying, but she's also unaware of how other people see her. Swift is a great counterpoint, as the weary husband who has stopping trying to fight Hyacinth's social climbing.
Social appearances, family and madcap misunderstandings are the heart of "Keeping Up Appearances." Snobbery has never been so funny."
A FULL 5 STAR BOUQUET!
Phillip Young | Basile, Louisiana United States | 03/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched "Keeping Up Appearances" for years on Louisiana Public Broadcasting, but was never able to see all the episodes or how they progressed. It's easy to see why this British comedy has such a cult following; there is no one quite like Hyacinth, yet EVERYONE knows someone who is somewhat like her! The cast is amazing, and in a world of profane and off-color humor, it's truly incredible to laugh at situations that are so ordinary through a means of extraoridinary actors. I love this series, not only because it is TRULY funny, but because it never loses it's humor or changes to the point to where you end up missing the point! This box-set is worth every penny I paid for it, plus more."
It's Bouquet, B-U-C-K-E-T.
Accidental Tourist | Twilight Zone, America | 02/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ahhh, I love this show, and i'm not even British.
The maddening Hyacinth Bucket, (pronounced Bouquet) is a somewhat high class house wife who lives with her impossibly pateint husband, RIchard Bucket, and constantly terrorizes her two neighbors, Emmet and Elizabeth with candlelight suppers and threats of joining one of Emmets stage plays, even though she has a most horrible voice. (though the actress got a Tony for her real voice, which is pretty good.)
KUA is a fantastic character study because one just has to wonder, how does Richard do it? Hyacinth is a great mental case. She never hears anything that she really doesn't want to hear, she ignores peoples feeling but expects to be treated like Queen Elizabeth herself. She has a royalty complex which causes her to bulldoze over everything just because she feels she can get her way. She constantly flaunts the tiniest of her social acheivements in peoples faces and tries to hide any smudges on her crystal clean social record, such as her step brother Onslow and sister Daisy.
The seasons are disappointingly short, I wish the seasons could have gone on longer, since the shows are only an hour and a half long. I found my self choking with laughter at many of thier jokes. The lovably lazy Onslow and sweet, horny wife Daisy, and slutty yet hilarious Rose (you'll note they're all named after flowers) are a great ensemble cast. (and predominantly aquarian.)
KUA is definatly a show to behold. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to have a good laugh.
Now, please remember to take your shoes off and don't rub against the walls as you adjourn to the lounge. Would you like some biscuts? And please watch the crumbs. I do hate it when crumbs get on the sofa. You'll notice my Keeping Up Apearances, the Full Bouquet Set, Volumes 1 through 8 purchasd through Amazon.com. And do watch the finger prints on the disc underside, will you dear?"