Meet Rene, the most wanted man in occupied France. Women want his body. The Resistance want his brain. And the Nazis want his sausage. In a small cafe in Nouvion, France, this harassed proprietor is having a difficult ... more »war. With the German Army in residence at the bar, Rene is risking his neck to aid the Resistance by hiding two British airmen and a radio transmitter upstairs. As if this wasn't enough, Rene has also got involved in hiding a priceless painting in a garlic sausage, which even now is being sniffed out by the Gestapo. But Rene's real problem is his wife, Edith, and what she will do to him when she finds out about his affairs with two sexy waitresses!« less
Matthew Gladney | Champaign-Urbana, IL USA | 11/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mention "Are You Being Served?" to someone, and their eyes will light up. Mention "Allo Allo!", and you'll probably be hit with a quizzical look. This has been my overall experience, and it has always been a frustrating one. I link the two series, because both are brainchilds of Britcom comedic masters Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft. Both are absolutely hilarious. But it seems as though "Allo Allo!" has taken the shorter end of the popularity stick here in the US, but with this release of its first season on DVD, I hope that can change somewhat.The first 7 episodes of the classic Britcom are featured on this collection, and they are the start to a most wonderful, long-running show. The story starts during WWII, when France is being occupied by Germany. Our protagonist is Rene Artois, who runs a cafe. He is the (mostly) sane center to a storm of off the wall characters. Rene's wife, Edith, is older than he is, and is a terrible singer. The local Gestapo agent, Herr Flick, is a psycho with a limp. The German officers are all nutty, and one of them even fancies Rene. The women of the French Resistance are always sneaking into the cafe to cajole Rene into daring missions for France, and then there are also the British airmen -- shot down over France, and now in hiding at Rene's cafe. They don't speak the language, and their appearances in each episode are always good for a laugh. Rene is also quite keen on his bar maids, Yvette and Maria. It is a secret he must keep from the ever-suspicious Edith.All of this, I'm sure, sounds like a lot of information to take in. And it is. "Allo Allo!" rarely slows down the pace, and this eventually leads to Rene opening every episode talking to the audience, bringing them up to speed on the previous episode's events. The storylines flow from one show to the next, and over the years we are treated to a host of madcap adventures. I think it takes until Series 3 before "Allo Allo!" really finds its groove, but Series 1 is still a solid start to a truly great television show.Once the disc is over, I'm sure you'll want to see more. And it only gets better. There are many more episodes of "Allo Allo!" to come. I hope that we get to see the rest of them released on DVD someday. The show deserves it."
The Best of the Best
M. R. Sheffield | Herkimer, NY | 11/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"British sitcoms are the best sitcoms. The better American sitcoms -- Cheers, Sanford and Son, All in the Family and others -- all had their start over in the motherland. In British sitcoms, the sets are usually minimal, but the acting and especially the writing are all first rate. I could draw up a large list of my favorite British sitcoms (though be warned, there are some bad ones out there -- just watch the BBC America channel some time) off the top of my head. At the very top of that list would sit ALLO, ALLO. Fans of the show don't need to be told any of this, and the show's setting and plot summaries have been well covered by other reviews, so here is my point in writing this... FANS OF BRITISH SITCOMS: LET'S ALL GET TOGETHER AND PRE-ORDER THE ALLO, ALLO SERIES ONE DVD's. That way the BBC will hopefully get busy and rush (HA!)the other TWELVE (I think) fabulous series of this wonderful show out on DVD. ALLO, ALLO deserves to be seen in a high quality format."
Finally on DVD
LarryStorch | Flagstaff, AZ United States | 01/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Without a doubt, Allo Allo is one of the funniest sitcoms I have ever seen..I have pretty well all episodes on aging and bad quality VHS tapes....I only hope that all the episodes will be released. If one wants to watch some good old fashioned sarcastic and hilarious humor I can only recommend this show highly. I am actually laughing while I am typing, thinking about the show.
"Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once!!!!!"
Mol | Kettering, OH United States | 01/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once". 'Allo 'Allo is the greatest show ever written. We were able to watch it on a PBS station back in the late 80's and early 90's and we taped every episode we saw. Finally it has made it to dvd!! Hopefully all 83 episodes and both specials will be put out. Lloyd and Croft (who also wrote Are You Being Served) are at their best. The dialogue is totally off the wall and a bit naughty too but you can't help but laugh out loud and love it dearly. Each one of my kids (who grew up watching the old tapes of it) want their own dvd-I haven't seen them this excited in ages. If you love British humor, you must buy this!"
CyberTrini | Trinidad & Tobago | 06/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series is BRILLIANT. Almost all Britcoms that cross the 'pond' are the absolute best in writing, acting and comedic timing, but this one reaches levels of exquisite farce. Some things in particular that causes tears to flow and sides to split are the British take on German sexual perversion (I still wonder what the egg-whisk was used for, but something tells me not even a BDSM-officonado can tell me) and the take on British/French relations, particularly as it was the British take on it all told through 'French' people.
I first was introduced to this series at a young age (if memory serves, maybe 10-11 or so) and so many of the bawdy jokes were riotous to my pre-teen male mind. Some other jokes, especially concerning the effeminate German officer for the most part went over my head, (yes, what a sheltered childhood I had) but even though I may not have understood them all, I laughed at each and every one.
One thing most US customers should note that I didn't see in other reviews is that BBC seasons (BTW, when the BBCers says 'series', they mean season) are MUCH shorter than US seasons. This DVD comes with all 8 episodes from Season 1. Yes, 8, not 22 or 23 as in most series on broadcast TV in the US. Although it is noted above, most people may not catch that. (I for one look through the reviews first to see if other people think the item is a good buy) However, that should not deter you, as the price (I bought Season 1 for $21.97) is reasonable, and the laughs are (as my credit cards keep telling me) priceless."