Don't Just Buy Volume 2! Get the boxed sets NOW!
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 12/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every Are You Being Served fan should buy both box sets of these hilarious series but, if one is only willing to purchase one DVD, this is it! IMO, three of the all-time best episodes are on volume 2 as well as 3 other excellent shows. There is not one weak episode on here. My favorite is "Big Brother" where Mr. Rumbold installs a hidden camera in the department to find a shop lifter but, instead, spies on the staff including counting how many times Mrs. Slocombe visits the powder room, what Mr. Grainger eats behind the counter, and what Captain Peacock does to Miss Brahms "nether regions." My second favorite is "Cold Comfort" when Grace Brothers decides to turn off the store heating system to conserve energy during the fuel crisis leading to some very innovative methods to stay warm in the men's department. "The Clock" is also excellent when Mr. Grainger, fearing he will be given the customary retirement clock during his 37th anniversary party, hears a "cuckoo" in Mr. Rumbold's office. The other episodes are also tops: "The Think Tank" where the staff puts on a trial fashion show in the hopes to improve sales, "Hoorah for the Holidays" when Young Mr. Grace presents the staff with paid-for vacation options that may not even be worth the price, and "Hand of Fate" when promotion rumors are flying and Mr. Humphries palm-reading skills are put to the test. I'm warning you, though, once you've see this DVD, you are going to want MORE!"
"You know what they say about vodka, Mrs. Slocombe ..."
Donna Di Giacomo | Philadelphia, PA | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every episode of the classic years of "Are You Being Served?" is a treasure. When you buy something on DVD, there is the possibility that one will tire of it after awhile and roll their eyes whenever they catch that program on TV.
Not so with this classic BBC comedy.
"The Clock" is the cast at their best, "Cold Comfort" will leave you in stitches at the way the staff tries to beat the cold weather, "Big Brother" will keep you laughing at how the staff gets back at good ol' Rumbold for using security cameras in the store to try to deter theft (there are two more episodes on the DVD).
I'm usually not one for DVD extras (they tend to take the magic away) but I was interested in the backgrounds of the actors and actresses. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well-accomplished they all were and continue to be as well as the episode trivia. And the fact that there are five episodes on each DVD gives you more value for your dollar."