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Blott on the Landscape [DVD]

David Suchet , George Cole , Roger Bamford    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Suchet, George Cole, Geraldine James, Simon Cadell, Julia McKenzie
  • Directors: Roger Bamford
  • Writers: Malcolm Bradbury, Tom Sharpe
  • Producers: Evgeny Gridneff
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZD6VS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A thwarted Lady Maud runs off to her solicitor to start divorce proceedings and that gives Sir Giles his bright idea-why not run the proposed bypass for the area through their very own Cleene Gorge, thereby wrecking Lady Maud's ancestral home and copping rather a lot of compensation from the government to boot? Witness the frolics of the bumbling dundridge - the Y-front clad man from the ministry, Sir Giles' versatile Mrs Forthby - Mediterranean harlot and naughty schoolgirl extraordinaire, not forgetting Blott himself, gardener and mystery man, casting his enigmatic eye over the eccentricities of the great British aristocracy... Starring, George Cole, Geraldine James, David Suchet, Simon Cadell and Julia McKenzie

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A thwarted Lady Maud runs off to her solicitor to start divorce proceedings and that gives Sir Giles his bright idea: why not run the proposed bypass for the area through their very own Cleene Gorge, thereby wrecking Lady Maud's ancestral home and copping rather a lot of compensation from the government to boot?

Witness the frolics of the bumbling dundridge - the Y-front clad man from the ministry, Sir Giles' versatile Mrs Forthby - Mediterranean harlot and naughty schoolgirl extraordinaire, not forgetting Blott himself, gardener and mystery man, casting his enigmatic eye over the eccentricities of the great British aristocracy... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Blott on the Landscape - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge, best served with Tate+Lions!! 4 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
Utterly fabulous rendition of Tom Sharpe's book. Geraldine James is wonderful as the very forthright Lady Maud, determined to have a child to carry the family name in her ancestral home - but George Cole, as husband Sir Giles, is equally determined that this will never happen, simply by refusing to bed her.
Trying his best to get a motorway put through the 'wretched place' for the compensation money, he has to play everyone against each other to save his own face.
Up steps Simon Cadell (the weedy entertainments manager from Hi-De-Hi), as the man from the ministry - the ministry desperate to give him any job away from them, particularly after his idea to speed up the underground by having conveyor belt platforms, that way the tubes need never stop as people can 'just' jump on to the train as it passes!
And amidst all the fuss and scuffles is Blott, the odd little gardener and odd-job man from somewhere in Europe (clearly his pre-Poirot performance). Calm in a crisis, full of ideas - some of them towards Lady Maud - of how to save Handyman Hall from the bulldozers.
Buy this, and save the family name from falling into disuse!!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best comedy mini-series 29 Jan 2006
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Sir Giles Lynchwood, Conservative MP, schemes to have a motorway extend over his houses and get rich in the process. His wife with the help of Blott fortifies the gatehouse to repel the construction crew. It is much more complex with subplots. You have to see to believe and them you may not.
Many videos do not live up to the expectations of the book. This one may even surpass the Tom Sharpe's book. All of the characters fit and all the irony hits you in the face. This was my first encounter with David Suchet (Blott). And you will recognize all the other major players including Geraldine James (Lady Maud Lynchwood). Now the complete series on DVD. You need to carve out the better part of a day before starting to watch because you will not be able to stop until the end.
A man’s home is his castle.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC at its best 16 Sep 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The 1985 film (which was broadcast as six episodes of 53 minutes each) was filmed mainly in South Shropshire. Handyman Hall was filmed at Stanage Park, near Heartsease, Powys. Ludlow stood in for the fictitious town of Worford, and Deddington near Banbury became the village of Guildstead Carbonell, where several mock buildings were demolished in the market place for the film. Ludlow's Butter Cross, in the busy and constricted town centre, was used as the courtroom. The Lodge, where Blott lives, was built on land at Blaise Castle Estate near Bristol.

The original broadcast was between 6 February 1985 and 13 March 1985.

I did see the Original Broadcast in 1985 { when I was 32 } and I am in my third viewing of the DVD and I am surprised that someone Claims this version has been edited { although they do admit they were only two when it was first broadcast which may explain their confusion } because as far as I can see it is the Uncut Original.

Its easy to do the Maths - on the DVD each episode { with credits run for 54 minuets } so the total DVD Box set runs for 324 minuets if it had been censored { edited call it what you will } it would have been shorter so where are the mystery edits that don't remove any space ?

It is true there is no extras but that is true of lots of the BBC Content a few years ago.

Geraldine James - David Suchet and George Cole are all on fine form and its just as enjoyable today as it was back in 1985.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best-ever BBC comedy drama? 9 Oct 2006
Format:DVD
Over 20 years old and funnier than virtually anything that has been in the cinema or on TV for the past decade. Absolutely brilliant with David Suchet striding through the story as the manic, demonically ingenious and yet devoted servant of 'Lady Mowd'. There isn't a single character in this wonderful drama that doesn't work -with Simon Cadell perfectly cast as the neurotically pedantic government minister.

Right from episode 1 and the courtroom riot, right through to the end where the army tries to storm the manor gatehouse, the farce is built up with relentless energy.

A total triumph and absolutely unmissable - it makes all the current TV comedy drama series look insipid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For years I have been a fan of the works of Tom Sharpe, whose style of comedy where seemingly incredible and funny happenings result from seemingly everyday situations is screamingly funny on the written page. But for some reason it has never really translated well onto screen. Apart, that is, from this little gem.

The story centres around conniving Politian Giles Lynchwood (an in form George Cole) and his attempts to have his wife's ancestral home demolished to make way for a motorway. Lady Maud (Geraldine James) is a formidable woman and will have none of it. Backed by her handyman, Blott (David Suchet) she starts to fight back, and hilarious chaos ensues.

Filled with a cast of the cream of British talent, this is a classic farce full of plot, counter plot, blackmail, sexual shenanigans, riotous destruction and zoo animals. It's a cleverly constructed plot that just ratchets up the humour and the scale until we arrive at the final, shattering conclusion.

Six fifty minute episodes are presented across two discs. There is mono sound and 4.3 picture aspect ratio. The Picture and sound are decent quality, and it looks pretty good. There are no extras.

A decent release of a comedy classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable.
Most enjoyable. Superb acting and very well adapted from the book
Published 2 days ago by Dr. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I brought this as a birthday present for my husband. He was thrilled.
Published 7 days ago by Doreen Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars What a good laugh
A real classic. Hilarious.
Published 8 days ago by Acle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed
Published 9 days ago by old hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 10 days ago by M. Heatherigton
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Very good value, the whole series for a fiver
I first saw this years ago on TV and loved it - still gives me belly laughs!
Published 21 days ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Remembered this from years ago, but had forgotten just how funny it really is and also how many famous faces are in it, buy it you wont regret it.
Published 26 days ago by therese
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Sharpe at his sharpest
Watched this years ago . Saw it advertised for 5 so had to buy it. It's the usual slapstick over-the -top Sharpe stuff but immensely enjoyable. Excellent acting all round.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend.
This series is an old friend, for years trapped on VHS. It's...

Well, it is probably the definitive version of a very sharply observed book.

And we love it.
Published 1 month ago by Nik
5.0 out of 5 stars Blott on the Landscape DVD
This is a great DVD watched when it first came on TV, could not stop laughing, I like these old TV shows
Published 1 month ago by m.scott
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