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Dad's Army - The Complete First Series Plus the 'Lost' Episodes of Series Two [1968] [DVD]

Arthur Lowe , John Le Mesurier    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CH8Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All nine surviving episodes from Series 1 and 2 of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's classic BBC wartime comedy based around the Home Guard in Walmington-on-Sea. In 'The Man and the Hour', bank manager Captain Mainwaring (Arhtur Lowe) is put in charge of Walmington-on-Sea's new Local Defence Volunteers platoon. 'Museum Piece' sees the men in training with only fifteen carving knives and a shotgun to defend themselves against a Nazi invasion. In 'Command Decision', Mainwaring is forced to consider resigning as commander in exchange for 20 rifles from Colonel Square. In 'Enemy Within the Gates', the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard capture two German airmen, only to have Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) let them 'go for a tinkle'. In 'The Showing Up of Corporal Jones', Jones (Clive Dunn) is forced to undergo a 15-minute gruelling assault course to prove his fitness. 'Shooting Pains' sees the platoon forced to sharpen up their shooting skills in time to impress the visiting PM. In 'Operation Kilt', the HQ comes under attack from six members of the Highland Regiment. In 'The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage', two halves of the platoon mistake each other for German troops, and prepare to attack each other. Finally, in 'Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret', Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier)finds his mind distracted from his grenade-launching-crossbow demonstration.

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1940. Britain is on the alert for an imminent Nazi invasion. With full-time troops occupied overseas, the coastal defenses are left to a handful of veteran soldiers-The Home Guard. And in Walmington- on-Sea, one inept, feeble and inadequately-armed platoon is very keen to do its bit. Led by the self-appointed Captain Mainwaring (a bank manager nicknamed Napoleon), the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard are a casual, disruptive troop. His second-in-command, Sergeant Wilson, has the breeding Mainwaring lacks but is largely ineffectual. And Corporal Jones, the local butcher and a veteran of the Boer War, tempers his eagerness with an infallible ability to completely mess-up anything he is asked to do. Outstanding among the rest of the platoon are Private Walker, a black marketeer who can lay his hands on anything - for a price; mummy's boy, Private Pike; Private Frazer, a cynical Scottish undertaker who always foresees trouble (and is usually right); and the oldest of them all, the near-incontinent Private Godfrey. With Mainwaring's irritating pomposity, and the platoon's total incompetence, life in the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard is more chaotic than most. Contains the six episodes from series one: The Man And The Hour, Museum Piece, Command Decision, The Enemy Within The Gates, The Showing Up Of Corporal Jones, Shooting Pains. and the three surviving episodes of Series 2: Operation Kilt, The Battle Of Godfrey's Cottage, Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret Extras include: Documentary: Missing Presumed Wiped


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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dads Army series on DVD At last! 11 Sep 2004
After what seems like ages Dads Army has finally come to DVD in episode order. Has it been worth the wait? You bet! This DVD has 2 discs showing the complete 1st series and the 3 available episodes from series 2, but what makes it so good is the BBC have been kind enough to include the 3 missing episodes from series 2 in audio format as well as the documentary 'Missing presumed wiped' which tells the story of the discovery of the episodes 'The battle of Godfreys cottage' and 'Operation kilt'. So really what you get is 12 episodes and a documentary, which I think is great value. It has been very frustrating seeing the BBC bring many other inferior comedies to DVD before Dads Army, but lets hope the intention is to bring all the DADS ARMY series out in order. What a collection that would be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars truly Timeless... 6 stars out of 5 11 Sep 2004
Surely no introduction to this DVD is required? The major strength of DAD'S ARMY was that it employed genuine actors for it's many roles and not just the comedians who were popular at the time. The talent on display in this series is staggering and such a great ensemble has NEVER been seen since. Another strength of the series was that Jimmy Perry went to great lengths to actually develop the characters instead of parading the same comedy ciphers each week and with such quality performers reading his scripts, the success was guarenteed. Later colour episodes like "MUM'S ARMY" may not be the funniest, but they contain heartbreaking scenes of Capt. Mainwaring losing his chance of true happiness in life, and the final scenes of the final episode "NEVER TOO OLD", where the cast pay tribute to the real Home Guard (and the spirit of war-time Britain in general) moved me to tears.
To those viewers only familiar with the colour series, these earlier black and white episodes will perhaps seem odd, but they will never the less enjoy them a lot! PIKE is perhaps a little too childish early on, but the blueprints of all the characters we love so dearly is laid out here. Surely ARTHUR LOWE was one of Britain's best ever actors, and Capt. Mainwaring has passed into television legend. This jumped-up "bank clerk" was probably one of the most arrogant, pompous and deluded characters ever committed to film, yet there's no way on earth any viewer can hate him as portrayed by Arthur Lowe. This disc is pure happiness committed to film: Not nostalgia for the sake of it, but because it's so wonderful to begin with.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars where it all began 21 Feb 2006
By LouiseP
This DVD includes the whole first series, and the three episodes from the second series which survive (two recently rediscovered). The set is rounded out by radio adaptations of the other missing episodes; and the documentary Missing Believed Wiped on the missing BBC programmes from the golden era of television.
The early episodes, black and white, and largely scene-setting, are not as sharp or as funny as the later series, but they stand up fairly well. Dad's Army was one of the great British comedy series which works well for any generation, dated as it was when it first started. And the players are a joy - Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Jimmy Beck, Arnold Ridley, John Laurie, Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn ... all wonderful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start Of A Legendary Series 12 Oct 2006
By DB
Dads Army, possibly one of the most famed comedies of all times? Spanning roughly a decade, but leaving its mark for several more.

These series are the best, despite the absolutely tragic loss of some episodes from series 2. The first series follows the passage of the Home Guard as they first meet and eagerly try to do thier best, revealing their (over)enthusiasm to help King and Country!

Although black and white is now thought of as ancient, let it on no account put you off buying the start to a unique comedy. On no account dissuade youself that the first of the era is the worst, it is anything but!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Beginnings 29 Jan 2008
By Andrew Kerr TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
So this is how one of the greatest British comedy programs of all time started. Going right back to the very beginnings, this DVD features the complete first series and the remaining parts from series two of Dad's Army, a comedy drama based around the time of World War Two. Staring the brilliant Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring), Dad's Army follows the formation and the workings of the Home Guard at Walmington-On-Sea. Naturally I doubt anymore has to be said about what Dad's Army was about, unless you've spend your entire live under a rock, the chances are you'll know. Despite the fact that in the first two seasons, the actors were somewhat inexperienced, the episodes a bit inconsistent and of course being in black & white, Dad's Army still offers plenty to keep you entertained, and leaves you wanting to see more. Most of the early episodes were terrific and wonderful to relive. There are a few gems (The Showing Up Of Corporal Jones and The Battle Of Godfrey's Cottage,) which I felt were probably the best two episodes of the DVD. Godfrey has always been my favourite character of Dad's Army, but the whole platoon actually develops (in future series) into living, likeable, characters who you end up caring about. It's great to see Dad's Army released on DVD, and all nine seasons and the Christmas specials are now available, so what are you waiting for? Go and click that "Add To Shopping Basket" button now.
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Published 20 days ago by Rik Burek
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. I havnt watched it as it was a ...
Very good. I havnt watched it as it was a present for Father's Day but I will say my Dad was delighted with it.
Published 20 days ago by Giles Binns
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dad was happy to get this, it was a nice present.
Published 24 days ago by Ann mc connell
5.0 out of 5 stars sorry I haven,t written before- have only just learned how to
thankyou for first series dad,s army that i got so cheaply for my 86 year old husband, who really enjoys the nostalgia of going through them all again
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy M.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good comedy.
Four Stars again because it is good family entertainment.

There is nothing to dislike.

Good round family entertainment for every body.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. Liversidge
4.0 out of 5 stars A comedy classic
The beginning of one of my favourite sitcoms of all time, and it starts with a bang. It's a surprise at times to see the first two series in black and white when the rest of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Dads Army
Haven't seen this yet as I bought it as a present but an sure they will like it as they like dads army
Published 9 months ago by D E Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
My Father and Mother love this series and had a few on vhs so when this came up for sale on dvd with 2 extra episodes it was an ideal purchase.
Published 12 months ago by Sue Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad's Army DVD
Good to see the old series of Dad's Army after all these years. Very entertaining even though they were recorded in black and white.
Published 13 months ago by Innerthal
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class by Itself...
If you have never seen Dad's Army, you haven't been fully educated on the English Homefront during WWII. Read more
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