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Dad's Army - The Complete Seventh Series [1974] [DVD] [2006]

Arthur Lowe , John Le Mesurier    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 July 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FPV8HO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,901 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All six episodes from the seventh series of the BBC wartime comedy classic, about a bumbling platoon of Home Guard soldiers led by the pompous Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), who are defending the sleepy village of Walmington-on-Sea in the Second World War. In this series, Mainwaring puts the town under martial law after a bomb puts the gas and electricity out of order, and the platoon are given commando training at the same time as an escaped gorilla is on the loose. Episodes are: 'Everybody's Trucking'; 'Man of Action'; 'Gorilla Warfare'; 'The Godiva Affair'; 'The Captain's Car'; and 'Turkey Dinner'.

Product Description

All six episodes from the seventh series of the BBC wartime comedy classic, about a bumbling platoon of Home Guard soldiers led by the pompous Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), who are defending the sleepy village of Walmington-on-Sea in the Second World War. In this series, Mainwaring puts the town under martial law after a bomb puts the gas and electricity out of order, and the platoon are given commando training at the same time as an escaped gorilla is on the loose. Episodes are: 'Everybody's Trucking'; 'Man of Action'; 'Gorilla Warfare'; 'The Godiva Affair'; 'The Captain's Car'; and 'Turkey Dinner'.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad's Army Series 7 3 Nov 2006
By AW
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of this marvellous series, but I do agree that it waned very slightly after the sad death of Jimmy Beck during the filming of series 6. While the writing and the performances of the other actors were as strong as ever in series 7, somehow the dynamic of the ensemble had lost that certain something that made it so magnificent. The Cheeseman character brought in didn't really work as a regular (and was dropped for Series 8) and without Walker, the platoon was missing a vital part. This is not to say that Series 7 is bad, far from it - even when not quite firing on all cylinders this wonderful programme still stands head and shoulders above all other TV comedies.

Watch with pleasure guaranteed but with also just a touch of sadness for the untimely death of Jimmy Beck. His passing not only robbed his family and this series of a fine actor, but denied the rest of us witnessing what he might have acheived had he lived.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time moves on for the veterans... 25 July 2006
Format:DVD
By Series 7, Dad's Army was definitely enjoying its own unique Indian summer. Much of the magic had been lost but the original cast was still largely in evidence and their misadventures remained refreshing enough to still amuse and entertain.

However, as has been mentioned already, the series was certainly incomplete without James Beck as Walker. Talfryn Thomas as Cheeseman seemed an odd appendage, and his introduction to the platoon was unconvincing, his integration none existent. This, of course, is not a complaint at the man himself, but he was unsuited to continual involvement.

Also, the development of Pike changed the chemistry in his relationship with Mainwaring, and although this was to be expected as he grew older, his newfound cockiness is a surprise to the Pike we came to know and love from Series 1 through 6.

A gem on the DVD is a featurette on Arthur Lowe, a very accomplished actor by all regards. It is certainly interesting to see him talk (in later life), about his role in Dad's Army and to hear the opinions, views and recollections of the surviving cast members.

Overall, I think it fair to conclude that this remains a good purchase, and not only for the hardcore Dad's Army fan. Viewers merely need to adapt to the platoon's change of circumstances and enjoy the differences in the comedy they indulged in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good entertainment 6 Oct 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As always first class service from Amazon and the price is right!! Like all the other episodes of Dad's Army you can't help but laugh as it's so well written and the cast are brilliant and even though I have seen the same episodes many times I never get bored with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to watch as usual!!!! 3 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
As with all the Dad's Army series, this one had me laughing all the way through, whenever you need a laugh, Dad's Army is great! Or just watch them over and over anyway!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dad's Army in Retreat 4 July 2006
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In a review of an earlier season, I wrote that Dad's Army fell into three phases: charmingly British, hilariously funny, and charmingly British again. This season definitely marks the start of phase three. Bereft of James Beck's charismatic villain, John Laurie became Mainwaring's chief bugbear: but there was no real substitute for that wonderful mixture of humour and shadiness. And in this series, an unattractive element of self-parody began to creep in. Corporal Jones became so confused it was almost unbelievable that he would be retained in even an auxiliary unit. Fraser became ever more bolshie. Wilson and Godfrey became vaguer. And Talfryn Thomas's bizarre and completely over-the-top Welshman was simply out of place, allegedly causing tensions to run high behind the scenes. But there's still plenty to savour, not least the greater maturity of Ian Lavender in an enhanced role, and some superb location shoots. The plotlines also remained, if ridiculous, at least funny. It's worth getting, despite the fact that there are only six episodes and still only one extra, a minor documentary on Arthur Lowe. But don't expect a reprise of season 6.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series of the lot 13 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
I'm afraid I cannot agree with the previous reviewers - for sheer consistency of funniness, this is the greatest Dad's Army series of them all, despite the sad loss of James Beck. No weak episodes here such as 'Round and Round went the Great Big Wheel' (Series 5) or 'The Royal Train' (Series 6).

The cast were the finest group of actors ever assembled for a sitcom and by this stage were at the peak of their powers, despite their advancing years. This fact, together with the sheer quality of the writing ["I'm not behaving like a dictator Wilson, I'm simply asking people to do as they're told" (A Man of Action)] makes this the definitive Dad's Army series. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dads army 25 May 2014
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A British Classic the quality excellent no wonder it is run and rerun on TV its simply the best of british entetainment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 8 May 2014
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Had lost my Series 7 DVD from my Ultimate Dad's Army Collection so had to order this.

Absolutely brilliant - one of the best conceived worlds in the history of comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Comedy.
I give this 4 stars as it is good to watch.

Again there is nothing I dislike about it. It is all good clean comedy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. C. Liversidge
3.0 out of 5 stars The calm before the storm begins.
The seventh series of Dad's Army was the first series without James Beck as Private Walker, and unfortunately, the show was not the same without him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I bought this DVD to complete my Dad's Army Collection. The series is an absolute classic, and I've watched it over and over again. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Warren Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Still hilarious
Great thing about Dad's Army is that I find it as funny after thirty years as I did when I first saw it. Maybe my Alzheimers has something to do with it.
Published 19 months ago by Grizzlybare
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift
This is a perfect gift for either Christmas or Birthdays, it never dates and it doesnt matter how many times you watch it you always see something that you have missed in previous... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tinkerbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but probably the weakest series of the lot..
.. the death of Jimmy Beck was a potential disaster, the exageratted Welsh guy does not really work for them but its still pretty good. They picked up again for the next series.
Published on 17 July 2012 by Barry Wom
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
The best laugh Ive had in ages, what a shame they dont make comedys like this anymore, good family entertainment
Published on 23 May 2011 by Bobjazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This Is an excellent series, along with all the rest. Though I did't enjoy it as much as the earlier Series it is still a Classic!
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Josh
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