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  • Actors: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3JCU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Treasure your favourite Dad's Army Christmas specials on one DVD:
Episodes:
1. A happy wartime Christmas often meant pooling coupons, even for simple festive fare such as shortbread biscuits and shelter cake.
2. Captain Mainwaring arranges for a sherry party for local dignitaries, but during the festivities an unwelcome guest arrives.
3. As Christmas is coming, the Vicar decides to hold a bazaar to raise money for comforts for troops on active duty, and he asks for contributions from the troop.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2008
Along with Fawlty Towers, Dads Army is the finest TV comedy of any type made in the 1970's. But not even Fawlty Towers could not match Dads Army in the way it ridiculed the British class system, with the unsurpassed performances of Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

These two are the key to the series greatness. Watching the first of the christmas specials again last night it was the scenes with these two that held my attention and made me laugh a lot the most. Mainwaring is pompous and a deserate social climber, whereas Wilson is laid-back and as is shown in one episode (not on this DVD) has upper-class links. However lets not get carried away. The show is one of the best comedies ever made because of the entire main cast, all of whom add something special to the series.

I recently watched a couple of classic Laurel & Hardy shorts. The comparison with Laurel & Hardy is interesting. Most of the time in both shows you know exactly whats going to happen, because the characters are brilliant creations: Hardy will get hit over the head; Pike will get soaked. Laurel will cry; Mainwaring will look exasperated at one of Jones long stories. You could say everything is very predictable and perhaps that is what makes great film or TV comedy. We seem to love a joke even more when we know its coming!

These three Christmas specials maintain the very high standards the main series set. The extras (as detailed in other reviews) are very good and if you look around you can get this very cheap.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By David Benson on 26 Nov. 2007
After much speculation and wringing of hands by Dad's Army completists, here is the final installment of the Complete D.A.: three Christmas specials plus an assortment of rare and very welcome extras.

The specials are:

1. Battle of the Giants (1971) 1 hour
2. My Brother and I (1975) 40 minutes
3. The Love of Three Oranges (1976) 30 minutes

The second of these is the famous though little-seen episode where Mainwaring's drunken brother bowls into town: an acting tour-de-force from Arthur Lowe playing both parts.

The extras, for once, do not disappoint. It is as if the BBC has been saving them all up for this last volume and they will be of great interest to fans of the programme:

1. Christmas Night With The Stars: broadcast annually on Christmas night, this was a variety show in which BBC stars performed special mini-versions of their shows, between 10 and 15 minutes long. Featured here are three such appearances (though one has only a soundtrack)

2. Dad's Army - The Passing Years Documentary (1 hour) featuring copious clips and the usual talking heads in the Heroes of Comedy style. Very good.

3. The Coward Revue - early 1970s? (4 minutes) Lowe, le Mesurier and Dunn perform the Coward song from the 1940s Could You Please Oblige us With Bren Gun? - a satire on the Home Guard that anticipated Dad's Army by 20-odd years.

4. Blue Peter - two priceless, in-character appearances by Arthur Lowe (plus John le Mesurier in the first) with John Noakes, Peter Purvis and Leslie Judd

5. Dad's Army On Stage - two items about this highly successful 1975 stage incarnation of the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.M. Wilson on 12 Jan. 2010
David Croft and Jimmy Perry and the wonderful cast made three Christmas specials, all of which appear on this DVD. They feature Walmington-on-Sea's nutty, unforgettable Home Gaurd platoon, the equally brilliant actors Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender and James Beck (who only appears in the first story here, as he died before the series ended), getting up to all sorts of hilarious high jinks that really exemplifies why this show has become a classic. One bonus is that you can watch these specials all year round, as they are not necessarily set at Christmas.
The first story is Battle of the Giants, which involves the platoon competing against Captain Mainwaring's bete noir Captain Square and his men in an initiative test based around a race to the church tower. Never mind a laugh a minute, it's a laugh a second. One moment all seasoned fans such as me will appreciate is Sergeant Wilson, Chief Warden Hodges and the bridge. I won't spoil it by telling you what happens. Another good moment is the balloon popping sequence - yes, just like the party game, but with the immortal bayonets. Talking of bayonets, Clive Dunn as Lance Corporal Jones is on particularly clownish - and therefore good - form in this one. It ends with a hilarious bit of comic genius, and in the meanwhile it's packed with funny lines and funnier moments. I can't begin to describe how side-splittingly funny it is.
The next story is My Brother and I, a hilarious and ultimately rather touching story in which it is revealed that Captain Mainwaring has a brother - who is coming to Walmington, and, with a little prompting from Private Frazer, gate crashes Mainwaring's cocktail party.
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