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Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]

Arthur Lowe , John Le Mesurier    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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: 14
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 2340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3J7K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Dad's Army was created and written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the duo who were also responsible for 'Allo 'Allo, Hi-De-Hi! and It Ain't Half Hot, Mum . Perry came up with the idea when it struck him that people had forgotten the role that the Home Guard played in the Second World War.

The sitcom followed the farcical exploits of the Walmington-on-Sea platoon, led by Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) and it ran on TV from 1968 to 1977. The story begins in May 1940 with Sir Anthony Eden's plea to men to come forward as Local Defence Volunteers. In the fictional town of Walmington, the pompous bank manager George Mainwaring declares himself commanding officer ("Times of peril always bring great men to the fore,") and gathers together a loyal but incompetent platoon of local men to defend the town against invasion.

Although reviewers initially criticised the series for mocking the Home Guard, the plotline was surprisingly realistic. The real Home Guard lacked uniforms and weapons at first, and the huge influx of volunteers meant that the organisation was quite shambolic. The age limit for recruits was supposed to be 65, but this was not enforced to begin with, allowing First World War veterans in their seventies and eighties to creep in.

Dad's Army had its own elderly, incontinent Private Godfrey, played by Arnold Ridley, who had fought in WW1 himself. The actor was seriously injured at the Somme, rendering his left arm almost useless, and leaving him susceptible to blackouts.

Among the rest of the cast were Clive Dunn (who simultaneously drew in a different audience as the chart-topping pop star 'Grandad'), Hattie Jacques' former husband, John le Mesurier and a baby-faced Ian Lavender, who has since resurfaced as Derek in EastEnders.

This box set features the entire collection of surviving episodes of the programme. Includes all nine surviving episodes from Series 1 and 2 and the complete series 3-9.

From the Back Cover

Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing (only)

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301 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection 17 Nov 2008
By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the ultimate collection of the 'Dad's Army' TV series and it is all you could ask for.Featuring every single available episode and also several extras I really don't know how it could be improved upon.

Of course some episodes are better than others but when you realise just how many episodes were written the quality and consistancy of the writing is amazing.This box set also includes the three Christmas specials.Quite simply this is classic comedy at it's best and it just has to be awarded maximum marks.Fabulous and well worth spending your cash on.
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153 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Box Set Treasure 4 April 2009
Dad's Army has to be amongst the best conceived comedy series' ever. This pretty much relates to every aspect of the show's concept, be it the authenticity of the flavour of the times it represents, whether that's to do with the visual aspect (clothing, set designs etc.) or the way many of the stories directly relate to the themes of the day (whether to do with the fear of enemy invasion or just the day to day running of the home guard platoon). However, perhaps the biggest stroke of genius has to do with the characters, to which the show's writers developed so well, in addition to the inspired choices to which actors were used to play the roles. It's no exaggeration to say that each of the roles fitted the individual actors as tightly as a glove almost to a point of not knowing the dividing line between character and actor, and given the size of a regular cast as large as that in Dad's Army is no mean feat. Even though the roles at a first glance seem maybe a touch stereotypical at times, they provide a sense of believeability which isn't always to be taken for granted with sitcoms in general. It is perhaps Arthur Lowe's Captain Mainwaring and John Mesurier's Sergeant Wilson that creates the strongest impression in that regard, especially in the episodes where the class differences between them feature most prominantly.

As for the episodes themselves over the series as a whole (which spans nine years), they are consistently strong throughout, whether that's relating to stories relying on more of the characterisation (involving more dialoque) aspects of the show, or more of the farcical side, which tends to happen most when the platoon are given some assignment to perform. Often at these times Clive Dunn comes into his own.
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190 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All inclusive! 6 April 2008
To answer a previous reviewers question, this box set contains all the episodes available previously and the program 'Missing Believed Wiped' as well as audio versions of the remainder of series 2.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD NEWS!!! 19 Jan 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The soundtrack of "A Stripe for Frazer" was found in November 2008 (See Wikipedia). The BBC has got it for restoration and hopefully we might get to hear it this year on BBC7 .

As for the DVD's, it is nice to have all the episodes of this outstanding comedy available as a boxset. It certainly works out cheaper than buying the individual series of Dad's Army. There are many extras on the Christmas Specials disc e.g. photo gallery, cine film of the cast on tour, public information films etc. Worth buying if you appreciate comedy that all the family can watch.

The maddening thing is that "Room at the Bottom" (which is in B&W on this set), got restored and was shown in full colour on BBC 2 in December 2008.
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343 of 351 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Panic! Don't Panic! 21 Oct 2008
I've been very pleasantly surprised by this box set. Having read other reviews, which suggested the set was short on extras, I took the plunge as I did not previously have any Dad's Army DVDs and had probably not seen all the shows. Whilst it is true that there are not extras on every disc, there is more than enough to justify the release.

So far I've found 7 individual short features on the main stars, entitled 'We Are The Boys'. They are spread across the first 13 discs, as are several picture galleries. These shorts feature interviews with surviving cast members as well as Jimmy Croft and David Perry.

The real magic is to be found on the final disc, which is only advertised as 'The Christmas Specials', but which contains around ten shorts, including long forgotten Blue Peter appearances, Road Safety films, sketches, a Noel Coward Review and more. There's also another photo gallery and an article from the Radio Times.

I have no idea if all this content was previously available on the individual releases and best of compilations, but it provides a very welcome bonus to round off one of the finest situation comedies ever.

Ok so there's no commentaries, but does anyone really need to have the minutiae of this great show explained to them? Buy the box set, take a week off work and enjoy! Finally I'd like to say I never doubted the content of this box set, I knew it would be great right from the off and I said so.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now pay attention 20 Dec 2010
And I shall tell you everything that is in this fourteen disc dvd collection.

Every surviving episode of Dad's army. That's seventy four regular episodes and three one off christmas specials. The three episodes from the second season that no longer survive in the BBC archives are represented here instead by the versions of them done for the radio version of the show.

As to why these three episodes no longer exist, see an excellent half hour documentary on disc two that covers the history of the show, the reason why the BBC once wiped a lot of old shows from existence, and how some have since been recovered. Such as two episodes from the second season which are present here.

The third season episode 'room at the bottom' was also wiped but a black and white copy survived. That's the version of it presented here. A recent colourised version having come out after the dvd.

Every season bar the first two has a photo gallery of the episodes and their making.

And throughout the discs are seven ten minute long features: 'we are the boys'. Each about a different member of the main cast. With fascinating profiles and interviews and rare archive footage these are well worth a look.

The final disc holds the three christmas specials plus a wealth of superb extras.

Firstly, three short ten minute long sketches from an old bbc christmas programme called christmas night with the stars. Two of these survive in their entirety but one doesn't, and is represented here by it's soundtrack only. One of them was repeated on tv a while back but the other two are new to me, so it's like seeing a new episode for the first time.
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