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Dad's Army: The Movie [DVD]

Arthur Lowe , John Le Mesurier , Norman Cohen    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck
  • Directors: Norman Cohen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: UCa
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002OI038
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Five fine episodes of the evergreen Home Guard sitcom here. Dad's Army endures because it combines a healthy dollop of self-mockery with a sense of pride in Britain's lonely defiance against Hitler's might in 1940, encapsulated in the pompous and incompetent yet courageous Captain Mainwaring. Arthur Lowe is sublime in this role. Though he generally acts as a foil to his flippant platoon of funny stereotypes (Walker, Frazier, Godfrey, etc.), his subtle double-takes and apoplectic facial expressions of exasperation are endlessly hilarious. Corporal Jones' doddery recklessness can generally be relied upon to culminate in a finale involving trousers, cries of "Don't panic!" and chases across country but the masterstroke of this series was the casting against type of John Le Mesurier as the vague, aristocratic Sergeant and Lowe as his military but not social superior. These episodes include "The Day The Balloon Went Up" (a typically frantic caper involving a stray barrage balloon), "The Two And A Half Feathers" (including a wonderful Jonesy flashback to his days in the Sudan) and "The Deadly Attachment", in which Pike cheeks the captain of a captive U-Boat crew, who demands his name to add to his "list" of insolent Englanders. "Don't tell him, Pike!" urges Mainwaring. --David Stubbs

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In the 1970s the British film industry went through a craze for turning hit TV comedies into big screen features. From On the Buses (1971) to Porridge (1979), Dads Army was one of the few which made the transition with style. Set in the small south coast town of Walmington-on-Sea in 1940, the film does have the structure of three TV episodes remade and sequenced together. Beginning with the formation of the local Home Guard, the company has a self-contained adventure on military manoeuvres, before a finale which allows for some heroism as three German officers take over the church hall. Dads Army has all the gentle character comedy of the classic BBC TV series, benefiting enormously by retaining the entire television cast, headed by the incomparable Arthur Lowe as the blustering Captain Mainwaring and supported by the equally wonderful John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn. The cinema budget allows far superior production values to the original series, with a loving re-creation of 1940s England and some surprisingly beautiful cinematography. Above all, the film is both funny and a nostalgic reminder of a time when ordinary middle-aged and old men could be both real and movie heroes. --Gary S. Dalkin

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy 28 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have watched this video many times and it never ceases to make me laugh. It's full of the usual one-liners "stupid boy", "do you think that's wise", etc. The episode "The Deadly Attachment" contains the famous scene with Pike having his name added to the German captain's list. Nearly all of the actors are dead now so this video remains a tribute to a series the likes of which we will never see again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three of the best 6 July 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This video has three of my very favourite episodes. 'Man Hunt' is the one where Walker finds a parachute and has it made into ladies' knickers and they have to go around trying to find out what colour they are, to determine whether it was a British or German parachute. Then they get a hopeless tracker dog to try and track down any stray Germans who might turn up the area. "Sergeant, Save My Boy" is the one where Pike gets caught on some barbed wire on the seashore with the tide coming in, and they have to make their way through a minefield to get to him, using Jones's famous bayonet to test the sand for mines. "Don't Fence me In" is the one where they have to take charge of an Italian prisoner of war camp while the Polish guards go away for a weekend. The Italian prisoners are very laid-back and don't take kindly to being bossed around by Mainwaring, then it seems that Walker is helping them to escape and may be a traitor, or is he? This is possibly my favourite episode of all , the bit where some of the prisoners are trying to get back into the camp through the tunnel, and Mainwaring and Jones are trying to stop the visiting officer from finding out what is going on, is absolutely hilarious. This series simply had an unbeatable combination of brilliant actors, hilarious scripts, and a wonderful aatmosphere. And these are three of the most perfect episodes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic 11 Nov 2008
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I was nearly put off buying this film as it seems that some of the reviewers don't think it quite as good as the series. However, I have now bought it and think it is brilliantly made, very funny and a wonderful film to put by for a quiet moment during the Christmas holidays when the TV listings are disappointing or for a rainy Sunday afternoon. My children love it, my parents love it, we love it - so nice to be able to sit down to a film together as a family.

Unlike the series which is set solely in Britain parts of this film are of the Germans plotting their invasion from the other side of the Channel. The juxtapositioning of the German preparedness and the British unpreparedness is priceless. You will recognise some plots from the earliest TV episodes but I enjoyed them far more in this film.

Some lovely outdoor shots, including the town of Chalfont St Giles which doubled as Walmington on Sea for the film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The usual 2 Jan 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The people who chose which episodes went together on these video volumes always liked putting two good episodes with one of the weaker ones (or maybe it's just me).
"Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret" and "Everybody's Trucking" were both great examples of Dad's Army humour. The former was originally filmed in colour, but sadly it was destroyed by the BBC and had to be restored from a black-and-white version of the episode which had been shipped abroad for overseas transmission. The story focuses around Sergeant Wilson's panic when Mrs. Pike begins to talk about having a child, and he assumes that he's made her pregnant. Of course, there's more to it than that, but you'll have to watch it to find out. ;-)
"Everybody's Trucking" in my opinion was one of the strongest episodes in the series, with brilliant characterisation, some great lines, and a running gag in which several large vehicles get stuck by the side of a country road. A definite must-see!
"Things That Go Bump In The Night" was one of my less favourite episodes. It's full of slapstick, which is great if you like that sort of thing, but not much thought went into it, and there really weren't any intelligent lines that made me laugh. Still, on the basis of the other two episodes, call it four stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This video contains three all time classic stories from the 1975 BBC season of Dad's Army.
ep 1. Is There Honey Still For Tea? Captain Mainwaring learns that Godfrey's cottage is to be knocked down to build a RAF air strip. Hijinks ensue when Mainwaring can't bring himself to tell Godfrey the news while Pike and Jones keep dropping heavy hints to Godfrey.
2. Come In Your Time Is Up A German platoon bale out of a bomber and land in the middle of a lake in a dingy. The Home Guard get into all sorts of difficulities as they try to capture the airman. Hodges the Air Raid Warden really suffers when he is taken hostage and only Pike can save the day!
3. High Finance Jone's bank account is deeply in the red so Mainwaring comes to the aid. However Mainwaring's hat metaphor nearly gives old Jonesy a seizure and a complex web of debt unfolds...
All in all any one of these episodes would be the highlight of a video tape but all together they make this tape the best on the market.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the most funny Dad's Army episodes I've seen! The first episode, Turkey Dinner, shows how L.Cpl Jones kills a turkey, feeling guilty the platoon decide to give the local pensioners a turkey dinner...the episode just blossoms from there. The second episode, Ring 'Dem Bells, is definitely the funniest on this video, when the platoon take part in a Home Guard training film, as Nazis, when someone sees them the humour just keeps coming (A MUST SEE!) The third and final episode shows how Private Pike gets called up into the R.A.F. Although this isn't the best program on this video, it is still one of the best I've seen. All in all, this is one of the best video I've seen. This video has both high points, like when the Hodges, The Vicar and the Verger climb the bell ropes to escape from 'Germans', actually it was Mainwering and his plattoon. Then there are low points, like when Pike's farewell Fish and Chip supper is organised. Really the only way to tell you about this video is of you buy it, if you are a Dad's Army fan it should be the next video in your collection.
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