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Dinner for One ( Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One ) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Freddie Frinton, May Warden, Heinz Piper
  • Directors: Heinz Dunkhase
  • Writers: Freddie Frinton, Lauri Wylie, Peter Frankenfeld
  • Producers: Heinz Dunkhase
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Swiss German
  • Dubbed: German
  • 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: e-m-s new media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 18 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K2VKD4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A very old woman wants to have dinner with her friends. As they are all dead, the butler has to play the role of every guest. He does a very good job, but wine can get you easily drunk, when you're drinking it for six people! ...Dinner for One ( Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One ) ( The 90th Birthday, or Dinner for One (Dinner for 1) )

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Red Rose on 7 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This shortie (under 20 minutes), has absolute cult status in Germany, and is shown every new years eve. Apart from the intro, it is in English, although largely unknown in Britain.

Miss Sophie invites her four closest friends to dinner each year. You soon learn that everything is always the same procedure as last year. Fine, except Miss Sophie hasn't noticed that the last of them died many years ago. Unfortunate butler, Freddie Frinton, has to accomodate this small over sight by taking over each of their personalities at the dinner table, in addition to having to consume all of their drinks. The result is hilarious.

This film is very addictive, and you will enjoy this many times.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Burbidge on 5 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
I'd never heard of this until a German friend emailed me on New Year's Eve and said it was compulsory viewing for everyone in Germany on Dec 31st. Why it was broadcast in English on a German station I don't know, but here the Germans are winning, and the English, stuck watching New Year's Celebrations on TV from Sydney, London and Edinburgh are really missing out on some classic comedy by not watching this.
One of the basics of comedy is repetition, and this is as repetitive as it gets, but it gets funnier by the minute. I lent a DVD of it to a couple in their eighties who'd never heard of it, and they laughed so much that they nearly wet themselves. They wanted to hang on to it to show some friends of theirs.
It's hilarious any time of the year, not just New Year's Eve, when it has become statutary viewing in Germany, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. Still mystified why it's not better known in England. Buy it and spread the word.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jillyflower on 2 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Two days ago, on New Year's Eve, my family watched this in company with my son's girlfriend and her family, who are Danish - they and the rest of her family watch it every year (in English with Danish subtitles!), but my husband and I had never seen it before. Even though it is silly and repetitive, we were all laughing all the way through. (I understand that, ironically, the "drunken butler" was actually teetotal!!!) I can't believe the English let this one get away! Let's replace "The Great Escape" or some of the really annoying Christmas/New Year's programmes with this and bring the tradition back to where it belongs!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Lowe on 12 April 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good old Freddie Frinton!
One of his funniest sketches, my sides still ache from laughing.
A trajedy that he died so young!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SL on 31 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
If you love laughing and you are a comedy collector, then this is a MUST. Me being German, and I admit my sense of humor is a bit odd, this is absolutely hilarous. For the German people it is traditionally a MUST-SEE-FILM on 31st December, irregardless of how often you watched it on Hogamanays.
A pity I can not see it this year, unless I can find a satellite dish today. Perhaps if Amazon release it for 2008, then it will be like "old times".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Frediie Frinton's 'Dinner for One' is a German New Year's eve classic, having been shown on German TV every year since 1963 on the 31st of December. Since the 80s this makes it the most watched show in history and in the record year (2004) almost 16 million Germans watched it.

It is a relatively short sketch (18 minutes) of Lady Sophie's 90th birthday, where she is joined by her butler. After a short introduction in German (which the audience can very well do without, since it is meant for the German audience to understand the goings on, even in case they do not speak English), the sketch - in English - begins. There are no subtitles or language change options, so do not let the man starting to speak in English startle you.

The sketch is quite funny in its own right but I think it gains even more through both repetition and the cultural significance it has - even if the latter is primarily the case in Germany.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joahannes F. Eloff on 4 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
Good quality. However, the camera in this DVD was from a different angle than the DVD I saw on the Net. Makes no difference, the quality remains good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. Faichney on 30 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
I saw this skit many years ago out in Vanuatu (So. Pacific). British ex-pats had it on tape. Without a doubt, it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life! I have been trying to track it down ever since. PLEASE let me know when it becomes available. I laughed until it hurt. It is absolutely priceless.
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