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Early Doors - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]


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  • Actors: Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, John Henshaw, Mark Benton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ART9VO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By scousebird on 4 May 2008
Format: DVD
Buy this DVD and you will not be sorry.
One of the funniest things I've seen in ages.
For me the stars are Winnie,the all-seeing,all-hearing,all-saying cleaner and choc-a-holic ,asmatic ,gossipy Jean,mother of landlord Ken.
The two of them together are comedy gold.
Its not the kind of comedy where you can see the laughs coming ,a bit like Royle Family or Pheonix Nights in a way but, like them,you have to watch a few times to see the bits you've missed from laughing the first time round.

I really wish they would make another series.
BUY THIS TODAY
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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 4 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
Series two of this excellent comedy is currently enjoying a re-run (or rather its first run on BBC1 as it originally ran on BBC2) and it's great to see both series (so far) in one package.
For those who've no experience of Early Doors, it's co-written by Craig Cash (formerly the partner - in both senses - of Caroline Aherne; they co-wrote and starred in The Royle Family) and his mate Phil Mealey. Both of them star in the series as regulars of The Grapes, a traditional backstreet Manchester boozer. Mealey had never written for television before Early Doors and he makes a great job of it.
So what's it about? Basically - like its ancestor The Royle Family - it's fly-on-the-wall observation of ordinary people and their lives played out in one and sometimes two rooms. You've various archetypes here: the troubled landlord, his awkward mother, an irritable old bloke, a rather dim couple and two visiting policemen who are as lazy and bent for themselves as one could wish.
All in all, it's a total joy to watch. It's not "here comes the punchline - can you see it yet?" comedy. Indeed, it's slight and unassuming but the dialogue fizzes with superb insight and observation. If the BBC has any sense, a third series and the big push would be a great idea. It sure beats 'My Family' or some of the other dire 'comedy' we're handed.
Note for the eagle-eared: at some point in the scenes involving the lazy coppers, listen out for their walkie-talkies. The phonetic code that you hear coming from them spells out naughty words!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By s66blade on 8 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
Absolutely spot on writing. No moment is wasted. In the quiet moments you can hear the cogs turning in the heads of the characters.
Quite, quite brilliant.

(Pickles!)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Peach on 9 July 2007
Format: DVD
Early Doors is that great thing, a tv program you can watch over and over again and get increased pleasure every time. The humour is underplayed and very quick, the repeat viewing reveals more whit and great comic timing. There is also strong and believable emotion on display which is more effecting because it is mixed with great humour. If you love some one, give them this set.Job done as Duffy would say.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew Munroe on 17 Mar 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you have never seen early doors, I highly, highly recommend it! Although it's not one of those comedies that is a laugh a minute, it has a great feel to it and keeps you entertained. The set is only small but the interaction between characters is what makes this series work.
Look out for 'Phil and Nige' the 2 more than bent coppers and listen to the radio messages they recieve as they exit.
All in all a fantastic show and 2 great series!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 310396 on 5 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
The fundamental requirement of any comedy is that the writing is of a high standard. Early Doors has a quality about it that transcends criticism. It is beautifully observed, understated, believable and optimistic. It is a comedy that makes you care for the characters, not just one or two of them but all of them.

I would also suggest that the fact that this has not gained the wider public appreciation attained by he Royle Familly is another reason to love it - it has the cachet of a cult.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Beautifully observed, gentle, subtle comedy that you can watch again and again just to see new nuances of the interplay between a quality cast. Marvellous!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
A lot of people seem to have missed Early Doors, probably because it started off on BBC3, then 2 and finally BBC1. It is without doubt one of the funniest Sit Coms ever. Everyone who I have told about it, have loved it.
I hear there is a new series coming out this year, surely it'll win an award this time?? If you like the Office, Extras, Royale Family, etc then you'll love this.
Treat yourself you deserve it!!
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