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Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise Movie Collection [DVD] [1965]

Isobel Black , Virgilio Texera    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Isobel Black, Virgilio Texera, William Franklyn, April Olrich, Richard Vernon
  • Format: Box set, 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.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000649GW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,474 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Morecambe & Wise Collection brings together the total cinematic oeuvre of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise: The Intelligence Men (1965), That Riviera Touch (1966) and The Magnificent Two (1967). Though intermittently amusing, they serve mostly to confirm that Morecambe & Wise did the smart thing in devoting the majority of their career to television sketch show. Their comedy was most potent in small doses.

The Intelligence Men is an obvious but likeable parody of the early Bond films and sets the pattern for all three films: Eric and Ernie as two well-meaning blunderers cast into an unfamiliar milieu (in this case, international espionage) and forced to survive armed with little more than a repertoire of wince-inducing puns.

That Riviera Touch is an obvious but likeable parody of the heist genre. Again, Eric and Ernie are cast as hapless ingénues, in this case a pair of traffic wardens whose holiday in France intersects with the plottings of a gang of jewel thieves. If anything, it’s even more contrived than that sounds, but the scenes in which Eric cleans out the casino by accident are wonderfully understated, and a reminder of a peerless comic actor.

The Magnificent Two, the final and by some distance the least funny of the three, is an updated though rather laboured subversion of the Spaghetti Western, relying rather too much on the notion that anything and everything to do with foreigners is inherently hilarious.

On the DVD: The Morecambe & Wise Collection has English subtitles for all three discs and all include the original cinematic trailer. That Riviera Touch is presented in 4:3 format, the remaining two in 16:9. As special features go, these are annoyingly desultory for a release that will certainly only be purchased by die-hard fans. It wouldn’t have killed the producers to commission some liner notes at the very least.--Andrew Mueller

Product Description

Box set featuring all three of Eric and Ernie's big screen adventures. In 'The Intelligence Men' (1965) Eric helps secret agent Ernie to protect Russian ballerina Madame Petrovna when her life is placed in danger. In 'That Riviera Touch' (1966) the pair travel to the Riviera, where they become mixed up with jewel thieves while attempting to romance the beautiful Claudette. In 'The Magnificent Two' (1967) the boys visit Latin America, where Eric is persuaded by a latin beauty to impersonate a dead rebel leader.


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
A great buy! These three comedy films are great fun to watch. I would recommend to start with "That Riviera Touch" as it gives the best introduction to the starring duet of comedians and is also the best of all three. I think I am going to watch this one until I know the phrases by heart - good for my ability to imitate British English which is not my mother tongue, unfortunately (anybody having a clue as to where I could get a copy of the script???). My 8-year old daughter also has fun watching it, in spite of not understanding English at all (yet).
Secondly, "The Intelligence Men" is a cynical parody on James Bond clichés, so having seen the early James Bond films would increase one's capacity of appreciating that one. I found it funnier the second time I watched it. It occurs to me that I have to laugh at some of the scenes thinking about them a couple of days later (which either proves that I'm real dumb or that I'm not English or both).
Last not least, "The Magnificent Two" features what might be some real English black humour (if my anthropological analysis is right), however, it also has some scenes which smack of that kind of cheapish boulevard-press-style stereotypical "erotic" wit which was typical for the late sixtees - so that one I found a bit embarrassing at one point. However, having overcome that slight cultural shock, I find that also that third film has some very good fun scenes and given the price of the set you really should buy this box and enjoy three times a bit over 90 minutes approximately of "jolly good" English entertainment.
There is a cultural gap now between our age and the age of Morecambe and Wise - this makes them a bit of an antiquity, legendary and charmingly cranky-crotchety.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun for all ages 10 Mar 2006
By Royale
Format:DVD
Eric and Ern are not so highly regarded for their big movie outings, but time passing and not a little nostalgia have made this trio of films shot at Pinewood in the South of France in the mid-sixties, well worth a revisit. What struck me seeing them again all these years later is how good are their production values. Eric's innocence and Ernie's beligerent confidence dovetail beautifully in a latter-day Stan and Ollie format. All three are enjoyable, but That Riviera Touch is sublime. My four kids fall about during the whole of that movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Men of Intelligence 12 April 2010
Format:DVD
Eric and Ernie in action are always a marvel to behold. The Intelligence Men is one of the best British films ever made.
That Riveria Touch even has the duo singing the theme!
The Magnificent Two is included here also.
I watched these films in reverse order, that way they get better and better. Undeniably, The Intelligence Men is the best, whilst The Magnificent Two is the worst.
It's always a pleasure to watch these two, regardless of the quality of the material. If they'd made more, maybe they'd have gelled a bit more (nobody mention Night Train to Murder). They do their best throughout.
This three disc boxset has practically no special features (the odd trailer here and there), but is a must have for all fans of Eric & Ernie, even if you only watch them once. (I've only rewatched The Intelligence Men, myself)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What? The Magnificent Two rocks 5 May 2009
Format:DVD
Maybe it's because I am from the US, but i found the m2 the best of the three. Predated woody allen's bannanas, but covers all the same ground. I laughed out loud, and it moves fast. Best opening, and realistic violence that allows the comedy to be a little hard edged. I enjoy the tv show, but I wish they had kept on making movies as well.

Riviera Touch, seems slow to me, and very little room for comedy, And It men has some very funny bits. I don't think you need to wrap your mind around a previous time, You just have to enjoy.

All three are worth it, wish there was more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family fun. 8 Aug 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Whilst the widely held view that Eric and Ernie were not at their best in films is true, these innocent pieces of family fun at a bargain price would fill three wet afternoons with children over ten or make one old adult laugh out loud. That's rare that is, Ern, you just don't get that with the modern stuff. They don't make it like they used to you know. Craftsmanship that was, craftsmanship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Intended by the Rank Organisation as a replacement for Norman Wisdom when he made noises about leaving the studio, Morecambe and Wise's big screen career never really took off - hardly surprising considering the poor quality of their first two films. Part of the problem was that, despite their TV work showing the influence of screen double acts like Laurel and Hardy, the scripts never really played to their strengths: no extended routines, no amateur dramatics, no comic musical numbers, just characters that could probably be played by most capable comic actors throwing in the odd bit of backchat. Fine as long as the backchat was funny, but too often the scripts were flat and the situations old stock well past their sell by date. But at least this set brings their three features together in one budget package, though ITV Studios have spared almost every expense on mastering the DVDs themselves.

The Intelligence Men is the most Morecambe and Wise of their films: it may play at times like a script intended for Norman Wisdom and Jerry Desmonde, but it's been reworked to allow them plenty of room for comic routines, verbal and physical, a couple of comic dance numbers and Ernie's love of amateur dramatics with his constant disguises while Eric gets to play the cowardly smart Alec. Both stars get to play themselves (or at least their on-stage personas) rather than being shoehorned into different and untried characters and there are some nicely cinematic bits of business, particularly Eric being lured into the right office by following a series of attractive women. The plot is fairly thin, with Eric mistaken for a dead hitman who was really an undercover British secret agent and his MI5 handler Ernie going through a slew of quick change disguises as they try to uncover an assassination plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
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Published 1 month ago by Charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of funny
They say the films never quite made it like the TV shows, and they are right. I wanted these to be funny, and they sort of are, but not to the level the TV shows were, which left... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Big Bando
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want a laugh !
If you want a laugh, something out of the norm then give this dvd a go, Morcombe and Wise are the greatest comedy duo and they're from an era gone by. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sally
4.0 out of 5 stars Eric and Ernie's failed attempt to capture the big screen
By now, most of us realized that Eric and Ernie didn't exactly set the silver screen on fire back in the 60s they way they had done on the small screen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Davies, Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Disappoint
Wonderful box set of the three quality movies they made. I would recommend to anyone. Morecambe and Wise were true greats.
Published 8 months ago by miss k b gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I can watch these movies over & over again, they never seem to age, and are just as amusing as when they wee first made.
Published 9 months ago by bobbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift For Work Colleague !
My chum loves the M&W films & this was a perfect choice of 3 in 1 box. Not as funny as the tv series but still good entertainment for a winters day in !
Published 11 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
The whole family enjoyed all the films. Everyone laughed and no one played with their iPad - quite an achievement! It kept everyone jolly over Christmas.
Published 11 months ago by E Sample
5.0 out of 5 stars How easy it is to get the DVD I want
Hi I have been looking for these three film on DVD for five year in markets with now joy.
I have know got myself an Appel and it make it so easy.
Published 13 months ago by Robert Cowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Old classics.
This DVD is excellent value for anyone who enjoys this comedy duo. Only drawback for me was that one of the films 'That Riviera Touch' was not widescreen. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. S. L. Tomlinson
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