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Fawlty Towers - Remastered [DVD] [1975]

John Cleese , Prunella Scales , John Howard Davies , Bob Spiers    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Ballard Berkeley
  • Directors: John Howard Davies, Bob Spiers
  • Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
  • Producers: John Howard Davies, Douglas Argent
  • Format: Original recording remastered, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 370 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA3XE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Basil Fawlty, as created and performed by John Cleese, is the rudest, most boorish, most hilariously obnoxious man on the face of the planet. What a natural for a TV sitcom! His screen wife, Sybil (Prunella Scales), put it best in the episode "The Psychiatrist": "You're either crawling all over them, licking their boots, or spitting poison at them like some Benzedrine puff adder." He mockingly replies, "Just trying to enjoy myself, dear." With his gangly frame and contortionist abilities, Cleese brilliantly punctuates Basil's outrageous faux pas with absurd gymnastics and turns Three Stooges-style pokes and kicks into a slapstick ballet. Scales's Sybil is the genial but obliviously chatty voice of reason and Andrew Sachs mangles the English language as the Spanish bellhop Manuel, whose struggles with simple directions results in comic lunacy reminiscent of Robert Benigni. After a six-episode run in 1975, Cleese and co-writer and co-star Connie Booth (who plays Polly, the maid all too often pulled into Basil's ridiculous plans) reunited the cast in 1979 for another six episodes without missing a punch line. Remember to watch the opening credits of each show to spot the creative misspellings on the hotel sign (our favorite: "Fatty Owls"). --Sean Axmaker,

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This Special Edition marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest situation comedies British television has ever seen. Every episode of the BAFTA winning sitcom has been fantastically remastered and for the first time ever John Cleese provides audio commentaries on all 12 episodes. SPECIAL FEATURES: Exclusive commentaries by John Cleese 2009 Extended Interviews Includes exclusive interview with Connie Booth Accompanying booklet Interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs. Series 1 director's commentary by John Howard Davies Series 2 director's commentary by Bob Spiers Artist profiles Out takes Torquay Tourist Guide (short documentary film) Cheap Tatty Review Audio Description & Navigation Option Exclusive commentaries by John Cleese 2009 Extended Interviews Includes exclusive interview with Connie Booth Accompanying booklet

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310 of 315 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers - With Added John Cleese! 4 Nov 2009
There's little one can say about 'Fawlty Towers' that hasn't been said already - 30+ years later, it is still regarded as one of the finest comedies ever produced, the envy of so many writers and performers, and beloved by millions. The care and attention lavished on the writing of the series by John Cleese and Connie Booth, as well as their fantastic performances (aided and abetted by Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs) have helped the show achieve its iconic status. The shows are endlessly repeated on TV, and released on video and DVD. So, what makes this new DVD set worth your time and money?

The original DVD release of 'Fawlty Towers' was several years ago, and whilst the overall package was good, the picture and sound quality of the episodes was not as good as it could have been, particularly when it came to the outdoor scenes shot on film. For this new release, the episodes have been given fresh transfers, with both the videotape and film elements sourced from superior materials, and restored where appropriate - all are now completely unedited, including a line (" Is it your legs?") mysteriously absent from earlier DVD releases. In short, this set is a definite improvement on earlier releases, and is probably about as good as the series will ever look on DVD.

All the extras from the previous set are retained here - including cast interviews, commentaries from Series 1 director John Howard Davies and Series 2 director Bob Spiers, out-takes and other bits and pieces - but with the addition of some very exciting new material. Firstly, there are extended versions of the interviews conducted with the cast for the 2009 retrospective documentary 'Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened' (including Connie Booth, not featured in the earlier interviews).
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT A FAWLTY DVD ! 19 Nov 2009
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This is something 'Fawlty Towers' fans have been waiting for for a long time: ALL twelve episodes with complete audio commentaries from the genius himself 'John Cleese'
These new audio commentaries are worth the asking price alone as it is just like having John sitting next to you & watching with you. In fact even if you are not a fan of 'audio commentaries' you must make a point of watching 'Basil The Rat' with the Cleese commentary, as John says this is his favourite episode & it does show as his laughter during the episode has to be heard to be believed.
With the new 'Cleese' commentaries it almost like having twelve new episodes of 'Fawlty Towers' to watch as they are so good & as you will hear John is VERY thankful to all the cast & crew who were involved with the show especially: 'Ballard Berkeley'/'The Major' & 'Connie Booth'/'Polly'
In addition the remastered picture & sound is fantastic with some excellent sharp and bright images compared with the previous releases on DVD & videotape.
Finally the interview with Connie Booth/'Polly' is a very welcome addition simply because she has refused to talk publicly about Fawlty Towers or thirty years due to her new career as John explains on one of his audio commentaries, he also says she sends us all her love !
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228 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, but in such a small quantity 11 Dec 2005
Perhaps the most striking thing about "Fawlty Towers" is that, with so few episodes, it remains irrepressibly funny. No matter how often you watch, even should you become word perfect in the scripts, the action remains hilarious, not to mention outrageous. John Cleese and Connie Booth produced a masterpiece of comedy. Packaged here in three discs, the two series are accompanied by some less than memorable extras - a couple of interviews and a commentary - but, frankly, you don't buy a package like this for the extras, you buy it for the hours and hours of rib-breaking laughter.
"Fawlty Towers" does more than expose the incompetent, amateurish pomposity and rigid morality which seemed to characterise so many English hotels in the 1970's … particularly those of the seaside variety - 'Kiss Me Quick' hats and saucy postcards, but be back in your room by ten, no hanky panky, and breakfast is at eight!
Basil Fawlty runs his hotel the way some people run a private prison. The patrons are there to do as they are told … unless they can prove a certain social cachet. Cleese satirises the 'Englishness' of the seaside hotelier - racism in his treatment of Manuel and middle class consciousness in his treatment of the Irish labourers, the xenophobia and dreams of imperial glory in his attitude to the Germans, the prim outlook on sex, the cloying efforts to move up the ranks and mix with the upper classes while patronising American money, the horror of illness and death, the sheer terror in the face of psychiatry or even bureaucracy.
The ensemble cast are outrageously funny - incisive wit parallels slapstick comedy and farce in the finest traditions of the English stage.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Fawlty! 20 Feb 2010
Every episode in crystal clear view. Wonderful. The extras dvd has in depth interviews with the cast, the interviews are a little "Alan Partridge" in tone, but enjoyable. You will never regret buying this, all episodes are just as funny every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fawlty towers
Brilliant a shame they only did 12, but they say, leave them wanting more! And this certainty does. Brilliant spot on!
Published 27 minutes ago by Mr. John Cadman
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Series
I'm 30 years old and I remember this series as a kid when growing up and found it absolutely hilarious even today. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Chris H
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic!
Highly recommended for any fan of this show - or for anyone who's never seen it - see it now!
Published 6 days ago by Chris Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent package and very crisp remaster.
Highly recommended Basil. Nice package, good little booklet, good interviews including Connie Booth, good commentary by John Cleese and fantastic visuals and audio. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kim Fowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Commentaries By John Cleese
With being born in 1988 I messed all the classic TV shows like Fawlty Towers the first time round. But have watched the odd episode via UKTV Gold & loved what I saw. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Newt Beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I found this to be just awesome totally brilliant, it was well put together and loads of laughs well worth its money recommend it to all.
Published 19 days ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers
The best show of the 1970's.

I love every episode and though this might sound a little sad I know them all off by heart even down to the srcipt. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, A+
Really good to finally have this item, been waiting for it for a long time. Very glad to finally have it at last.
Published 25 days ago by baddestdbadestdba
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Arrived promptly, good condition, well packaged, watched one already and quality is fine, very pleased, haven't tried all the episodes yet but bodes well
Published 25 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fawtly Towers - Remastered
An excellent reminder of that fabulous series. The only criticism I have is the way in which these dvds have been configured, with a ridiculous time-wasting and infantile... Read more
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