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Fawlty Towers - Series 2 [1979] [DVD] [1975]

John Cleese , Prunella Scales , Bob Spiers    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth
  • Directors: Bob Spiers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,665 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Often hailed as the greatest ever British sitcom, Fawlty Towers is closer to the more elaborate tradition of farce. Comprising two series made in 1975 and 1979, the total of just 12 episodes were painstakingly constructed by writers John Cleese and Connie Booth. Unlike most British farce, however, Fawlty Towers deals with the big themes--death, psychology, xenophobia and even sex-o-phobia (Basil's marriage to Sybil is the most sterile ever depicted in a sitcom).Basil's contempt for his guests is, of course, legendary. It takes little from patrons to unleash his sledgehammer sarcasm: "Rosewood, mahogany, teak? Sorry, I was wondering what you'd like your breakfast tray made out of," he sneers at a guest who dares request breakfast in bed. Like every Englishman, he wants to be king of his own castle and resents having to take in lodgers to maintain the place, especially the open-necked younger generation, whom he regards as sub-human. Mostly, though, Fawlty Towers is comedy of exasperation--who can forget the "damn good thrashing" Basil gives his clapped-out car, or the nervous breakdowns he almost suffers trying to make himself understood to Manuel? It's also comedy of embarrassment. The very fear of losing his dignity generally leads Basil into the most spectacularly undignified of predicaments. His inevitable misery is our sheer delight.--David Stubbs

Series 2:
Communication Problems
The Psychiatrist
Waldorf Salad
The Kipper and the Corpse
The Anniversary
Basil the Rat

Product Description

DVD Special Features:
Exclusive interview with John Cleese
Exclusive interview with Prunella Scales
Director commentary
Artist profiles
Scene selection
Special Basil Fawlty link
Digitally remastered
Out takes
Includes a special illustrated booklet

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Mr Fawlty..... 14 Dec 2010
Brilliant series, excellent fun at a good price.

However, some of the special features listed are not included, e.g. the "special illustrated booklet". It only has the director's commentary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Towers 4 Nov 2010
Absolutely fantastic. My 7 year old has just discovered Basil and laughs so much she falls off the sofa. Every house should have this !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd 20 Aug 2013
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haven't stopped watching this laughing all the time never tire of it had it as a present great buy thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Much has been written about Fawlty Towers. I do not intend to repeat all of this in depth, but confine myself to saying that this mid seventies comedy series from John Cleese and Connie Booth was one of the most perfect comedies ever made. Characters and performances were pitch perfect, the set up ideal for a variety of hilarious situations. It made the irate hotelier and his Spanish waiter into national icons. Part of the genius was that it wrapped up after 2 series, so there was no tailing off in quality or changes in cast that afflict so m any other classic comedies. It's just Fawltless, mixing elements of farce and absurdism to provide 12 episodes of howling laughter.

This 2001 DVD release OK. It contains all six episodes from series two on a single disc, with no real extras. The picture quality is OK. But these days there is the definitive 2009 remastered version box set of both series plus loads of extras at a very reasonable price, and I would recommend you purchase that set rather than this. So almost Fawltless, 5 stars for the superb comedy, but you're better off getting the 2009 release.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor - you may not get what you expect 30 Dec 2008
Firstly, let's get one thing clear; the sitcom episodes presented on the disc are among television's highest achievements. I can't recommend them highly enough.
However, would-be buyers should be wary of this particular DVD edition. The first thing to note is that the copy Amazon supplied to me has _none_ of the special features claimed above, with the sole exception of the director's commentary (more about that below). No special interviews, no outtakes, no booklet (illustrated or otherwise) etc etc. Yes it does have scene selection, but I would hardly consider that a 'special feature'. I would have submitted a correction to the Amazon catalogue info, but if you check this you'll notice there's no mechanism for correction of content details like these - hence this review.
OK - perhaps you feel you can manage without the special features and just want to see the episodes. Fine, but maybe you should try not to support an edition which is so shoddily put together. Among the numerous annoyances this disc offers are the following:
(i) The levels on the original soundtracks of the episodes do not seem to have been remastered in any way, and consequently are inordinately quiet compared to modern DVD levels. Of course you can turn up your TV or sound system (a long way!), but then you'll find that every time you go back to the menu(s), the soundtrack on those is absolutely deafening! Whoever authored this DVD hasn't even taken the trouble to match up these levels to ensure a basic level of useability of the product.
(ii) The aforementioned menus are far too busy with several extended clips from the episodes themselves, plus animated icons etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic episode 12 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
What more can be said about Fawlty Towers? Brilliant. They don't make them like that any more. I shall buy another episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie at a decent price 28 Feb 2014
By AndyS
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A classic movie at a decent price. We bought it to brush up on our Spanish, which is above average, however, the great acting and voices of the cast just don't 'translate'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment!! 11 Feb 2014
By jamie
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This was bought by my son as he wanted some funny DVDs to watch and he wasn't disappointed. He really enjoyed watching it and was very happy with his purchase
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers dvd
Very funny, exactly as I remember. A classic of its kind and much funnier than most things on TV now.
Published 7 months ago by Bina
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleese's finest hour
Fawlty Towers will live on forever as one of the best sitcoms ever long after all the so called "comedies" of today have all been discarded. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lord Anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers
A timeless classic that has stood the test of time and is as funny today as it was in the 70s
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Hilary J Liggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it!
One of the best sitcoms ever- can never tire of watching this - if you have not got it - get it
Published 10 months ago by Martin W. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant see how you hate it!
I bought this for my dad for Fathers day.
Knowing that he loves this (and i do too)
It is just hilarious. John Cleese is so funny! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. Mackenzie
1.0 out of 5 stars still waiting for a dvd i can play
received dvd which only plays in america or canada.sent taken from account still no
dvd its now 8 weeks
Published 13 months ago by michael preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh a minute
This DVD contains some of best episodes,including "Basil the Rat" and "The Kipper & the Corpse".
It hasn't dated and the quality of the Picture is first rate. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Music Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers
I'm not aware that I bought this, but I might have done, as a present. (Five more words are required).
Published 14 months ago by fin323ish
5.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers Series 2
We bought this for our son who is now 13 as we live in Spain and it was a family series that we both loved as children. Read more
Published 15 months ago by I. Morrill
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