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Filthy, Rich & Catflap 25th Anniversary Edition
on 19 June 2014
5 stars for the show, as I believe it to be Ben Elton's best work and way ahead of its time, especially as it seems that life is now imitating art! Eddie Catflap is also my favourite Ade Edmondson character - far superior to Eddie Hitler.
I also love Nigel as Filthy Ralph and his Polari phrases.
However this version is only slightly more complete than the initial Playback release and therefore I'm still keeping my original taped TV transmissions. Despite previous reviews I can assure you that both Playback & Acorn; -
i). omit all of the Oliver sequences;
ii). both have the 'Morning Has Broken' song from the first episode (this wasn't cut);
iii). Playback doesn't include 'Roxanne', whereas Acorn's does.
iv). Though both do not have the Joe Dolce song gag, during the same sequence.
v). Playback is rated '12' but for some strange reason it's been reclassified as '15' for this new Acorn release?
vi). on the reverse sleeve of Playback it warns of edits due to contractual reasons (music rights etc) - no such warning on Acorn.
vii). 25th Anniversary Edition is totally misleading - as there are no extras; bar static filmographies; subtitles & a picture gallery with about 3 pictures (hardly special features) or any remastering.
Overall a poor lazy release packaged up as an Anniversary 'special type' Edition.
I hope one day it finally gets a release that's worthy and contains proper special features such as talking heads or commentaries from the writer or surviving cast.