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Jeeves And Wooster: The Complete First Series [DVD]


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  • Actors: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws, Richard Dixon, Mary Wimbush
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL, Colour, Mono
  • Language: 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: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 248 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XQTN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,623 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All five episodes from the ITV series, based on the novels by P.G. Wodehouse. Manservant Jeeves (Stephen Fry) and his bumbling master Wooster (Hugh Laurie) attempt to keep their upper lips stiff amongst England's inter-war high society. These episodes find the hapless Wooster getting into a tangle over his own attempts to avoid marriage and his efforts to dissolve the union of his Uncle George and a young waitress. Fortunately, Jeeves is on hand to see that the decent thing is done.

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PG Wodehouse's much-loved stories about Bertie Wooster and his brilliantly clever valet Jeeves were brought faithfully to life in Jeeves and Wooster, starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry as master and servant. Perfectly cast and with scripts that retain all the sparkling wit of Wodehouse's prose, it's hard to see how any future adaptation of his work could surpass this wonderfully funny series.

This set contains the entire first season of Jeeves and Wooster. In "Jeeves Takes Charge" young man-about-town Bertie Wooster employs a new valet called Jeeves, and not a moment too soon. Thanks to his Aunt Agatha, Bertie faces the terrible prospect of marriage to the statuesque Honoria Glossop, and only Jeeves can save the day. "Tuppy and the Terrier" finds Bertie in trouble again when he loses Aunt Agatha's dog. Further aunt-related complications arise when Bertie's chum Tuppy falls for our hero's cousin Angela. Aunt Dahlia is not amused. An uncle in love with a waitress, a trip to the country, a speedy choirboy, and a secret betting syndicate all lead to trouble in "The Purity of the Turf". Jeeves, of course, is the only one who can put things right.

Jeeves and Wooster really hits its stride in the final episodes of Series 1: "The Hunger Strike" and "Brinkley Manor". When Bertie visits Aunt Dahlia he is called upon to solve the romantic problems of his friends Tuppy Glossop (in love with Cousin Angela) and the delightful Gussy Fink-Nottle (in love with Madeleine Basset, a young lady who believes the stars to be God's daisy-chain.) Unwisely, Bertie decides to cook up his own plan and before long disaster strikes. Aunt Dahlia's superb chef Anatole gives his notice, and Bertram is to blame. Thank goodness for Jeeves. --Simon Leake, Amazon.com

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2001
Format: DVD
I couldn't agree more with regard to the previous reviewers sentiment with regard to the actual programmes themselves.
However, there is a serious problem with this transfer to DVD. Frankly, the quality of the transfer stinks.
This two disk, single sided presentation contains just one extra, a rather lame monotonic "audio commentary". Of course it also has the obligatory "scene index".
No, the problem here lies entirely with the picture transfer to DVD. It is extremely grainy, the colours are washed out, and there is a distinct lack of detail.
These programmes deserve better treatment than this, and I truly hoped that the remaining 3 series get it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Schneehase VINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2001
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As a life-long devotee of P G Wodehouse's 'Jeeves' stories I was worried that the televised version might not convey the light-hearted and hilarious spirit of the books. I need not have worried. Fry and Laurie are the perfect Jeeves and Wooster and this series perfectly captures both the style and content of the stories. It is very funny, endearing and excellent viewing. If you like period drama you'll love this. If you like P G Wodehouse's novels, you'll love this. If you like Fry and Laurie, you'll love this. Really, it can't miss - it should be compulsory viewing as an antidote to the violence of modern films and dramas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "pkemp_appleby" on 20 May 2003
Format: DVD
Not the best DVD tranfer, okay, but brilliant material. Fry and Laurie capture the spirit of P. G. Wodehouse's characters and storylines down to the tiny details that make the difference. The picture, although not good, is definitely watchable and does not distract from the content much at all. This is definitely worth having if you like P. G. Wodehouse and his style -(I will definitely get series two!!) don't let the picture quality put you off!!!!
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sep 2001
Format: DVD
The programme material itself is beyond reproach, Fry and Laurie were made for their respective roles. The production values and attention to detail in all the sets are excellent.
However, the discs appear to have been mastered from video tape several generations distant from the 16mm film original. There is very little detail visible, the contrast range severely limited, bright areas of the picture are totally washed out, and darker areas swimming with grain.
In addition, the upper third of the image expands and contracts noticably throughout both discs.
Granada video have really fallen down with this one, the discs need to be re-mastered, and re-released in proper DVD quality...
The audio commentary provided as an extra, sounds like someone attempting to be incredibly boring, and succeeding!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
Just as Joan Hickson is the definitive Miss Marple, and David Suchet the definitive Poirot, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are the definitive Jeeves and Wooster. I couldn't now accept anybody else in the roles.
Although I'm not usually a big Hugh Laurie fan (whereas I AM a big Stephen Fry fan) I have to say that Hugh Laurie is the star of this particular show. His scoolboyish mugging and boggling is just perfect - he really is Bertie Wooster. But Jeeves is pretty perfect too, and gets the funniest lines.
It's a wonderful piece of period recreation, this series, and a recreation of one of history's most attractive and seductive periods. Every scene is a delight to watch. Supporting actors are all well chosen, and to top it all, we have wonderful music.
Honestly, I never noticed the quality of the transfer, I was so entranced by the action! I think one has to accept the limitations of transferring TV to DVD.
The only thing I really had to think about was how soon I could get the other two DVDs.
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