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Just William - The Complete Series [DVD] [1977]


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  • Actors: Adrian Dannatt, Bonnie Langford, Diana Dors, Diana Fairfax, Michael McVey
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, 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: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KAIW5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 26 episodes from seasons 1 and 2 of the 1970s ITV series based on the stories by Richmal Crompton. Set in the 1930s, the series tells the story of naughty schoolboy William and his gang known as The Outlaws, who are plagued by the attentions of insufferable spoiled brat Elizabeth Violet Rose Bott (Bonnie Langford). Season 1 episodes are: 'William and the Begging Letter', 'William: The Great Actor', 'The Outlaws and the Tramp', 'The Sweetest Little Girl in White', 'William and the Badminton Racket', 'A Little Interlude', 'William and the Prize Pig', 'William and the Wonderful Present', 'William the Matchmaker', 'Waste Paper Wanted', 'Only Just in Time', 'William and the Sleeping Major' and 'William Clears the Slums'. Season 2 episodes are: 'William's Lucky Day', 'The Great Detective', 'Violet Elizabeth Wins', 'William Holds the Stage', 'William the Philanthropist', 'It All Began with the Typewriter', 'A Rescue Party', 'William Finds a Job', 'Parrots for Ethel', 'William at the Garden Party', 'Two Good Turns', 'Finding a School for William' and 'William and the Tramp'.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 24 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
Several series have been made about Richmal Crompton's unruly schoolboy. Some have worked and some haven't, but this engaging version is probably the most pleasantly watchable. It's clear that everyone involved had a great love of the stories and they put every effort into making this work. Crompton's original tales were short and lent themselves well to a weekly series, and this version, which lasted for 2 seasons and a Xmas special did well to capture the feeling and spirit of his adventures while not ruining the nostalgic elements.

Adrian Dannatt appears at first to be an odd choice for William, appearing just too different to the wild-haired scruff that we've become so familiar with from the illustrations and tales. But he soon overcomes those misgivings to give a performance that perfectly captures William's rebellious spirit, making me wonder why the actor never worked again.

Aside from the excellent Ginger, William's supporting Outlaws are not so convincing, coming over as fairly generic naughty kids rather than the epic characters on the page. To some extent this is probably deliberate as the adult roles are delivered in a more-rounded fashion, rather than being shadowy authority figures. So William's long-suffering parents are appealing as are Bott's parents, characters who I can hardly remember from the books, but who with deft performance from Diana Dors and John Stratton work well in their occasional appearances. Other guest stars include Freddie Jones and Simon Chandler in top form as William's older brother. Best of all is a gloriously infuriating Bonnie Langford as Violet Elizabeth Bott, surely the most nauseating kid ever to appear in fiction.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rutan on 26 Oct 2009
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Since the previous reviewer has summarised the quality of the scripts and acting quite nicely and in agreement with my own opinions I'll concentrate here on the actual quality of the DVD itself. To be blunt, the transfer is awful. Any rapid movement across the screen is accompanied by artifacts that make the average You Tube video look like Blu-Ray in quality. The flaws are most apparent on scenes shot on film (usually external scenes) and those involving rapid movement, and almost un-noticable on scenes shot on video or where in static, dialogue-heavy scenes. Even the animated opening titles are practically unwatchable on some (but not all, surprisingly) of the episodes. I've examined 5 episodes on different discs so far, and they all had these flaws to a greater or lesser extent. As it stands I can't really recommend this box set unless you're willing to put up with occasional scenes so jagged and broken they cause nausea.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Canadian National on 5 May 2011
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A good collection of the whole series of Just William. The set comprises four discs mounted across one another in the case, so that it is necessary to remove the top one to extract the lower. This is a slight inconvenience. Of more irritation is the quality of the episodes. Most are good, but some have considerable judder to parts of them. I do not mind too much, but more sensitive types might find it spoils their enjoyment of the production. There are no subtitles on these discs, so the hard of hearing miss the brilliant and sometimes rather rapid dialogue.
I still rate this as the best series of William I have seen so far. The characters are well portrayed and very silly, just as they should be, and the quality of acting of William, Ginger, and of course Violet Elizabeth is wonderful.
There is a break where the adverts would have been when originally broadcast, and I sometimes find myself hankering for some period adverts to finish off the experience and take me fully back to the seventies and my teens.
I consider this a good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 3 Jan 2012
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My two sons love this...they have watched the series numerous times and still get a good laugh. It's old fashioned, but the stories are so good and really strike a chord with boys. Ignored by his parents, just tolerated by his boyfriend collecting sister and bullied by his frightfully awful and self centred big brother poor William can never stay clean or see the point in doing fractions. There is a lot about this 1920's schoolboy for kids of today to relate to! Just William is just great. I would recommend for 8-12 year olds.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 1 Jan 2011
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It's quite a good DVD, plenty of episodes for your money. Unfortunately just days after I bought this the BBC released a new Just William series that knocks this one into a cocked hat. The only real problem I had with this one is that William is actually shown as naughty when he's just supposed to be a bit thoughtless. Otherwise, certainly worth a watch and Violet Elizabeth is brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 19 Sep 2013
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I bought this as I read all the William books as a youngster and wanted to see if this very old TV series was as good as I remembered it to be.
And yes it's pretty good, the stories are generally quite funny and the whole production has a nice feel to it.
Glad I bought it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By oldtherion on 19 Feb 2010
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Great to see all the old favourites again. This is a long-overdue release and is a welcome blast of nostalgia for all lovers of the Richmal Crompton books.
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