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Minder: Specials - Volume 1 Of 2 [DVD] [1979]

George Cole , Glynn Edwards    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster, Patrick Malahide
  • Writers: Leon Griffiths
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Clear Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY63
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First appearing on our screens in late 1979, Minder was a vehicle for ex-Sweeney sidekick Denis Waterman, but its lasting contribution to TV culture was rehabilitating George Cole, whose lovable but unscrupulous "entrepreneur" (an older version of the spiv he portrayed in the St Trinian's films) mockingly reflected the values of 1980s Thatcherite Britain. The series is fondly set in a rough demimonde of small-time gangsters and ageing dolly birds, and against a backdrop of seedy London pubs and dubious business dealings. Waterman plays Terry McCann, ex-boxer and ex-con trying to stick to the straight and narrow, but persuaded against his better judgement to become involved in murky capers set up by his employer, "Arfur", who regularly sublets him to dodgy associates of his. In this, the first series, Arthur Daley is more in control, not quite the figure of fun he would later become. In the opening episode, for instance, as Terry is held hostage by wannabe black militants in a launderette, Arthur is negotiating his "exclusive" story to a tabloid. Though aspects of these episodes are a little creaky and dated--Terry's flares especially--the interplay between the too softhearted hard man Terry and his dapper but slippery boss is both priceless and timeless.

This DVD has a scene selection feature and individual episode guides. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Two special episodes from the popular televisioncomedy-drama centring around dodgy London entrepreneur Arthur Daley (George Cole) and his 'minder', former boxer Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman). The first is an 'Early Years' special with Arthur and Terry reminiscing and footage compiled from the first 3 series. Whilst in 'Around the Corner' Terry has to rescue Arthur who, yet again, has got into a spot of bother.


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease of life for the classic series 27 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Brushed and tidied up for DVD technology the first series of Minder is over twenty years old now. However classic story lines, drama, and comedy never go out of fashion. This DVD combines all 11 episodes in one box set, that starts with the dramatic first episode featuring a hold up in a launderette, and progresses along, developing the characters that became an institution during the eighties and nineties.
This first series started originally with the main focus being on ex-con, ex-boxer Terry McCann and his struggle through the darker corners of the black economy. However by the end of series one "Arfur Daley" - Terry's self confessed mentor comes into his own. Would you buy a car from this man?
While some of the episodes in this series one such as "You need friends" are a little obscure and not among the show's best, Minder fans won't be disappointed. Other episodes featured here like "the Desert song", "Monday night Fever", and "the smaller they are" show why Minder regularly pulled in 18million paying punters through the eighties.
A great start to a great series.
You know it makes sense.....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Past its prime but still excellent! 11 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
First aired in September 1985 the sixth series is the penultimate 'Terry McCann' release. With only six episodes (compared with eight in series five and up to thirteen in the first four) value for money compared to earlier releases is not so good. The individual episodes are consistently enjoyable with the droll DS Chisholm arguably stealing the show in a number of them. Dennis Waterman's Terry is maybe getting a little long in tooth as a hard man whilst George Cole's Arthur is as good as ever. At the time of filming this was possibly going to be the final series finishing with the brilliant Xmas special 'Minder on the Orient Express' (available on the 'Specials' collection).
In brief an excellent, though to be harsh past it'd peak, series and a natural purchase after working your way through the previous five sets - you will certainly not be disappointed (apart from the limited number of episodes). I do not intend this review to come across as negative, this is nothing but thoroughly enjoyable television and part of perhaps the best ever Britsh TV (comedy) dramas - Its simply not quite as good as the better earlier series four and five.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Missing 17 Oct 2004
By Mr. P. J. Cooper VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
From Autumn 1985 this is another great series of Minder. George Cole and Dennis Waterman are on top form throughout the six episodes here.
The only black mark is that there is no appearance of Peter Childs' DS Rycott, with Patrick Malahide appearing in all six as DS 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisholm.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% quality 14 Sep 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The classic British TV comedy, honest. Very good to watch on return from the pub, again and again. Timeless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This is the first three episodes from 1979 ("gunfight at the ok laundrette", "bury my half at waltham green",and "the smaller they are")and they really are great! id forgotten how good minder actually is! The story's are really good and each one is hillariously funny!- And of course, Arthur is up to all his usual tricks! Great video!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great tv to watch! 18 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
Even though old school 'Minder' fans might not like the fact that the second of these special episodes features Terry's replacement 'Ray' - Arthur's Nephew, one of the newer episodes, the first feature length episode is worth the price alone.
Aside from the usual hilarity Arthur & Terry concoct, Patrick Malahide as Chisholm deserves a special mention for his hilarious performance.....this is truly classic tv, a must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minder Series 1 Box Set Review 29 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although gettting a little dated the quality of acting combined with the charaters and storylines make it still a pleasure to watch. You can see the charaters developing as you watch all the episodes in the first series. It's a bargin at this price and completely pucka and has no way fallen of the back of a lorry as Arthur would say. Watch out for Dave the owner of the bar for the great dry comic moments. In summary a must to own and now available as one complete box set providing better value.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terry's final series 11 April 2005
By D. Evans VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Series 7 of Minder is the last to feature Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, it is also the weakest of any of the 10 series broadcast between 1979 and 1994. Series 6 of Minder broadcast some 3 years earlier was in many ways the peak for the programme, with massive viewing figures, good storylines, and plenty of humour. Had the programme finished at this point, it would have bowed out on a high note. Instead it was resurrected, but despite the long break, the production team seemed to have simply ran out of steam and didn't really know what else to do with Terry and Arthur. An over reliance on guest stars does not help the series, with familar names such as Billy Connelly and Ian MacShane appearing in various episodes. Although in fact the episode to feature Ian McShane, The Last Video Show,is actually the best of this series. It concerns Jack Last, a local armed robber, trying to locate a videotape which incriminates a high ranking Police Officer on his trail, thereby getting him off the hook. Ofcourse Arthur gets dragged into this, when the tape gets mixed up with one Jack Last hired from his videoshop.
Terry's last episode is not a particularly great epiosde, and as the production team did not know that he was planning to leave it has no sense of the end of an era about it. Waterman does appear slightly bored with the programme at this point, perhaps unhappy that the series was now forcusing on Arthur rather than Terry.
The Gary Webster years would freshen the series up, and take it into the 1990's. The end of one era, the start of another
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Minder series 4
Very entertaining. Excellent value for money and promptly delivered. I am collecting the entire series over a period of time.

Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Jim Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Minder series 6
Very entertaining. Excellent value for money and promptly delivered. I am collecting the entire series over a period of time.

Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Jim Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars minder
very good programme we love watching it when its on tv its a comedy drama series and great actors would recommend to anyone
Published 16 months ago by kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars The old rogue lives on
Series 5 starts with a classic caper of Arfur trying to sell some football boots and passing them off as trainers and ends up getting involved in a dodgy tobacco smuggling racket. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wayne 100 hundreds
5.0 out of 5 stars minder series 5 part 1
I found the minder series from 1979, most enjoyable thank you.
I do prefere the George Cole , Dennis Waterman partnership
the best cheers
Published on 18 April 2012 by Joseph Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars Ditch the first CD, but the second is great
The final series of Minder starring Dennis Waterman as Terry. The opening episode, despite having its moments, is far too downbeat to be a series opener. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by StormSworder
4.0 out of 5 stars minder mania
Great qty picture, case Etc.

shows the full laughter & drama to put you off used car dealers.. Haha
Published on 31 July 2010 by geo4bo
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Minder
Vintage Minder series. The end of Terry and the beginning of Ray. Definitely one for the fans. The evolution of Arthur as the series develops from Series 1 is worth it alone.
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by J. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What more can I say - the classic that is Minder - great memories came flooding back!
Published on 19 Sep 2009 by Fitzgib
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of British comedy
This is the last in the series with Dennis Waterman. It's also the last I ever saw. Posterity hasn't been kind, but if you enjoyed the series 1-6 then this is no worse. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by Amazon Customer
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