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Morecambe & Wise - Complete BBC Collection [DVD] [1968]

Ernie Wise , Eric Morecambe    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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Morecambe & Wise - Complete BBC Collection [DVD] [1968] + The Morecambe & Wise Show - The Thames Years [DVD] [1978] + Morecambe & Wise - Christmas Specials [DVD] [1969]
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  • Actors: Ernie Wise, Eric Morecambe
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 2865 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZUXZBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,018 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Morecambe and Wise are the greatest comedy double act ever to grace our TV screens. The fabulous mixture of sketches, musical numbers, insights into their ‘home’ life’ and the play's 'wot Ernie wrote' brought them audiences in the millions.

On stage they were living legends with Eric’s raised eyebrows, Des O’Connor jibes and cheeky catchphrases putting every audience in the palm of their hands. And, of course, the stars – from Shirley Bassey and Elton John to Laurence Olivier and Glenda Jackson – lined up to join in the fun.

This complete series includes nine series and five Christmas Specials and features every memorable moment of Eric and Ernie’s BBC career including the legendary Singin’ in the Rain, the famous André Previn appearances and the acclaimed Breakfast Stripper sketch – as well as every shoulder-and-cheek slap, Luton Town reference and “Not Now Arthur!” in between.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Morecambe and Wise are the greatest comedy double act ever to grace our TV screens. The fabulous mixture of sketches, musical numbers, insights into their 'home' life' and the play's 'wot Ernie wrote' brought them audiences in the millions. On stage they were living legends with Eric's raised eyebrows, Des O'Connor jibes and cheeky catchphrases putting every audience in the palm of their hands. And, of course, the stars - from Shirley Bassey and Elton John to Laurence Olivier and Glenda Jackson - lined up to join in the fun. This complete series includes nine series and five Christmas Specials and features every memorable moment of Eric and Ernie's BBC career including the legendary Singin' in the Rain, the famous André Previn appearances and the acclaimed Breakfast Stripper sketch - as well as every shoulder-and-cheek slap, Luton Town reference and "Not Now Arthur!" in between. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Morecambe & Wise Show - BBC Collection - 20-DVD Box Set ( Morecambe and Wise )


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4.9 out of 5 stars
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough 12 Oct 2011
By Parkie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having purchased other sketch/variety type shows, I was expecting a slow build up to the comic genius I remembered from my childhood. The surviving material from the duos first BBc series reinforced that expectation. While it is undoubtedly funny, it's just not the M&W I remembered. But with the first colour episode, and the introduction of Eddie Braben as their writer, the series just sort of arrives fully formed. Braben did what no other writers for Eric and Ernie did, he based his whole approach around their own off-stage personalities and the three together raised the bar for TV comedy. All the things we remember so fondly are in place and the leads are firing on all cylinders from the opening credits to the first, dazzling curtain call of Janet Webb. This episode also features the great Peter Cushing's debut and the start of one of the longest running gags in comedy history, "I haven't been paid yet". The rest of season two is just as funny. Even the one or two contemporary references that I couldn't follow still made me laugh with the delivery.

The third series builds on this solid foundation and soars into new realms of comedy inspiration. M&W were always a comedy duo, never a double act, as neither ever acted as the "straight man". Each had their own idiocies and balanced the other perfectly. Ernie, pompous, self congratulatory, but with a childlike glee at times, and Eric, irrepressible, down to earth and taking the mickey out of everyone and everything, but never, ever cruel; often acting as a one man comic greek chorus commenting on the action around him. There is no "fourth wall", they involve the viewer completely and as other reviewers have said, even during their bickering, the affection they had for each other is infectious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morcambe and Wise - Complete BBC Collection. 19 April 2012
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So far we are only half way through 20 dvds. This box set is worth the money.

The set covers all the years these 2 were at the BBC. About 20 myears I think. My partner and I have been rolling on the floor laughing at them. Well worth the money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 Aug 2011
By Danny
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fantastic product, lovely packaging well thought out and beautifully designed and the duo are hillarious.

The first two series are not completely subtitled and your get about one line out of every four. However, after the first two the subtitling is excellent. I would say that the typography and bordering of the subtitles make it harder to read than it should be, its white text with a black border and then a white border outside of that which give the apearence of it being blurry. They are readable though, just not as easy as modern subtitling that you get on most DVDs nowdays.

If it was not for the subtitling colours and font I would say it gets a full five stars without question. However, as i realise not everyone needs subtitles I have still given it five stars as it makes for great watching and some serious laughs for all the family, unlike modern stand up, they are clean, well spoken and well dressed professionals having a laugh at each others expense and of course at the expense of their guest and although I wasnt born until many years after this was aired, I find them timelessly funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories 11 Jan 2013
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At a time when comedy didnt need four letter words , classic stuff from Eric & Ernie , had a blast watching this , highly recommend this for a purchase .
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched with great affection. 4 Feb 2011
By Muds
Format:DVD
Anyone who is a Morecambe and Wise fan will not need me to tell them how good they were. Their affection for each other spilled over the, "Footlights", and became infectious. I remember as a kid, the family event of watching their shows and delighting in seeing my Grandad crying with laughter, which also became infectious. Therefore when I watch these DVDs I watch with great affection for the two of them. Nostalgic, yes but also still very funny.

I am impressed with the quality of the picture, which seems to have benefited from some digital remastering, or perhaps it's the upscaling of my Blu-Ray player. Whatever it is, it holds up well on the 42" screen and you soon forget the 4:3 aspect ratio. There's very little black and white footage, just some surviving clips from their first series. In fact, my only note of disappointment to date (currently up to Series 4) is that the early footage didn't include the B&W show when they had the Beatles on as guests and Eric kept referring to Ringo as, "Bongo". I know this must survive because I've seen it repeated on the TV recently. Of course it might be on an early B&W Christmas Show, which are grouped together at the end. I haven't watched any of these yet so hopefully my disappointment will be premature.

Needless to say, it's only a small flaw (if one at all) in an otherwise brilliant presentation. Well worth buying.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb entertainment 22 Aug 2011
By Chris
Format:DVD
I bought this thinking I had seen most of it, but I was wrong, there's far more material here than I had seen. You can see a small part of the first series, which is interesting, but by the second series there's most of the charateristics, guest stars, stage work, scenes at home, the refernces to a wig, and height, the slap round the face.

The main changes from the earlier series is that the musical numbers are allowed to progress, and if you are only a familiar with the later work you still expect Morecambe and Wise to come on and mess about.

My criticisms of the DVDs are no extras, and that the scenes aren't the same as the sketches, so if you are less keen on the 'serious' music, as I am, skipping often skips across sketches as well, also if you are looking for a particular sketch you don't get any indication where it might be!

For less than £50 you get a gem in this box set, enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Comedic Talent, Box Set Worth Every Penny
Dvd Info.
20 disc set, Region 2.
Running time 2865 minutes approx.
9 Series & 5 Christmas Specials.

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Published 5 days ago by timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringers of Sunshine
Excellent box set of all the fabulous BBC years of Morecombe & Wise, bought for my Father's birthday and went down a treat.
Published 17 days ago by Alison Leeming
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Have not yet begun watching them but thought price was very reasonable for what you get and usually enjoy these two comedians when I see them on telly
Published 19 days ago by A. M. Trotman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best!
This box set is just perfect!! I'm only 23 and I love this pair! And I'm very happy with this purchase.
Published 21 days ago by Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars spoilt by woman giving running commentary
classic comedy. OK on discs 1-6, but disc 7 spoilt by some woman doing a running commentary on what E & E are up to; I haven't found an option to turn her off. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Muso Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Still very funny
Some of the jokes rely on you knowing celebrities or events from the era (I just about qualify for the later series) but most of the humour is timeless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kira
5.0 out of 5 stars Morecambe & Wise Complete Box Set
I bought this Morecambe & Wise complete BBC collection box set as a present for my mother, she loved it
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Sheila Stainer
5.0 out of 5 stars Morecambe & Wise like fine wine gets better with time
Morecambe & Wise like fine wine gets better with time. This is a must have DVD for any fan. It may seem a tad expensive at £30, but it in fact good value for money considering the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Billieray
5.0 out of 5 stars Morecambe & Wise
Eric and Ern ("Tea Urn" Sorry love that joke!) are Hilarious. One or 2 of the episodes are missing but thats my only complaint! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful entertainment
Top class shows all the way through. This has to be the best collection of their shows BBC better than the Thames sets.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Thorpe
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