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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 (149 customer reviews)
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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 (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZUXZBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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48 of 49 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 26 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
After a horrifying New Years Eve party, which involved being sat around forced to watch the unspeakable trash that is Geordie Shore, my twin sister faked illness and we came home to begin watching this. We received the box set for our birthday after seeing Daniel Rigby play Eric in the drama "Eric and Ernie" and watching the Andre Previn episode that is repeated every year at Christmas.

It is simply superb! We're both big modern comedy fans, and being 25, it all happened before we were even born, and we can finally see why Morecambe and Wise are so well loved by the nation. We love the musical turns; house band Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen are (were) fantastic musicians, and a little cheer for the Pattersons, an act that look very out of place by todays standards. It all harks back to a much more innocent, cleaner age of prime-time telelvision and comedy, that is very rare nowadays.

M&W are unbeatable in everything they do. Eric is so quick off the mark, and it makes you wonder how much is ad-libbed and how much is scripted. We love the yellow curtain scenes with Eric's goings on behind it, the short monks sketches never fail to raise a laugh and the 5 second "Sing Something Simple" sketch we watched last night was brilliant! Ernies plays "wot I wrote" are fantastic. Have to look up who some of the guest stars are, as it's before our era, but they're all superb anyway. Did Peter Cushing ever actually get paid?

So many glorious episodes to enjoy. 20 discs!
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36 of 40 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kings of comedy. 18 Oct 2013
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This 20 disc set is a tribute to the most-loved and funniest comedy duo in the history of entertainment. Not even the great Laurel and Hardy stood the test of time the way Eric and Ernie did. Recently, a new comedy series premiered on US tv and much was made of the 20 million viewers for the first episode. Big Deal ! The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show of 1976 had an audience of 27 million! A record that stands today. I think their secret was that is taped in front of a live audience, not canned laughter. Fluffs and ad-libs were left in and their array of high profile guest stars queued up to be made fun of in Ernie's famous plays. They really were a British institution, whose comedy does not date. Mention must be made of Eddie Braben, possibly the finest comedy writer of all time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great set
was bought as a gift but very pleased with the service and the now owner loves them
Published 5 days ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant
Published 17 days ago by puffy128
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love seeing their shows again, so funny. Good price and quick delivery.
Published 18 days ago by pj
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great comedy
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars morecambe & wise
bought this a present and the person I gave it too was happy and has watched many of the discs
Published 2 months ago by Dudley
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the show
From the 1960s to 1970s, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were one of the greatest comedy acts on British television and this collection sees them at their very best with all 9 series... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love M & W buy this.
Not viewed all discs yet but starting with the earliest and working through them. Even more enjoyable I think if you are old enough to remember the original shows. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scarcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric & Ernie
Great collection-this was a gift for my husband who loves these programmes-he is really enjoying watching them and such a smart neat box too
Published 2 months ago by Christine Rigby
5.0 out of 5 stars Morecambe & Wise - Complete BBC Collection [DVD] [1968]
Excellent item, good value for money, would highly recommend this product as it's an ideal gift for birthday or anniversary.
Published 2 months ago by Brian Shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Two very funny men
Would have been 5 stars but one disc had flaws, not seen the whole series yet so hope no more faults.
Published 2 months ago by Sylvia Greening
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