On The Buses: The Complete Series Boxset [DVD]
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Collection of all seven series of the successful 70's sitcom. On The Buses follows the fortunes of jack-the lad London bus drivers Jack Harper (Bob Grant) Stan Butler (Reg Varney) and their nemesis, Inspector 'Blakey' Blake (Stephen Lewis). Jack and Stan are a couple of likely lads who enjoy doing what most young lads do - watching girls and getting into scrapes. However, their lot is complicated by the fact that Stan lives at home with his mum and frumpy sister Olive (Anna Karen) who plague his every turn. Furthermore, Blakey - with his catchphrase 'ooh I 'ate you, Butler' - is forever at their shoulder ready to scotch any designs they may have on anything but driving buses.
Seven series they made of the classic British situation comedy, On The Buses. And that means this collected boxset of the television adventures of Blakey, Butler and co runs to in excess of a staggering 1900 minutes. Thats a lot of buses, a lot of entertainment and a very healthy dose of laughs.
Most of the laughs, of course, are generated by the eclectic collection of characters. Top of the bill, and as endearingly funny as he always was, is the harassed Inspector Blake, aka Blakey, whose run-ins with bus driver Butler and his partner in mischief Jack form the magic triangle on which much of the shows success led. But spare a though too for the equally endearing side characters, none more so that Stans long-suffering sister, Olive.
Now granted, across the many, many hours you get in this collection of On The Buses, there are a fair selection of duff episodes, and its unlikely to be the kind of programme youd ever try to get through in one or two sittings. But theres a real, definite charm, regular chuckles and plenty of underrated writing bubbling beneath the surface here, and the end product is hard to resist. Perhaps wisely, the three, lesser, big screen adventures were left out of this set, but completists can pick them up perfectly easily in a boxset of their own.
Yet this particular On The Buses box is all about the programmes themselves, and theres plenty contained within both in numerical and qualitative measures. Even for the most casual fan of the show, or those with a healthy interest in classic British sitcoms, its a terrific buy. --Jon Foster
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Top Customer Reviews
The superbly casted parts and superbly acted as well, make for a really good comedy. Its a laugh a minute has Jack & Stan try to do as little a work has possible and Blakey (the inspector) tries to make them do otherwise.
Its worth every penny.
Errrrrr, I hate you Butler : )
This continued through the 70's with slight differences being made to save cost. Then suddenly some fool came up with the idea of bus drivers taking the fares and doing away with the conductors. This killed the pleasure of working as a psv driver and it destroyed the experience the passenger once enjoyed. Imagine On The Buses being made now, it would be as much as a flop as it is in reality.
Now we simply enjoy the new standard of buses but tolerate the new breed of pcv drivers who know little about customer services and of old fashioned values and as few can speak the mother tongue it is very rare to hear the type of cheeky and suggestive banter that once made your journey to work or home such a unique pleasure.
So historically speaking this DVD set is a true account of how it was back then in the good old days. You'd now have to go to London and get on a tourist bus to experience it and even these are getting rare.
It wasn't all good as Stan will show you, it was hard work driving an old bus, the money wasn't great and the shifts were awful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son was very pleased with the complete set. Of his childhood favourite dvdsPublished 14 days ago by ness21
This complete boxset (ex. the films) is a must for all fans and the quality is excellent.Published 19 days ago by Sabrina and James
Marvellous series , arrived promptly , well packaged and in excellent qualityPublished 24 days ago by charlotte
In my opinion on the buses is one of the best comedy's ever made it is a bit dated but still very funnyPublished 1 month ago by gary hulbert