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On The Buses - Series 1 and 2 (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1969]

Anna Karen , Bob Grant    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Reg Varney, Doris Hare
  • Writers: Ronald Chesney, Ronald Wolfe
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • 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: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AFGL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,212 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set around a London bus depot, On the Buses starred Reg Varney as Stan, an ageing bachelor and driver of the No 11 bus who still lives with his mum (Cicely Courtneidge in the first series, Doris Hare in the second), his plain sister Olive (Anna Karen) and disgruntled brother-in-law Arthur (Michael Robbins). At work, he fraternises with the laddish and lecherous Jack (Bob Grant), with whom he pursues innumerable (and improbable) giggly, mini-skirted "clippies" (conductors) and cheeks the beady-eyed and punctilious bus inspector, Blakey (Steven Lewis)

The first series was broadcast in black and white in 1969, and the show eventually ran until 1973. Eventually, On the Buses would be both celebrated and reviled for its leery, pre-feminist sauciness, and for the exasperated gurning of Lewis' little Hitler-esque inspector. The first series in particular, however, is more keen to develop the theme of Stan as Mummy's boy, with Lewis only a secondary character. Much of the comedy derives from gender role reversal--Stan and Arthur forced to do the household chores when Olive and Mum fall ill ("Family Flu"); "The Canteen", in which the busmen decide to run the canteen themselves; or "The Darts Match", in which Stan and Jack are bested at darts by--imagine--a pair of dollybird clippies.

Despite its immense popularity, On the Buses hasn't dated well. Like the buses themselves, the jokes don't arrive very often and when they do, they're visible a long way off. The studio audience whoops cathartically at anything remotely alluding to sex--even a bared male nipple--making you wonder at the repressed nature of British society in 1969. In later decades it would come to be treasured as somewhat creaky kitsch by audiences nostalgic for an age of politically incorrect innocence.

On the DVD: On the Buses has no extra features here. The original black and white versions have scrubbed up reasonably well, although defects such as fading sound and poor dubbing have proven beyond amendment. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Containing Episodes:

Series One - Episodes 1 to 3 : The Early Shift, The New Conductor, Olive Takes A Trip

Series One - Episodes 4 to 7 : Bus Drivers' Stomach, The New Inspector, The Canteen, The Darts Match

Series Two - Episodes 1 to 3 : Family Flu, The Used Combination, Self-Defence

Series Two - Episodes 4 to 6 : Aunt Maud, Late Again, Bon Voyage

Video Aspect Ratio : 4:3
Main Soundtrack: English Mono
Subtitles: None



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Comedy Returns 25 July 2002
Format:DVD
At last On the Buses transitions to the DVD format - each episode a slice of classic British comedy. Episodes of truely great comedies always seem like old friends when you get a chance to see them, you await each classic moment with baited breath.
The first three episodes are unfortunately devoid of the infamous 'I hate you Butler' catchphrase, that occurs later in the series. They do however set the scene for what is to come, just watch the sausages in the thermos sketch and you can see where the real roots of comedy started!!!
It is unfortunate that the manufacturers did not release each series as a single DVD - still the cost is low and this is a real slice of late sixties comedy - time to put episodes 4 - 7 into the DVD and settle down again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny is'nt even the word ! 8 Sep 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
This is my favourat film comady EVER ! All three films are funny, Holiday on the Buses being the BEST ! This is a MUST SEE BRITISH comady....Buy it , with NO regrets.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A retro look at Britain as it was 22 Feb 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Instead of watching the rubbish that's broadcast today, I thought I'd buy these classic feature films of the 70's.

Starting with 'On The Buses', this is 70's Britain, when women were starting to take on normal jobs...a far cry from the housewife of the 60's. Luxton & District take on women drivers and calamity ensues. Quite un-PC but very very funny, in a 'Carry On' style.

Next is 'Mutiny On The Buses. This follows the story from the previous film, and visits Windsor Safari park in the process.

The third of the trilogy is 'Holiday On The Buses', filmed at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales. An absolute hoot from start to finish, with lots of scrapes throughout.

The whole idea of a family being bonded together as such is now quite dated, and the high street scenes of the first two films prove how far we have come with the advent of out-of-town shopping centres, although I'm not sure this is a good thing. The film quality and sound quality is great on these disks but there are no extra features. Obviously in the 70's extra features weren't deemed neccessary so these weren't made. I don't have a problem with this. Extra info can be found on Google and various fan sites. The big attraction for me is the fantastic capture of life in the year I was born, with gorgeous footage in all 3 films of the early 70's. References made to non-PC topics are refreshing, and an indication of where we've ended up following years of political correctness.

Long live Blakey, Butler and Harper. The acting was great, the script was pretty good and the quality was good too. Instead of 'paying-per-view', buy this 3 film set and have a good laugh!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I s'pose you fink that's funny do ya?" 21 Oct 2004
By Purple Ferret VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Any series that can use the line "Do you mind! That is NOT your pickled onion... It happens to be the knot in my pyjama cord!!!" has got to be worth revisiting in my book! They're all here... Stan, Jack, Arthur, Olive and of course Blakey.
Having been reduced to hysterics by the sight of Blakey, stuck inside Arthur's side car, his nose pressed up against the windscreen ("Don't worry Blakey... this saw'll cut through anything!!!"... "I KNOW, that's what I'm worried about!!!") I took these up to bedroom to watch. Needless to say it wasn't long before Olive appeared in a baby doll nightie... I looked from Olive... to my wife snoring next to me... and back to Olive again... Hmmmm!
Look, you know what you're getting here. It hasn't lost it's sparkle, it's still as cheap, tacky, politically incorrect and brilliant as ever! At this price BUY IT!
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The On The Buses TV series is one that I have always looked upon with nostalgia and fondness but recently having bought the boxset of the entire series I find that my memories are playing tricks, the show is not as good as I remember, it is still very funny and entertaining but it feels a little outdated.
The three movies on the other hand are perhaps the only spin-off adaptations to a comedy show that are better than the parent series itself.

The films manage to come up with three nicely contrasting storylines that admittedly do use various elements of plots from the tv shows, such as Stan messing up a radio control system and Olive being given a job in the bus canteen and so on, but unless you know the history of the show this doesn't really matter.

The first film 'On The Buses' deals with the idea of female bus drivers threatening the jobs of their male counterparts and Stan and the team dreaming up all kinds of plans to get rid of them, this is probably the most faithful film in regards to the format of the tv series in that it does feel like an extension to the show.

'Mutiny On The Buses' is by contrast a film comprised of set pieces or smaller plotlines, such as Stan's engagement, Olive's pregnancy, Arthur losing his job and being trained by Stan to be a bus driver, a new horrible manager taking over at the depot and even a trip to windsor safari park and many more. Most of these plots could have be used as a basis for a film in their own right but the fact that they are all in there and that they do form a coherent story is amazing. It is because of the fragmented approach to the film that it is most likely the weakest of the three but it is still very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the buses
A good laugh .
Published 7 days ago by kendo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great laugh, and its kicks sand in the eye ...
Great laugh, and its kicks sand in the eye of all that politically correct garbage Great Britain has let in over the last 15 years or more.
Published 28 days ago by Doc.B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great british comedy at its best
Published 29 days ago by K. Cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good price and delivery excellent
Published 1 month ago by carol newell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic films, takes me back in time.
Published 1 month ago by john o'dwyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
happy with item
Published 1 month ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant
one of the best movie made in the 70s it even out did James Bond at the cinema well worth every penny, money well spent i think
Published 4 months ago by henryone
5.0 out of 5 stars As funny as it ever was.....
3 funnies all in one, good old fashioned comedy, well worth it, brings back happy memories of the dim & distant past
Published 6 months ago by Richard Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion to The Boxset of On The Buses
Got this as a companion to complete my on the buses collection. Well worth the low price and timeless comedy, with good picture and sound quality, seems from my copy that the print... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
Does what it says on the tin. I bought it as a present, my friend liked it. He was happy.
Published 6 months ago by Sparky
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