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One Foot in the Grave - Series 1 [1990] [DVD]

Richard Wilson , Annette Crosby    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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One Foot in the Grave - Series 1 [1990] [DVD] + One Foot in the Grave - Series 2 & 1990 Christmas Special [1990] [DVD] + One Foot in the Grave - Series 3 & 1991 Christmas Special [1991] [DVD]
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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosby, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADW80
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Two cassettes which present the complete collection of the first series of the BBC sitcom featuring the irascible Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Episodes included are: 'I'll Retire to Bedlam'; 'The Eternal Quadrangle'; 'The Return of the Speckled Bird'; 'Alive and Buried'; 'Big Sleep'; and 'The Valley of Fear'.

Synopsis

The very first series of One Foot in the Grave starring Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew, an everyman forced into early retirement. He's thrust into hanging around the house, tormenting his wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie) just by existing. Taking odd jobs that somehow don't work out, or courting coincidental mayhem around him, David Renwick's script is wonderfully deak and surreal, full of witty ennui and true-to-life observations. Caught up in his constant bad luck is Margaret's odd friend Mrs Warboys and their strange neighbour Mr Swainey (and his invisble mother).

This DVD contains every episode from series one: "Alive and Buried", "The Big Sleep", "The Valley of Fear", "I'll Retire to Bedlam", "The Eternal Quadrangle" and "The Return of the Speckled Band".



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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best UK comedies ever 1 Oct 2007
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This DVD is the first series of the classic BBC comedy 'One Foot In The Grave', introducing one of the most memorable sitcom characters of all time, Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) and his wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie).

It all starts when security guard Victor has been forced to retire as his job has been replaced by an electronic box. This then sets Victor on his journey through retirement, trying to cope with various health worries, troublesome youths, a swarm of bees, irritating friends and neighbours and a funny smell by the sideboard.

Overall this is one of the best and funniest comedy shows ever to come out of Britain and is an absolutely essential purchase that anyone young or old should enjoy. It is impossible not to love Victor's constant complaining and it will have you in stitches thoughout each and every episode. Although this series was made in 1989 it still seems very modern and has aged very well indeed and is one that can be watched and re-watched again and again, making this extremely great value for money. I'd give this DVD 10 out of 5 if I could!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe it... from the word go! 12 Aug 2004
By will
Format:DVD
Starting with Victor's early retirement at 60 after being replaced by a box Victor suddenly finds his world turning completely mad.
The first series is as funny as the rest thanks to brilliant writing, and outstanding talent from Richard Wilson (Victor) and Annette Crosbie (the ever patient Margaret). The format of each episode tends to be a few sub-plots of different events coming together a few mins before the end for the big laugh.
The DVD is nicely put together, the cover looks good and the menu is clear and easy to navigate. The audio is in good sounding stereo (heading for 2 decades old now) and includes English subtitles. Playback is in PAL format and Regions 2 and 4. Presented in its origional full picture (4:3) and consists of 6 episodes (Amazon lists above).
You may be expecting a little more in the extras department, but the 'Britain's best sitcom featurette' rounds the package off nicely.
Overall, a good first series set for any fan of the show. Lets hope series 2 follows soon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Start of a Fine Series 7 Nov 2006
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Series One of "One Foot in the Grave" is, perhaps, more subdued than future series and is almost gentle by comparison. The six episodes here focus almost entirely on Victor, his wife Margaret, and Mrs Warbuoys. Less outrageous than later series, the episodes are still marvellously written and very funny.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comedy genius. 28 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
Absolute belter. After a long wait for the DVD release, revisiting these comic gems was an unbridled joy. David Renwick's beautifully complex, surreal, interwoven plots, jam-packed with laugh-out-loud jokes and moving sentiment, and the 'Swiss watch' comic timing of not just Richard Wilson, but all the cast, make this one of the finest comedy series I've ever seen. Often quite wrongly pigeonholed as a run of the mill sitcom, the episodes just get darker and darker as time goes on.
All good things must end, and I suppose they killed this one off at just about the right time, but the consistent high quality of this back catalogue means that Victor's legacy goes on....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Five Stars 24 Oct 2005
By Bill W
Format:DVD
Some years ago a good friend from across the pond turned me on to this show. This hilarious series is an absolutely perfect balance of humor with an ever present reminder of the dark side of reality. At the time, various episodes were being sporadically aired on various PBS stations and I gleaned onto VHS every episode I could. Sadly, the Meldrews have long since faded from the airways over here. The smattering of episodes I was able to record are becoming no less faded and grainy from repeated play and custody battles with friends and realatives reluctant to surrender them. And now, finally, my hope and patience that someone over here might realize the genius of this series and market it in this neck of the woods has waned. Without regard for this region coding nonsense I've ordered all of the so far available series from Amazon UK. I'll get whatever equipment I have to to be able to watch these DVDs. Presumably, anyone reading this review will be able to view these discs without messing around with new equipment so you really have no excuse for failing to get your own copies of this fanatstic comedy. You'll laugh yourself silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD! Perfect condition! 26 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Awesome DVD!

Perfect condition!

I love this SitCom and have had my collection for several years...When I had to replace DVD #1 you met the need! Thank You!
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