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Only Fools and Horses - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1981]

David Jason , Nicholas Lyndhurst    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Buster Merryfield, John Challis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 26
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 2489 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BPW174
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first episode of Only Fools And Horses, this is a box set that can comfortably be described as comprehensive. There are 26 DVDs included in all, which cover seven full series, and all of the Christmas specials, all in one set. That’s the entire adventures of Del Boy, Rodney, and the characters of Peckham, all brought together in Britain’s best loved sitcom.

The instant highlights are the ones that get replayed time and time again on television. Granddad, Rodney and Del cleaning the chandelier. Del falling through the bar. Rodney’s wedding, the introduction of Uncle Albert, and the infamous outing to Margate. But the set is also a chance to take in the many other features that added up to make the show Britain’s favourite sitcom.

Only Fools And Horses, after all, set a template for the important of supporting characters. Boycie and Marlene enjoyed a spin-off series of their own, with The Green Green Grass, but the truth is that the adventures of Trigger, Denzel, Mickey Pearce and Uncle Albert alone could have equally been given top billing. Often, they are. John Sullivan’s writing has a real skill in bringing character to the fore as required, but his ultimate achievement here is balancing a sizeable ensemble of regular and occasional characters, and wringing so many laughs out of them.

It’s a family comedy like no other, and since new Only Fools And Horses episodes left our screens back in 2003, there’s been nothing really to match it. Arguably, there never will be, either. Because this is a show that brought together an unrivalled collection of talents, and turned them into national treasures. Only Fools And Horses also ensures, rightly, that the work of the late John Sullivan will be celebrated for a long, long time to come. And, with this latest box set, there’s little reason why the show won’t keep Britain laughing for a good few years, either. --Jon Foster

Product Description

Starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, the first ever episode of Only Fools and Horses was broadcast 30 years ago in September 1981. The story of market trader Derek Trotter and his brother Rodney (along with their family and friends - Uncle Albert, Boycie, Trigger et al) would continue through seven series and numerous special episodes. It left us with memorable moments of TV history, additions to the English language - and a series celebrated as Britain's greatest ever comedy. Features all the episodes and Christmas specials on 26 discs. Please note, marginal edits have been made to the following episodes due to music clearances: - Watching The Girls Go By (S4)- A Royal Flush (Christmas Special)- The Jolly Boys' Outing (Christmas Special)- The Class Of 62 (S7)


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921 of 970 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a fool 27 Sep 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I must say despite the excellent design the content is a huge disappointment. Why? Well like most people who buy this boxset we have already seen them in their complete and unedited glory on the BBC and now UKGold. Wouldn't it be great to have the same episodes to play whenever we desired at home. Think again. Countless episodes are edited to such an extent that dialogue has been cut, scenes have been deleted and musical scores altered. So much so that avid fools fans will watch with annoyance. The fact the BBC couldn't pay for the rights to play the original background music within scenes is criminal, they must have made millions from the Only Fools franchise.

If you have the time tape the episodes off UKGold. I still wait for the genuine complete collection.

*Update* In memory of John Sullivan, I've now re-rated this from 2 stars to 5. A comedy that will provide laughter to generations of people to come, what a legacy to leave. I just hope that should any tribute episodes be released in the future then they take onboard some of the editing issues, and ensure they are released the way John Sullivan wrote them, that would be the perfect epitaph.

**An updated er update** And so now almost five years after the first 'complete collection' was released, we now have a second 'complete collection', both of which are sadly 'incomplete'. To mark the 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of 'Only Fools' you'd have thought some effort would have been put into adding some extra morsels to tempt those who bought the first complete collection into forking out for the second. But no.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A lot has been made of the cuts to the content of this DVD set and for a long time I resisted buying it as a result. However, I always found it a pain trying to catch repeats. £35 is not bad for over 41 hours of television and since I realized it's the best I'm going to get for now - I just thought "what the hell" and went ahead and bought it.

So let's talk about the cuts: As far as I can tell the only episodes that have SERIOUSLY been actually cut are "The Jolly Boys Outing" and "Miami Twice". Other than those two I can't say I really noticed any others. Contrary to what has been written - bad language has NOT been cut and neither has some of the more cruder humour. It seems that a lot of people who've written reviews haven't actually watched the set.

I googled what cuts had been made to the DVD set - and watched a lot of the episodes expecting a cut to come up... and it didn't! I really wonder where a lot of this information has come from.

In most cases when the rights haven't been available for music - it has been replaced with a similar sounding bit of music (Jaws and The Omen are replaced with sinister cues that get the same point across) and original songs have been replaced with cover versions (for example the version of "Our House" at the end of "Time On Our Hands"). Yeah OK - it's not the ideal situation but it could have been a lot worse! The comedy is not lost.

Generally speaking from what I can tell a majority of the episodes are uncut and I can tell you categorically that the second series has absolutely no cuts whatsoever.

With this being the case I believe it's perfectly reasonable to purchase this item at the current knock down price.
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211 of 223 people found the following review helpful
By Gareth
Format:DVD
Terribly disappointing. If something is advertised as "complete", it should be complete. But this is not. The heavy edits remain, even though the BBC could quite easily arrange for the original episodes to be released as they were originally screened on TV. My message to BBC: release the original episodes, uncut; or stop putting out heavily edited DVDs and then calling them "complete".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The episode, Series two, episode 8 'Christmas Trees' is missing completely from the set. As well as this on the box it states clearly that episodes have been edited for 'contractual reasons', and once you start watching the episodes you can see it.

It is probably the best of the available sets of Only Fools and Horses there is currently available but it would have been much better without the edits and the missing episode is a real issue.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
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It is astonishingly poor of the BBC to treat fans in this way. Cut down stories, poor editing, replacing the music. Not worthy of a great series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The greatest comedy show that this country has ever produced should rightly receive the royal treatment when it comes to DVD. Packaging cannot be faulted, the shows in their original guise (with the exception of the perhaps ill advised christmas specials where the Trotters lose everything) are simply magic. Instead, what do we get? Political correctness gone mad. Sadly, because some people with no sense of humour whatsoever may be offended the BBC have seen fit in their infinite wisdom to butcher the classics. It's laughable to be honest how the minority seem to always spoil the enjoyment of the majority. Example...there's that classic line when Mickey Pearce and Del are in the Nags head and Mickey starts talking about his aikido night classes and Del sniffs him and says the following...'can you smell that...what is that? sheep is it? It's cows..no, no I know what it is...it's Bull****'. One of the funniest lines ever butchered because some do-gooder liberal takes offence. This isn't isolated. It's sadly prevalent throughout the boxed set. For that reason the Boxed Set deserves a 1 star. The show is five stars and should remain so based on the original content. This is what we pay our TV licence money for. Shame on the BBC.
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