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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 (391 customer reviews)
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  • 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 (391 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BPW174
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,021 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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915 of 962 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a fool 27 Sep 2007
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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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207 of 219 people found the following review helpful
By Gareth
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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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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193 of 211 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware 31 Jan 2009
As other reviewers have already stated, this is cut to ribbons and, as such, I would say it's pretty much a waste of money.

I'd just like to add, though, that the reviewer who states that the US version is not cut is completely wrong. I regret that I believed his review and bought the US one only to find that it is NOT complete. So, to anyone who is considering wasting money on the US box set, I just wanted to warn you before you part with your cash. Buyer beware!
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars only fools and horses 30th anniversary box set 7 Aug 2011
By stephen
Only Fools and Horses - Complete Anniversary Box Set [DVD] here we have another so called COMPLETE only fools and horses boxset collection, how on earth 2entertain can call this collection COMPLETE is beyond me when it is anything but,the same old edited to death collection but this time in new packaging, i think when it comes right down to it 2entertain are just too damn lazy to do any work on a new complete fully restored unedited boxset with extras, shame on the bbc and 2entertain on your treatment of only fools, to any one intending on buying this don't save your money. i hope that one day NETWORK get the rights to this series and will bring out a complete unedited collection with extras, they would show more respect than 2entertain.
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189 of 207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* for only fools 0* for the box set 4 Oct 2007
I only give this 5* because Only Fools is a great British classic. As a previous reviewer says correctly it is incredibly frustrating that they churn out these box sets at christmas with half the decent stuff missing. The musical scores are not all there, scenes and dialogue frustratingly deleted. How much is it to ask for a truly complete box set, especially with how much it costs. I've already got all the dvds individually - whats the point of now buying this unless there is genuinly something new. I would also (although this will probably never happen) love to have Red Dwarf calibre extras. Those who buy the red dwarf series will know what I mean when you get an incredible amount of behind the scenes and other extras which are worth the money in themselves. Its a shame that the BBC is again trying to churn out another boxset with a different cover to milk this great franchise.
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148 of 162 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!!! 15 May 2008
By Johnny
So disappointing, huge cuts, laughter tracks added, just ruined it for me. So annoyed while watching late one night went to the US site and bought the whole thing again, some edits still , not all the original music, but the Royal Flush seems pretty much intact which was decimated in this version. etc. Just beware you will need an NTSC player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SET!
Although there have been some cuts, This Set is still worth the 35, its a awesome programme.
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Brilliant stuff, laughed so much.

I know they put them on TV for free, but having them to hand and control of which ones to watch is why I bought them.
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