To start with, this is a terrific movie: well written and directed, with wonderfully evocative and nostalgic location filming in 1960s London, swathes of which are now no more than a memory.
The acting is also uniformly good, the cast being a veritable who's who of contemporary talent. Sir Tom Courtenay and James Bolam are mercifully still with us, but many have long departed to other shores - Romy Schneider, Alan Badel, James Villiers, James Maxwell, Edward Hardwicke, the incomparable Leonard Rossiter... so it's good to have their skills captured on film like this.
The film's been long unavailable - even on VHS (if you were lucky enough to find a copy), so a DVD release ought to have been warmly welcomed. And the DVD was clearly made from a very good print, or one that's been carefully restored, at any rate.
But then, with so much going for it, Sony (or whoever) totally wrecked the project by cropping the movie for widescreen (16:9, presumably), with the resulting loss of a fair chunk of information at top and bottom of the frame. Presumably Dick Clement knew what he was doing when he directed the film all those years ago, so why Sony thought they knew better is beyond me.
The film really does deserve four stars, but I've downgraded it by reason of the cropping.
Even so, this movie's well worth seeing, so enjoy watching it. But if you do get the chance to see it on VHS in its original aspect ratio, grab it with both hands!