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  • Actors: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Emilia Fox, Charlie Higson, Tom Baker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MP5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes from the first series of the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer revival of 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'. In 'Drop Dead' detective Marty Hopkirk (Reeves) is killed on the job and then comes back as a ghost to help his partner Jeff Randall (Mortimer) solve the case. 'Mental Apparition Disorder' has Marty's bereaved fiancée Jeannie (Emilia Fox) investigate some thefts at a local casino. 'The Best Years of Your Death' sees Jeff and Jeannie go undercover at a boarding school. 'Paranoia' finds the agency protecting the author of a soon-to-be-published book about terrorism and security. 'A Blast From the Past' has Marty approach the end of his supernatural tuition course. And in 'A Man of Substance' Jeff goes to the country to investigate the case of a missing husband.

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This is the entire first series of Reeves and Mortimer's long-awaited take on the cult classic Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and it's surely the most re-watchable of television series, not least because of its improbable plots. The anticipation which preceded the show was a drama in itself. How will it compare with the original? Would Reeves and Mortimer be able to cut it in acting roles? Will the cast be upstaged by her wardrobe? The answers were, of course, "perfectly", "no problem" and "probably not, but the BBC wardrobe department certainly excelled themselves for this series". In fact, the premise of this humorous supernatural detective fantasy (a genre which probably contains nothing other than this series and the original)--a dead private detective comes back as a ghost to assist his partner, who is the only mortal who can see him--could easily have occurred as one of those surreal narratives from the duo's comedy shows. A must-see.

On the DVD: the DVD includes a lively behind-the-scenes documentary (broadcast at the beginning of the series), an unfunny collection of outtakes and a rather better music video which comes on like Blue Velvet "re-imagined" by Cubby Broccoli.--Roger Thomas

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this DVD being a fan of the series and of Vic and Bob, but why oh why did they make the DVD in the 4:3 format instead of the broadcast widescreen version. At times it really shows with faces barely appearing on screen or people half off the picture. I have awarded this DVD 4 stars because I have knocked one off for the screen size not being the same as the broadcast version - its only a small gripe but important (in my humble opinion)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Although the series is very entertaining, be very wary of buying this DVD. The original 16:9 widescreen versions of the episodes are all presented here in 4:3 ratio. Utter madness and a complete waste of time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Clarke on 9 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves slide into the roles of Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk with the ease of a hot Fry and Laurie into a PG Wodehouse made entirely of butter. Or something.
Not to give too much away, but Marty (Vic) dies horribly in the first episode, and the remainder of the series is Jeff (Bob) coming to terms with life without Marty, life with Marty's ghost, and life with Marty's ghost's ex-fiance-to-be. And they have madcap primetime off beat detective style adventures too.
A fabulous range of guest stars in this, including Charles Dance, Charlie Higson, Martin Clunes, Charlie Higson, The League of Gentlemen and many more...
Bonus material includes bloopers and a "making of" features, better than nothing.
The worst features are the dubbing, it's out of sync all over the show. Also there's no scene selection.
Effortless and entertaining viewing for everyone.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Duncan on 5 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
The previous reviewer has summed up this release nicely, but fails to highlight one quite awful mistake on the part of whoever was responsible for the release. The one indisputable fact about the remake of Randall & Hopkirk is how good it looked on screen. Wonderful special effects and great use of the widescreen format..........so why on earth is this DVD released in 4:3 ratio?!?!? As the owner of a widscreen TV who has watched every episode on BBC Digital, this renders the whole thing virtually unwatchable. An absolutely unforgiveable error.
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By 'Fountain Pen' on 31 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
The original 1970s series has weathered surprisingly well and is still very enjoyable, but it's no match for this splendid newer incarnation. Like many people, I was surprised at how well Reeves and Mortimer portrayed the characters - Bob Mortimer, especially. Emilia Fox makes a splendid Jeanie, with a more interesting personality than her predecessor and a slightly higher eye-candy quotient. The introduction of Mr. Wyvern as Randall's 'tutor' was an inspired move, as was the casting of Tom Baker in the role.
Great stories, without exception, with special effects which work well, and good acting all round.
Try as I might, I can find no fault with it, except the odd bit of silliness (thankfully very infrequent) from Vic Reeves. On the whole, he makes a good Marty.
Good entertainment, with the best theme music since Van Der Valk; thoroughly recommended.
For anyone who has technical problems with the DVD version, do what I did and buy it on video.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) with Vic and Bob is a hugley enjoyable series, and the DVD should have been superb - remasted sound, decent extras. So its a shame someone has gone to extreme lengths to ruin the picture.
When originally broadcast the series had a fantastic cinematic quality, largely helped by being presented in widescreen. The DVD however is not widescreen, instead the picture has been VERY badly cropped, leaving every episode looking very cramped, with characters and important information being cut out of the frame. To say its been Pan and Scanned, implies someone has taken the trouble to make the best of the picture, but that clearly is not the case here.
Had the DVD been in widescreen with its picture intact, I would have given this four stars. Instead, due to the severly compromised picture I find the disc largely unwatchable (apart from the extra's), and can only give it one star.
I suggest waiting for it to be rereleased in widescreen before buying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Excellent, affectionate, update of sixties classic. Full marks and five stars for the show itself but I was disappointed by the 4:3 format, bearing in mind that the TV broadcasts were in widescreen. The lack of subtitles rather ruined it for my wife who is partially deaf. They'll probably sell by the truckload, so why skimp in this way??
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Freddy B on 7 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Whats this? A remake which surpases the original? Oh yes.
Combining the writing talents of Charlie Higson with the acting talents of Reeves and Mortimer, and of course the rather nice Emilia Fox, has created this. A wonderful drama with lashings of comedy.
This double DVD set has done this first series proud, with an excellent crisp and clean image for the episodes, along with well focused remastered 5.1 sound.
A lot of people are more than happy to ignore extras, but in this case it would mean missing out on the lovely Nina Person music video, which looks and sounds wonderful and a well made 'making of' documentary, as well as a few others.
And, as an added bonus, the case is nice too. What more could you possibly want?
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