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Ripping Yarns - The Box Set [DVD] [1976]


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  • Actors: Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, David Griffin, Michael Stainton, Peter Graham
  • Directors: Terry Hughes
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revelation
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LDFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,593 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six episodes of Michael Palin's Seventies comedy series. 'Tomkinson's Schooldays' is a tale of stiff upper lips in the face of schoolroom bullying, while 'Escape from Stalag Luft 112B' spoofs every prison camp movie ever made. 'Golden Gordon' features the trials of a footballing fanatic desperate to revive the fortunes of his local team. 'The Testing of Eric Olthwaite' is a tale of depression in the North of England, set in the days before 'Last of the Summer Wine' brought prosperity to the area. 'Whinfrey's Last Case' features dashing Gerald Whinfrey's daring attempt to prevent World War One. While 'The Curse of the Claw' is a gothic horror story set in Maidenhead!

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Contains the two DVDs "Ripping Yarns" and "More Ripping Yarns", with the first six scathing parodies of boys' adventure stories, staring with 'Tompkinson's Schooldays'. The series exhibits a superlative dry wit throughout. However, the set is NOT complete: it does not contain the third disk "Even More Ripping Yarns", with the final three yarns, including two of the best (in my opinion): 'Roger of the Raj' and 'Across The Andes By Frog'.
Interestingly, most catalogs now show the third disk as being unavailable or withdrawn. Curious.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
The Amazon synopsis describes this as the full set, which is not true - there were 9 episodes made in total. Many of the reviews above add to the confusion. Thanks to the reviewer above who mentions the 3rd DVD "Even more Ripping Yarns", which contains the 'missing' three episodes. I just want to clarify that the 'first six' refers to the first 6 released on DVD, NOT the first 6 made by Palin & co (this confused the hell out of me for a while). The 2-DVD box set in fact contains a mix from series 1 & 2. According to the BBC web site, series 2 was: Whinfrey's Last Case, Golden Gorden & Roger of the Raj. The other 6 episodes were series 1 (including Tomkinson's Schooldays, the pilot episode). Hope somebody finds this useful! As for the content - well, they were all classics, weren't they??
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Baird on 9 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
Nice to see the final three episodes being released at long last. But where does that leave us who bought the boxed set assuming it was the full run? Not good enough! Another example of exploitation of the consumer. Pity because they are a true example of classic comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Michael Palin and Terry Jones created this series after the success of Monty Python.
However although there are obvious connections to Monty Python this is a series in its own right.
What we get are a series of comic plays. Each has its own story and each is a send up of the "boys own adventure" style of books from the Victorian and Edwardian era. Each story soaked in a sort of British Empire boy's hero character.
It's a glorious parody of schoolboy literature.
There are stories of intrepid explorers, wartime heroes, sporting heroes, and supernatural figures. There is a strong north of England, working class slant to the stories.
If you love Monty Python then you will love these stories too. I am not a big fan of Monty Python and did not find this series incredibly funny either but this does have some very funny moments and the stories and light hearted atmosphere are very entertaining and over all I prefer this to Monty Python.
This DVD set is actually two series collected together. The whole series is a worthy release and is worth seeing.
It is all very tongue in cheek.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2004
Format: DVD
According to my battered copy of the The Complete Ripping Yarns (Mandarin 1980), the nine "classic yarns which set British television back 60 years" are;
Tomkinson's Schooldays (7/1/76)
The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (27/9/77)
Escape from Stalag Luft 112B (4/10/77)
Murder at Moorstones Manor (11/10/77)
Across the Andes By Frog (18/10/77)
The Curse Of The Claw (25/10/77)
Whinfrey's Last Case (10/10/79)
Golden Gordon (17/10/79)
Roger of the Raj (24/10/79)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Harris on 9 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
I remember watching Ripping Yarns when it came out while I was a slip of a lad at school. It was by "the Monty Python guys" so it had to be funny. I didn't really get it at the time but it's an absolute delight. Michael Palin and Terry Jones wrote six one-off half hour skits, usually based in Edwardian or inter-war years, frequently involving Yorkshire. Steve Coogan tried something similar a few years ago showcasing various characters but it wasn't a patch on this mini-masterpiece.
They are absolute gems: brilliantly witty writing and Palin's superlative comic acting. Although the six episodes are a little uneven, at it's best (Tomkinson's School Days, Escape from Stalag 13) it's achingly funny. Definitely worth buying, if only to watch Palin trying to escape the school leopard
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By blundell Barbara ? on 2 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Love all the ripping yarns series
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By caro on 1 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Had a fab time with uncle jack pulling dead rats out of the drainpipe! This dvd was possibly better than the complete collection of ripping yarns as it contained the episode I had been searching for and a few others, without the (in my opinion) weaker episodes. Palin is a genius...
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