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Rising Damp - Complete Collection [DVD]

Leonard Rossiter , Frances de la Tour , Ronnie Baxter , Vernon Lawrence    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale, Don Warrington, Denholm Elliott
  • Directors: Ronnie Baxter, Vernon Lawrence
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 771 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CWLFF4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Comic genius, Leonard Rossiter heads the cast of this enduringly popular comedy of lodgers versus their miserly landlord. With lecherous but lovable landlord, Rigsby obsessed with lovelorn spinster, Ruth Jones and her own affections tangled with African Prince, Philip and later the sophisticated, brylcreem-ed newcomer, Seymour, this hilarious comedy works its way out of the rising damp of requited love. Watch as the wallpaper develops a deeper shade of yellow and the dust layer gains another inch, from the first series through to the highly entertaining movie.

Episodes include:
All Our Yesterdays
Charisma
Black Magic
Rooksby
Night Cut
Stand up and be Counted
The Prowler
The Cocktail Hour
Fawcett's Python
Suddenly at Home
That's my Boy
Stage Struck
Clunk Click
The Good Samaritans
A Perfect Gentleman
Last of the Big Spenders
Things that go bump in the Night
Pink Carnations
Under the Influence
Come on in the Waters Lovely
Hello Young Lovers
Fire and Brimstone
Great Expectations
Food Glorious Food
A Body Like Mine
Moonlight & Ross
The Permissive Society
For the Man who has Everything
Also includes the movie

Synopsis

The Rising Damp - Series 1 To 4 Plus The Movie DVD box set contains the complete collection of the TV comedy, plus Rising Damp the movie. Rising Damp is a legendary 1970s comedy, in which Leonard Rossiter starred as Rigsby--the sneering, conniving landlord of a seedy boarding house. Rigsby's main mission in life is to chase female boarder Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour), while endlessly battling with his two male tenants, medical student Alan (Richard Beckinsale), and Philip (Don Warrington), scion of an African chief.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
One of the great TV comic creations Rigsby, the sexually frustrated penny pinching land lord of "Rising Damp" was played with incomparable brio by Leonard Rossiter. Rossiters triumph , and make no mistake that despite some fine supporting efforts this is Rossiters show, was to make a character who is by turns lecherous , bigoted, ignorant , meddlesome and at times openly racist so sympathetic . Stalking the dilapidated boarding house (remarkably all the drama took place within those four walls) in some un-named Northern University town, cradling his mangy moggy "Vienna", often bursting in unannounced into his tenants rooms Rigsby should have been a figure who elicited nausea in the audience but remarkably we shared his desire for him to consummate his desire for Miss Jones. Rossiters performance is a true triumph and just to show it was no flash in the pan he did it again with Reginald Perrin.

The pilot episode for Rising Damp aired in 1974 and led to it running over four series and 28 episodes until 1978. Scripted by Eric Chappell the inspiration for the series came from a play Chappell wrote in 1970 called "The Banana Box" which featured a seedy character called "Rooksby". The play toured with the main character being played by Wilfred Bramble before Rossiter took over where it was eventually noticed by executives from Yorkshire TV who commissioned the pilot.

A massive ratings hit "Rising Damp" was aided considerably by the ensemble cast.
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169 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rossiter - pure genius 15 Jun 2006
By km.ord
Format:DVD
This box set, comprising the complete four series' of Rising Damp, plus the movie, is vastly improved when compared with the previous box set release. The picture has sharpened somewhat, and there are now subtitles. The movie is not really an important addition to the series (because its composition is comprised entirely from previously releasted material), but it does compliment on the whole a well rounded package for die hard fans who still, and who will always appreciate the inimitable genius of Leonard Rossiter.

An important point to note, which fans and completists will be pleased to know, is the inclusion of the previously missing episode 'For the man who has everything'. It is difficult to conceive why this was missing from the previous complete collection; anyhow, it is restored here - and one can only say that this present release is well worth the purchase even if you have previously purchased the earlier box set.

I would strongly recommend this set; and at such a paltry price, to dismiss it would be a crime in itself.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic... 16 May 2007
By Baz
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not much to add to the review below, except to underline just how superb this series is (not was). Watching it again after having been a huge fan when the series first aired in the 70's (doesn't bear thinking about) and despite catching various reruns, this certainly deserves the cult status it now enjoys. Of course Leonard Rossiter is magnificent, and the rest of the cast are simply outstanding. And I'd also like to pay my tribute to Eric Chappell for his inspired genius.

Not much can compare with this. Get it now while they're virtually giving it away...
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 22 Dec 2008
By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is British comedy at it's finest. 'Rising Damp' features a superb cast and many memorable moments. Leonard Rossiter, Richard Beckinsale, Frances De La Tour and Don Warrington each play their roles to perfection. Every single episode and even the feature length movie are included here and the price is very low for this fantastic DVD box set.

To give this brilliant series anything less than five stars would be an insult. It is up there with the likes of 'Dad's Army', 'Steptoe and Son' and 'Hancock's Half Hour', it really is that good. An essential purchase and a comedy that is just as funny now as when it was first shown.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy series ever! 29 Feb 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'll not add much to the already comprehensive reviews by others. Just to say this must be the bargain of all bargains - you get five DVD's with almost 13 hours playing time. To me Rising Damp is the finest of all the sitcoms although there were others on a similar level during that wonderful TV era. Rising Damp just makes you laugh - you can't help it and it is never forced. Unlike the tripe that is offered these days (either boring and bland or nasty and foul) Rising Damp has the finest ever comedy writng and the finest acting. It wasn't PC (thank goodness) but never caused nor meant any harm in its comedy.

If ever you are feeling a bit depressed or low just put on any of the Rising Damp DVD's and within minutes you'll be laughing like a fool.

Thanks Amazon for selling this top quality set at a brilliant low price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brand New but think it's faulty 27 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought Rising Damp and received it about a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately didn't have the time to watch it until the last few days. The first disc was fine, but I have found the 2nd and 3rd, so far have stopped midway or jump. I checked to make sure it wasn't my DVD player and ran a couple of older comedies I had..these were fine. So although the Rising Damp DVD's were sent with the cellophane still on it, I decided to run the discs on my disc cleaner. It improved it a tad, but still getting the sudden grinding and stop experience. I'm now having to send them back and hope to get a replacement. Discs 3 and the Movie, I haven't even bothered to check. I'm disappointed, but hoping Amazon will send me a fully operational set (although difficult to know until you play them). And hopefully, I'll then be able to make a more positive review.
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