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  • Actors: Pamela Stephenson, Michael Ontkean, José Ferrer, Richard Greene, Julie Harris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR6X02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All nine stand-alone episodes from the first series of the fantastical television drama, devised by popular author Roald Dahl. In this series, an American sailor on shore leave in the West Indies makes a bet with a mysterious man that he can light his cigarette lighter ten times in a row, a philosopher's brain is kept alive after his death, and an elderly couple become convinced that a sinister cat is the reincarnation of the composer Franz Liszt. Episodes are: 'Man From the South'; 'Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat'; 'William and Mary'; 'Lamb to the Slaughter'; 'The Landlady'; 'Neck'; 'Edward the Conqueror'; 'A Dip in the Pool'; and 'The Way Up to Heaven'.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2011
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9 television plays in this first series; these series/compilations are always inevitably variable in quality but there are some solid episodes here which compensate for a couple of the less effective ones.

Man From The South - Often imitated and adapted this tale concerns a mysterious enigmatic stranger who strikes up a wager with a less financially well off younger man for a very unusual stake. Good story.

Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat - Weak episode for me. A gentle romp concerning a woman in receipt of a mink coat from her ex-lover and how is she going to explain its presence? Flat and pointless.

William and Mary - Another good episode concerning a domineering husband and a exasperated wife. I wont say anymore other then it has a delightful resolution.

Lamb to the Slaughter - Not bad. A murdered husband, distraught wife, who why and how did he die?? Told in flashback form.

The Landlady - Nice episode. One B & B you wouldn't want to stay at. Wouldn't be out of place if situated in Royston Vasey.

Neck - Ok if unremarkable. Some mildly amusing parts but a bit unfulfilling. An over amourous Joan Collins gets herself into a fix.

Edward the Conqueror - A woman who believes a stray cat to be the reincarnation of Franz Liszt cue good music and a not bad tale. Nice cat as well.

A Dip in the Pool - Good. A desperate man who bets on the distance the liner he's on will travel over a set period of time. Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures.

The Way Up to Heaven - Ok. A woman driven to the edge by her fear of being late/missing appointments by those who revel in her anxieties.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2006
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Well worth the purchase, if you like thrillers, horror, suspense and a twist at the end this is well worth the purchase. Takes me back to a Sunday night at 10pm on ITV last thing I watched before going to bed and the weekend being over. On the episode the Landlady the episode has the old Anglia Knight logo and it will really take you back. Well packaged good information on the box.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2009
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Disc 1 - Man from the South / Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat / William and Mary / Lamb to the Slaughter / The Landlady / Neck.
Disc 2 - Edward the Conqueror / A Dip in the Pool / The Way up to Heaven.

The main highlights for me were the last 3 stories of disc 1 and a Dip in the Pool from disc 2.
Things have changed a lot since 1979 and shock-endings are now expected in every story but a few of these televised tales of Roald Dahl still manage to raise a wry grin. They all have twists at the end, some like Mrs. Bixby and The Way up to Heaven knowingly telegraph the endings; the classic tale Lamb to the Slaughter is told in a series of flashbacks so we know what happened as the police search for the weapon.
A few tales like The Landlady and Neck still manage to build up the suspense quite well, the Landlady has a suitably creepy ending that is still quite effective.
Not all the tales hit the mark but Dahl's black humour is shown to good effect in most of these tales, I especially liked the dark ending of A Dip in the Pool.
Not the best collection any any means but it has some pretty good moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays on 28 April 2011
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I brought this set plus series 2, 3 and 4 as I have found TV today to be excruciating.
Tales Of The Unexpected is a interesting series with great stories and plots.
I enjoy the introductions by Dahl and find him to be a very intelligent man.
This is a very well produced series and hope 2, 3 & 4 will also live up to series 1 has as I play these DVDs for the first time.

I highly recommend this set if you enjoy short stories with a good plot and a few twists.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Johnson on 23 Sept. 2008
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Having recently really enjoyed some repeats of these on ITV3 I was compelled to see if they were available on DVD to collect. The reason being that they are just as enjoyable time and time again, due to the short tales with clever twists at the end. I opted for the first series as I could relate to those episodes I enjoyed watching on ITV3, by recognising characters on the DVD cover. This might be a tip for anyone else deciding which series to buy.

This series features 9 tales, 4 of which I really like, 2 I think are OK and 3 I'm not keen on. As with most things different people will enjoy different episodes. However, if you enjoyed watching first time around in the early 1980s I'm sure you won't be disappointed. These episodes can be watched over and over again quite easily. I enjoyed this series so much I am about to consider buying another series, after reading other people's reviews.

This series has some familiar faces in, such as Emmerdale cast, Brian Blessed (the big guy with the beard from Flash Gordon), Joan Collins, Gail's psycho husband from Coronation Street, whom some of you will also remember as a teacher from Grange Hill, and Julie Harris, who I remember in the black and white version of the film "The Haunting".

Those episodes I recommend are "Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat", The Landlady", "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The way up to heaven". Enjoy watching as I do regularly.
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