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Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Third Series [DVD]

Alfred Burke , Pat Keen    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alfred Burke, Pat Keen, Jessie Matthews, Bill Maynard, Michael Troughton
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OP3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,673 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All nine stand-alone episodes from the third series of the macabre television drama, based on the stories by popular author Roald Dahl. In this series; In 'The Flypaper,' a young woman being stalked seeks refuge in an old woman's caravan. Distraught, the youngster disappears. We then meet a old man and are shown that the caravan is near a lake. In 'A Picture Of A Place,' Hazel is a gullible old widow whose farmhouse is full of antiques. Merv is a charming con man that buys a valuable picture from her for a knock-down price... but, somehow, all is not quite as it seems. Also includes episodes: 'Proof Of Guilt,' 'Vengeance Is Mine,' 'A Girl Can't Always Have Everything,' 'Parson's Pleasure,' 'The Stinker,' 'I'll Be Seeing You' and 'The Party.'

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please 17 Dec 2006
Slowly the Tales are being released onto DVD. This set features twelve stories from the famous series. One of them is the notorious performance from Bill Maynard who believes he is dishonestly obtaining a priceless painting from an eccentric old lady. A similar tale involves John Gielgud this time trying to obtain an item of Chippendale furniture. Both of these performances are simply brilliant.

I'm pleased to say that my favourite, A girl can't have everything, story is on this set. It involves two theatrical actresses Pauline and Joan Collins. A admirer advanced in years shows interest in them and jealousy bubbles under the surface. Great performances here by capable actresses at the start of their careers.

This set will be certain to please everyone and with twelve episodes on this set and further to follow, you are sure to want to have this in your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More tales of lax morals and wicked shenanigans 24 Mar 2011
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The third series of Tales of the Unexpected shows a slight dip in standards after the first two with more average than good stories comprising the nine episodes. Generally excellent performances though that do compensate.

The Flypaper - I'd avoid reading the lead review which mentions this in its title as it completely gives the story away. It is one of the few stories that has genuine shock value and is an unsettling view. A young girl who went missing has been discovered dead; subsequently another young girl is the object of sinister attention from a 'dirty old man' Very much reflective of its time whilst still being relevant now which is a sign of great drama. Unsavoury of course but to maintain the view that this should not have been made/aired is preposterous. Roald Dahl in his introduction states that he wished he had wrote it and who can blame him.

A Picture of a Place - In contrast this is a safe and humdrum tale variations of which have sprung up everywhere. A dishonest dealer thinks he has discovered an unknown Constable painting in an old ladies home. Doesnt get much more interesting than that.

Proof of Guilt - Average story of a murder in a locked office containing only two people the victim and one other. But where is the murder weapon? Quite poorly done in a lot of ways as regards basic police procedure. It would have occurred to me that the guy had simply dropped the weapon out of the window to an associate below who whisked it off (this wasn't actually what happened) but this obvious theory wasn't even considered.

Vengeance is Mine Inc - I couldn't stand the two young males in this with their over exuberance regarding setting up a revenge business for the wealthy against gossip columnists who besmirch their characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flypaper,what more is needed. 24 Aug 2012
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the flypaper alone makes this worth buying,very cold,chilling and unusual piece of tv.great acting,camera angles and errie music-sound effects.
the rest fail to live up to this but still some good quality tv,the landylady from series 1 is also another i would put up there with the flypaper.
quick review but felt the flypaper deserved a mention.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Like many people, this takes me back to the 80s when I used to settle down on a Sunday night to a wagon wheel and a bottle of strawberry Crusha and watch these enjoyable and surprisingly taut mini thrillers. Some of the best actors of the day graced these storylines and I often wondered how Anglia tv could afford to pay their presumably inflated fees while spending so little on the wobbly sets and ropy lighting! I don't suppose I will ever know!

Various of these episodes have left my consciousness altogther, however some of the better written ones gradually heave up their trace memories as you watch, which can be a disconcerting yet generally pleasant experience.

Many of the episodes are wonderfully cheesy. Some could never be made today as they would be deemed 'politically incorrect', however, it could be argued that this is part of the pleasure of re-watching these old war-horses: there is a paradoxical innocence mixed with a rather unsalubrious, probably unconscious reflecting of that period's attitudes towards issues like race, gender and sexuality.

I always like how there is often a ridiculously over the top depiction of the "high life"; the way rich people are automatically meant to live, with an excruciating array of Rolls Royces, "swanky" apartments and expensive suits - that juxtaposed rather obviously and crassly with the way poor people were meant to live (and speak - cue an array of cod working-class accents where necessary!) It was very class conscious and English when you look back on it. All very impressive to a schoolboy of 13 as I was at the time!

One episode that I do not recall, and never want to see again is the episode called The Flypaper, originally transmitted in August 1980, starring Stephanie Cole and Alfred Burke.
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