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The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin : The Complete BBC Series Collection [1976] [DVD]


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  • Actors: David Warwick, Leonard Rossiter
  • Directors: John Howard Davies
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVMW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 21 episodes of the 1970s comedy series starring Leonard Rossiter as Reginald Perrin. In the first series, life changes forever for Reggie when he imagines his mother-in-law as a hippo one morning and realises how stressed he is. Reggie begins a one-man campaign against his dull, routine commuter existence, embodied by his boss at Sunshine Desserts, C.J. (John Barron), yes-men colleagues Tony 'Knockout!' Webster (Trevor Adams) and David 'Super!' Harris-Jones (Bruce Bould), incompetent medico Doc Morrissey (John Horsley) and secretary Joan (Sue Nicholls). In Series 2, Reggie, having faked his own death, has adopted the new identity of Martin Wellbourne, his own long-lost friend from Brazil, and re-married his wife, Elizabeth (Pauline Yates). Reggie has also obtained a job at his old firm, Sunshine Desserts, running his own memorial fund. However, tired of pretending to be somebody else, Reggie reveals his true identity - only to be sacked by C.J.: 'I didn't get where I am today by pretending to be my long-lost friend from Brazil'. After an unsatisfying spell on a pig farm, Reggie comes up with a whole new concept in shopping: a store where everything sold is guaranteed 100% useless. He names his new enterprise Grot, and surprises even himself with his success. In the third series, Reggie and Elizabeth, having sold Grot, soon tire of their new lives as travellers, and decide to set up a special community to help people live in peace and harmony. All the old gang are recruited, including Reggie's former boss, C.J., colleagues David and Tony, Doc Morrissey and brother-in-law Jimmy (Geoffrey Palmer) - but will their best efforts meet with success?

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By G. CAROLAN on 18 May 2009
Format: DVD
Two words can describe this dvd set.

Great...............Super

I didn't get where I am today by describing this dvd set in more than two words.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By E. Randy Dupre on 27 July 2009
Format: DVD
Episode 5 of series 1 has been cut.

This is baffling. Two cuts of about fifteen seconds total. Two jokes cut short, two scenes ruined. Why? It's not as if they were even the slightly outdated jokes - just the one where Reggie says "shush" to an owl when he's trying to sleep in the van, then the one where CJ dismisses the "crank" note, before changing his mind and taking it more seriously.

It's like the bad old days of movies on TV, where stations cut for time. Only, it doesn't even make that amount of sense. This episode was complete and uncut on the old VHS release, so why isn't that the case here?

As far as the rest of the collection goes, it's good enough. The first series is quite possibly the single greatest - and most subversive - sitcom ever to be broadcast on BBC1. The second series drops the ball a little as far as focus, pacing and purpose go, but it's still better than pretty much any of its contemporaries.

The third... well, the third's very much of its time. The jokes still work, Rossiter's performance is still magnetic and winning, but the basic concept behind it has aged badly and is unlikely to have any real relevance to modern viewers' lives.

The 1990s', post-Rossiter series, The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, is awful, and the perfect demonstration of just how brilliant a performer the show's deceased star was: it's obvious from the first moments of the first episode of Legacy that Rossiter was previously the glue holding the entire thing together, his performance the one thing that lifted it above predictable, dull, cheap catchphrase comedy and made the show something special. Without his presence, it fails dismally.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A. PADGHAM on 29 April 2009
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At last, the entire collection of Leonard Rossiter at his very best - as Reginald Iolanthe Perrin! Having purchased it and already seen the first 3 series, I would thoroughly recommend this beautifully packaged collection. The chance to laugh and weep along with with Reggie as he struggles through the monotony of life in the rat race and indeed, the fast lane. As the pressure grows on Reggie as a Senior sales executive, he longs to escape from it all. The series charts his battle with his complacent life, through his eventual escape from it all, and his ups and downs as he returns to his old life after living as a tramp, then supping champagne as a multi-milionaire, yet always having his roots firmly at home despite his wandering fantasies. I first saw this excellent programme at the age of 16, and now at 48 I just cannot tire of it. Recommended for anyone who saw it on TV first time round or perhaps has seen the new - and very good - series with Martin Clunes and is curious about the original series. You can't go wrong if you buy this product - there are many guaranteed laughs to come. I didn't get where I am today without knowing there are many guaranteed laughs to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
The fall and rise of Reginald Perrin is a wonderful classic British TV Comedy from the 1970s. This DVD set is easily worth buying since there are plenty of very good original episodes at a reasonable price.
The series was based on a book by David Nobbs who also wrote the scripts for this series.
Reggie Perrin is a middle aged man who is at his wits end with the predictability of his life at work at Sunshine Desserts. Leonard Rossiter plays Perrin a man who works in middle management and is going through a mid life crisis. He lives in London on Poets Estate where the streets are named after famous poets.
Each day he goes through the same routine as he suffers mental frustration with life. The series is excellent at gradually building up this tension and Rossiter plays Perrin brilliantly. I felt a genuine and believable frustration of and despair of the character through the performance.
Perrin is always late for work and his excuses become more and more far-fetched as he rebels against his situation.
As he gradually falls apart the sign above the entrance of Sunshine Desserts also falls off.
There is plenty of well-written humour for example when Perrin often daydreams and we hear the narrative of what he is thinking.
Reggie loves his wife but is also frustrated with the drudgery the same old routine and yearns for something to spice up his life. He fantasises about his secretary.
Reggie becomes more and more to care less about his duties. And he is bored with the people around him.
There are some very strong characterisations in this series. Reggie has his boss CJ and his other work mates with their catch phrase like comments He also has irritating relatives and everyone has become predictable to Reggie.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2005
Format: DVD
It is great to see this series on DVD. Pity there are no extras, especially input from the writer - and if you have not read the books you are in for a treat as there is far more in them than they managed (undoubtedly due to time and possibly subject matters suitable to show at the time)to include on film. Series 1 is the best, the loss of loyalty and 'jobs worth' - when you consider in the 1970s for many a job was for life. Reggie - definitive Leonard Rossiter - (as central character) has a boss (CJ is an excellent characature played by John Barron - brimming hilarious philosophies) who is not listening, a wife 'understands' but does not - not until he re appears after faking his own death and a wonderful collection of onlookers, both family and his fantasy outlet Joan in the office. His confession on his return to his daughter Linda - who maintains his secret identity in various guises from a sewage plant worker to his best friend from Brazil - is a brilliant part to the story and demonstrates superb empathy and synergy between the two - from his executive stress, fall and rise to her frustrated marriage to a dull and boring man with zero charisma. Quite why such a creative person as Reggie would ever be a pin stripe suited employee of Sunshine Desserts and daughter Linda - extremely attractive and very well spoken would be married to and unloved by such a bore(and contrary to some narrow views the fashion was not as bad as you might think in the mid 70s, Lindas 'Charlies Angels' hairdo and bell bottom Levis are very 'in' again now and actress Sally Jane Spencer is the best model for both) - is perhaps an irony that applies to many in life. Series 2 and 3 have their moments too but treat yourself to this and if you suffer from stress in the workplace this is textbook stuff.
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