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The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Collection [VHS]

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  • Actors: Leonard Rossiter, Pauline Yates, John Barron, Geoffrey Palmer, Glynn Edwards
  • Directors: Gareth Gwenlan, John Howard Davis
  • Producers: Gareth Gwenlan
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVMX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,203 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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86 of 91 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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66 of 71 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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70 of 76 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A year or so ago I saw series 1 for the first time in many years when it was repeated in the UK by the BBC. It was wonderfully nostalgic to become engrossed once again in the story. David Nobbs had created Reginald Iolanthe Perrin (played by Leonard Rossiter), a frustrated and stressed business executive, living a comfortable but boring suburban lifestyle, fed-up with British Rail always getting hime to work 11 minutes late. Many could identify, at least in part, with Reggie. The faked suicide and his new identities create hilarious situations but always with a hint of sadness at his predicament - sometimes it is uncomfortable if you have been in a similar situation yourself. Sadly the BBC did not choose to screen the full trilogy, so it was with relief that I discovered this box set. Series 1 deals with Reggie's build-up to a breakdown and his "disappearance", followed by his very amusing appearance at his own memorial service as an old friend of Reggie's. He then wins the heart of his "widow", Elizabeth (Pauline Yates). In series 2 he accidentally founds "Grot", an empire of shops selling useless objects, also greatly entertaining. Series 3, in which he founds a commune for the middle classes works a little less well for me, partly because of a change of actor playing his son-in-law. But it is because all three series are here that this set is so great - the story needs to be complete... that said, there were two spin-off series; one of these is "A Fairly Secret Army", starring Reggie's brother-in-law Jimmy, played by Geoffrey Palmer. The other, in 1996, being "The Legacy of Reginald Perrin", with more or less the same cast as "Fall and Rise" (except of course, the late Leonard Rossiter, whose character, Reggie, is also absent). The former I haven't seen since it was first shown in the 70s or 80s, the latter I have never seen. It would be great if the publisher (Second Sight Films Ltd) could put these on DVD to really complete the picture!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Campbell VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2004
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Reggie Perrin is a middle-aged man ground down by the sheer boredom of his middle-management lifestyle. He is squeezed between his bullying boss (CJ) and young upstarts snapping at his heels. He is irritated by Elizabeth, his patronizing wife and lusts after his secretary, as a means of escape. For Reggie Perrin there is only one way out - his symbolic death and rebirth. However, he can't escape from his past even by assuming various other identities and so the cycle of death and rebirth repeats itself. It is also a satire on life in mid-70's Britain, where people talk in cliches and are duped into following the various trends.
While the show is dated in visual style (those ladies fashions!) and some episodes resort to classic English farce, the anguish and comedy in David Nobb's excellent writing is driven home by Rossiter's energetic (sometimes OTT) performance as Reggie. Rossiter has an able supporting cast including the excellent Geoffrey Palmer as Reggie's brother-in-law, who can't get his life to run properly either - especially on the catering front.
However, at the price, there should be some special features included in the package.
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