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The Good Life: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1975]

Richard Briers , Felicity Kendal    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington, Reginald Marsh
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 880 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006V1FSE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,804 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Box set featuring every episode ever made of the 1970s self-sufficiency sitcom. In 'Plough Your Own Furrow' Tom Good (Richard Briers) and his wife Barbara (Felicity Kendal) decide to have a go at self sufficiency when they tire of the suburban rat race. 'Say Little Hen...' sees the Goods stocking up their back garden with fowl, while well-meaning neighbours Jerry (Paul Eddington) and Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith) attempt to persuade them to start living a normal life again. 'The Weaker Sex?' has Barbara start questioning her new lifestyle when Tom acquires a range for the kitchen. 'Pig's Lib' finds Tom and Barbara the proud owners of some new pigs. 'The Thing in the Cellar' sees Tom proudly showing off his new electrical generator to Jerry - but how long will it stay functional? In 'The Pagan Rite' Tom is tempted by the offer of a one-off job in order to help pay the mounting bills. 'Just My Bill' finds Tom and Barbara still struggling to pay the bills after harvesting their first crop. 'The Guru of Surbiton' has Tom hailed as a modern messiah by two easily impressed young students. 'Mr Fix-It' sees the Goods become the subject of a newspaper article - much to the envy of neighbour Margo. In 'The Day Peace Broke Out' Tom finds himself facing a prison sentence after using his air pistol to shoot a man he caught stealing his leaks. 'Mutiny' finds Jerry out of a job after standing up to his boss in an argument. 'Home Sweet Home' has Tom taken with the idea of buying a farm, while Barbara proves reluctant to move. 'Going to Pot?' sees Tom turn his pottery evening class into a cottage industry. In 'The Early Birds' Tom and Barbara's attempt to rise with the sun does not go down well with Margo and Jerry. 'The Happy Event' has the Leadbetters come to the Goods' aid when their pig goes into labour and the litter includes a runt. 'A Tug of the Forelock' finds Tom and Barbara cleaning and gardening for Margo in order to earn some extra cash. In 'I Talk to the Trees' Tom and Barbara decide to conduct a scientific experiment on their plantlife. 'Whose Fleas are These?' sees Margo and Jerry horrified when the Good household becomes plagued by fleas. 'The Posh Frock' finds Barbara feeling dowdy when her glamorous schoolfriend comes to dinner. 'Away From It All' has Jerry and Margo agree to look after the livestock when Tom and Barbara go on holiday. In 'The Green Door' Tom and Barbara become suspicious that Margo might be seeing another man. 'Our Speaker Today' sees Barbara become successful as a public speaker. 'The Weaver's Tale' finds Tom doing his best to persuade his neighbours to buy a spinning wheel. In 'Suit Yourself' Tom and Barbara try their hand at making their own clothes. 'Sweet and Sour Charity' has Margo take umbrage at a local production of 'Sweet Charity'. 'Anniversary' sees Margo install a new security alarm. 'When I'm 65' finds Tom and Barbara concerned about what will become of them in their old age. In 'Backs to the Wall' Tom puts his back out just as the harvest is ready to begin. 'The Wind-Break War' sees Tom and Barbara fall out with Margo. Finally, in 'Silly But it's Fun', the Goods invite the Leadbetters round for Christmas dinner.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life remains a classic forever 5 Nov 2011
Old but Gold - this series still reflects a lot between different layers of society & visions, is extremely funny but so true. G R E A T Entertainment value & good for many hours of laughs too.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life Complete Box Series 24 Dec 2010
I have always wanted this collection, and have seen it advertised on this website before for an astronomical price of 300! so it was out of my price range, so I was delighted to see it re-packaged at a more reasonable price, The picture and sound quality is excellent. There are bonus material including interviews with Bob Larbey one of the writers and Richard Briers the star, all the episodes are here including the Royal Command Episode which was recorded in front of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, we see behind the scenes of that episode, with the Queen arriving at the studio's meeting and greeting before and after the show is recorded. Well worth the money!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture quality good 12 Sep 2011
I hesitated before buying this DVD set after reading the reviews questioning the picture quality. I find the quality very good and I am glad I decided to buy it despite the reviews. I can only think that the playback equipment used by the reviewers was not up to scratch.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As 'Good' as it gets! 2 Mar 2012
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I vaguely remember The Good Life the first time around in the mid 70s and, even as a child, it struck me as something rather special. Thankfully, this slice of 70s BBC comedy is some of the best of it's kind ever made, so much so that 4 decades on it is still as charming, as enjoyable and downright hilarious as it always was.

I cannot recall having enjoyed watching an old series so much in a long time, especially given the current lamentable state of home-grown entertainment television... You can't even watch BBC1 these days without feeling nauseous to the core, and the less said of ITV the better. It seems strange to say it, but 'The Good Life' is very 'refreshing' viewing, a much needed antitode to the bulk of modern 'popular' TV output and a quite splendid escape from the stresses of modern life too.

As to the disc themselves... Frankly, I cannot for the life of me understand all the fuss about alleged quality issues that this box set seems to have provoked. I watched the whole thing on a large modern flat screen and it looked perfectly fine. I've watched an awful lot of '2 Entertain' licensed DVDs - mostly mid 70s 'Doctor Who' episodes, which apparently go through allsorts of digital clean-up, that look considerably worse than 'The Good Life'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as ever. 14 Jun 2011
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The Good life is as funny now as ever it was when on television. Does not seem to date as other sit com's do. The actors are perfect for the charecters they play. The danger when buying this box set is not being able to stop watching it untill the end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic nostalga 27 May 2011
By SImba
It's just right. Lots of my favourite programmes and some I'd never seen before.
This is my favourite series of all time. I love all the actors and the show itself is
interesting and very funny. Fantastic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life - Absolutely! 20 May 2011
By belly
This series is as fantastic now as when it was first produced! Great entertainment, laugh out loud for all the family! Enjoy!
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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping the rat-race with charm 15 Mar 2006
If you have ever wanted to shout "stop the world I want to get off", this is what this sit-com is about. Charming in it's wit and humor, it gently pokes fun at the classism and snobbery of british life. It contrasts the social climbing of Margo next door and toadying that "Jerry" her husband must do to keep in with his boss, with Tom & Barbara's poverty, freedom and self-sufficiency. It is as relevant today as then (mid 1970s). It's style of humour is perhaps "quaint" much in the same vein as Wallace and Grommit, or the Ealing comedies, and the humour of the characters are that they are all essentially likable - despite obvious warts and all.
Tom( Richard Briars) and Barbara (Felicity Kendall) have excellent "chemistry" together. All the characters are well acted. Because of this, each episode is guaranteed to leave you with a strong feel-good factor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the Great life
Great box set, shame that more series were not made. For the price you can not go wrong. Makes you realise what matters in life. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr M Lightley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Don't mess around, BUY IT. Good family viewing comedy from a few years ago, the kind you don't find nowadays.
Published 3 days ago by wilfred
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life - Complete Boxed Set
The plot stands the test of time, and the four principals were ideally cast. Seeing the programmes again has been good fun.
Published 4 days ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB
What can I say, you can never beat the good life, and having all the episodes together makes for fantastic watching
Published 20 days ago by Mrs Z Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip Down Memory Lane
So very nice to be able to go backwards and recall this brilliant programme, lots of chuckles, and some of it very relevant to today.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. Charmian Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely brilliant. Still as funny and entertaining as it was when it was first broadcast.. Recommend it to any old viewers and anybody who has not seen a brilliant sit-com.
Published 25 days ago by growler
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired me to aspire to the good life
This series is funny, down to earth and sometimes informative. The relationship between neighbours is hilarious. One day we will be self sufficient too, hopefully
Published 26 days ago by Allison mc Daid
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and great
Absolute classic. My nostalgia head on and disc in, the rest takes care of itself. One of those perfect sitcoms.
Published 29 days ago by S. Leaton
5.0 out of 5 stars tom and barbara
My all time favourite sit com, takes me back to my younger days. this got me started gardening thanks to all the cast and crew.
Published 29 days ago by roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless series
One of the classic sit coms of all time,It will never date although theme geared up to the early eighties.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. W. E. Hall
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