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The Good Life: Complete Series 4 [DVD] [1975]

4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington, Reginald Marsh
  • Directors: John Howard Davies
  • Writers: Bob Larbey, John Esmonde
  • Producers: John Howard Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RZST
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,008 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete fourth series of the classic self-sufficiency sitccom. In 'Away From It All' Jerry (Paul Eddington) and Margo (Penelope Keith) agree to look after the livestock when Tom (Richard Briers) and Barbara (Felicity Kendal) decide to go on holiday. 'The Green Door' has Tom and Barbara become suspicious that Margo might be seeing another man. 'Our Speaker Today' sees Barbara find success 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'. And 'Anniversary' sees Margo install a new security alarm. Also includes 'When I'm 65', a Royal Command Performance from 1978, which finds Tom and Barbara concerned about what will become of them in their old age.

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The Good Life has proved an enduring jewel in the BBC's mainstream comedy archive. More than 25 years after it first appeared in our living rooms, nostalgia must be a major reason for its appeal. A whole generation of young men--and their fathers--found the weekly sight of Felicity Kendal as Barbara Good, pert in denim dungarees, irresistible. But it's the quality of the playing that has really stood the test of time and triumphs over a premise--self-sufficiency in Surbiton--that now seems naïve. Even in 1975, a Tom Good (a masterpiece of comic eccentricity from Richard Briers) quitting the rat race would probably have sold up his semi and chanced his luck as a small holder somewhere more remote than suburban Surrey.

Comic tensions arise not just from the Goods' daily struggle to beat the system on their own terms, but also from the relationship with their incredulous, often horrified, but usually supportive neighbours. Penelope Keith's Margo Leadbetter remains one of the great comic creations in British sitcom history--a simmering volcano of conservatism waging her own battle against creeping mediocrity in all aspects of life, whose human frailty somehow keeps her loveable. Paul Eddington as Jerry, her long-suffering husband, spars splendidly. These are happy memories indeed. --Piers Ford

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By A Customer on 22 July 2004
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I bought this for my wife. She usually does not spit coffee at the TV, but this was just too funny for her. We don't watch this with beverages anymore. It ages very well. It is still as freash as it was in the 70s. The cast is wonderful. Lots of laughs here.
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Great, Great series, a pity we have had to wait so long for this and that it's not the whole of the episodes on one DVD. However, that said, this has to be my favourite comedy series of all time. Now I can watch it as many times as I wish and don't have to wait for the BBC re-runs! It's one of those series where all the elements come together to make a perfect whole, the script and the chemistry between the actors couldn't be better.
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While the Good Life is one of the best BBC comedies ever, this DVD is lacking. It only includes 6 of the 7 episodes from season 1. Episode 7, Backs to the Wall, where the Good's first harvest is nearly ruined by a storm is missing and is not available on any of the other Good Life DVD's leaving you with a single episode short of a complete set. Whoever was responsible for this decision should be shot!
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Arguably the best comedy series of its time, The Good Life is vintage laugh out loud British comedy with a good heart. Superb performances by Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal (who manages to still look hot in wellies and a raincoat)
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Amust for british comedy fans , an outstanding series great story lines, well known supporting actors, your just laughing through out,
An essential purchase, a nice trip back to the 1970's when comedy was at its best, you get it now!,
a wonderful series watch the whole lot.
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I can remember watching this when I was a child and it was just as good to watch it as an adult. The scripts are brilliant the acting is fantastic. It made me laugh and laugh and laugh. It is a series you can watch over and over again and you keep seeing things that you may have missed before. This is a classic comedy and I could recommend it to anyone it really is one of the best ever produced and played.
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Season 4 of "the good life" is as mentioned in another review, not the best episodes of the series as a whole. However there is still much laughter to be had. This season wipes the floor with most "comedy" programmes of today, the chemistry between characters and the quality of acting is second to none.
It is still a must have DVD purchase as there are plenty of episodes to get your teeth in, and the behind the scenes of the Royal episode make it worth the money alone.
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Serves me right for not reading the other reviews before buying, but when it says 'complete series 1' it really ought to be the complete series, not missing one episode. I would have bought the 'collection' had I known and got episodes from series 2 and 3 for the same money.
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