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The Very Best of Steptoe and Son - Volume Two [1962] [DVD]

Wilfrid Brambell , Harry H. Corbett    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9VN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The second volume of The Very Best of Steptoe and Son contains five excellent episodes from the classic sitcom scripted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who created Steptoe when Tony Hancock dispensed with their services in the early 1960s. The story of the acerbic but hopelessly pretentious Harold, would-be man about town longing in vain to escape from his rag-and-bone yard existence and his "dirty old man" of a father, is one of Britain's greatest sitcoms. Its underlying sadness somehow makes it all the funnier.

"The Bath" is in black and white and features a wonderfully disgusting sequence of old man Albert retrieving pickled onions from his bathwater and putting them back in the jar. The other four episodes are from the 1970s and in colour: "Séance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard" features a young Patricia Routledge as a bogus medium. "Porn Yesterday" has Harold outraged to discover that the young Albert once starred in a "What the Butler Saw" feature. "And So to Bed" has Harold buying a waterbed to impress a new "bird" and having his romantic hopes literally punctured by his old man. The wonderful "Upstairs Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs" has the put-upon Harold getting the better of his dad for once when he discovers that the "perpendicular ponce" is feigning a back injury to keep Harold at his beck and call and plans an excruciating revenge--a bed bath. There's only one shortcoming: completists would prefer these old episodes to be issued chronologically and in full rather than in selective "Best of" compilations.

On the DVD: The Very Best of Steptoe and Son episodes are presented in the format in which they were originally shown and all hold up well without any great efforts at enhancement. There are no extras. --David Stubbs

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Five classic episodes from the popular BBC series. In 'A Star is Born', Harold is offered the leading role in an amateur dramatics production. 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning' sees Albert hurrying to his brother George's funeral to see what he can scavenge. In 'Men of Letters', Harold writes an article on rag and boning for the parish magazine, while 'Desperate Hours' sees the Steptoes trapped in their freezing house with two convicts on the run. Finally 'Back in Fashion' features an opportunity for a photoshoot for the Steptoes when a fashion photographer wants to use their yard.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steptoe & Son 26 Feb 2004
Well since ordering the best comedy video's from it's well kept me laughing at the antics of both Harold and father Albert (Harry.H.Corbet & Wilfred Brambell),thanks Amazon and to those who helped me collect master pieces.It's a shame that tv's most famous rag and bone men have departed to the great rag and bone yard in the sky!.My advice to anyone who is collecting tv's best of comedy!,"Steptoe and Son" are well worth collecting and money well spent!,they will always be among the all time tv's greats.Happy collecting and To all at Amazon and those of you who help others collect ther favourite videos..Thanks for your help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 9 May 2014
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how can you not love this series irreplacable era with these two at the realm the series brings back some of the good time how things once were
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5.0 out of 5 stars steptoe and son 28 Feb 2014
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This product was good value for money, and arrived on time with no hassles. There was no hidden costs and overall I am more than satisfied.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as volume 1. 11 Feb 2003
Won over to the legions of Steptoe fans by volume one, which is excellent, I bought this volume, although I am not disappointed with this purchase, it is still expertly acted and written, it has to be said that for some reason it doesn't view as well as the first volume, maybe the obvious age difference between the episodes is the problem, one episode being from 1963 the others from 1974, maybe we are watching the birth and the death knell of the series. (all of volume one are from 1972)
Whatever the reason, this remains a must have for the fans, but for those who fell in love with the first volume this could be a disappointment.
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