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Trap Door Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1984]

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  • Actors: William Rushton
  • Directors: Charlie Mills, Terry Brain
  • Writers: William Rushton, Charlie Mills, Terry Brain
  • Producers: John Michael Howson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079FGVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions where nobody goes, stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place lives Berk, overworked servant of the thing upstairs. But that's nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath The Trapdoor. For there is always something down there, in the dark, waiting to come out. Don't you open that Trapdoor. You're a fool if you dare! The Trap Door contains 40 episodes of the popular children’s series.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Star_Sea on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
I remember watching this back when I was little and feeling the delicious shivers creep up and down my spine as the theme music started. I was overjoyed to see that it was finally out on DVD - more than that, it still holds up pretty well if you want to watch something that isn't too demanding and doesn't try to be adult like a lot of animation nowadays. Seems to have a bit of social commentary going on with the 'orrible Thing Upstairs having a blatant Cockney accent while Burk speaks with West Country vowels and Boney sounds like a baritone Kenneth Williams. But never mind that, revel in the joy of plasticine models, the sheer absurdity of Drut being male and having babies, and the wonderfully inventive monsters which come out of that trapdoor. It's a pretty good metaphor for the psyche, now I think about it: superconcious, ego, id.

Warning: as others have stated, this DVD does not include the opening and ending theme for each episode. The opening theme is included separately, which seems pointless as it is very much an introduction to the episode and doesn't really stand on its own. That's the only reason I gave this four out of five stars.

"Stay away from that trapdoor, cause there's something down there..."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Another recent dive into the golden age of children's television has revealed to me yet another forgotten treasure in The Trap Door. Originally broadcast from 1984 to 1986, this wonderful claymation series has enjoyed many repeated viewings and a cult status. It's truly one of the Best of British, and for long-time fans, this DVD is not only a joyous trip down memory lane, but also an opportunity to show the kids of today what greatness can be found from our archives.

The setting is an ancient castle, focusing on the lives of a friendly blue blob named Berk, his best mate Boni and Berk's pet spider Drutt. Berk's daily routine consists of his rigorous duties of serving his bossy, unseen master `The Thing Upstairs'. And Berk is `strictly forbidden' from opening the castle's TRAP DOOR, where all manner of creepy crawlies and unsightly beasts live. Unsurprisingly, Berk can't help himself from opening it (and LEAVING it open!) and all kinds of problems ensue...day-after-day!

The Trap Door's premise was pure gold, and despite the idea being virtually the same for every episode, creators Terry Brain and Charlie Mills deserved all the praise in the world for managing to make every single episode refreshingly unique. They took the same idea and managed to present it in an almost infinite variety of ways. Using an unforgettable cast of characters, colourful sets, a strong continuity, highly-fluid animation, and the legendary voice-work of the late, great Willie Rushton (all to tremendous effect), The Trap Door was an instant hit.

And the quality of it hasn't aged at all. Each episode features hilarious antics with Berk and his friends, making it perfect for all ages (kids and adults alike).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Azz McMahon on 19 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
The Trap Door is a series I fondly remember growing up with, and my younger siblings are also fans of the lovable blue blob Berk - master chef and all around slave of the Thing Upstairs, and his companions, the talking skull Boni (with his dry sense of humour), and the strange "pet" Drutt.

There is a trap door in their spooky old castle, which either gets opened by some plasticine Lovecraftian horror from below, or by Berk through boredom or accident and hilarity ensues.

This might be crude by today's animation, but the Trap Door really is classic children's television.

I hope to share this slice of my childhood with my nieces one day, and hopefully make them love the Trap Door as much as I do.

I'm surprised there hasn't been a techno remix of the theme tune either - as it was very synth-pop for the time (I guess I can be thankful for small mercies).

The disc is somewhat bereft of extras, but all the episodes are there, which is the main reason for purchase.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2005
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When i found out that the complete Trap Door was being released on dvd i couldn't wait to buy it, as i loved it when i was younger. It's great to see all these episodes again, including what was probably the most disturbing one of all (when you were young), which is 'the splund'. the only problem is that, aside from the last episode of series 1, and the last one of series 2, they've cut off all the end credits, plus the sound of the trap door slamming before the end music starts. And, none of the episodes contain the starting credits, which have been kept seperately as an 'extra'. It would've been better just to spread it on to 2 dvds instead of cramming it into one. but, as long as the actual episodes are there, its still brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petay on 30 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
Trap Door hooked me as a child, as it did with many folk in their 20s and 30s, and getting it on DVD was one of the greatest Red Letter Days of my life.

On watching it anew, I realised that I had never really appreciated it properly before. For example, it is often filled with terrific dark double entendre, usually uttered by poor old Burk; I cannot be the only one to snigger at the line 'I loves a bit o' bonking' as he whacks the orange tentacles with a plank. All of this went over my head as an innocent toddler. It is extremely funny, with Burk's grumbling and panicking brought to life by Willie Rushton's voice work. It is also stunningly beautiful and inventive: the scenery never stops moving. There is always a peculiar little beastie scampering or slithering about, giving every scene a rich and varied impact, ensuring you can watch it over and over. As for the show's main attraction: the monsters are unfailingly superb. From the glorious 'onion with a beak' Thort (named just for the weak pun 'Food for Thort - genius) to the mischievous yellow 'bubo' with the 'little hole in the top of his head', it is a real rogues gallery of imagination.

Watch and enjoy it without irony, for it requires none. It is entertaining for adults in its own right.
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