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Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]
Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Price: 20.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 16 Oct 2009
To all intents and purposes, this is the golden age of British TV condensed down into one long-running programme. Over 70 episodes and despite sadly enforced cast changes and an inevitably aging cast the quality seldom falls below excellent. From daft sight gags ("Sergeant Wilson, fall the men in!") through a whole gaggle of crowd-pleasing catchphrases ("Permission to be excused?"), to unexpectedly uncompromising characterisation (almost all of the second half of Branded), Dads Army never fails to move you in one way or another. I confess I think Corporal Jones frequently needs a slap, but if you accept that that's the point and poor yourself another glass of wine it soon passes).

It's the acting that makes Dad's Army. An entire assured cast with the lightest of touches for the most part, fitting their characters to, well, their characters. Should anyone have doubts over this, find the scene near the end of "Getting the Bird", where Fraser overhears a conversation between Wilson and another character, and the exchange between the two of them that follows. It is as beautifully written and performed as anything you'll see. And it's hidden away in an ordinary Dad's Army episode about pigeons...

Miss America
Miss America

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique piece of work., 14 Feb 2002
This review is from: Miss America (Audio CD)
It is difficult to classify this record and hard to work out how to describe it to someone who hasn't heard it. However I do it, I'll sound pretentious so here goes. Its soundscape has the emptyness of Lanois-produced Dylan. Its lyrics have the enigmaticness(??) of Trinity Session-period Cowboy Junkies. It has the melancholy of Blue Nile's Hats, but, oddly, the ecstacy of Blue Nile's "Peace at Last".
There are no standout songs here. The whole thing stands (or falls) as a whole. And perhaps that's another similarity to The Blue Nile. Maybe BN are really MMo'H's only obvious peers. A unique sound, crafted with superb attention to detail, that refuses to date at all a decade on.
The bottom line is that if you like the lone singer-song writer ploughing their (her) own furrow, or if you like lyrics - and, indeed, melodies - that require multiple listenings or if you just want to hear something that, when it came out, sounded *nothing* like anything or anyone else, buy this. It might take a bit of work, but you won't regret it.

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