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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT the complete box set! Only 2 disks instead of 3, alas.
Contains the two DVDs "Ripping Yarns" and "More Ripping Yarns", with the first six scathing parodies of boys' adventure stories, staring with 'Tompkinson's Schooldays'. The series exhibits a superlative dry wit throughout. However, the set is NOT complete: it does not contain the third disk "Even More Ripping Yarns", with the final three...
Published on 21 Oct. 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars ripping yarns
Michael Palin and Terry Jones created this series after the success of Monty Python.
However although there are obvious connections to Monty Python this is a series in its own right.
What we get are a series of comic plays. Each has its own story and each is a send up of the "boys own adventure" style of books from the Victorian and Edwardian era. Each story...
Published on 17 Jan. 2011 by Marcia


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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT the complete box set! Only 2 disks instead of 3, alas., 21 Oct. 2001
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Contains the two DVDs "Ripping Yarns" and "More Ripping Yarns", with the first six scathing parodies of boys' adventure stories, staring with 'Tompkinson's Schooldays'. The series exhibits a superlative dry wit throughout. However, the set is NOT complete: it does not contain the third disk "Even More Ripping Yarns", with the final three yarns, including two of the best (in my opinion): 'Roger of the Raj' and 'Across The Andes By Frog'.
Interestingly, most catalogs now show the third disk as being unavailable or withdrawn. Curious.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT the first 6 episodes, 12 Jan. 2004
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The Amazon synopsis describes this as the full set, which is not true - there were 9 episodes made in total. Many of the reviews above add to the confusion. Thanks to the reviewer above who mentions the 3rd DVD "Even more Ripping Yarns", which contains the 'missing' three episodes. I just want to clarify that the 'first six' refers to the first 6 released on DVD, NOT the first 6 made by Palin & co (this confused the hell out of me for a while). The 2-DVD box set in fact contains a mix from series 1 & 2. According to the BBC web site, series 2 was: Whinfrey's Last Case, Golden Gorden & Roger of the Raj. The other 6 episodes were series 1 (including Tomkinson's Schooldays, the pilot episode). Hope somebody finds this useful! As for the content - well, they were all classics, weren't they??
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Enough, 9 Oct. 2004
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A. L. Baird (Cramlington, Northumberland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Nice to see the final three episodes being released at long last. But where does that leave us who bought the boxed set assuming it was the full run? Not good enough! Another example of exploitation of the consumer. Pity because they are a true example of classic comedy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ripping yarns, 17 Jan. 2011
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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Michael Palin and Terry Jones created this series after the success of Monty Python.
However although there are obvious connections to Monty Python this is a series in its own right.
What we get are a series of comic plays. Each has its own story and each is a send up of the "boys own adventure" style of books from the Victorian and Edwardian era. Each story soaked in a sort of British Empire boy's hero character.
It's a glorious parody of schoolboy literature.
There are stories of intrepid explorers, wartime heroes, sporting heroes, and supernatural figures. There is a strong north of England, working class slant to the stories.
If you love Monty Python then you will love these stories too. I am not a big fan of Monty Python and did not find this series incredibly funny either but this does have some very funny moments and the stories and light hearted atmosphere are very entertaining and over all I prefer this to Monty Python.
This DVD set is actually two series collected together. The whole series is a worthy release and is worth seeing.
It is all very tongue in cheek.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anorak Facts, 14 May 2004
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According to my battered copy of the The Complete Ripping Yarns (Mandarin 1980), the nine "classic yarns which set British television back 60 years" are;
Tomkinson's Schooldays (7/1/76)
The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (27/9/77)
Escape from Stalag Luft 112B (4/10/77)
Murder at Moorstones Manor (11/10/77)
Across the Andes By Frog (18/10/77)
The Curse Of The Claw (25/10/77)
Whinfrey's Last Case (10/10/79)
Golden Gordon (17/10/79)
Roger of the Raj (24/10/79)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Comedy But DVD Package Falls Short, 18 Nov. 2002
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This set contains the the first six episodes of Ripping yarns -

* The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite
* Tomkinson's Schooldays
* Escape From Stalag Luft 112B
* Whinfrey's Last Case
* The Curse Of The Claw
* Golden Gordon

on two DVDs in a special gift box complete with no (that's right zero) special features.

The stories and performances are great - genuinely funny classic British comedy in a gentle Monty Python style with Michael Palin impressively taking on multiple roles, the conversion to DVD is just about adequate but why, oh why are there no special features ? Surely a series with the cult status of Ripping Yarns deserves some kind of background information at least for the loyal fans.

Conclusion - indispensable comedy but the lack of effort in the DVD is a shame.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Near Forgotten Classic, 9 Oct. 2001
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I remember watching Ripping Yarns when it came out while I was a slip of a lad at school. It was by "the Monty Python guys" so it had to be funny. I didn't really get it at the time but it's an absolute delight. Michael Palin and Terry Jones wrote six one-off half hour skits, usually based in Edwardian or inter-war years, frequently involving Yorkshire. Steve Coogan tried something similar a few years ago showcasing various characters but it wasn't a patch on this mini-masterpiece.
They are absolute gems: brilliantly witty writing and Palin's superlative comic acting. Although the six episodes are a little uneven, at it's best (Tomkinson's School Days, Escape from Stalag 13) it's achingly funny. Definitely worth buying, if only to watch Palin trying to escape the school leopard
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best, 1 Dec. 2013
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Had a fab time with uncle jack pulling dead rats out of the drainpipe! This dvd was possibly better than the complete collection of ripping yarns as it contained the episode I had been searching for and a few others, without the (in my opinion) weaker episodes. Palin is a genius...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Come On Barnstoneworth' !!!!, 18 Aug. 2002
'Golden Gordon' is one of the funniest things i have ever seen.For any football fan of a lesser known team, perhaps in decline,then this is the bees knees.Michael Palin is superb in the role of Gordon,the supporting cast are also very funny.The other Ripping Yarns all have their moments but 'Golden Gordon' has supplied me and a bunch of my friends an endless stream of laughs.When England were playing an away International the camera panned across a lot of England flags from all over the place, and there was one which read 'Barnstoneworth United'.
The commentator,Mr.Davies, said he did not know where that was from,West Yorkshire of course !!!!Come On Barnstoneworth !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pail at his best, 8 Sept. 2013
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I remembered the whole series from it's original airing on TV - delighted to obtain a copy, especially remember Tompkinson's School Days and WW1 PoW escape episodes
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