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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Dads Army Film, 18 TV Episodes!!!!
I don't understand why all the other reviews here are about Dads Army the movie!! I can only guess that Amazon have mixed up the reviews. This DVD contains 18 TV Episodes of Dads Army, most unavailable on DVD elsewhere. The episodes are "The Day The Balloon Went Up," "Sons of the Sea," "Don't Forget the Driver," Asleep in the Deep," "Boots, Boots, Boots," "A Soldier's...
Published on 23 May 2005 by C. Blackburn

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2.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money
I purchased this before the BBC began releasing the individual series. It was grand to re-live a programme that I hadn't seen in years. (It had long since stopped being a Britcom staple on the American PBS network.) The first episode of disk one, "The Day the Balloon Went Up", actually had me laughing out loud, something few television comedies have done in years...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money, 2 Mar 2007
This review is from: Dad's Army Collection Set [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I purchased this before the BBC began releasing the individual series. It was grand to re-live a programme that I hadn't seen in years. (It had long since stopped being a Britcom staple on the American PBS network.) The first episode of disk one, "The Day the Balloon Went Up", actually had me laughing out loud, something few television comedies have done in years. Overall, the video quality in general for this DVD package wasn't great, but it wasn't horrendous either.

What a difference a year makes!

The BBC/Region 2 releases are intact (at least as far as the non-missing episodes are concerned), whereas the episodes in this set are not . Whether cut for commercials or for PBS time requirements isn't specified on the box. In some episodes, there is only a line or two missing; while in others, whole scenes are gone. A prime example of this is "The Deadly Attachment", which is missing vital plot points.

If you're in Region 1 and don't have a multi-region player, it's worth the purchase. Otherwise, purchase the BBC/Region 2 releases. The friend to whom I gave this set is enjoying it immensely.
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15 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Dads Army Film, 18 TV Episodes!!!!, 23 May 2005
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This review is from: Dad's Army Collection Set [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I don't understand why all the other reviews here are about Dads Army the movie!! I can only guess that Amazon have mixed up the reviews. This DVD contains 18 TV Episodes of Dads Army, most unavailable on DVD elsewhere. The episodes are "The Day The Balloon Went Up," "Sons of the Sea," "Don't Forget the Driver," Asleep in the Deep," "Boots, Boots, Boots," "A Soldier's Farewell," "Big Guns," "Menace from the Deep," "The Bullet is not for Firing," "The Two and a Half Feathers," "The Test," "Fallen Idol," "The Deadly Attachment," "If the Cap Fits," "The Honourable Man," "Mum's Army," "The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones," and "Put That Light Out." These are on 3 DVDs with 6 Episodes on each. Given that the BBC are only releasing the Series at the rate of one a year it could be a year or two before these are available elsewhere. The only downside to these DVDs is the picture quality which is quite poor, with no attempt to clean up the aging 1970's prints. Then again as a fan of the series after five minutes I was more concentrated on watching the episodes than any deficiency in the picture quality. In all a good set with some classic episodes and at a price that is on a par with the current BBC relaeases. Recommended for any fan of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Defending Walmington-On-Sea for King and country, 13 Feb 2006
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Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dad's Army Collection Set [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
(Note: Sadly, but predictably, Amazon has positioned this review under the wrong DVD. This is for the boxed set, Region 1, NTSC version, under which listing this review is also correctly placed.)

It's 1941, and England is braced for a Nazi invasion along its southeast coast. Every man must do his duty; the old and those otherwise exempt from service with the regular forces have the opportunity to join the ranks of His Majesty's Home Guard. In the coastal town of Walmington-On-Sea, the local HG contingent is commanded by Captain Mainwaring (pronounced "mannering", Arthur Lowe), the local bank manager. His stout hearted men at arms include Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), the bank's chief clerk, Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), the butcher, Private Fraser (John Laurie), the undertaker, Private Walker (James Beck), a goods transporter, and assorted others.

The humor in DAD'S ARMY is perhaps more subtle and character driven than that seen in U.S. sitcoms. As befits the senior NCO of any military outfit, Wilson is amusedly tolerant of his Captain's pompous efforts to instill martial spirit and promote military bearing among the ranks. Jones drives Mainwaring to distraction with war stories about the old days with Kitchener's army in the Sudan. Fraser, a dour Scot and the platoon's chief grouser, comes to life when the subject of women's strong thighs arises. Fraser's abets his career as the local Lothario by delivering elastic for the ladies' knickers along with the war supplies.

The level of amusement to be derived from the 18 episodes in this 3-DVD set ranges from negligible to high. Fortunately, the former is represented solely by "The Test", wherein Mainwaring and his men are challenged to a cricket match by their rivals in the air raid watch. Cricket? Please, I'm a Yank. Otherwise, the chuckles are satisfyingly frequent. As when Jones takes a detail to set up a lookout in a deserted lighthouse and hits the wrong switch as Luftwaffe bombers approach the blacked-out town. Or, when the platoon is assigned to guard a captured U-boat commander and several of his crew, the action the German captain takes when Mainwaring threatens him with soggy chips to accompany his fish. And Mainwaring's difficulty with a tent flap after becoming thoroughly drunk in an officers' mess. Or, to Mainwaring's jealousy and disgust, when Wilson inherits a title and is invited to join the local golf club.

The video quality of this boxed set is inconsistent. The DVD technology makes an excellent reproduction of the source material, and some of the original film was notably dodgy.

DAD'S ARMY doesn't even come close to reruns of M.A.S.H., but, compared to the desolate landscape of contemporary American sitcoms, it provides occasions of pure delight.
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