on 8 August 2001
...ITV's finest comedy half-hour is available on DVD - and cheaper than the recently released VHS compilations!! Sound, of course, is mono and is crystal clear. The picture is very, very sharp and really lets you see in detail the threadbare carpets and worn-out wallpaper. You can almost see the tenants breath in their freezing bedsits. Rigsby, a Fagin with a rent-book type of character, owns a completely run-down boarding house and lets rooms to Alan Moore - a naive medical student, Philip Smith - a cultured, black student and Ruth Jones - a lonely wall-flower, desparate for love. The four characters play off each other beautifully and the comedy is as sharp now as it was 25 years ago. Don't think twice about buying this masterpiece. If enough of us buy the 1st series, the makers may release the rest!!!!
on 27 May 2000
The third series of Rising Damp displays the finest characteristics of British Sitcom. Superbly written by Eric Chappel and brilliant performances by all the cast, make this a 'must have' for any devotee of classic comedy. The series begins as Rigsby returns from a holiday in Spain to find that Alan has let two rooms without his consent. His annoyance soon melts away when he discovers that one of the new tenants is no other than his beloved Miss Jones, who has returned following another unsuccesful romance. The other tenant is not such a nice surprise ! The series covers seven episodes That's my Boy, Stage Struck, Clunk Click, The Good Samaritans, Fawcett's Python, The Cocktail Hour and Suddenly at Home. Every episode offers a plot with misunderstandings, farce and hilarity together with the slickest timing and delivery you will ever see. It will appeal to all ages,I remember it from T.V., but my two children aged 12 and 15 simply love it, so much so that my son has put the remaining titles not in our collection on his birthday list! Treat yourself to the best laugh you'll ever have from Leonard Rossiter, one of the finest actors Britain has ever produced. He is still sadly missed.
on 4 February 2004
Ihave been a fan of Rising Damp since i was a child and watched every single epidode when they were originally broadcast.This dvd and the compete first series are excellent.Timeless classics you can watch again and again that cheer you up no end.Please, please please the powers that be release the complete 2nd seies as one of the best comedy episodes of all time is the episode things that go bump in the night.The sheer brilliance of rigsby, Alan and the whole cast are in this its just perfect comedy.
what a terrible loss to the world that Leanard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale are no longer with us.However they will be immortalised forever in this dvd and the others to come.Buy it.
on 10 December 2003
Rising Damp is a perfect example of comic writing and one of the few shows produced by ITV capable of matching anything from the BBC. The characters are fantastic - Scrooge-like landlord Rigsby, long-haired medical student Alan, his flatmate, a sophisticated African named Philip and the lovelorn Miss Jones (who has a permanent crush on Philip much to Rigsby's irritation).
Eric Chappell's writing and the performances by all concerned make the show unforgettable. In episodes such as 'Boxing Match' Rigsby's non-stop boasting about his physical fitness leads him into a boxing match with super-fit Philip - with hillarious consequences. Then there's the one where Rigsby must go without food for 24hrs in order to win a bet. Each of the episodes is a comic gem that will have you doubling up with laughter. It's a smashing series.
All of which makes Amazon's editorial review by one David Stubbs all the more depressing to read. There seems to be a smug strand of opinion amongst reviewers like him that 70's tv shows are all guilty of terrible racism and I'd just like to say that Rising Damp is NOT racist. For any show to be considered racist it would have to endorse and approve the racism on display. Rising Damp does not do this. In fact, in every single episode Rigsby's ignorance is shown up for what it is and he ends up both the butt of the joke and the loser.
Not only does Mr Stubbs conveniently ignore this fact but he makes the laughable assertion that the 'racism' was 'a convenient cover for audiences in the 1970s to enjoy racist humour.' It's very brave of Mr Stubbs to patronise the integrity of the millions of people who enjoyed Rising Damp but frankly, one feels that they were far more aware of what Eric Chappell was up to, even if such insight proves beyond the ability of a PC drone like Mr Stubbs.
So don't worry about Amazon's editorial review. The comments of everybody else here are far more relevant and far more accurate. Rising Damp is well worth your money.
on 2 April 2000
Having this classic video for more than ten years, I do like to take the chance to share my comments with other potential viewers.
In this feature film you can enjoy more than 90 minutes of the enormously popular TV series "Rising Damp". It is great to see the funny sketches from the seventies, packed together in a whole new movie.
The great and unfortunately late Leonard Rossiter (The rise and fall of Reginald Perrin) is the mean and miserable landlord Rupert Rigsby trying e-ve-ry-thing to win Miss Jones' heart (played beautifully by Frances de la Tour). You can enjoy his funny, desperate actions to do so, but unfortunately for Rigsby she has other ideas.
The true "Rising Damp" lover will see a collection of Rigsby's prejudices, pseudo-intelligence and of course his classic saying: "if it hadn't been for the war, who knows..."
The art student in this movie is played by Christopher Strauli instead of the late Richard Beckinsale, the black medical student, son of a chief, is played by Don Warrington as in the series. There is a special appearance by Denholm Elliott as a "true" gentleman, with breeding.
Everybody who did enjoy the series in the seventies should get this video, it was actualy Leonard Rossiter's last Rigsby appearance. I can assure you that all the fond memories are definitely coming back. - Glenn
If you've never seen Rising Damp before then this is a good place to get a taster of the series, but the real reason this is an essential purchase alongside Rising Damp:The Works DVD (CCD30101) is that this compilation contains the Xmas episode ('For the Man Who Has Everything') that was mysteriously absent from that supposedly complete box set collection. Buy both these releases and you have every Rising Damp episode ever broadcast.
on 22 April 2010
The movie of the excellent series of rising damp takes a lot of the best bits from the series and rolls it all into 90 minutes. If you have watched the series you will recognise most of the story lines and gags in the film because they are copied straight from the series, there is nothing new and fresh in this film in the way of the writing, which I found a bit of a shame. I gave it 3 stars purely based on the fact that the lines and gags were still very funny the second time around, as a film it was a pretty lazy effort. But having said that, the series of rising damp is well worth watching and goes down as a classic comedy series.
on 8 March 2011
I suspect there isn't much I can add to this excellent film, that hasn't already been said. It contains sketches which went on to be used in the actual series, but the entire film is a window upon the lives of some who live in rooms, rather than flats or houses. It isn't totally unreal, either.
Leonard Rossiter's masterful portrayal of Mr Rigsby goes from strength to strength; while he is made out to be a thoroughly detestable character, he isn't quite as bad as we are encouraged to think he is. He is a man of principles, somewhat old-fashioned, a dreadful hypocrite and, of course, a true romantic.
His affections are always thrust upon the innocent Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour), who tries to give the impression of being nubile and worldly. However, she never seems to be able to quite make up her mind as to whether she wants his affections or not! There is the usual laddish banter from Philip (Don Warrington) and John (Christopher Strauli - later to be replaced in the series by Richard Beckinsale). Denholm Elliot plays an extremely convincing cad, winning the affections of Miss Jones, only to be caught out with her Post Office savings in his pocket, by the gallant Rigsby. Of course, Rigsby is the hero of the story, albeit completely "unsung" and we all hope that he claims his prize and walks off into the night, with Miss Jones "on his arm". However, this is Rising Damp; he is Mr Rigsby and Vienna the cat is always there to trip him up.
An absolute, timeless classic.
on 25 October 2008
Although the film still elicits a few laughs and Leonard Rossiter steals it, the series is still far better. But if you are a completist, it is a very nice print with a nice cover!
on 17 November 2013
Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers Cooper, an arts student, and Philip, an African jock, making both pay for a room they must share.
However Rigsby's favourite lodger, miss Jones, now flirts with both boys rather than the old man, despite his pitiful attempts to be generous.
She actually prefers an affair with slick veteran Seymour, who is really only interested in her money.....
Plot wise, there is nothing of any relevance to speak of here, but the film is divided into many sub plots, Rigsbys advances on Jones, the two lodgers and there little troubles, and later on Elliott makes an appearance to inject a bit of mystery into the film.
And its as you would expect, seaside postcard humour, Rossiter doing what he does best, being sarcastic and sympathetic at the same time, and chock full of people you recognise from the TV.
Its not the greatest thing ever made, and you can see the jokes coming from a mile off, but around this time in the UK, there was a spate of successful TV sitcoms turned into movies, and the majority of those were pitiful.
Its breezy, throwaway stuff, that is unashamedly un-PC, and watching it, you realise that writers got away with a lot of cultural reference that couldn't happen today.