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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Material, Poor Production
This is a lazy production, a straightforward re-issue of a 90 minute video release that first appeared in 1990, with no attempt to include additional material. For example, the famous 1965 Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling sketch (about his fruitless attempts to teach ravens to fly underwater) still exists, has been shown on TV a number of times in recent years but has not been...
Published on 14 Oct 2003 by B. D. Tutt

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but...
...why do BBC Video keep on screwing up their classic comedy DVDs? Their Hancock DVD included five episodes from his last TV series for the Beeb but inexplicably omitted the sixth, Son and Heir (his last for the BBC). They put the pilot episode for Porridge not on series one but on series two. Their Very Best of Dad's Army discs have lost an episode each in the transfer...
Published on 26 Aug 2004 by Trevor Willsmer


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206 of 209 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but..., 26 Aug 2004
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD] (DVD)
...why do BBC Video keep on screwing up their classic comedy DVDs? Their Hancock DVD included five episodes from his last TV series for the Beeb but inexplicably omitted the sixth, Son and Heir (his last for the BBC). They put the pilot episode for Porridge not on series one but on series two. Their Very Best of Dad's Army discs have lost an episode each in the transfer from their video releases, while even their extras are edited versions. They heavily cut the last series of The Fast Show. And while US customers have been able to enjoy Monty Python's Flying Circus in its entirety for years, we have to put up with mediocre compilations.
That this disc continues the ignoble tradition should come as no great surprise. After all, the BBC wiped most of the episodes of 'Not Only, But Also' years ago, and it's a habit they obviously can't get out of. While the surviving episodes were broadcast in their entirety a decade or so ago, these were edited as one 100-minute programme for a video release as 'The Best of What's Left of Not Only But Also.' When it was reissued again with remade credits as 'The Classic Peter Cook and Dudley Moore,' they actually cut out even more material - in this case a not particularly funny but visually amazing sequence on London's Tower Bridge. Naturally, the sequence is missing on the DVD - as are any extras (and the BBC produced some superb tributes to Cook after his death that would have made ideal companion pieces).
There is a brief introductory sketch with Cook and Moore shot for the first video that is uncomfortable viewing - there's more of the vitriol and barely repressed hatred of Derek ands Clive than the charming matter of fact delusion of the pair at their prime - but otherwise the Beeb haven't even bothered to include the pair's brief but amusing video sleeve notes. Even the transfer quality disappoints: the colour sequences are an improvement on the video issues, but the black and white ones are not quite as sharp. Obviously the BBC's restoration budget is reserved for Doctor Who.
There are many great sketches here - including the spot-on Superthunderstingcar, the facts of life, the head-to-heads and the leaping nuns of St Beryl - but there are some inexplicable omissions: how can you have a disc calling itself 'The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore' without the unidexter Tarzan audition? Another disappointing and criminally lazy disc from the BBC comedy collection, redeemed only by the genius of the material. This could and should have been a great disc. As it is, it's definitely worth buying, but you might want to write a letter of complaint to the BBC once you've seen it in the vain hope of stopping them mucking up the next comedy classic they release.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but..., 30 Aug 2004
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD] (DVD)
...why do BBC Video keep on screwing up their classic comedy DVDs? Their Hancock DVD included five episodes from his last TV series for the Beeb but inexplicably omitted the sixth, Son and Heir (his last for the BBC). They put the pilot episode for Porridge not on series one but on series two. Their Very Best of Dad's Army discs have lost an episode each in the transfer from their video releases, while even their extras are edited versions. They heavily cut the last series of The Fast Show. And while US customers have been able to enjoy Monty Python's Flying Circus in its entirety for years, we have to put up with mediocre compilations.
That this disc continues the ignoble tradition should come as no great surprise. After all, the BBC wiped most of the episodes of 'Not Only, But Also' years ago, and it's a habit they obviously can't get out of. While the surviving episodes were broadcast in their entirety a decade or so ago, these were edited as one 100-minute programme for a video release as 'The Best of What's Left of Not Only But Also.' When it was reissued again with remade credits as 'The Classic Peter Cook and Dudley Moore,' they actually cut out even more material - in this case a not particularly funny but visually amazing sequence on London's Tower Bridge. Naturally, the sequence is missing on the DVD - as are any extras (and the BBC produced some superb tributes to Cook after his death that would have made ideal companion pieces).
There is a brief introductory sketch with Cook and Moore shot for the first video that is uncomfortable viewing - there's more of the vitriol and barely repressed hatred of Derek ands Clive than the charming matter of fact delusion of the pair at their prime - but otherwise the Beeb haven't even bothered to include the pair's brief but amusing video sleeve notes. Even the transfer quality disappoints: the colour sequences are an improvement on the video issues, but the black and white ones are not quite as sharp. Obviously the BBC's restoration budget is reserved for Doctor Who.
There are many great sketches here - including the spot-on Superthunderstingcar, the facts of life, the head-to-heads and the leaping nuns of St Beryl - but there are some inexplicable omissions: how can you have a disc calling itself 'The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore' without the unidexter Tarzan audition? Another disappointing and criminally lazy disc from the BBC comedy collection, redeemed only by the genius of the material. This could and should have been a great disc. As it is, it's definitely worth buying, but you might want to write a letter of complaint to the BBC once you've seen it in the vain hope of stopping them mucking up the next comedy classic they release.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Material, Poor Production, 14 Oct 2003
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B. D. Tutt (London, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD] (DVD)
This is a lazy production, a straightforward re-issue of a 90 minute video release that first appeared in 1990, with no attempt to include additional material. For example, the famous 1965 Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling sketch (about his fruitless attempts to teach ravens to fly underwater) still exists, has been shown on TV a number of times in recent years but has not been included here. With a bit of effort and archive research, the BBC could have provided rather more Cook & Moore material than they have bothered to include.
So, magnificent so far as it goes, but something of a missed opportunity.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 22 Jan 2004
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This review is from: The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD gets off to a storming start with a fantastic sketch about Pete and Dud reuniting, twenty years after their last meeting. Pete launches into an all-out assault on Dud for no particular reason other than that he isn't saying much, andgoes to great lengths to tear apart his argument that he can't get a word in edgeways.
Unfortunately, it all goes downhill from there.
What's left is some of the pair's most famous sketches, such as the excrutiatingly brilliant "A bit of a chat", and some of Pete and Dud's chinwags (incuding the Art Gallery and the Zoo encounters). The rest seems to consist of some long drawn out sketches that outstay their welcome, and then stay a little longer. "Bo Dudley", "The Glydd of Glood", "Superthunderstingcar", and Dudley's Beethoven sketch go on seemingly forever, and don't really do anything but fill space.
What I had hoped for was some of the sketches that relied on Cook's brilliant wordplay and ability to veer wildly off into surreal flights of fancy, while Dudley corpsed uncontrollably. Unfortunately, this is in short supply here. Classic sketches ommitted include "Beethoven's Fifth by Tuesday Week" and, believe it or not, "One Leg Too Few".
Overall, apart from the fantastic opening sketch, this is probably one more for the newcomer to Cook & Moore. For existing fans, this will be a disappointment.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy doesn't come better than this!, 5 Oct 2003
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This review is from: The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD] (DVD)
In the sixties Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were at the height of their inventive powers and this DVD provides you with the best of what's left of Not Only But Also. Criminally, the BBC wiped tapes of much of the duo's work to save money!
Ah well, no point crying over spilt milk. Best to have a nice cup of tea and settle down with what has survived. The highlights have to be the conversations between Pete and Dud - the so-called Dagenham Dialogues - still hilariously funny to this day. The Art Gallery sketch is one such classic, the Zoo sketch is here too, as is the best of the best; Pete and Dud enjoying a swift half and discussing their nocturnal problems of being bothered by various Hollywood starlets "tap, tap, tap at the bloody window...bloody Greta Garbo" - priceless. Other highlights include Superthunderstingcar (a Thunderbirds / Stingray etc. parody), a travel show for the French featuring the North Circular (featuring Barry Humphries unidentifiable as the creator of Dame Edna in a cameo of a greasy spoon cafe owner) and the tramo-Nuns of St Beryl, a scene so beloved it was lifted into the original Bedazzled film.
Cook and More's influence on the culture of the day is evident in the opening sequences that have survived - from being either side of the opening of London Bridge to cycling along the deck of the Ark Royal, who'd be allowed that these days?
No extras sadly but there is little left that isn't here, sadly the possibility of commentaries have been sadly taken from us too with Moore's relatively recent passing and Cook being taken from us in 95. There is a clip of Pete and Dud arriving in heaven that was shown at the Peter Cook Tribute Night (DVD also available); Dud says "Is this heaven then Pete?", his partner looks around and exclaims "Bloody hell!"...nice!
Buy this disc, enjoy it and see their influence as you watch the head to heads of Smith and Jones and countless other who have come since.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars i think pete and dud would have been disappointed...., 29 Aug 2007
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i think pete and dud would have been disappointed....

having recently read through a number of their scripts i thought i would see them put them into action - only to find that the content was remarkably thin given the amount of material available to the BBC (and yes i know the Beeb managed to lose a lot of the early work) but none the less it felt a little thin.

each to their own of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, 4 Oct 2013
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What can i say. I adore this DVD and i adore Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, The only thing wrong with this is that it reminds me of what we have lost in losing Peter Cook in 1995 and Dudley Moore in 2002. We shall never see their type again and i am so grieved by this. Thank God then, for this beautiful Clever satirical pair and the fact that we shall always keep them dear with such DVD's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore DVD, 17 Aug 2010
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Just as i remember them as a kid from the TV series! The sketches i remember best from my youth are on the DVD (the reason i bought the DVD) it was the "Thunderbirds"(Thundercar) and Pete an Dud in the pub "There was a Tap! Tap! Tap! at the window it was bloody Greta Garbo!" And of course the song "Now it's time to say goodbye!" Goodbye!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, 28 Jun 2014
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Very funny video and just what my partner wanted. very good quality and a very reasonable price. thanks very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic stuff, 4 May 2014
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Have now got a couple of peter cook and Dudley Moore dvd, and am not disappointed with any of the comic sketches that I have seen, these are classic.
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