27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2005
1970s humour at its best. Do not try to compare this with Monty Python - this should tickle a completely different part of you! If you remember the 1970s (and the Goodies) you must enjoy this, as there is a strong element of nostalgia - from the furniture to the social topics (disco, kung fu, etc). However, there is more to it than that - I still think it is genuinely funny. Personally I think that Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie are exceptionally talented and deserve much more recognition for this masterpiece that they produced. There is a wide range of humour in these programmes and they should appeal to a wide range of ages. Buy this double dvd and see what you think. Consider the "special effects" - they are clever, original and amusing at the same time. Why is this programme not repeated on television? And even better, there is commentary on three of the episodes by the three Goodies. Just hearing the three of them together again makes this dvd special. I have enjoyed the things they have done since leaving the Goodies (especially the brilliant I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue") but to people who were young in the 1970s these three performers will always be The Goodies.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2000
A must for any serious comedy lover. Never repeated in the last 20 or so years for reasons only the BBC know. As good as if not better than Monty Python. Far outstrips all so called flag ship comedies on the Beeb, including Fools & Horses. An absolute must see. Birds of a Feather, AB Fab, Vicar of Dibly and all the other lovies 1/2 hours are no match. Tim Brooke-Tailor, Graham Gardner & Bill Oddie all deserve the place in history for this series.
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2007
For those who are wondering, this is a combination of both the "At Last" and "At Last...A Second Helping" DVD releases. In other words, they just took the 2 DVDs that are in each of those releases, and put all 4 of them into this box set.
My only quibble is that there aren't more episodes in the sets!
56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
As a kid I loved The Goodies, sitting on the sofa doubled-up with laughter trying to contain my weak bladder whilst my parents tutted and said how silly it was. Then the Eighties came and The Goodies vanished forever.
Classic comedies like Fawlty Towers were frequently repeated, but the BBC never showed The Goodies again, which suggested that it wasn't the comedic materpiece that I'd always held it to be in my youth. Nevertheless, for old times sake I bought the DVD and switched on expecting a lot of nostalgia, but few laughs.
I was wrong.
The Goodies is still fresh and funny and although I'm now nearly 40, I still found myself laughing at the sheer uninhibited silliness of it all. Perhaps I haven't grown up, but I defy anyone to sit through 'Ecky Thump' without laughing.
Thanks Bill, Graham and Tim for giving us a lot of fun.
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2003
The DVD has 8 episodes and a previously unreleased "precursor to The Goodies" called "Broaden your Mind". Total running time for the 2-disc set is 255 minutes.
From the start, it's choice, being at once both familiar and "new". I was surprised at how much of the show I remembered, and how much I had forgotten. Episodes include The Tower of London, Gender Education, Kitten Kong, The Goodies and the Beanstalk, Kung Fu Kapers, Lighthouse Keeping Loonies, Earthanasia and Saturday Night Grease.
Depsite the PG rating, my 9-yr old loves the show and isn't at all shocked by it ;-) It's fun comedy with nothing spiteful or nasty about it; it's just a shame the BBC won't agree to screen these programmes today. Other "high points" include Bill Oddie's teriffic "70s Beatnik" outfits, and the amazing background music.
A very good buy which won't disappoint. If you liked the shows, you'll be smiling from the moment the music starts and the titles start to run. Picture quality from the remastered DVDs is excellent.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2003
Well its been a long wait for fans of the 70's series but 'at last' the Goodies has been released on DVD! There's certainly an interesting selection on offer on this two DVD set, rather than releasing the episodes in chronological order, they have decided to select an episode or two from each season. This may seem a bit strange but it does allow the viewer to see the shows evolution in a matter of hours.
The first DVD starts with the very first episode 'Tower of London', this isn't the best show they produced but it does give a nice introduction to the series and our heroes - Tim, Graeme and Bill. I feel the first DVD is definitely the strongest as it contains the classics 'Kitten Kong' (who can ever forget Twinkle destroying the Post office Tower!) and 'the Goodies and the Beanstalk'.
The second DVD is generally good too although not quite as funny as the first. 'Earthanasia' is the best show of the bunch with Tim, Graeme and Bill waiting for the end of the world and wondering how to spend their last 30 minutes. The last offering 'Saturday Night Grease' is an odd choice for inclusion in this release as its pretty weak, but even so it does raise a smile especially the first five minutes with Tim strutting down the street like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever!
The extras are reasonably interesting, there are commentaries from Tim, Graeme and Bill on three episodes and also some vintage footage of them pre-Goodies.
Overall I think this is a very good buy if you're a fan of series, and even if you're not its still worth a look at for sheer nostalgic value. Lets hope there will be more releases soon - Goody goody yum yum!!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2003
Finally, a chance for a new generation, or the old generation who've forgotten them, to appreciate the most unsung, underrated team in British comedy history - The Goodies.
The Tower Of London - The very first episode, that wastes no time in introducing us to the setup - three well-intentioned blokes who'll do "anything, anytime" - and the title trio: Loony scientist and inventor Graeme Garden, naive and cowardly patriot Tim Brooke-Taylor, and loud, agressive working class scruf Bill Oddie. The plot, such as it is - The Goodies become involved in some strange thefts from the Tower - also establishes several of what were to become the shows trademarks: The Royal family, outrageous props and special effects, crazed chase sequences, and the teams ludicrous three seater bicycle. No classic, but certainly an essential intro to the show.
Gender Education - A crack at notorious British busybody and anti-smut campaigner Mary Whitehouse, and indeed all other self-appointed moral guardians, this episode finds the Goodies commisioned to make a sex education film - A fantastic parody of all the coy nonsense they showed you at school that tried to teach you about intercourse without ever mentioning it - Only for interfering old bat Desiree Carthorse to ban it without seeing it (as usual). Kidnapping an MP in an attempt to clear their names only makes things worse, as Oddie gets hooked on violence instead of sex...
Kitten Kong - Probably the most famous Goodies episode, this sees the teams animal clinic go badly wrong when a tiny kitten consumes vast amounts of Garden's growth formula, shoots up to enormous size and begins terrorising the city of London - Can three certain men dressed in totally unconvincing mouse costumes save the day?
The Goodies And The Beanstalk - A pantomime special, as the threesome encounter the world's smallest, most Jewish giant, in the form of Alfie Bass. A heart-warming traditional tale of Marx Brother impressions, dive-bombing geese and a last-minute cameo from a certain very tall English comedian that'll bring the house down...
Kung Fu Kapers - The seventies obsession with martial arts meets Bill Oddies working class northern heritage in the ungodly mess that is the ancient Lancastrian art of Ecky Thump - Self defence centred around whacking your opponent round the head with a black pudding. Notable as the only episode of any comedy show ever to have actually made someone die laughing, literally.
Lighthouse Keeping Loonies - Gardens mis-reading of an ad - Yes, that's right, he thought it said 'a little light house-keeping', how did you guess? - results in the Goodies having to spend five years tending the lamp at the Jolly Rock lighthouse. Surely they can't cause any chaos here? Alas, as any frequent viewer of the show could tell you, trapping the trio together in a confined space is not a good idea - Unless, of course, you actually WANTED to launch a lighthouse into orbit around the Earth, or something...
Earthanasia - Very possibly the team's finest half hour, this episode once again finds them trapped together with nothing in particular to do - In this case, as they wait the last 30 minutes before the world is blown up on the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve. Imminent destruction forces them to confront their unquenched desires, unfufilled dreams, unconfessed shame and innermost secrets in a frenzy of childhood regression, Muppet routines, cooker-fu and four minute Christmases, all leading up to a final, apocalyptic punchline - Pure genius.
Saturday Night Grease - The festering, end of the seventies trend that was disco gets the kicking it deserves as Brooke-Taylor aspires to Travolta-hood, only to get arrested for trying to actually touch the person he's dancing with. Like the first episode, this is no true classic, but it has some wonderful moments, such as the three dressing up for a night on the town - Garden puts on a dress because three men dancing together might look a bit suspicious - or the fantastic finale, compressing almost every musical you've ever seen into one five minute chase scene.
Small but perfectly formed - Some of the few remaining pieces of footage from 'Broaden Your Mind', a Goodies precursor; a couple of outtakes; commentary tracks on three of the episodes; storyboards of unused ideas; a laugh-free track for the Beanstalk episode; a small easter egg; and a feature on the digital restoration of the footage.
The digital restoration deserves a special mention - The quality is astounding, even more so for those of us who've had to watch these shows over and over on satellite reruns and cheap videotapes. If it weren't for the flares, you'd swear these things were recorded yesterday.
All in all, a marvelous, highly recommended package - And hopefully the first of many - that should be sought out by anyone with so much as a passing interest in British comedy. More people should learn just why these guys were a part of prime-time TV for over a decade.