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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars different
Interesting for people that like film snippets and show snippets included. I bought it as you cannot beat the old greats, Michael Bentine, Sandy Powell, Max Miller, Terry Thomas to name but a few.
Then it goes on to the 50's with Dick Emery, Peter Sellers then the 60's Bob Monkhouse Dudley Moore etc. All good entertainment
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but frustrating
Having now seen this DVD set for myself there is little to add to the other review - except to warn that many sitcom examples are taken from film spin-offs rather than the usually superior original TV series, and the interruption of classic sketches, pardonable in a documentary you see once on TV but thoroughly annoying here, is inconsistent: generous sections of The Rag...
Published on 12 Feb. 2009 by Pismotality

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but frustrating, 12 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: The Golden Years Of British Comedy: The 40s, 50s And 60s [DVD] (DVD)
Having now seen this DVD set for myself there is little to add to the other review - except to warn that many sitcom examples are taken from film spin-offs rather than the usually superior original TV series, and the interruption of classic sketches, pardonable in a documentary you see once on TV but thoroughly annoying here, is inconsistent: generous sections of The Rag Trade and Dad's Army pass without interruption but the same privilege is denied Sid Field's golf sketch - though to be fair the interruption is a good 'un. But too often the talking heads offer anecdotes which pale with repetition - John Fisher's Heroes of Comedy this ain't.

The other thing worth mentioning is that the clips are not all taken from the best sources - quality is mostly very good but there are a few home video tape quality clips from films which can be bought on DVD in much better transfers. And by the same token, lots of film excerpts which couldn't be called rare take up space which could have been alloted to difficult to find material, especially for this DVD release.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant material, editing needs some work, 12 Sept. 2006
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Originally released in the 1990s as three separate VHS tapes, this set presents some brilliant moments from the comedy archives. There's some amazing footage from performers as diverse as Norman Evans, Breyl Reid, Tommy Trinder, Michael Bentine and Jimmy James, the best of it performed in front of a live audience. However, the editing and general presentation leaves a bit to be desired. Colour footage- like Sandy Powell's brilliant bad ventriloquist routine- is presented in black and white, presumably to make it look more authentically old. In fact, this routine was recreated by Powell for television towards the end of his life, in the late 1970s, but they've put it on the 1940s disc, so presumably they wanted to disguise the fact. In other cases- like Norman Evans' salesman of quack remedies- the routine appears to have been filmed in an empty studio, and the laughter of a much later studio audience dubbed onto it. Watching these DVDs, you long to see whole, uncut routines. Why is Jimmy James' in-the-box sketch interrupted by Roy Castle's talking head commentary? Why is the amazing footage of Monsewer Eddie Gray's brilliant live act cut up and shown in separate pieces? They even cut out the hilarious bit where he reveals that the reason the suitcase is moving around by itself is because it's got a live dog in it. On the other hand, the talking head footage which links the clips is used sparingly, and it's not intercut with the frenzied pace of modern clip shows- and the interviewees (like Castle, Max Bygraves and Harry Secombe) have some nice anecdotes and make some intersting points. With 3 discs of essentially great- if mangled- stuff, this is very good value, and for now it'll have to do. I just wish somebody has the nous to release a DVD with uncut footage of comedians of the past- and, come to that, footage of a whole host of other types of variety act, like jugglers, magician, performing animals, mentalists, adagio acts, etc.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good content, shame about the quality, 6 Feb. 2011
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MARK C. BALE (SWANSEA, WEST GLAM UNITED KINGDOM) - See all my reviews
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A word of advice for DVD makers. If you are going to produce DVDs using VHS sources, remember to adjust the "tracking".

Picture quality for the 1940s disc is often terrible due to VHS quality footage.

The set is a nice idea and the interview clips are enjoyable, but I only give 2 stars for the quality which is shoddy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 18 Jun. 2012
This set is appallingly badly edited. It takes ages to get going and leaves the impression that you're just watching short bursts of unaccountable comedy - that isn't funny. When it finally gets going the 40s clips are as described elsewhere - poor and hardly riotously amusing. Then! There are rather inane interviews with some of the 'stars' which are equally valueless. I was hoping for a compilation of comedy shorts, instead it's a poorly produced and largely unwatchable waste of money. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars different, 21 Jun. 2013
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Interesting for people that like film snippets and show snippets included. I bought it as you cannot beat the old greats, Michael Bentine, Sandy Powell, Max Miller, Terry Thomas to name but a few.
Then it goes on to the 50's with Dick Emery, Peter Sellers then the 60's Bob Monkhouse Dudley Moore etc. All good entertainment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so, 26 Dec. 2012
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the sound and quality were not so good, it was quite different to a VHS tape I had with a similar title, where complete shows from the era along with some news clips were shown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy like it used to be, 16 May 2014
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Bring back the good old comedy. I find so little to laugh out loud at these days, that it is like tonic to see these old favorites again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, 29 Mar. 2014
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bought this for dads xmas box , he loved it , watching all the old comedians very funny . worth the money
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuckle Muscle Exercises, 24 Jun. 2009
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Are you now retired? Can you remember the 60s/50s/or even the forties? This set of DVDs will bring it all back to life - three solid hours of chuckle muscle exercises - will they stand the strain? It's certainly worth giving it a try - and great value for money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 24 Jan. 2014
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Good Selection of British Comedy clips and sketches. Good price for this DVD and the DVD is good quality of the old clips and sketches etc but wasn't anything hadn't seen before so most of it is shown on TV from time to time but good selection to have & so be able to watch when one wants.
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