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on 2 August 2008
This series of Best Of... comedy DVDs from the Beeb have been patchy to say the least. Many have included classic sketches that you're happy to watch time and again, but a few 'also rans' have crept in too; I accept that one man's 'hit' may be another's 'miss'; but many of these compilations have only around an hour's worth of material which seems rather mean.

This Marty Feldman disc has some great and memorable sketches on it, I think there was only one which disappointed. The picture transfers are fair and the theme tune is actually in stereo! But it does only run for just over an hour with no special features, not even a brief biography. Now that it's being sold for around a fiver it doesn't seem quite such a rip off, but it could have been something special if someone had taken a little bit more trouble.
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on 8 March 2010
Who still knows Marty ? We all know the Pythons, with their genious absurdism.
But who still knows, that Marty was one of the great pioneers of this kind of humor.
1967/68, as he worked with Chapman and Cleese in "The 1948 show", Marty was one of the "Fathers" of Monty Python.
He was the first to show subversive humor, but so funny....
Marty was the first to fool the Royals, the church, mass- tourism and many more things. In the late 60ties he was absolutely a revolutionary comedian.
The only reason that he not became the 7th Python was, like Michael Palin once said : "We had 2 super-ego`s already in our team (John, and Graham)..Three were too many....
The DVD shows us Marty in his own TV shows from the years 1968-1969. Some sketches are really brilliant. In those days however, viewer ratings were dim, and Marty decided to prove his further luck in the USA.
By then, Monty Python took over, the rest we know.

Marty, for me the 7th Python, but, unfortunately, has always remained in their shadow. As being very british, in America he never could unfold his talents as he had wished.
His death, aged 49, during the making of the film "Mutiny on the Mounty" in 1982, was a tragedy.
Now he`s almost forgotten, but not by me.
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The Best of Marty Feldman is a rather stingy 64-minute compilation has all the star's best-remembered sketches from his often inspired 1968-9 BBC series It's Marty - the visit to the vet with the ravenous creature in the basket ("I found him in the Book of Revelations"), the lightning coach tour ("Wait for me!"), a day in the life of a stuntman, his chain-smoking working class Bishop of No Fixed Abode cadging donations on the train ("Agnostic? You tell that to the Good Lord and `ell knock your bloody teeth in in His infinite mercy!") among them - but it seems distinctly short measures not just to go the whole hog and include the entire series. Still, it's better than nothing, and it does give a good idea of his influences in the Buster Keatonesque The Loneliness of the Long Distance Golfer and the Harpo Marx-like World Cup sketch where his Paraguayan footballer imitates the Duke of Edinburgh's walk and chases the Queen around the pitch, although his own influence on later shows is also evident: his and Tim Brooke Taylor's grotesque old folk in the travel agent sketch are direct relatives of a certain couple running a local shop for local people while no fewer than four Pythons (Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Graham Chapman) were among the shows writers. Great stuff but far too little of it - and no extras.
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on 24 September 2006
There is such great stuff in this series, a lot of the sketches written by the Monty Python-teams Cleese/Chapman and Jones/Palin,

even some Gilliam animation is featured at some place. Some comedy DVD releases are filled with 3 1/2 hours of stuff.

This lame compilation is 64 minutes long..!! There were 12 episodes of "Marty!" altogether. Maybe some of them were deleted,

as with "Do Not Adjust..." or "At Last the 1948 Show". But there are at least 8 full episodes existing (if not more),

7 of them were transmitted on German TV station "arte". And considering the great Pythonesque material available, this selection

of sketches is very hit & miss. And short. This is sad, some of the best comedy went out on the BBC, but what treatment do they get?

It's 2006 and they haven't even released the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus yet...
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on 14 July 2014
Marty Feldman was a wonderful man who left all of us such very dear memories. His sketches were not only humourous but very high class with the most talented scriptwriters of his era. He had always an endearingly ritzy way of turning the world potty at every opportunity and will always be sadly missed.
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on 19 December 2014
Sadly it is only a small part of his work, but it is what I wanted to remind me of his particular talents.
Didn't remember the football sketch in quite the same way - or perhaps there was another one? I seem to remember him shouting from the commentators' box, but.
Surprised to find so much Monty Python stuff and people involved.
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on 20 March 2008
You can be quite sure that anything presented by the BBC as "The Best Of ...... will be butchered, not edited, and shorn of much that made it all worthwhile in the first place. What a pity.

Paulo
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on 17 July 2015
A fine selection of Marty's hillarious sketches. Please make more of them available. They deserve much better than just lying in a vault.
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on 7 January 2007
I watched this & the DICK EMERY BBC best of together with this MARTY FELDMAN one over xmas & whoever put this together has insulted both comedians with very poor selections missing out their far better work. Anyone trying this to see what either artist is about will get the idea they are dated & boring, which they're not if shown a decent selection, not this. This MARTY FELDMAN one in particular was a very dull watch, seen far better compilations shown on TV. BUY WITH CAUTION!!!
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on 29 November 2013
The wonderful sketches brought back so many memories. Marty Feldman's comic genius deserves far more exposure.. A first class disc.
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