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4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 14 May 2007
This review is from: Sid James Collection (Comic Icons) [DVD] (DVD)
This set includes three films;

The Big Job

The Lavender Hill Mob

Make Mine a Million

For a Sid James fan the first of these is the gem. A well cast story of James and his gang attempting to recover some stolen loot plays a little like a live action Roadrunner cartoon. One scheme fails only to be replaced by another doomed plan. There may be no anvil but they do manage to work in a harpoon at one point. Supporting cast includes Sylvia Syms (underused in comedy but very good here), Dick Emery, Jim Dale, Lance Percival and Joan Sims. The collection is worth buying for this film alone as it is funny with a wonderful feel of the period it was made.

The Lavender Hill Mob is one of Ealing Studio's finest comedies without doubt - but hardly a Sid James vehicle. His role as one of the mob - a burglar who carries around press clippings of his most well known work - is good but the film belongs to the main stars Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. So an odd choice for a James centered collection.

Make Mine A Million is perhaps the weakest film on offer here. A decidedly average fifties comedy. The story of exploiting television coverage to advertise washing powder doesn't offer much chance for comedy gold. Its watchable of course but James and Askey have to work hard. If nothing else the film illustrates the love hate relationship of British cinema with the rise of television during this time.

Sid James had a long career in British films but, as someone who liked to keep busy, this often took the form of cameos or playing as part of an ensemble. It is a pity that films featuring him in a more central role could not have been included in the set but perhaps the selection illustrates this fact.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Job, 31 May 2009
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Mr. Paul Burns (Grimsby ,UK.) - See all my reviews
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This film,in the carry on style,is great! You've got Sid James as the 'great Brain' behind a robbery that fails and hides the loot in a tree. Dereck Guyler(From Please Sir)as a Police sergeant of a small police station,who is more interested in music than police matters and his inept constable played by Jim Dale. Lance Percival and Dick Emery are perfectly cast as Sid James'sidekicks. On release from Prison the gang set out to recover the loot only to find that the tree is now in the yard of the local police station. What pursues is classic slapstick.
Joan Simms plays the landlady where the gang base themselves as it is perfectly placed opposite the Police Station. Watch out for the 'little Bustard'!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the little bustards...., 11 Jan 2008
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Mr. J. G. Ridley "sirshambling" (Tonbridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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At last one of the best 60s British comedies gets a DVD release. The Big Job is a real classic - full of silliness, visual jokes and, best of all, a great view of contemporary social attitudes courtesy of a superb Talbot Rothwell script. Joan Sims has never been better than as the randy landlady, Dick Emery (who I've never really found sympathetic elsewhere) is very good indeed, and there is a lovely cameo from Derek Guyler as a musically obsessed Police Sergeant.

There are 3 quite outstanding scenes:-

The first evening meal chez Sims with Emery's explanation of bird watching.

Guyler taking down the particulars of the theft of a lorry full of tools.

Emery and Sims discussing the possibility of changed sleeping arrangements.

Don't miss the gem of a movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sid james collection, 30 Mar 2011
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to be honest i got this set for the big job witch is a great movie very good print for its age the orther movives are good to just the thing for a wet sunday afternoon one draw back no subs witch would have been nice
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Sid James box collection DVD, 28 Mar 2011
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P. Ridley-thomas "paul ridley-thomas" (essex england) - See all my reviews
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This box collection of Sid James Dvd's is a must for anyone who is a fan of that genre, Each film is extremely watchable, a couple of them are less well known, but that adds interest to the set.
It is interesting to watch out for the supporting cast, bit part players who often became latter day stars themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Job is fantastic, 15 Jun 2010
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I bought this solely for The Big Job which I remember from the TV in the 80s. It has the gorgeous Edina Ronay in it (worth buying for her alone!). This film is reminscent of Ealing comedies (most of the action takes place in one house like The Ladykillers) but it is very funny particularly the failed methods of getting to the tree containing the loot.

The other two seem a strange choice as Lavender Hill Mob is an Alec Guiness film and Make Mine a Million is an Arther Askey film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot beat the oldens., 9 Mar 2010
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Maybe it's a sign of growing older but I find these vintage comedies even funnier then when I first viewed them, nothing like the oldens. Ever Golden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 4 May 2013
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if you are looking for that sunday afternoon when its raining and youve nothing to do this is the perfect dvd . sid james is fornominal
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