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Bird And Fortune - Two Johns And A Dinner Party [DVD]
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
Bliss, just bliss. I've been hoping for ages that they'd release the Two Johns dialogues on DVD and to have all those dinner parties makes this my comedy release of the year. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud so often at any comedy DVD. The fact that these brilliant sketches happen also to constitute a social history of our times beyond the dreams of socal historians is just a bonus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2013
A very witty, funny record of these brilliant comics. It is relevant and pithy even many years later. A wonderfully wry outlook on politics and the human condition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
Lots of content and still have not finished watching it as can watch in small sections. Great value. Recommendation from me.
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on 17 September 2014
Even watching this on my own, I found myself laughing out aloud at the glorious pomposity of 'Sir George Parr' in his many roles, whether played by Fortune (such a loss) or Bird. The fact that these two bastions of British satire were still, with Bremner, the best we had to offer was both an attestation to their wit, keen sense of the absurd, and performances as a condemnation of the lack of depth of top quality satire in the 90s. I defy anyone watching these glorious sketches not to laugh, and laugh and laugh - and yes, through all the hilarity, the social and political points they wanted to drive home hit their targets every time.

It's a joy and not to be missed - worth many times more than I paid for it...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 26 September 2009
I really like the sketches in Bremner, Bird and Fortune, so I thought I would check these out. Here you get nearly 3 hours of John Bird and John Fortune doing their interview sketches, and the dinner parties they do with two comediennes. These all come from the last ten years of the show and are funny; the way they mock middle class people is just hilarious; and the interviews are very funny and mock the government to no end. Their comedy often gives a message that these people are disillusional about what's going on in society and have no idea what every day people do.

My favourite includes the dogs where Bird and Fortune dress up as dogs for the interview, and the Admiral is funny too. The dinner parties are all very funny so it's hard to find the best.

The only problem with this DVD is it's too long for one sitting, the comedy is very similar so you'll need to cut it up into pieces (not literally!) and watch it on a few nights. I'm not saying the comedy isn't good, it's just if you watch it at once you soon get fed up of the style, remember Bird and Fortune did these one a week, so they were not meant to be digested in one foul swoop.

There are no extras on this, but there are English subtitles, otherwise this is pretty much what you see is what you get. Shame there were no Bremner sketches in the extras, but this is just a Bird and Fortune affair.

This DVD will be good for future viewing though, and will have a lot of come back to appeal, as it's got historic value and it's very funny. Not sure how I will feel about it in ten years time, but I think I will still enjoy it.

Worth a rent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
The material which is on this DVD is great, but at just over one hour in length, it's a great shame that other material wasn't included
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love them - sadly missed. The penetrating analysis of the absurdities of Government policies is needed now as well
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on 8 March 2014
Nice to have a record of this material as a complement to the 3 audio cassettes and 1 CD of The Long Johns. WARNING - the pressing of this DVD is not the greatest - I bought 2 copies (the second to check on the first) since I found I could play them only on 50% of the DVD players I own.
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on 20 March 2014
Consistently funny observations about all human life without the need for continual coarseness and sexual smuttiness of todays so called comedians.

Wonderful stuff.
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on 26 January 2014
I would rate this as amongst the best satire seen here for many years. Superb and a must for all lovers of wit and elegant comedy
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