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4 stars for story, 0 stars for DVD!,
This review is from: Only Fools and Horses - A Royal Flush [DVD] (DVD)'A Royal Flush' is often unfairly considered to be the worst episode of 'only fools and horses' ('Diamonds Are For Heather', anyone?). Admittedly, it falls far short of classic xmas specials like 'To Hull and Back', 'The Jolly Boys Outing' and 'Heroes and Villains', but it's still very funny. The great thing about the series is that even the less-good episodes are very watchable, which says a lot about the standard of contemporary comedy.
The BBC, in their ever mystifying ways, have done this great comedy a disservice. Due to music rights, some episodes (particularly classic xmas specials) have been edited, and the picture and sound quality of some discs is appalling. Bad marketing means that hour-long specials like 'The Frog's Legacy' which were produced as part of series 5, are put on disc on their own. Good job the show is such good comedy. What's wrong with series 4, 5, 6, and 7 boxsets putting feature length xmas specials with their respected seasons and an extra boxset for the final specials ('Mother Nature's Son' onwards)? Far better value, IMHO. Some extras would be nice, too.
But, on to 'A Royal Flush'. The episode hasn't been edited, it's been HACKED TO DEATH! The original episode ran at 80 minutes, this runs at less than 60! WHY? Why do whole segments have to be mercilessly cut out? The episode was filmed to a tight schedule, meaning there was no time to add a laughter track. Like 'Miami Twice', a laughter track has been plastered over the episode. There's nothing wrong with this in theory, but it has been so crudely done here that whenever the 'audience' laughs, the sound drops down and comes back up after the laugh, creating an unnatural feeling. The picture is just as shoddy as the other DVD's, too.
All in all, an underrated episode, but an ATROCIOUS DVD. If you're a completist you'll get it, but hope and pray that someday the BBC or someone else releases 'Only Fools and Horses' on DVD all sparkly and cleaned up, with decent extras and full wonderful episodes. But this is the BBC we're talking about...
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2010 02:51:43 GMT
Rambleast Reviews says:
Christmas Crackers gets my vote. Diamonds... is saved by Grandad's line about Rodney being a poof. Broad, but what a delivery.
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