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A Mixed Bag,
This review is from: On The Buses [DVD] (DVD)
I've always been a massive on the buses fan. It's pretty funny - albeit not necessarily hilarious - but I've always liked the interaction between the characters and the brilliant Doris Hare and Reg Varney.
I'd say this compilation is all about Holiday on the Buses. The first two - On the Buses and Mutiny - are decidedly average. They use plots (if any) from the TV series already used (e.g. the radio in the cab), and even more disappointingly, for some reason were not made using the standard sets - they live in a different house, the buses are red and Arthur and Olive have kids etc.
Holiday on the Buses is a classic though - it doesn't need the gratuitous nudity at the start (a ridiculous attempt to climb on the "confessions/carry on" bandwagon), although most of you who ever saw it on TV never saw this part - but after then, it's a classic. Loads of top (for the time) comedians play a part, it shows genuine holiday camp life of the 70s, some genuine hilarious moments (toilet exploding I always like).
Never saw this as PC or non PC (I hate the word). In the same way modern comedy is not "PC", this is not "anti PC". Sure, there is smoking, and men chasing women, but more people DID smoke in the 70s, and men DO chase after women and talk about them in a sexist way - even more so in the 70s. It's never over the top, and it's not as if Jack and Stan "outwit" the females or are shown as "better" than them - it's always the other way around!!
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2011 20:48:00 GMT
I Have Seen the Fnords says:
Actually Holiday On the Buses was usually shown with the boobs and the later shot of Olive's (body double's) backside entacted. I remember watching this, Carry On Behind and a movie I now know to be entitled Not Now Conrade (DVD now please) on Saturday afternoon TV in the late 80's with, in the case of NNC quite a lot really for a PG rated comedy, the nudity present and correct. Incidentally the recentish 7pm Film 4 repeat of "Carry On Behind" was cut.
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