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Classic Sitcom Hits the Big Screen ... Three Times!
, 14 Aug. 2003
This review is from: On The Buses/Mutiny On The Buses/Holiday On The Buses [DVD]  (DVD)
When I saw this DVD on Amazon I just knew I had to have it! Now at long last we get to see the three classic On the Buses movies in glorious widescreen and with a (mostly) crystal clear picture. On the Buses first hit the big screen as a straightforward "battle of the sexes" movie. Driver Stan and his conductor Jack think they can get away with murder because of the shortage of drivers, but when their Hitler look-a-like inspector comes up with the revolutionary idea of women drivers, the dynamic duo start scheming to get the ladies into all sorts of trouble. There is also a scondary story involving Stan's home life. He shares a tiny terraced house with his mother, sister and brother-in-law. He soon discovers that his sister is pregnant, so Stan now needs his overtime money more than ever. Mutiny on the Buses is the most disappointing of the trilogy, but there are still many laughs to be had. It appears to be a series of sketches strung together with the vague plot of Stan being engaged to one of the "clippies". Arthur (Stan's brother-in-law) is taken on as a driver and his wife, Olive, is suspicious of his relationship with "Nymphy Nora", his "clippy". There is a bizarre sequence with Stan and the Inspector in Windsor Safari Park involving lions and chimps - but don't let that put you off. Holiday on the Buses is probably my favourite of the three. We start off with Stan, Jack and the Inspector being sacked after an accident involving a car, two buses and a topless woman. Pretty soon Stan and Jack get a job at Pontins only to discover that the Inspector has also been employed as head of security. Naturally Stan gets his family to come along for a holiday. Stan and Jack get involved with a few female holidaymakers and ... well you can guess the rest! Lots of laughs, lots of sexual innuendo and lots of mishaps along the way. Great saucy British comedy in the tradition of the Carry On series. It's just a pity that only 3 movies were made. It's great to see them arrive on DVD and even better to - at long last - see them as nature intended: in glorious widescreen! On the Buses is slightly grainy, but Mutiny... and Holiday... are so clear that they look as though they could have been shot yesterday. The packaging is ace too, as inside the sleeve you get to see the original cinema posters of all three movies. If you love British humour and you love a good laugh ... buy these movies from Amazon now!
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