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This review is from: Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD]  (DVD)
And I shall tell you everything that is in this fourteen disc dvd collection.
Every surviving episode of Dad's army. That's seventy four regular episodes and three one off christmas specials. The three episodes from the second season that no longer survive in the BBC archives are represented here instead by the versions of them done for the radio version of the show.
As to why these three episodes no longer exist, see an excellent half hour documentary on disc two that covers the history of the show, the reason why the BBC once wiped a lot of old shows from existence, and how some have since been recovered. Such as two episodes from the second season which are present here.
The third season episode 'room at the bottom' was also wiped but a black and white copy survived. That's the version of it presented here. A recent colourised version having come out after the dvd.
Every season bar the first two has a photo gallery of the episodes and their making.
And throughout the discs are seven ten minute long features: 'we are the boys'. Each about a different member of the main cast. With fascinating profiles and interviews and rare archive footage these are well worth a look.
The final disc holds the three christmas specials plus a wealth of superb extras.
Firstly, three short ten minute long sketches from an old bbc christmas programme called christmas night with the stars. Two of these survive in their entirety but one doesn't, and is represented here by it's soundtrack only. One of them was repeated on tv a while back but the other two are new to me, so it's like seeing a new episode for the first time.
There are also two short pieces from blue peter with Arthur Lowe appearing on the show in character as Capt Mainwaring, inspecting a painting along with Sgt. Wilson and describing Jones' van.
A four minute long piece from an old bbc tribute to Noel Coward with Arthur Lowe Clive Dunn and John Le Mesurier performing one of his songs.
'The passing years' another thirty minute long documentary with writers and cast reminiscing about the programme.
A radio times article about the show is accessible as a PDF File.
There's a five minute long preview from the mid seventies of the stage version of Dad's army. Showing several of the sketches.
And fifteen minutes worth of Frank Williams [who played the vicar] home movie footage of the cast of the show on tour. This comes with an excellent commentary from Frank Williams himself.
Plus two short road safety adverts from the 70's with the cast explaining how pelican crossings work.
And a photo gallery of the specials themselves.
All discs have english subtitles.
And every episode has direct scene access.
Classic comedy and a great batch of extras to go with it. All in one collection. Yours to treasure forever.
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Initial post: 19 May 2012 22:01:34 BDT
T. Burton says:
Great review thanx
Posted on 8 Nov 2012 10:43:42 GMT
Phil Davies says:
Just read your review as I am thinking of buying this set due to the passing of Clive Dunn and I must say its one of the most helpful reviews I have found on this site. Thanks very much for making my mind up. Will purchase today and keep up the good work Peter
Posted on 4 Aug 2014 15:30:52 BDT
Mark J. goffin says:
Thanx for the info i required that this DVD set contains 77episodes plus the 3xmas ones = all 80 episodes from the 9 series 1968 to 1977as the 27 DVD set I have dosent have them all..thanx again
Posted on 12 Jul 2015 02:18:38 BDT
Paul B. Coxwell says:
Thank you. Detailed reviews of set contents are much appreciated by many of us when making decisions between available versions of DVD sets.
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