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Listen Very Carefully, I Shall Say This Only Once...!,
This review is from: 'Allo 'Allo! - The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
Allo Allo was one of the greatest achievements for the writers David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, who also bought us "Dads Army", "Hi De Hi", "You Rang M'Lord" & "Are You Being Served" - which if you like Allo Allo, you may want to try these series too.
Broadcast from 1982 to 1992 and after a whopping 85 episodes, Allo Allo is still a regular visitor on our TV screens with BBC1 still showing it every now and again!
During the 1970's the BBC made a fantastic war drama called "Secret Army" which showed a cafe owner in Belgium at the helm of a resistence group helping British and Allied airmen to escape back to Britain. This was a serious drama and was extremely popular even in the former occupied countries. It was this programme which inspired Allo Allo and gave the writers the idea of making a comical series about the war. They did this very succesfully with "Dads Army" in the 1960's when people were still affected by the war, but this time around they aimed at being less politcially correct!
The plot is ever so simple which is probably what makes it work, we follow the very strange life of Rene Artois a cafe owner in a small town in occupied France during World War 2. He lives with his tone deaf wife, her mother and two gorgeous waitress' with whom he is having an affair with, except no-one knows about the other!! He becomes unwittingly involved with helping the resistence fight the Germans and he also has to hide two British airmen in his cafe which is a hotspot for the local German Commander to visit!!! The Germans are shown to be completely incompetant which is hilarious!! the British are shown to have some wacky ideas, none of which really work and the French are portrayed as hapless locals who havent got a clue what they are doing!
The best thing about Allo Allo is that it was recently broadcast in Germany and it was a great success which goes to show how clever the writing was. It never offended anybody even though it was close at times!!
The down side is this poor boxset. It doesnt contain anything different to the individual series releases' and in fact the discs are the same but thrown together in very cheap cardboard sleeves and chucked into a display box which looks lovely until you look inside! Allo Allo, is one of our greatest sitcoms which is loved all around the world, particually in America and it should have had a proper boxset made with a booklet especially considering the RRP is £99.99!!
However, this should not put you off buying this set as the content alone is worth 5 stars!!
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2010 19:36:39 GMT
Jeremy Lloyd wasn't involved in Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi, that was Jimmy Perry.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2010 19:44:12 GMT
David Croft was, I was including both of their programmes. Im sorry if it wasnt clear.
Thank you for your comment
Posted on 26 May 2010 22:10:36 BDT
L. Gutic says:
Pardon me, when you say "cardboard sleeves", you don't mean to say individual DVDs are in cardboard sleeves, do you? You refer to the plastic cases which hold the DVDs? It's quite an issue, so please write the answer soon, thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2010 12:28:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2010 12:29:46 BDT
The discs are in 3 folding cardboard jackets with plastic DVD mounts stuck onto each side so the discs are secure. The downside is that they are rather flimsy and start to look shabby quite quickly. These 3 cardboard jackets are in a larger cardboard box. Its quite hard to explain but I hope you know what I mean!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2010 13:37:05 BDT
L. Gutic says:
Thank you very, very much, I know exactly what you mean, and though they're flimsy, at least they're not standard USA cardboard sleeves that cause scratches.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2010 14:51:26 BDT
Those USA boxes look cheap and ruin my discs, I dont order from Amazon.com if I am in any doubt of the case. It should say it the listing or show photos.
Hope you enjoy this set!
Posted on 31 Oct 2010 08:16:27 GMT
after reading all the reviews i have decided to buy them:- series 1&2/3&4/5/6&7/ and 8&9 cheaper too.
Posted on 9 Feb 2015 12:56:50 GMT
Doesn't include the episode from 2007 and also the 10th anniversary episode from 1994. The BBC must think we're fools.
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