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All The Classic Episodes, Plus All The Others,
This review is from: Comic Strip Presents - Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
"The Comic Strip Presents..." had an almost mythical status as I was growing up. Too young to see it when it was first on, the lack of a DVD release or repeats until this box set was released meant my only exposure to anything other than brief clips was a handful of episodes on well-worn VHS tapes.
Most of the episodes I had seen were classics - Bad News Tour, More Bad News, A Fistful of Travellers' Cheques, Gino, along with the slightly-less classic Supergrass, Didn't You Kill My Brother? and Funseekers. Therein is the problem of releasing everything in one box set - the true classics are mixed in amongst the downright rubbish episodes, and sadly there are some episodes that are not at all entertaining, indeed frankly a drag to watch.
But that doesn't mean you should be put off buying it, just don't expect all the material to be of the same outstanding quality that is reached in the best episodes (which amounts to some of the best comedy ever made). For instance, the Bad News episodes and a handful of the others released on a ten episode "highlight" DVD would represent good value for the £15 this box set is now sold for, so I like to look at is as paying for those episodes and having the others thrown in for free.
All in all, it is good that they've released a box set with all the episodes, because all the classics are there and we can all enjoy our own favourite episodes, but the quality control really slips at times. With 1500+ minutes of entertainment for your money, there is enough amusement to warrant purchase, and any true comedy fan needs to add this series to their collection.