On The Buses [DVD]
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All three feature length spin-offs from the popular TV series, which follows the fortunes of the workers in a Northern bus depot. In 'On the Buses' women drivers are to be introduced on the service and the lads aren't too happy about it. In 'Mutiny on the Buses' Stan Butler (Reg Varney) decides to marry Suzy, causing much consternation amongst the rest of the family who rely on Stan's money. Arthur implements a plan where he learns to drive a bus, while Stan blackmails the Depot Manager into giving him the new Special Tour Bus route - a move that can only lead to confusion and disaster. Whilst in 'Holiday on the Buses' Jack (Bob Grant) and Stan (Varney) are forced to find work driving tourbuses for a Welsh holiday camp after losing their jobs at the depot. Imagine their horror when they discover that Blakey (Stephen Lewis) is Camp Security Inspector!
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The three movies on the other hand are perhaps the only spin-off adaptations to a comedy show that are better than the parent series itself.
The films manage to come up with three nicely contrasting storylines that admittedly do use various elements of plots from the tv shows, such as Stan messing up a radio control system and Olive being given a job in the bus canteen and so on, but unless you know the history of the show this doesn't really matter.
The first film 'On The Buses' deals with the idea of female bus drivers threatening the jobs of their male counterparts and Stan and the team dreaming up all kinds of plans to get rid of them, this is probably the most faithful film in regards to the format of the tv series in that it does feel like an extension to the show.
'Mutiny On The Buses' is by contrast a film comprised of set pieces or smaller plotlines, such as Stan's engagement, Olive's pregnancy, Arthur losing his job and being trained by Stan to be a bus driver, a new horrible manager taking over at the depot and even a trip to windsor safari park and many more. Most of these plots could have be used as a basis for a film in their own right but the fact that they are all in there and that they do form a coherent story is amazing. It is because of the fragmented approach to the film that it is most likely the weakest of the three but it is still very enjoyable.Read more ›
Starting with 'On The Buses', this is 70's Britain, when women were starting to take on normal jobs...a far cry from the housewife of the 60's. Luxton & District take on women drivers and calamity ensues. Quite un-PC but very very funny, in a 'Carry On' style.
Next is 'Mutiny On The Buses. This follows the story from the previous film, and visits Windsor Safari park in the process.
The third of the trilogy is 'Holiday On The Buses', filmed at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales. An absolute hoot from start to finish, with lots of scrapes throughout.
The whole idea of a family being bonded together as such is now quite dated, and the high street scenes of the first two films prove how far we have come with the advent of out-of-town shopping centres, although I'm not sure this is a good thing. The film quality and sound quality is great on these disks but there are no extra features. Obviously in the 70's extra features weren't deemed neccessary so these weren't made. I don't have a problem with this. Extra info can be found on Google and various fan sites. The big attraction for me is the fantastic capture of life in the year I was born, with gorgeous footage in all 3 films of the early 70's. References made to non-PC topics are refreshing, and an indication of where we've ended up following years of political correctness.
Long live Blakey, Butler and Harper. The acting was great, the script was pretty good and the quality was good too. Instead of 'paying-per-view', buy this 3 film set and have a good laugh!!
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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Ok - very much of it's time. Still funny in parts but dated. I think the older generation will enjoy it more than youngsters.Published 5 hours ago by H. L. Radcliffe