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Dad's Army - The Complete Ninth Series [1977] [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVI2BA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes from the ninth series of the BBC wartime comedy classic. As Walmington-on-Sea trembles at the thought of a mighty Nazi invasion, the indefatigable Captain Mainwaring and his eager Home Guard are ready and waiting - regardless that some of them are so old they can hardly stand up... Episodes are: 'Wake Up Walmington', 'The Making of Private Pike', 'Knights of Madness', 'The Miser's Hoard', 'Number Engaged' and 'Never Too Old'.

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Last post both for this titan of comedy, and for a large majority of the actors who starred in it. Within seven years, all of the older generation would be dead (ironically Arnold Ridley, the oldest of them, was the last to die at the age of 90-odd). They clearly show their age; they are sometimes a little confused; Godfrey does not do very much walking; Sergeant Wilson looks haggard; most of the heavy work falls on the persevering Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender. That at this stage of their careers they were still able to produce something with both wit and charm is a tribute to both their talents and their determination. But the screenplays, finally, also showed some cracks. Guarding telephone lines, dressing up as fifth columnists, putting on a pageant, and chasing around after a pot of gold (literally - see "The Miser's Hoard") were a sad decline from the earlier plots. Only the last episode, which finally gave us a wedding plot (albeit not the one everyone expected) shows any real flash of the old fire, and that had probably been saved up for years as a sure-fire thing. But the end is touching - the toast to the Home Guard. And it was the right moment to end, for as Arthur Lowe later said, it had had its time. So this, for a complete (or near complete; when do we get the Christmas specials?) collection of the most brilliant and enduring of all British sitcoms, is still an essential buy, but prepare to feel a touch of melancholy, as we say a fond goodbye.
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By hiring old and increasingly frail actors, Dad's Army was always going to have a short life-span. It is therefore testament to this show's success that we are even talking about a ninth series.

In the six episodes on offer we can clearly see why the show had to come to an end - Arnold Ridley (Godfrey), still acting at the incredible age of 81 but now having difficulty walking, was limited to a few lines per episode. His speech is noticeably less clear than in previous series. John Le Mesurier (Wilson) looks particularly frail after a recent illness in which he had lost a significant amount of weight. John Laurie (Frazer) and Arthur Lowe (Mainwaring) look as if they're also beginning to feel their age.

However this does not detract from the quality of the episodes themselves, which still exude the same charm and wit that one would expect from a gentle 'Ealing' comedy. As ever there are no belly laughs - anyone looking for material that will have them rolling on the floor shall have to look elsewhere. But for anyone who (like me) has fond childhood memories of watching football matches on a saturday afternoon and racing home in time to see the map of Mid-Western Europe and all those funny arrows racing across it, the appeal of the show is still very much there.

I gave it 4 stars out of 5 simply because I don't quite think this series is up there with the show's peak - specifically series 3, 4 and 5. The show carried on admirably without James Beck (Walker), but it was never quite the same without him.
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Here's the final ever series of Dad's Army, finally released on dvd.

Here also, is that rarest of things: A sitcom that remained nothing less than brilliant throughout its entire run. It is sad but true that some of the main cast are looking very old indeed. John Le-Mesurier had recently been ill and was looking very frail at the time of recording. Edward Sinclair, also looking very thin and drawn, sadly died shortly after the recording of this series and Arthur Lowe was noticably much slower in his speech due to his advancing illness. But none of this can get in the way of the brilliant character study that is Dad's Army.

As the episode count finally rose to 80, the quality never dropped once. The final episode in particular stands-out, as, for the only time in its history, the cast is allowed to address the camera directly with a toast to The Home Guard. And that was it. Ten years of utter brilliance. I would like to contend that there was never another sitcom, so perfectly written and cast, and that was characterised and acted with such deftness and precision.

Why then has the program been so woefully let down by these dvd releases?

Apart from the token "We are the boys..." shorts that accompany each release, where are all the extras?

As arguably the best sitcom ever made, why are the many extras that Dad's Army engendered not included? All of these dvds have been, shall we say, 'Budget' in their appearance. Where are the many surviving clips such as 'Resisting the Aggressor down the Ages' 'Brennegun Song' 'Guarding Buckingham Palace' and the Christmas Night with the Stars episode 'Broadcast to the Empire'? Where are the in depth sleevenotes that befit such a classic series?
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At last the final series of Dad's Army (series 9) is being released on BBC DVD - although we are still awaiting the release of the three Christmas Specials which are not included on this DVD.

Originally broadcast in the Autumn of 1977, and despite the show showing signs of ageing (as well as the actors!) it's still a very enjoyable watch.

There are still some episodes in this series that I would rate among the best - namely Wake Up Walmington and The Miser's Hoard (in which Fraser's relentless pursuit of accumulating his secret wealth comes under attack!).

On a sad note, it's plain to see health and advancing years afflicting the main characters, and in particular Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier. But despite this, they all still put in performances worthy of such great actors and the characters they portray.

It still pains me to say it after all this time, but it was time the show ended, and ended it did with style and a strong final episode where Corporal Jones finds love with Mrs Fox.

Well worth buying - to enjoy the final series and say goodbye to a fantastic series and wonderful cast.
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