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This is the definitive collection of Father Ted!
Re-packaged and with additional menus, Father Ted: The Definitive Collection Box Set includes all the episodes in the three-year series and lots more fabulous extras.
Father Ted comedy connections
Comic Relief with Ted and Dougal
US interviews with Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews
Tedfest 2007: A Very Ted Weekend & Two Tribes go to War
Dougals US pledges
Craggy Island memories
Dougals favourite memories
Dougals favourite sound effects
Father Ted is one of those rare sitcoms that defies categorisation--it owes as much to Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett as it does to Monty Python--and its blend of satire, character comedy and anarchic surrealism has made it a cult favourite around the world. Exiled to remote Craggy Island, Father Ted shares a house with the breathtakingly stupid Father Dougal Maguire and the constantly inebriated Father Jack, who has a small vocabulary and a taste for furniture polish. Their housekeeper, Mrs Doyle, takes care of them with a never-ending supply of tea and sandwiches: "Go on now, Father, won't you try one? They're diagonal." Together they fight boredom by dressing up as Elvis, startling ducks at the fair and provoking nuns. --Simon Leake
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As with other such releases there are plenty of additional features & content, including a Comedy Connections; Comic Relief sketches & interviews. So, if you'd like to enjoy a good belly laugh this festive season, you really can't go wrong with this purchase.
However, I accidentally discovered that a new edition was just published (November 2012) Father Ted - Complete Box Set [DVD]. I was a bit surprised, since I felt this Definitive Edition is indeed definitive. If I was to write a review after the original purchase, it would probably include a recommendation to the potential buyer not to look further for any other Ultimate/Complete/Extra version, as this one has it all (Complete 3 Series + Christmas Special + Extras + Commentaries on ALL episodes.)
However, apparently i would have been wrong. I guess this one is now obsolete, and anyone looking for a copy of this magnificent comedy should opt for the newer one.
The new set, according to the product description, is supposed to have all the stuff available here + new extras ,including new additional commentary tracks.
If there's anyone here who purchased the new one, I'd be happy to know:
1. Do all episodes now have two commentary tracks?
2. Are they indeed new 2012 commentaries?
3. Are there any worthy extras on top of the 2007 edition? (these are: 2 part interview with writers; TEDFEST 2007 A Very Ted Weekend+Two Tribes Go To War; Comic Relief With Ted& Dougal; Father Ted Comedy Connections and the commentaries on all episodes.
4. Does any of the above justify a second purchase?
Any comments on that would be appreciated. THANKS!
First, the box. The cover is very well-designed, and the box is thicker than it appears to be in the picture. The DVD case, which consists of five plastic, page-like flaps which each hold a disc (like this Blackadder box set), fits inside an outer sleeve. The pages each have funny Ted-Dougal conversations on the left. It seems fairly well-made, but mine has already been worn in some places from opening the box a lot as I watched the whole thing. The discs can be hard to get out (they use the DVDigipack, which is notoriously difficult to get discs out of).
Now, to the discs themselves. Each disc contains from 4 to 6 episodes, and from one to three special features (things like writer interviews, a Comedy Connections documentary, Comic Relief with Ted and Dougal, Tedfest 2007 videos, and some feeble biographies and sound effect galleries). I would rather they had put the episodes on the first four discs, and saved the last for special features, like in the aforementioned Blackadder set, but they are instead spread out over the discs. They are easy to locate, though, since the box comes with a guide to what is on each disc at the front, and a loose episode guide leaflet (which can get quite annoying when trying to close the box, but more than makes up for that in usefulness). The episodes also come with audio commentaries from one of the writers, Graham Linehan (whose other work, The IT Crowd and Black Books, you should check out). He is alone on the first two discs, but is joined by Ardal O'Hanlon (Dougal) on disc 3, and co-writer Arthur Mathews on discs 4 and 5. The DVD menus are fairly easy to navigate (they are all set in Funland from the first episode). Tip: if you're watching on a computer, you can use VLC (Google it) to skip all the 2entertain nonsense and go straight to the menu.
IMPORTANT: THIS BOX INCLUDES THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. DO NOT BUY IT WITH ANOTHER COPY AS AMAZON SUGGESTS.
Finally, the show itself. Father Ted is an Irish sitcom which was made in the late nineties, and stars three priests, Ted (the sensible and slightly immoral one), Dougal (the stupid one), and Jack (the outrageously drunk one), and their housekeeper, Mrs Doyle, all of whom live on Craggy Island, a remote and weather-beaten island off the western coast of Ireland. Each episode runs for around 25 minutes, has abridged (they shorten what the characters say) English subtitles, and is presented in the old 4:3 (square TV) aspect ratio. There are two audio tracks: the standard stereo English audio (with the show's original un-canned laughter track), and one with the audio commentary. The show is definitely one of the funniest sitcoms (even TV shows) ever made; although some of the jokes and situations are cheesy and predictable, the show still has its charm, and the outcomes are usually hillarious. Most of the episodes are great, although the best ones are "A Song For Europe", "New Jack City", "Flight Into Terror", "The Mainland" and "Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse". The box is rated 15, but two of the discs are 12s. The show contains some (BBFC moderate) language, but anything stronger than "feck" (with an "e") or "bastard" is usually bleeped (watch out for the "fupp"s in "Old Grey Whistle Theft").
All in all, a great show, and a great box set. Five stars!