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Fawlty Towers: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Basil Fawlty, as created and performed by John Cleese, is the rudest, most boorish, most hilariously obnoxious man on the face of the planet. What a natural for a TV sitcom! His screen wife, Sybil (Prunella Scales), put it best in the episode "The Psychiatrist": "You're either crawling all over them, licking their boots, or spitting poison at them like some Benzedrine puff adder." He mockingly replies, "Just trying to enjoy myself, dear." With his gangly frame and contortionist abilities, Cleese brilliantly punctuates Basil's outrageous faux pas with absurd gymnastics and turns Three Stooges-style pokes and kicks into a slapstick ballet. Scales's Sybil is the genial but obliviously chatty voice of reason and Andrew Sachs mangles the English language as the Spanish bellhop Manuel, whose struggles with simple directions results in comic lunacy reminiscent of Robert Benigni. After a six-episode run in 1975, Cleese and co-writer and co-star Connie Booth (who plays Polly, the maid all too often pulled into Basil's ridiculous plans) reunited the cast in 1979 for another six episodes without missing a punch line. Remember to watch the opening credits of each show to spot the creative misspellings on the hotel sign (our favorite: "Fatty Owls"). --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
This set includes the entire Fawlty Towers collection. The collection is broken down as follows: Basil the Rat includes "Basil the Rat", "The Anniversary" and "Communication Problems". The Germans includes "A Touch of Class", "Hotel Inspectors", and "The Germans". The Kipper and the Corpse includes "The Kipper and the Corpse", "Gourmet Night", and "Waldorf Salad". The Psychiatrist includes "The Builders", "The Wedding Party" and "The Psychiatrist".
Important note: The first series will suffer from freezing on the following DVD players only:
Power DVD V7 (PC DVD Player)
Panasonic DMR E55, E15Please note this is a player-specific problem, rather than with the DVD.
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The entire 12 episodes digitally remastered. This is as funny now as it was first time round, and it's a delight to have them all together in one collection.
Some fantastic extras on this - John Cleese's commentary, plus the interviews with him, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales and the late, great Andrew Sachs, outtakes, a short documentary...
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We had all the cassettes,it is nice to get it in dvd now.
A serie we just need to watch over and over.