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First of the Summer Wine - The Complete Series [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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  • Actors: David Fenwick, Paul Wyett, Peter Sallis, Paul McLain, Maggie Ollerenshaw
  • Directors: Mike Stephens
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00802OGKU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Featuring every episode of First of the Summer Wine, including the pilot episode

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I was wondering when they would ever get round to issuing this long-forgotten - but truly delightful - series on DVD. As far as I can recall it was never even issued on VHS when plentiful opportunities arose. Happily, and at long last, here it is, some 24 years after the initial pilot of this prequel was first aired on BBC1.

Now, before I continue, I have to admit that I never really cared much for the original "Last Of The Summer Wine" series at all.... that is, until I first chanced upon the pilot film of this series - shown in 1988, preceding the first series of six episodes which aired later that same year - and was completely taken in. It was a total revelation - following the lives of Compo, Clegg and Foggy, together with Norah and Wally, as youngsters during 1930s Britain - produced with meticulous attention to period detail, augmented by some truly gorgeously evocative soundtracks.
When the series was first shown, I recorded all of the dozen episodes on VHS video and would repeatedly watch them over and over again, so enthralled was I with the sense of nostalgic abandon as we followed the antics of the young protagonists in their daily conquests.

The date for the first six episodes was set at May 1939, with four months to go before the onset of WWII ..... Obviously, despite the tomfoolery on display, there were lots of poignant little reminders and asides that Britain was, after all, on the threshold of heading into war with the enemy, and the sporadic interludes featuring crackly radio news bulletins juxtaposed with big band swing numbers brought about a sense of foreboding that only those who were living during this period could truly identify with. Brilliantly executed: casting Peter Sallis as the young Norman Clegg's father was a bit of a masterstroke.
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As a lover of Last of the Summer Wine I was surprised I'd never heard of First of the Summer Wine. Have to tell you it's just as funny and just as endearing as Last of Summer Wine. The stories are really funny, the cast are perfect, I really never wanted this "First of" series to end. Each of this cast plays their parts so well, you can well imagine that they really were the young "Last of" cast. Only folk missing are Howard and Marina and Auntie Wainwright. Really delightful. Another winner and take my advice, don't miss this set, it's equal to "Last of" and you will laugh your socks off. Purchased by me, August 2012. Only wish I had seen this set earlier.
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Great DVD's,loved last of summer-this is better when you see the characters as they were when they were younger-a laugh a minute
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It took two or three episodes before I could completely relate to the younger versions of the well know actors. The characterisations played by the young Wally Batty, and young Ivy were particularly well represented. Young Clegg also was convincing later when all though of Peter Sallis as the later Clegg, was forgotten in his new role. I missedsome of the later characters that were not shown. Howard and Pearl for instance.
The historical settings for the 1930s were convincing, with adult attitudes to the younger generation porttrayed as my parents would talk about when I was young in the late 1930s and 40s.
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I was skeptical at first that they would be able to capture the spirit of the older
characters but soon realized that they had done a masterful job. This set blends right in
and is great viewing on it's own.
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This series is how they started out, some of the actors look like their older selves and the actor who plays young Wally Batty actually speaks like the actor who played older Wally Batty. The story lines are funny and the gang get up to all sorts of pranks. This is a gentle comedy and the last scene of the series brings them all down to earth when war is declared.
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When " first of the summer wine " hit our TV screens I tried to record it on my VCR I missed a few episodes which I never recorded.
Then I saw the complete box set on Amazon, since I purchased the same I have court up with the missing episodes and reenjoyed the whole serie again which I thought was superb. I recomend this item to any body who likes a good laugh
and a chuckle
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I've had this series on video from when it was first on the television back in 1989 and used to watch it constantly. However, getting rid of my video recorder when it broke down finally stopped me from watching it. Now I have it on DVD, I can watch it all over again. Great prequel series that should have gone on longer.
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