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Funny Up North: The History Of Northern Comedy [DVD]

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  • Actors: Frank Randle, George Formby, Norman Evans, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Jewel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KRRHOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Unique documentary featuring a cavalcade of Northern comedy stars including the great Frank Randle, George Formby, Arthur Askey, Norman Evans and many more. A Great companion DVD piece for the Best of British Northern comedy range . The North of England has always enjoyed it s own very particular brand of comedy, best seen today in Coronation Street. 80 years ago however Mancunian Studios produced feature films for the northern masses. Funny Up North tells the story of the Mancunian Studios, it s eccentric owner John E Blakely and it s cavalcade of stars including such household names as Arthur Askey, Jimmy Jewell, George Formby and the legendary Frank Randle. Hosted by Professor Chris Lee, the authority on Northern Cinema, Funny Up North takes you on a journey from it s humble beginnings to it s sad demise in the 1960 s. It s reet good! Bonus Feature: 30 minute John Inman tribute to Frank Randle

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I think this must be the first ever commercial DVD release of a programme which tells the amazing story of Northern Comedy and the people who made us laugh. It is a very welcome addition for those of us who treasure the films of Frank Randle, George Formby and other Northern comedy greats who were many. Thankfully the Mancunian Film Corp captured many of these stars performances on celluloid during the 1930's and beyond and this DVD does in fact feature a host of clips from Mancunian film productions. All these are held together with some archive interviews and more recently filmed interviews with those who have a good grounding knowledge of comic history and these are valuable content for this programme. The DVD box cover displays many of the stars who feature on the disc inside and I would go as far as to say `Funny Up North' is a valuable reference tool for any fan of vintage northern comedy or a lover of Mancunian Films. This programme is long overdue and oh so welcome. It has been carefully crafted by the production team with a good running time of 74 minutes, and also includes a bonus item with John Inman telling the story of Frank Randles career which is a vintage TV programme but the producers have sourced a superb quality copy for this DVD.

The DVD scores 10/10 from our audience here and we liked it so much we watched it twice. Well done A2B Media!!
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I recently had a walk around the so-called "Comedy Carpet" in Blackpool outside the Tower - a fascinating block of names, catchphrases and routines associated with British comedy in general but also with Northern comedy in particular. Reading quotes from the likes of Frank Randall, Norman Evans, Robb Wilton, Jimmy James and company made me curious again about these bygone talents, so I searched around and hey presto this new DVD popped up. It's a great compendium of archive footage - the sound and picture quality is obviously variable, but the clips are put together with good taste and the overall effect is a very vivid and funny insight into a great age in British comedy. Recommended for fans.
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If you're a Northerner you'll love this DVD. And even if you're a Southerner there's no reason why you won't love it either. It's just great humour captured on film. The attempt to make it into a bit of documentary is interesting, but essentially it's the performances of the artistes themselves that will grab your attention. Well worth getting - it's laugh out loud gold.
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The comics from the black & white area are well worth viewing.
I grew up watching these & throughly enjoyed reliving some of those moments with this DVD.
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I am a Londoner,but still I enjoyed this DVD about northern comedy.I am old enough to have seen the tail end of some of these acts,so that part was nostalgic.Frank Randall was before my time,and some of the comedy was a tad dated.Even so,I thought he was a naturally funny man and enjoyed the whole DVD very much.Very interesting.
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This is an excellent DVD of Northern comedy past and those days were brilliant when variety ruled and why it went out of fashion I shall never know.Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss a mu.ch underated double act.Frank Randle and George Formby legends .This is still funny and ideal for nostalgia buffs.
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Living close to Blackpool as a child I can claim to have seen most if not all of the performers shown on this DVD during the late 1940s & 50s. Sadly for me there was little in this compilation that I hadn't seen before and parts of it were downright repetitive presumably as a time filler. This was simply padding as indeed was the inclusion of John Inman's impersonation of Frank Randle who had already been given more than enough air time in the main programme. Arthur Lucan is included but no Kitty McShane, likewise Betty Jumel but no Nat Jackley and so on. A huge disappointment not worth the money.
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A great DVD of classic northern comedy some of the acts had inspired the late great Les Dawson His widow is likely to order a copy
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