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Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series [DVD]
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Perfectly capturing the wit of P.G Wodehouse's novels, this impeccable series traces the insane shenanigans of Bertram Wooster and his faithful butler Jeeves. Fry and Laurie are simply perfect in the roles of the steadfast butler Jeeves and his dapper master Wooster. Set against a 1930s backdrop of Hooray Henries and splendidly indomitable aunts, Jeeves battles against Wooster's relentless list of prospective brides to hilarious consequences. This is a simply enchanting series which has been digitally restored; with 23 episodes this DVD will not fail to entertain!
This 8 disc box set features every episode of Jeeves and Wooster--Clive Exton's TV series based around characters from the P.G. Wodehouse novels. Bertie Wooster (Huge Laurie), a foppish rich gentleman, takes the title role in this sparkling comedy/drama, alongside his intelligent valet Jeeves (Stephen Fry), otherwise known as "Gentleman's Personal Gentleman". With a host of other eccentric and larger-than-life characters, each episode sees Wooster unwittingly caught up in some kind of scrape--and each time it's down to his trusty aide Jeeves to come up with a cunning masterplan to get him off the hook.
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If there is a downside to this truly excellent series, it is the wretched anti piracy leader. You can't even skip past it. Let's face it, if I was into pirate copies I wouldn't have bought the proper version. My guess is that most people who get to see these leaders don't need to because they buy legitmately, those that do need to see them probably see copies with the leader removed - RANT over
Granada Ventures' release of the complete series blows A&E's release out of the water. This is the collection to have. With the interactive and stylish menu, a play-all button, and subtitles, life is good... I just wish they didn't force you to watch that anti-piracy thing at the beginning of EVERY disc (there are eight discs!). Of course, it would be even better if they provided a synopsis of the episodes, even a descriptive title like "Jeeves Saves the Cow Creamer" (the only thing A&E did right). I mean, "Series Two, Episode One" is hardly helpful.
Okay, as near as I can figure with this programme, actors change. Often. It seems the only actors to remain constant are Stephen Fry (Jeeves, duh), Hugh Laurie (Wooster, duh), and Robert Daws (Tuppy Glossop). Scheduling can't always be helped, but it's okay. It can get confusing sometimes, but once you figure out who's who, it no longer matters and the farce continues.
However, because television networks can be fickle, it appears that Clive Exton used up the good bits in the first two series. He takes some liberties in series three (it's okay), and lots of liberties in series four (...). Nevertheless, with a few "selective omissions", this rates five stars. More than five stars.
And yes, I think Wodehouse would have approved this adaptation.
Oh well. Best to accept them as they are. And they really are very good indeed. Direction is generally good, the scripts are slick, and the performances of Laurie and Fry irreproachable. They look spot on too. Some consider Fry too young -I beg to differ; it works perfectly for me, and he's thoroughly convincing.
The rest of the cast are a mixed bag -literally. Spode is played superbly well, with huge enjoyment, as is Sir Watkin Basset and Harold 'Stinker' Pinker. However, things are somewhat complicated in the rest of the cast by the fact that different people take the same role in different series, and occasionally, the same person plays a different character. To cite just a few examples:
The first Gussie Fink-Nottle, in series 1 and 2 for example, is truely brilliant. In series 3 & 4 Gussie is played by someone else (who originally performed the role of Rupert Steggles), who is, quite frankly, dreadful. Same goes for Madeline 'the' Basset. In the first series, she's played by the girl who would in series 4 play Lady Florence Craye (which she was much better suited to, despite being dark, not blonde). The second Madeline, in series two, captures the character perfectly. But the third Madeline, in series 3 & 4 is abysmal.Read more ›
Watched the original shows in the early 90's and bought the boxed set mainly to entertain my daughters over the long wet British summer. It is even better at the second time of watching.
The main Cast is backed up with some well known character actors, Robert Daws, Martin Clunes and John Woodnutt et al.
Catches the feel of the inter-war era beautifully. Some very accurate back grounds along with some fabulous 1930's cars. Bertie's Aston Martin and a very nice pre Aston Martin Lagonda spring to mind.
Wodehouse's comic genius for building a plot still works in the 1 hour episode format. Where the story cannot be told adequately in a single hour it tends to be split over 2 episodes .
The only annoyance is the constantly changing cast. Aunt Dahlia is played by 4 actresses, a different one in each series. This is a common practice for a number of the main supporting characters which tends to lose
Fry and Laurie are the nearest thing we have to Renaissance men in the modern age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We who love P.G.Wodehouses books also love this BBC production!Published 17 days ago by Gunilla Tegengren
Brilliant. The writing and the delivery by Fry & Laurie is genius.
Three small criticisms:
1) A couple of the episodes have quite silly story lines, which I don't feel... Read more
Excellent series featuring one of UK's best comedy team, epitomising Woodhouse's comedic writing style and prose. Enjoyed this remastered version.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Raphael S. A. Lim