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Mind Your Language: The Best Of - Volume 1 [VHS] [1977]

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Barry Evans, George Camiller, Jacki Harding, Zara Nutley, Ricardo Montez
  • Writers: Vince Powell
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M0WC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Four episodes from the 1970s sitcom about the comedy exploits of a mixed-race adult education language class. In 'The First Lesson', teacher Jeremy Brown (Barry Evans) arrives for his first day at the Southbank College of Further Education eager to spread the joy of knowledge - then he meets his students. 'An Inspector Calls' has Jeremy mistake the school inspector for a student and then offend his wife into the bargain. 'A Fate Worse than Death' finds Ranjeet (Albert Moses) asking for help when he resolves to escape the clutches of his bride-to-be. And 'All Through the Night' sees the class get locked in the classroom after hours and prepare for a long night together.

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This series went out of favour very quickly, since it offered stereotypes of 'foreign' language students and these were not viewed as acceptable in the political climate. I think this is a fair statement, since the humour (once you discount the stereotyping) is innocent and good-natured. For EFL and ESL teachers the series is extremely funny, helping them to laugh at situations that aren't always funny when they occur in the classroom (e.g. widely varying levels of proficiency).

I recommend this series as a good laugh. Of course there are sub-texts, and the teacher himself (and the manager) are also the subject of parody. If we see it as well-intentioned, then this will bring a smile to most people.
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Great past tv.
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A hilarius tv show that would never be aloud on today. It's really just harmless fun, but ppl get upset so easily these days.
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Fast delivery, very funny CD.
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Not to be taken too seriously and some would find this offensive but as a family we find the characters funny and my young children find it funny even for today
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It's official the British are definitely the masters of television comedy! The 1970's was the most prolific,abundant and fruitful decade for British Television comedies without a doubt and "Mind Your Language" proves it wholeheartedly.
"Mind Your Language" is truly one of the funniest comedies created. Politically incorrect or not. It has all the right ingredients to make it what it is - A Classic! To not laugh at least once every 10 seconds you would have to be either, a) had your lips glued together, b) be totally deaf or, c) been sucking lemons all night.
Coming from New Zealand this DVD has been a long time coming and one had to endure a long and patient wait for its much anticipated arrival. The DVD is SUPER! albeit for one or two issues. Firstly why could'nt the creators of the DVD's had found it in their infinite wisdom to include more episodes on each DVD rather than a paltry 4 or 3 episodes, tsk' tsk', most unfortunate I must say. Secondly why could there not have been a mini-documentary developed of sorts involving the cast and crew concerning how the comedy came about and it's ins' and outs', etc or an audio commentary if the budget was tight. Other than that everything is pretty much as you would expect it to be. Here's hopeing they create Volumes 5, 6,...
All in all, it is a superb watch for old and young alike and am very proud to have it on the top shelf of my DVD collection with the rest of my classics, and so should you!
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By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2003
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History has not been kind to this series. It is now usually held up alongside 'Love Thy Neighbour' as the worst example of 70's political incorrectness. True, it relies on a selection of racial/national stereotypes for its humour and the jokes are cheap and predictable. But what is conveniently overlooked is that it got 17 million viewers in its heyday, and those people watched for a reason - it is very very funny! I've just watched the first episode and I was amazed at how funny it still is - as long as you can still look yourself in the eye after you have laughed at it.
Only four stars because the box set should have been released as a two-disc set in a single case, rather than making 14 episodes take up four whole cases worth of space, and there are no extras on the discs.
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