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Rising Damp: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale, Don Warrington, Denholm Elliott
  • Directors: Ronnie Baxter, Vernon Lawrence
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 771 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BAZDJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All four series' of the hugely popular 70s sitcom in which lecherous but lovable landlord, Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter), comes together with an eclectic group of lodgers. Series 1 episodes comprise: 'The Lodgers', 'Black Magic', 'A Night Out', 'Charisma', 'All Our Yesterdays', 'The Prowler' and 'Stand Up and Be Counted'. Series 2 episodes comprise: 'Permissive Society', 'Food Glorious Food', 'A Body Like Mine', 'Moonlight and Roses', 'The Perfect Gentlemen', 'The Last of the Big Spenders' and 'Things That Go Bump in the Night'. Series 3 episodes comprise: 'That's My Boy', 'Stage Struck', 'Clunk Click', 'The Good Samaritan', 'Fawcett's Python', 'The Cocktail Hour' and 'Suddenly at Home'. Series 4 episodes comprise: 'Hello Young Lovers', 'Fire and Brimstone', 'Great Expectations', 'Pink Carnations', 'Under the Influence' and 'Come On In the Water's Lovely'. Also included is 'Rising Damp - The Movie' (1980).

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The Rising Damp - Series 1 To 4 Plus The Movie DVD box set contains the complete collection of the TV comedy, plus Rising Damp the movie. Rising Damp is a legendary 1970s comedy, in which Leonard Rossiter starred as Rigsby--the sneering, conniving landlord of a seedy boarding house. Rigsby's main mission in life is to chase female boarder Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour), while endlessly battling with his two male tenants, medical student Alan (Richard Beckinsale), and Philip (Don Warrington), scion of an African chief.

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One of the great TV comic creations Rigsby, the sexually frustrated penny pinching land lord of "Rising Damp" was played with incomparable brio by Leonard Rossiter. Rossiters triumph , and make no mistake that despite some fine supporting efforts this is Rossiters show, was to make a character who is by turns lecherous , bigoted, ignorant , meddlesome and at times openly racist so sympathetic . Stalking the dilapidated boarding house (remarkably all the drama took place within those four walls) in some un-named Northern University town, cradling his mangy moggy "Vienna", often bursting in unannounced into his tenants rooms Rigsby should have been a figure who elicited nausea in the audience but remarkably we shared his desire for him to consummate his desire for Miss Jones. Rossiters performance is a true triumph and just to show it was no flash in the pan he did it again with Reginald Perrin.

The pilot episode for Rising Damp aired in 1974 and led to it running over four series and 28 episodes until 1978. Scripted by Eric Chappell the inspiration for the series came from a play Chappell wrote in 1970 called "The Banana Box" which featured a seedy character called "Rooksby". The play toured with the main character being played by Wilfred Bramble before Rossiter took over where it was eventually noticed by executives from Yorkshire TV who commissioned the pilot.

A massive ratings hit "Rising Damp" was aided considerably by the ensemble cast.
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By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2008
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This is British comedy at it's finest. 'Rising Damp' features a superb cast and many memorable moments. Leonard Rossiter, Richard Beckinsale, Frances De La Tour and Don Warrington each play their roles to perfection. Every single episode and even the feature length movie are included here and the price is very low for this fantastic DVD box set.

To give this brilliant series anything less than five stars would be an insult. It is up there with the likes of 'Dad's Army', 'Steptoe and Son' and 'Hancock's Half Hour', it really is that good. An essential purchase and a comedy that is just as funny now as when it was first shown.
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Not much to add to the review below, except to underline just how superb this series is (not was). Watching it again after having been a huge fan when the series first aired in the 70's (doesn't bear thinking about) and despite catching various reruns, this certainly deserves the cult status it now enjoys. Of course Leonard Rossiter is magnificent, and the rest of the cast are simply outstanding. And I'd also like to pay my tribute to Eric Chappell for his inspired genius.

Not much can compare with this. Get it now while they're virtually giving it away...
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I'll not add much to the already comprehensive reviews by others. Just to say this must be the bargain of all bargains - you get five DVD's with almost 13 hours playing time. To me Rising Damp is the finest of all the sitcoms although there were others on a similar level during that wonderful TV era. Rising Damp just makes you laugh - you can't help it and it is never forced. Unlike the tripe that is offered these days (either boring and bland or nasty and foul) Rising Damp has the finest ever comedy writng and the finest acting. It wasn't PC (thank goodness) but never caused nor meant any harm in its comedy.

If ever you are feeling a bit depressed or low just put on any of the Rising Damp DVD's and within minutes you'll be laughing like a fool.

Thanks Amazon for selling this top quality set at a brilliant low price.
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I was doubtful about buying the whole lot but after viewing I have no regrets. The series is just brilliant. Opinions and statements in it are now dated of course but the script represents possible attitudes of the time period. In all a very funny set of DVDs and well worth buying. The film is a bit of a washout at the end but I expect that is because you have just watched the acting in a different setting and I think the film loses something in that translation. A good buy and well worth the money.

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By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2009
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I was pleased to see this boxed set has got a unanimous five stars from everyone who has reviewed it.

It is constantly repeated recently on ITV 3 and even though I own the boxed set I still watch the episodes that come up.

There are no duff episodes and no duff actors in this series.

The much missed Richard Beckinsale as the naive student who never seems to find love in the physical sense. Don Warrington as the aristocratic black man who is the poshest person in the house and is lusted after by Miss Jones Frances de la Tour.

The scripts are near perfect as every line crackles with comedy. The writer never achieved such a pinnacle again even though he did Home to roost and Only When I Laugh.

It is a master class in how to write a sit com as he keeps all the action within a couple of rooms with a small cast.

Leonard Rossiter gives a fairly manic performance at times but was reputedly a perfectionist and was not always well liked by the rest of the cast.

There is racism but it is a form of reverse racism as the blakc man gets his own back on the racist by being posher and more successul in all respects to Rigsby.

They are all sad deluded characters and in the end even Miss Jones succumbs to Rigsby's charms

I own few comedy boxed sets and they cannot stand too much repetition but this one certainly can

Where are such good comedies these days. Series like rising damp got into the national conscience and people would take him off and laugh at the treatment of the lodgers.

They all liked each other really and needed each other although they yearned for greater things than living in rented rooms.

For years people would refer to accommodation which was down at heel and say Its just like rising damp. Rigsby became the epitome of the bad landlord.

A classic not to be missed
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