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Steptoe & Son - The Christmas Specials [DVD]

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  • Actors: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3J5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,635 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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The two Christmas specials - originally broadcast in 1973 and 1974 - of the perennially popular BBC sitcom starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett, set in a rag and bone yard.

In the 1973 special, Harold (Corbett) books a Christmas holiday in Majorca.

Followed by the 1974 edition, which was the last episode ever made of the series, Harold eventually gets away from his father Albert (Brambell) after years of trying.

Synopsis

This collection features both Christmas specials from the hilarious, yet timeless sitcom, .

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One of the reasons I never review a DVD before it's release is because you never know what you are going to get. This is certainly true to the final installment in the Steptoe series. In their infinite wisdom, the BBC have decided to edit the shows. The really frustrating part is that they haven't even done a good job of it. I am baffled as to why they have done this, it just doesn't make any sense except to just to annoy the loyal fans and to save some money by producing a single-layer disc instead of a dual-layer. Shame on the BBC for treating classic comedy this way. I only hope the upcoming Dad's Army Christmas specials have not been treated so poorly. The 3 stars awarded is purely for the great shows.
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As mentioned previous , one of the two shows is the 30 or so minuet version edited from the 40 minuet version that appears in the "best of compilation" which was 1st released in video in the mid 1980's.
There are 3 sequences missing from this 1973 episode , the 1st being Harold singing with jubilation when receiving his tickets for his booked holiday before being stopped by his horse "neighing" loudly has him shouting "all right , all right ..keep ya bleed'in hair on" ...the next is the closing shot of Harold agreeing to stay home after opening his Christmas gift , he holds up his gift of Y-fronts and says "if my world shrinks any smaller , I'll disappear up the back of these !!.."
yet another scene has been omitted from this show , where Harold is writing a message on his Christmas gift to his father , in which he writes several times in pencil before rubbing out each message for being too "endearing"...
It is not clear "why" the BBC removed these from what is called a "Special" ,that meaning longer the the standard 27 minuets that all sit-coms were written to back in the 1960s & 70's , I am assuming at some point in the running of rare repeats of the show a 27 minuet version was put together to fit in a time slot , and when it came to releasing this for a final DVD master , the BBC felt the quality of the shorter version made later was of higher picture quality than the original 1974 master.
That saying , there is no excuse for not making it available , and when you are buying the "Complete Steptoe" box set as I did , you are not actually getting everything ever filmed.
Whats more laughable is that it was not edited for "non P.C.
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How nice that the BBC has seen reason and decided to release these two episodes as a standalone rather than just a huge boxset as was originally intended, the above situation caused a lot of anger amongst Steptoe fans as they were furious at having to buy the entire series for a second time just for two episodes, it mirrors the situation of The Likely Lads boxset where one episode was 'accidently' left out in order to justify a re-release and we must be grateful that the BBC has, on this occasion, listened.

The episodes themselves are brilliant of course but they do follow an often repeated theme in the series, namely Harold deciding that he wants to go on holiday abroad and the old man doing everything that he can to stop him.
The Christmas episode 1972 follows series 7 of the show and the following year's festive outing has the distinction of being the final ever episode of Steptoe and Son and it is probably with this in mind that the writers allowed Harold to achieve a major victory over the old man, something that had never happened before.

The relationship between the two actors was at rock bottom by the time the last episode was filmed and in some ways it shows on screen but the two used this in their performances to perfection, if they didn't like each other in real life then it must have been very easy to despise each other on screen and the feelings and emotions come over as completely real and believable.

Steptoe and Son came to an end at just about the right time as it was obvious that it was perhaps running out of steam but these two little gems are a welcome addition to the now complete set of Steptoe and Son episodes on DVD, this is something that I have waited years for. An essential purchase.
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A wonderful comedy which has been cruelly edited by the BBC. Please release the uncut versions of the Christmas specials as seen on the VHS releases.
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I am a huge fan of Steptoe & Son and I have all the individual releases of the eight series and also the two films. Like with Dad's Army I really wanted to complete my collection

The stumbling block... the edited release of these Christmas specials. I know the BBC dvds have a habit for this, you just need to see the Only Fools and Horses, Ideal, the original The Young Ones releases, Citizen Smith and Bottom DVDs. They may only be minor edits on some of those, but is disappointing that they do this. Even Yes, Prime Minister Series 1 was treated badly by being on a double sided disc, when other ones of these were on two discs. There have also been sloppy occasions with The Likely Lads and Hancock DVD releases where an episode has been missed off only to be included in the boxset as a special feature. For the Likely Lads one, they couldn't even be bothered to put it in the right order, and just shoved it at the end. I am putting off Hancock purely for the reason I don't like what they have done with the packaging, mainly the really poor episode listing inside

Anyway, back to my main issue with these, and the edited footage. I know of no reason for this apart from some reason about the quality of the picture they gave to someone else who asked them, but nowadays this doesn't hold much water as they could easily do a quick clean up or release it as is. I have bought this though, for the two reasons of I was lucky enough to pick it up new for £2.99 and also that it may be a while, if ever, for it to be re-released in it's full glory

The hardest part is for me to give this a rating. Sure, I could easily give it five stars, because of the quality of the program, or one star for the poor DVD release of it. I will give it 3 stars, as this is the only way you can watch them on DVD legally and complete your collection. Just don't think about the edit when watching them
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