Tales Of The Unexpected - Series 7 - Complete [DVD]
All 15 episodes from the seventh series of the macabre television drama, based on the stories by popular author Roald Dahl. Episodes comprise: 'The Dirty Detail', 'The Best Chess Player in the World', 'Proxy', 'Have a Nice Death', 'Number Eight', 'The Last of the Midnight Gardeners', 'The Gift of Beauty', 'Wet Saturday', 'Sauce for the Goose', 'Bird of Prey', 'I Like It Here in Wilmington', 'Accidental Death', 'The Reconciliation', 'The Mugger' and 'The Open Window'.
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This release contains some of the best and most iconic episodes, and some of the very worst. Whilst the dramatic increase of US episodes initially is irritating, they do get better. This is a release to persevere with. Also some believe Dahl himself introduced every episode. He stopped doing that many series ago, but bizarrely two episodes here, he resurfaces (marked **).
Season 7 - all:
The Dirty Detail - An unpleasant study of why a man is what he is with an unfortunate ending 6/10
The Best Chess Player in the World is a top notch episode and must be a top 5 TOTU. 10/10
Proxy - is an ok US episode a plot based on US law that would not work in this country 6/10
Have a Nice Death - Looks and sounds too American but has the wonderful Simon Cadell in it. One of the few episodes on VHS and early DVD. Representative but a little cheap looking 7.5/10
Number Eight - A very good American episode about a Hitchhiker. The episode is as good if not better than the cliffhanger. Has Brad Dourif (Star Trek, LOTR) playing a suitably unpleasant character 8/10
Last of the Midnight Gardeners - An interesting episode about flawed characters 7/10
The Gift of Beauty - Dated and weaker US episode with an ok ending 5/10
Sauce for the Goose - Appauling attempt at black comedy. The honeymoon sequence is dreadful television. 2/10
Wet Saturday - Unpleasant and awkward viewing. Reasonable plot but without a properly done ending 4/10
Bird of Prey - Average US episode. Typical awkwardness but very good ending 7/10
I like it Here in Wilmington - Touches of an early The Sopranos. Entertaining 8/10
Accidental Death - Too drawn out for the twist of irony, but good characters 7/10
The Reconciliation - Slow an unusual characterisation with a nice ending 7/10
The Open Window - Good drama but not a particularly good twist 7/10
Season 8- all 4 episodes
People Don't Do Such Things - Insightful episode 7/10
In the Cards** - Intersting desperate character study 7/10
Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery** - Showing the worst of humanity, good twist 7/10
Scrimshaw - Unusual and slow US episode with a very clever final twist 7.5/10
** Introduction by Roald Dahl
Season 9 - episode 1 only
Skeletons in the Cupboard - Superb episode, twist and excellent cast 10/10
The average of all the marks is 6.85/10. On the basis that five stars is 8.0+/10 then this falls into the four star category. It gets nearly 1/10 more than the previous season. With more episodes, there are more poor ones, but the standard of most of the US episodes is good, and the UK episodes are, on average to the standard of the early days.