- Actors: Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Eric Barker, Amanda Barrie, John Bluthal
- Directors: Gerald Thomas
- Writers: Anthony Church, Dave Freeman, Norman Hudis, Sid Colin, Talbot Rothwell
- Producers: Peter Rogers
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: ITV Studios
- DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00009PAJR
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
That's Carry On [DVD]
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Celebrating twenty years of classic Carry On films, two of the films best-loved stars, Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor return to Pinewood film studios to unwrap some rib-tickling moments from the series. From the original, military mayhem of Carry On Sergeant, through to the really ancient archeological gags of Carry On Behind, our saucy hosts get their titters out for this laugh-a-second gallop through the most successful series of British comedy films ever made. With a cast of thousands, including legendary Carry On stars Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques, Jack Douglas, Peter Butterworth, Jim Dale, Terry Scott, Kenneth Connor, Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw, everyone is in it right in it!
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The premise is wrapped around a scenario that sees Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor holed up in a projection booth. They swap weak innuendos whilst running through clips of the series. Kenny gives it a good go, as he always did, and Babs wears a tight top that showcases her assets that so dearly cheered the horny hounds in the Carry On crowds. Windsor's casting is understandable, but that doesn't necessarily make it a correct one. Where Williams was the stalwart who had up to then made 24 Carry On movies, Windsor had made 8. Joan Simms had done 23 by this time and Hattie Jacques 14, now they may not have been available? But really you feel that one of the older female guard should be there for this overview; as shallow as it ultimately is. The DVD finds its way into box sets and occasionally the film shows as a time filler in the early hours of the morning on British television, but it's far from essential viewing; either for fans or interested newcomers. It remains the lazy cash cow that it is, viewing it only makes us hanker still further for the times when Carry On really was a fun and vibrant British institution. 5/10
Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor (with no offence really intended to her, it always amazes me that she seems to be often billed as the 'Queen Of Carry On', when she only appeared in eight of them and the likes of the late Joan Sims did far more and was a lot better in the acting department) gel well together, with lots of affectionate teasing in between clips of the films.
All the 27 'Carry Ons' (bar the later 'Emmannuelle' and 'Columbus') are featured with some hilarious clips, featuring hysterical situations and classic one-liners. Well, that is not entirely true, 'England' doesn't get a look in, aside from a statistic, probably because it's rubbish. The appalling 'England' came out a year before this 1977 compilation, so in a way, it's quite sad to see that the series was living on it's many past glories. With hindsight, it was probably inevitable that the end was near for this great British institution.
If you are new to the Carry On films, this is the perfect way to discover the harmless saucy humour which made them such a hit with the public, you will be given a taster of which films you'll enjoy and which you'd like to see in their entirety. If you are a lifelong or a new big fan of the movies, then this is a great way to relive all your favourite moments in one sitting.
Like all of the 'special edition' Carry On DVD releases, there is a wealth of exclusive bonus material, including an audio commentary with producer Peter Rogers, trivia notes, a token episode of the '70s ITV series 'What A Carry On' ('Lamp-Posts of the Empire'), and a collectable booklet featuring profiles of Williams and Windsor.
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