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Trap Door Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1984]

4.8 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

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  • Actors: William Rushton
  • Directors: Charlie Mills, Terry Brain
  • Writers: William Rushton, Charlie Mills, Terry Brain
  • Producers: John Michael Howson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079FGVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions where nobody goes, stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place lives Berk, overworked servant of the thing upstairs. But that's nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath The Trapdoor. For there is always something down there, in the dark, waiting to come out. Don't you open that Trapdoor. You're a fool if you dare! The Trap Door contains 40 episodes of the popular children’s series.

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I remember watching this back when I was little and feeling the delicious shivers creep up and down my spine as the theme music started. I was overjoyed to see that it was finally out on DVD - more than that, it still holds up pretty well if you want to watch something that isn't too demanding and doesn't try to be adult like a lot of animation nowadays. Seems to have a bit of social commentary going on with the 'orrible Thing Upstairs having a blatant Cockney accent while Burk speaks with West Country vowels and Boney sounds like a baritone Kenneth Williams. But never mind that, revel in the joy of plasticine models, the sheer absurdity of Drut being male and having babies, and the wonderfully inventive monsters which come out of that trapdoor. It's a pretty good metaphor for the psyche, now I think about it: superconcious, ego, id.

Warning: as others have stated, this DVD does not include the opening and ending theme for each episode. The opening theme is included separately, which seems pointless as it is very much an introduction to the episode and doesn't really stand on its own. That's the only reason I gave this four out of five stars.

"Stay away from that trapdoor, cause there's something down there..."
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Enjoyed watching this as a kid each day after school. Purchased this dvd for my children and they watch it constantly.
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A CHILDHOOD MEMORY RE-LIVED
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Great dvd, took me back to my childhood, my sons love it
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Fantastic item, came right on time, just as advertised
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A bit disappointing that the full opening musical credits aren't there. For us a lot of the show's charm came from its catchy little opening song. The episodes just play one after another without the opening song! I thought perhaps the second series would have it, but still not. What a shame!
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This just pure bliss 5 minutes of trap door after tiswas pure clasd6
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Another recent dive into the golden age of children's television has revealed to me yet another forgotten treasure in The Trap Door. Originally broadcast from 1984 to 1986, this wonderful claymation series has enjoyed many repeated viewings and a cult status. It's truly one of the Best of British, and for long-time fans, this DVD is not only a joyous trip down memory lane, but also an opportunity to show the kids of today what greatness can be found from our archives.

The setting is an ancient castle, focusing on the lives of a friendly blue blob named Berk, his best mate Boni and Berk's pet spider Drutt. Berk's daily routine consists of his rigorous duties of serving his bossy, unseen master `The Thing Upstairs'. And Berk is `strictly forbidden' from opening the castle's TRAP DOOR, where all manner of creepy crawlies and unsightly beasts live. Unsurprisingly, Berk can't help himself from opening it (and LEAVING it open!) and all kinds of problems ensue...day-after-day!

The Trap Door's premise was pure gold, and despite the idea being virtually the same for every episode, creators Terry Brain and Charlie Mills deserved all the praise in the world for managing to make every single episode refreshingly unique. They took the same idea and managed to present it in an almost infinite variety of ways. Using an unforgettable cast of characters, colourful sets, a strong continuity, highly-fluid animation, and the legendary voice-work of the late, great Willie Rushton (all to tremendous effect), The Trap Door was an instant hit.

And the quality of it hasn't aged at all. Each episode features hilarious antics with Berk and his friends, making it perfect for all ages (kids and adults alike).
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