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4.0 out of 5 stars Fawltless Comedy, slightly dissapointing extras, 30 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Complete Fawlty Towers [1975] [DVD] (DVD)
I am sure that you, reading this review of the Fawlty Towers boxset, are already well aquainted with this marvellous sitcom, and I am not going to bore you with details of the hilarity. Naturally (naturellement!) the episodes themselves are worth 5 stars apiece.

I am instead going to inform you of the things that you may not already know- the quality and quantity of the extras, and the transfer to DVD.

The first few episodes do not have very clear pictures- I bought series 1 on DVD seperately a while ago and the picture on this edition is somehow more grainy.

The interviews are a good accompaniment to the boxset, with a particularly long one from John Cleese. In addition to these is information on what some of the actors have done since Fawlty Towers, which is interesting but a little boring.

I mainly bought this boxset for the outakes- these would no-doubt be a fascinating insight into the actors, and funny also! But they were distinctly underwhelming- apart from John Cleese making silly faces at the camera I only counted 3 proper outakes, of which only 1 was worth seeing.

These faults, however, are totally overshadowed by the brilliance of the sitcom and, although some of the extras felt a little rushed, the extras do make a nice addition to the boxset and make it feel complete. If you already own both series on DVD then there is no real need to buy this boxset. But if, like me, you enjoy having all of your comedy in one place, and if you are itching to experience these extras, then by all means, go ahead. At £13.48, this is an absolute bargain, and if you do not purchase this boxset I shall come around and insert a large garden gnome in you.

Good day!
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2009 16:20:27 GMT
Mr Fatpipe says:
How can something be "interesting but a little boring". That's just a contradiction.

Posted on 30 Mar 2009 23:10:11 BDT
Rainbowsky says:
I agree about the poor picture quality, I thought at first it was only me that experienced this.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2009 14:44:22 BDT
C. ASHTON says:
I did realise how it sounded when I published the review. I'll try and explain.

You know when you go to the museum, you'll look at something and think "Yes, that's interesting. I'm glad I saw this."

You won't be thinking the same thing after 9 hours of the museum guide talking to you in unnecessary detail while all the while you want to go home for a takeaway, a pint and a snooze. Eventually, enough is enough, and although through the haze of your boredom you can tell that you should be finding this interesting... you no longer are.

I hope that answers your question.
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