For some wonderful but as-yet-unexplained reason, this country has gone mad about collecting classic comedy DVDs from the 60s and 70s. Carry On was - and still is - and epiphany of success. Each of the films were made on the slighest budget yet made (and still make) immense amounts of money today. The Christmas Specials are exactly that; they are special because they mix up the tradition of Christmas with the tradition of the Carry On brand, and are just delightful to watch. The first Christmas Special (1969) is by far the best, with a brilliant show-stealing performance by Frankie Howerd and recognisably excellent contributions from the usual Carry On team. Having said that, the others are not as good but still retain the Carry On feel; whenever we watch a bad Carry On we forgive them because we love it and just can't help it. The package is also very good here; a standard 2-disc setup comes with a solid and glittery slipcase that makes for a wonderful gift to yourself or somebody else. Each 'special' is introduced by 'Mr Carry On' Peter Rogers and the interactive menus are wonderful fun... Overall then this is just perfect, theres no other way to describe it, BUT I would like to draw your attention to the fact that Sid James also made a TV christmas special (seperate from the Carry On team) that has not been seen since 1971 called "All THis and Christmas too", and it is fantastic!!! The only way to see it is to buy Bless This House: The Complete Series 4, available now at amazon. Make Christmas magical again this year with priceless comedy from a much loved and much missed era of television.
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