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Are You Being Served? The Complete Collection (2004)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 2100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I9TZHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There's plenty of laughter in store when an unbelievably quirky contingent of sales clerks makes shopping at Grace Brothers the comic experience of a lifetime. For the first time, all 69 episodes of this classic Britcom have been gathered together in one deluxe collection. Each episode is presented uncut and has been lovingly restored. Also included are two bonus discs containing over five hours of extra material!

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329 of 333 people found the following review helpful
By A. Fogg
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So I was trying to decide if I should buy this to replace my older AYBS? DVDs. The problem was there was almost no information about this release on the web. I finally decided to order it and take my chances.

So what's new? Just ONE thing: the packaging. This set takes up MUCH less room on your shelf than the old collection (it's about 2 inches wide). Everything else is the same as far as I can tell... the dvd's are exact copies of what was already released (I was kinda hoping for less annoying menus, oh well).

One minor problem is with the slim double-DVD cases: they don't hold the discs in place securely, and discs will often fall out when opening the case.

So the verdict? If you like "Are You Being Served?" and don't already own the collection, this is a very good deal... I paid much more for this set several years back. Do you already own the older set? Then stick with it, unless the shelf space that it takes up is driving you crazy.
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225 of 228 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A British Comedy Classic! December 29, 2004
By Tiggah
Ten series of this classic Britcom were produced between 1973-1985, and all sixty-nine 30-minute episodes, including the black-and-white pilot and the Christmas specials (positioned chronologically in the order originally broadcast), are here in one boxed set.

The series revolves around the staff of Grace Brothers' Department Store--particulary the staff of menswear and ladieswear. The ladies' department is headed by the pompous, air-assuming Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden). She's a bit of a man eater (or would be could she get her hands on one!) and is forever fretting about Tiddles, her pussy--cat that is! Her junior is sexy Miss Brahms (Wendy Richard), who is constantly fighting off the advances of the menswear junior, Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister, who left the show after series seven due to a scheduling conflict). From series eight on, Mr. Spooner (Mike Berry--a former singer) takes over as the new menswear junior, flirting with Miss Brahms and insulting Mrs. Slocombe at every opportunity! The menswear department is headed by curmudgeonly old Mr. Grainger (Arthur Brough, who died (aged 73) following series five). In between him and Mr. Lucas is the flamboyant Mr. Humphreys (John Inman). With his mincing gait, outrageous costumes, and familiar cry of "I'm free," he's my personal favourite--though the whole cast really is terrific!

Of course one cannot forget the subtly lecherous floorwalker, Captain Peacock, a pompous ex-army officer (or so he claims). One gets a sense that this is probably the only position of authority he's ever had, and he milks it for all its worth, barking orders at his underlings at every opportunity. His favourite target is the rough, bawdy maintenance man, Mr. Mash (replaced by Mr.
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139 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for this collection. September 25, 2009
Some years ago I came across reruns of this hillarious comedy on PBS and fell in love with it. Mollie Sugden was being interviewed as part of a fundraiser if memory serves.

What a pleasant surprise to find the entire collection of episodes plus extensive interviews with the cast that were done before Mollie Sugden's and Wendy Richards' deaths. The interviews with and documentaries of the cast members are on Volume 7 of this set.

Are You Being Served is a classic sitcom, filled with laughter, innuendo and one-liners that made the players famous. Sugden's famous (or infamous as the case may be) lines about her [...] (cat), Tiddles are all here and still funny no matter how many times I watch the episodes. Although the Grace Brothers department store was hopelessly outdated, British humor never goes out of style. I recommend this set for anyone who enjoys laughter and fun. It's all here.
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They all did very well December 12, 2004
If I did not already have the season 1-5 box set and the season 6-10 box set separately, I would jump at this deal and would have saved 25 percent. Then again, I could not wait to own this entire series. If you are a fan of AYBS?, you are eventually going to want the whole series, so why wait? Get it all and enjoy the 69 episodes as well as some extras now. It's better then waiting for PBS to air them all in between fund raising telethons. Here's all you get:

The first half of this set (volumes 1-6 with a bonus volume 7) represents the best AYBS? material with original cast members Arthur Brough (Mr. Grainger), Harold Bennett (Young Mr. Grace), Larry Martyn (Mr. Mash), and Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas). They include all episodes from the black & white pilot through "It Pays to Advertise" from season 5. Volume 2 also includes my all-time favorite AYBS? episode "Big Brother," when Mr. Rumbold installs a closed circuit television in the store to uncover a burglar but instead uses it to spy on the Grace Brother's staff. The artistic details of both AYBS? sets are very nice. After choosing an episode, the elevator conductor announces the title and the lift doors open to reveal the plot.

The second half of this set (volumes 8-13 with a bonus volume 14) includes some unpopular cast changes but still offers plenty of hilarious episodes. Starting with volume 8, Mr. Grainger is replaced by a string of, mostly unmemorable, characters, and Mr. Lucas will eventually be replaced by the more mean-spirited and less tactful Mr. Spooner. Still, more of my personal favorites are nestled within the later volumes of this set. In "Grounds for Divorce" it seems almost every female member of Grace Brothers is enamored with Captain Peacock. "The Erotic Dreams of Mrs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
This was a great and funny show. Good for a lot of chuckles.
Published 10 hours ago by Winket Tramel
2.0 out of 5 stars I love the characters and the writing
I love the characters and the writing, BUT it does NOT have closed captioning as advertised in Amazon's description and as stated on the album cover. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Corles M. Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its exactly what I wanted.
Published 3 days ago by Stewart A Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy with purchase!
Published 5 days ago by Michael E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest British Comedy Ever
One of the funniest British Comedies ever. I used to watch the PBS fundraisers just to catch Are You Being Served episodes being played. Read more
Published 6 days ago by dpolites
5.0 out of 5 stars Love.
Love "Are You Beening Served?". I have watched all episodes and started over again. I recommend this program to everyone. It is so funny.
Published 9 days ago by Sis
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you free?
Delightful Britcom that takes place in Grace Brothers' Department store. They did a lot with just a few sets. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Laura Jennison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No comedy collection is complete without this.
Published 14 days ago by AKFLYER47
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful British Comedy
Its a classic! My wife and I love this show. Every time I ask my wife now if she is busy she answers "I'm free!" (in a Mr. Humphries type voice). Read more
Published 15 days ago by Will
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Series That Later Weakened
The show originally was intended to be about Mr. Lucas and how he coped with being an employee at a British fancy department store, stationed in the men's department, right next to... Read more
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Closed captions
Unfortunately not, although the back cover has the "closed caption" logo, there are no captions to be found. I know this because I have this complete collection and on each disc, attempting to press the "SUBTITLE" button brings up an icon that looks like this: Ǿ

Nov 25, 2009 by Kevin Graham |  See all 9 posts
you have to use your setting for closed caption on your television set.
Feb 27, 2014 by Allison Toney |  See all 2 posts
Are you being served?
69 Episodes is all there ever were. Sure wish more were produced. The 'Pop Star' was no way to end the whole series...
Jun 5, 2010 by Kevin Graham |  See all 2 posts
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