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The Best of... What's Left of... Not Only... But Also... (2008)

Peter Cook , Dudley Moore  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019MFY2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of... What's Left of... Not Only... But Also..." on IMDb

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  • Success Story: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

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Fans of Monty Python or Frye & Laurie should run to get The Best of... What's Left of... Not Only... But Also..., the godfather of an entire branch of British comedy. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore revel in freewheeling conversations that range from whimsical to downright surreal, as well as visual lunacy like playing a piano underwater or a flabbergasting parody of Thunderbirds-style marionette shows. Most of their most famous sketches are here: Cook as Mother Superior of an order of leaping nuns; Moore as soul man Bo Dudley; and the Dagenham Dialogues, in which Cook unrolls preposterous verbal flights while Moore tries, usually unsuccessfully, to keep a straight face. (Eddie Izzard would sell his best frock to have come up with some of Cook's freewheeling ideas.) Other memorable sketches include a domestic squabble between a leprechaun and a fairy; a stuffy father explaining sex to his uncomfortable son; and a retrospective of a Garbo-esque movie star (played by Cook), with Moore narrating in a fetching blonde wig. Cook and Moore laid the groundwork for all that came after them, but their comedy isn't musty or primitive; the best of Not Only... But Also... is more fresh and vital than 99% of what's being churned out today. This is essential viewing; along with six episodes of the show, there's a half-hour retrospective that includes a bit of their classic sketch about a one-legged man auditioning to play Tarzan. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Dudley Moore, Peter Cook. Britain's greatest comedy team delights with some of the fastest wit in word play captured on television. This collection of skits highlights some of their raucous best from the BBC. 1990/color-b&w/2 hrs., 50 min/NR/fullscreen.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Only...But Darn it! October 12, 2008
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I loved Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, especially together. This DVD showcases the beautiful black and white [and some color] program they were well known for, not so much here in America back in the mid 1960's, but mostly in England. Being a John Lennon fan since 1964 it is wonderful to see a near mint copy of the visualization of the poem from his first book, In His Own Write, that being, Def Ted,Danoota and Me.
For fans, old and new alike, it breaks your heart when you read in the enclosed booklet that the BBC erased [wiped is the technical term] the master video tapes in the early 1970's due to some silly notion that they, the BBC, couldn't afford new reels of videotape and Peter Cook himself offered to BUY NEW REELS in order to keep the BBC from wiping the tapes, hence, the program, Not Only..But Also, would be eliminated like it never had been in the first place.
I don't really know how the material on this DVD survived, it must have hidden itself in a warehouse somewhere under the title "BBC Documentary:
How To Tell When It's Raining".
Shame on them for destroying the masters of this funny, funny, series.
Now, with both men gone forever, if you enjoyed their unique humor as I have, buy this DVD and enjoy what once was. We'll never see their likes again. Darn it!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Chunk of Pete & Dud September 19, 2008
In the early 90s the BBC released a ninety minute videotape called 'The Best Of ... What's Left Of ... Not Only ... But Also'. It was a greatest hits compilation of the few sketches that remained of the show. This DVD takes a different approach and re-creates six episodes.

Working from memory it looks as if all the material from the videotape has been included here EXCEPT for the Pete & Dud reunion sketch they recorded for the release of the video. The sketch is short, not terribly great, but it was nice to see the two of them together again. That's the reason for my four star review instead of five; that sketch should have been included here.

Having said that what's here is quite good. All of their most famous sketches from the series are here (nuns on trampolines, a handful of Pete & Dud sketches, Superthunderstingcar, Peter as Garbo, teaching ravens to fly underwater, Peter as a dad having a sex talk with his boy Dudley) and it's a lot of fun. A bit less fun are the jazz trio pieces and the female singers that occasionally perform with them. There's also a somewhat interesting bonus feature entitled 'Success Story' that includes some nice clips (One Leg Too Few) and an interview with the boys from the 1970s.

All in all it's great slice of mid-60s British sketch comedy. Although Monty Python would come along in a few short years and destroy this format, there's something very sweet, silly and ultimately quite satisfying about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Don't hesitate to pick up this DVD and if you enjoy it then immediately head for the 'Beyond The Fringe' disc as well. You won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! But... July 20, 2009
By Pattie
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You really can't go wrong with this DVD. "Not Only...But Also" is one of those beautiful moments in time with pure comedy genius. Cook and Moore are just as perfect together as Martin and Lewis or Laurel and Hardy. My only complaint is that there is so much footage out there that is NOT on the DVD. I know that most of the series was recorded over, which was the BBC's policy at the time, however, I know that John Lennon was on the show several times. They do have ONE of his scenes on this DVD (the classic "Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me"), but "Dan the doorman" is nowhere to be found, nor is "Good Dog Nigel" and several other poems of Johns that I believe were even on the same show that they featured him on the DVD. I know the footage wasn't recorded over because it's on YouTube, so why isn't it on this DVD? I think it's time to put together a new package. Other than that, this DVD rocks!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two of the funniest men who ever lived. April 29, 2010
We're lucky to have this compilation of skits and musical numbers from "Not Only...But Also." The dunderheads at the BBC, proving for all eternity that British broadcasting executives are no smarter than American ones, erased most of the tapes of this show despite Peter Cook's offer to buy either new videotape for the BBC or the "Not Only...But Also" tapes to preserve himself. This was an act of cultural vandalism that will never be forgotten or forgiven.

In any case, what survives is somewhat hit-and-miss, but much of it confirms the enduring comic genius of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Some of my favorites include "Superthunderstingcar," a hilarious parody of Gerry Anderson's stiff, on-the-cheap sci-fi puppet shows; the skit showing a nervous, stuffy upper-class father (Cook) telling his son (Moore) about the facts of life; the Leaping Nuns of Norwich, a dry run for the sublime "Bedazzled;" "Bargo," Cook's goof on Greta Garbo, which MUST be seen to be believed; and any skit featuring Pete and Dud, Cook and Moore's Cockney alter egos, particularly the one in which they complain about constantly being molested by various Hollywood glamor queens. We also get generous portions of Moore's jazz piano, which of course is all to the good.

Watching this DVD hurt my heart a little, both because the BBC destroyed so much of Cook and Moore's legacy and because we will never see them again. But this DVD of "Not Only...But Also" is still a joyous event for anyone who appreciates the best of British comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard sketch comedy, but mostly pretty good
Kind of disjointed -- bits and pieces cut from various shows. And not as adventurous as some of the pre-Python shows. But some good, funny bits. Plus, the origins of L.S. Read more
Published 1 day ago by E. Dillenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars I Figured Out the Title
"Not Only (Peter Cook) But Also (Dudley Moore)" was a Beeb televised revue that apparently bridged the gap between the London/Broadway revue Beyond the Fringe, some films by this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by johcafra
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed, SHAME on the BBC for recording over these priceless gems.
This is a brilliant DVD from start to finish, especially the Dudley Moore Trio. Chris Karan (Dudley's drummer of many years and is on this DVD) told me that Dudley actually... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of just how funny Peter Cook and Dudley Moore really were
In the 70s I had the pleasure of watching the Tony award-winning stage production by the comedy duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Phred
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the musical guests!
Two highlights here must be noted: the American jazz superstar-to-be Marian Montgomery is joined by Dudley on piano with his trio for "Then I'll Be Tired of You" and a... Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Baboomaroonie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Genius of Comedy and His More Talented Partner
Comedy Nerds: This DVD was a revelation to me. I always pictured the partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as a marriage of unequals, with Cook overshadowing Moore as a... Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Chris Damico
3.0 out of 5 stars a little "dated" but still funny
An enjoyable collection of old TV skits. Most are still funny, although they do seem a little slow-paced compared to comedy programs today.
Published on July 12, 2011 by Elizabeth A. Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of
Kinda silly and slapstick. I guess I kinda expected the other side of British humor from Cook & Moore, more like Beyound The Fringe
Published on April 17, 2010 by Len Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and witty with a touch of genius
This British comedy sketch show from the 1960's is smart, occasionally surreal and always entertaining. I started watching this with low expectations. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by artanis65
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Only Funny But Also Hilariously Entertaining
In this DVD we see 6 full episodes of the Cook and Moore sketch comedy series from some 40 years ago. The bits are classic, imaginative, creative, and dangerously funny. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by John S. Harris
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