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Editorial Reviews

Threats of invasions send this script on hysterical missions.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck
  • Directors: Norman Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z4TO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dad's Army - Collection" on IMDb

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By G Jay on December 27, 2000
Format: DVD
I've had a couple of requests from people to let them know the names of the episodes in this collection. So I thought I'd put them on here. They are:-
The Day The Balloon Went Up - Sons of the Sea - Don't Forget The Diver - Asleep in the Deep - Boots Boots Boots - A Soldier's Farewell - Big Guns - Menace From The Deep - The Bullet Is Not For Firing - Mum's Army - The Armoured Might Of Lance Corporal Jones - Put That Light Out - The Two and a Half Feathers - The Test - Fallen Idol - The Deadly Attachment - If The Cap Fits - The Honourable Man
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Donald C. Baker on June 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This series about the British Home Guard during World War II was the most loved of all British TV comic series, lasting for an unheard-of nine years in the late 60's and early 70's. A brilliant cast headed by Arthur Lowe, John LeMesurier, and Clive Dunn held together for the entire period with only a single major loss--the early death of James Beck, who played Private Walker. The actors created their characters so well that, after a few years, they hardly needed a script, though that script was created by the best of British comedy-writing teams, David Croft and Jimmy Perry, both of whom had served in the Home Guard and as air raid wardens during the war.
The characters reflected Britain as well as it has ever been caught on celuloid--the class tensions between Lowe as middle class bank manager Captain Mainwaring (pronounced "Mannering") and John LeMesurier as the minor aristocrat bank clerk Sergeant (The Honourable) Arthur Wilson; the ethnic tensions between the fiery old Welsh butcher Jack Jones and the laconic and cynical Scot undertaker Private Frazer (played by Clive Dunn and John Laurie); the Cockney spiv played by James Beck (who reveals that not all was heroism and self-sacrifice in the Battle of Britain); the mum's boy Private Pike (Ian Lavender); the retired old artistic gentleman Private Godfrey (played by the fine old actor and playwright Arnold Ridley).
Such a series inevitably spawns its own running jokes--Captain Mainwaring's cold and bossy wife (who never actually appears in the series); Sergeant Wilson's affair with the mother of Private Pike, who never quite tumbles to the facts, though he occasionally suspects; old Private Godfrey's having to be excused frequently to go to the loo; Private Walker's slipping the odd black market bottle of whiskey to Captain Mainwaring, etc.
The series is marked by genius as comedy, and is also an important social document capturing a Britain that is now no more.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful By laser1 on February 2, 2001
Format: DVD
The programme content and acting in Dad's Army is superb. What a pity then that BFS Video, Canada, producers of this DVD have once again released a sub-standard product in terms of picture quality.
The video is encoded at only 2-3 mps for the most part, resulting in smearing and blockiness.
I will be cautious in buying any future releases having already been stung with Six Wives of Henry VIII which was also very poor.
Please BFS! Get your act together.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Bill Bailey on March 8, 2003
Format: DVD
Delightful, engaging, funny, serene ... - words fail to express the sincere JOY this show gives me. I could probably use all the complimentary words in a thesaurus - and then some. Along with The Prisoner I have my desert island TV sorted. Every character is real. Even if the show was not funny (which it is - hugely), I could still watch this end-to-end and then again just for the characters alone. The BBC made some sublime TV in late 1960's and through the 1970's. Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served etc are all magnificent ... but if push comes to shove this is it. The best TV of all time? Well, that's my opinion and I am entitled to it - but yes, I would augue that this is it.
One criticism though - why oh why can't the BBC/A&E release the whole series IN FULL and in sequence (they've found 2 of the 5 missing episodes from Series 2 so they have enough material to fill that DVD with the "Finding Of.." TV special (from 2000), Message To The Empire, various BBC variety TV appearances, the 1-hour specials etc etc). Now when that's released I would be truly happy.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By G Jay on November 29, 2000
Format: DVD
Fabulous to see some of the old TV programmes beginning to appear on DVD... but why oh why did no-one take time to improve the transfer? It's not as bad as it could be, but it definitely makes a mockery of the advantages of the format.
I was amazed when I saw this advertised - I couldn't believe that the only place such a quintessentially British programme is available is America!
The set consists of 3 DVDs containing 18 episodes, and someone put some real thought into the selection. The first appearance of the armoured car/butcher's van, the introduction of the horrendous ARP warden Hodges.
Each character is so well written, from the unbearably pompous yet brave and loyal Capt Mainwaring, to mummy's-boy Private Pike, to Private Fraser with his predilection for "big strong thighs", to the amazing creation of Lance-Cpl Jones (even 30 years later they still don't like it up 'em)
I defy anyone not to find many hilarious moments on these DVDs.... well worth buying.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 16, 2004
Format: DVD
Watching and rewatching these episodes is therapy. After a day at work Dad's Army always gets me laughing. Arthur Lowe, Clive Dunn and the rest paint a portrait of a place I would like to live in. You get so close to the characters, that when I found out about James Beck's untimely death I felt that I had lost a friend.
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