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Father Ted: The Definitive Collection (2008)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Father Ted: The Definitive Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 25 episodes on five discs
  • Commentary on all three series
  • Father Ted Comedy Connections
  • Interviews with writers and creators Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews
  • Comic Relief with Ted and Dougal
  • Tedfest 2007: A Very Ted Weekend, Two Tribes Go to War

Editorial Reviews

Craggy Island, located somewhere off the coast of Ireland, is the setting for this critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy series. Father Ted, the responsible one of the bunch, is challenged with the difficult task of overseeing the simple-minded Father Dougal and the cranky, alcoholic Father Jack. Father Ted has his work cut out for him keeping himself and his colleagues out of trouble and rectifying the ridiculous situations they find themselves in, all-the-while avoiding the scornful eye of Bishop Brennan.

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Audio Commentary
Photo gallery

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you already own the first set February 1, 2008
By Howie
You may not want or even need this one. As listed, there is only an additional 10 minutes of footage from the first set to this, "The Definitive Collection" of "Father Ted". Here is a list of the bonus material:

* Commentary with Graham Linehan, Arthur Matthews, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tim Shuttlewoode & Chris Claycee
* Interview with Writers
* A Christmassy Ted
* Tedfest 2007 - A Very Ted Weekend
* Tedfest 2007 - Two Tribes Go To War
* Comedy Connections
* Comic Relief with Ted & Dougal
* Craggy Island Memories
* Dougal's Sound Effects Gallery
* Biographies
* Photo Gallery

The additions to the previous "Holy Trilogy" are:
* The 2 "Tedfest" featurettes (from a 2007 Father Ted convention)
* A 30-minute episode of the BBC program "Comedy Connections" from 2004 detailing the former and subsequent careers of the cast and writers
Craggy Island Memories
* Commentary tracks on the series 3 episodes (of which there were none on the original "The Holy Trilogy" - Series 1 and 2 already had commentary tracks by writer Graham Linehan who is joined on the 2nd half of series 2 by actor Ardal O'Hanlon.)
* Dougal's Sound Effects Gallery

While there is nothing left off the original release and the additions add only "10 minutes" to the running time (even though they add up to more), these additional features seem to make a double dip unnecessary unless you are a "Father Ted" completist.

I purchased the first "Holy Trilogy" box set as a blind buy when looking for some new British comedy and was pleasantly suprised. While it took a few episodes to warm up to the characters, the series quickly grew on me.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy! January 26, 2008
This is an extraordinary show. The only minus is it was only on for three seasons. It is side-splittingly funny. You will be laughing out loud as Father Ted, Father Dougal and Father Jack, along with their housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, stumble through life, almost demolish Catholicism, reveal the hypocrisy rampant in us all, and make social commentary that is incredibly witty, but is also bitingly accurate! Whether you're just looking for a laugh, or enjoy seeing pompous arse's brought down low, this show is for you. And as an added bonus, the location,the fictional "Craggy Island" is one of the most beautiful locations ever! You need this in your collection! And the Yuletide extra, "A Christmassy Ted" is worth the price all by itself!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Ted August 17, 2008
Apparently the definitive Collection is not necessary if you already own The Holy Trilogy. That being said, I did not, and therefore found this to be a necessity to my tv on dvd collection. Although most of the special features aren't vital, it's nice to see Ted & Dougal's TV spots and to here the actor who portrayed Dougal joke about on his commentaries. If you've already seen Father Ted, and enjoy it, this is worth the price, and will provide plenty of laughs for you, and the people you know who weren't fortunate enough to stumble upon this on there own. If you haven't seen this show, well a brief synopsis would be it focuses on three priests (In the looses sense) one a monosyllabic drunkard, another a man child, and the third, the title character, just happens to always be in the wrong place in the wrong time (and is probably an embezzler) and how they really want to just be normal people (which doesn't stop them from using there priest status when it benefits them) on an island of the mainland of Ireland full of people who are the farthest thing from normal. Watch an episode first and if you like 1, you'll like all 25 episodes.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Once upon a time, on an Irish island so small that it didn't appear on the maps, there lived these three priests... yeah, it sounds like the setup for a joke or a really bad religious story.

Fortunately it turns out to be the theme for "Father Ted - The Definitive Collection," a kooky comedy about a trio of painfully unholy priests -- moderately crude, quite goofy, and full of insanity. The series gets progressively weirder as it follows the adventures of the titular character and his drunken and/or idiotic sidekicks, and the cast is absolutely brilliant.

On Craggy Island, there's a single Catholic parish run by three priests -- long-suffering Father Ted (Dermot Morgan), half-witted Father Dougal (Ardal O'Hanlon), and deranged foul-mouthed lecherous alcoholic Father Jack (Frank Kelly). They also have a crazy housekeeper obsessed with tea. The priests aren't exactly holy, since all three have been exiled there for various misdeeds.

Over the three seasons, the priests encounter the hostile bishop, a sexy author, a dead-boring houseguest, the worst priest in the world, a trio of bishops, TV hosts, a radical feminist rocker, a slutty milkman, a nervous sheep, and a hardcore nun who could double as an inquisitor.

They have to deal with the blasphemous pornographic film "The Passion of St. Tibulus," a plague of rabbits, a costume competition, bishop buttkicking, bomb-carrying milk floats ("Ted, I wanna be a priest again!
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Published 1 month ago by Janice Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo funny!
Hilarious, outrageous, even though it has aged a little, this series is still fun to watch. Had to watch it with subtitles because of the strong accents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to watch it to love it!
I started watching this series when visiting my cousins in Ireland. You must have that special sense of humor that only the Irish have to enjoy this - even though it is actual an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dena
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show; problematic format
I love the program Father Ted. It's surreal and hilarious. However, the way this DVD is set up is very annoying. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Just another reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Father Ted Collection
Prior to this purchase, we only had 4 episodes of Father Ted. We watched them way too much. Now that we have this collection, we are very much enjoying watching new episodes. Read more
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New mega set?
The only thing I can think of that might be new (aside from any new documentaries or such things that they might have created recently) are the episode commentaries for the second half of series 2. I believe they included Graham Linehan along with Ardal O'Hanlon, but were only on the UK release.... Read More
Jan 7, 2008 by Timmy K. |  See all 7 posts
No, it doesn't look like it. In fact the pq is not that good at all.
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