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While enjoying your Fawlty Towers holiday, be sure to extend your stay by visiting the deluxe extra features. New to this set are entertaining commentaries by John Cleese, who provides illuminating insights into how these "lovely little farces" were constructed. He expresses genuine affection for the cast and guest stars, is quick to praise exquisite bits of comic business ("This is funnier than I remember"), and is not shy about criticizing his own performance ("I don't think I acted this right"). Also new to this set are newly filmed interviews with Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and Connie Booth, who offers some great anecdotes about collaborating with her then-husband Cleese and how some memorable gags were created. Donald Sinclair, the real-life rude hotelier who inspired the character of Basil Fawlty, is given his due, but be forewarned you will hear several versions of the Eric Idle ticking suitcase story. Also appearing are notable guest stars, including Bernard Cribbins ("The Hotel Inspectors"), Geoffrey Palmer ("The Kipper and the Corpse"), and David Kelly ("The Builders"), who talk of their experiences on one of television's towering sitcoms. There is also an odd "Cheap Tatty Review." Holdover features from the previously released boxed set include episode commentaries by directors John Howard Davies and Bob Spiers; archival interviews with Cleese, Scales, and Sachs; a short film about Torquay; disappointingly paltry outtakes; and a helpful Who's Who guide to the series' cast and guest stars. --Donald Liebenson
Great British comedy. This is another classic to have on hand to pull out when you need a good laugh.Published 2 days ago by EnglishRose
This is John Cleese having fun and taking us all along for a rollicking ride! The entire cast is simply too funny. Just like M&M's I couldn't stop until I had devoured them all. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Prospero
Fun British sitcom, see it for comedy relief, particularly if you like John Cleese.Published 12 days ago by Peter L.
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|Any big improvement over the previous set?||
The only notable improvements are the extended interviews and some tweaking to the picture and sound quality. I own the original set as well and it's comparable, so I wouldn't be in any rush to get this if you already have the first set.
Oct 21, 2009 by Ben Rowland | See all 6 posts
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