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Coming to Special Edition DVD for the first time, it's the complete Fawlty Towers collection with all-new commentary from John Cleese! Hot off the runaway success of Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese embarked on his now-legendary sitcom, Fawlty Towers, creating one of the most memorable and best loved characters in all of British comedy, Basil Fawlty. Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors, and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his "little nest of vipers," his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly and the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey, Manuel.]]>
Also on the discs
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
I was going through my Amazon purchase history and saw that this was my first purchase after 9/11/2001. The world completely changed on that fateful day. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Randy
I can't stop laughing.
There is nothing like an innkeeper who hates his customers.
John Cleese is amazing.
This collection is just pure fun. No one can watch without laughing. All the actors are perfect in the characters they play, and the situations are hilarious. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Patsy M. Davis
I bought Fawlty Towers on VHS and again in the original DVD collection, but the thorough commentary from Cleese makes this a must have for any Fawlty Towers fan!Published 11 days ago by Blue Lisa
Love this remastered set. Have the first set and this one is worth upgrading to. Fawlty Towers will continue forever as the funniest TV comedy in history.Published 12 days ago by Wolfgang Hamann
We have several BBC comedies and I will admit that when I watched it the first time I wondered if I had made a mistake! But it absolutely "grows" on you. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kindle Customer: Lee's kindle
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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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