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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4C6L2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Saving souls has never been so funny.

Beloved actress Thora Hird--honored for lifetime achievement by the British National Comedy Awards--stars as Emily Ridley, a feisty Salvation Army captain who refuses to go gently into retirement. Realizing that modern-day sinners no longer respond to her hellfire-and-brimstone brand of evangelism, Emily’s superiors give her one last chance. So Emily and eager new recruit Sister Alice (Patsy Rowlands) head for Brigthorpe and Blackwick--quiet, working-class Yorkshire towns that the good captain envisions as Sodom and Gomorrah. There they lay siege to the pubs, strip clubs, and dens of iniquity--not to mention the Anglicans, Methodists, and other competitors in the soul-saving mission--with hilarious results.

Full of gentle, affectionate humor, this classic British series serves up laughs as heartwarming as a steaming bowl of soup kitchen fare.

BONUS History of the Salvation Army


Hallelujah is kinder, gentler British `Golden Girls.' -- TV Party

Hallelujah! is divine --

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Likable Captain Ridley May 25, 2009
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As a uniformed bandsman (Tustin Ranch Salvation Army Band, Southern California) and member of The Salvation Army, I found "Hallelujah!" Season One delightful and very funny. The jokes are fast, thus I laughed more during the second and third viewings than the first. Captain Ridley's character of caring for the lost and her human frailties lends credibility to her character which makes her all the more likable. Captain Ridley's can do attitude and her one on One faith and relationship with The One is in essence what attracted me, after being introduced through Salvation Army Band music, to The Army and it is that essence keeps me there. Though Captain Ridley is so called misguided, the words of another reviewer, she does have success when dealing with those in need. The script is excellent. Just thinking about the show makes me laugh. The set's attention to detail is superb. "Hallelujah!" embodies the words of Meredith Wilson's Banners and Bonnets, "Could you love the unloved, never reckoning the cost, Giving them comfort and care? Could you seek the unloved, in the legion of the lost, Sharing their grief and despair? That's the creed of an Army, a God fearing Army, With banners and bonnets they come. Yes, to love the unloved in the spirit of the Lord, Marching with trumpet [cornet] and drum...."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They dont make comedy like this now May 2, 2010
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Whilst I may be biased because I absolutely ADORE Thora Hird and Patsy Rowlands, it has to be said that this is one the the funniest and most gentle comedies made in YEARS!. As a Brit myself and a Northerner by roots I really understand both the dialect and the scenario of northern humour, but even without this benefit it is impossible not to find this inoffensive, extremely funny series anything else.

Based on centrally just the 3 characters, Captain Emily, and her 2 recruits with additional, assorted extras in different episodes, it is the timing, the script and the actual casting of those central characters which makes this so special. Made in the early 80's and centred solely around the Salvation Army and Captain Emily's attempts to save the wicked it is quite simply hilarious and the northern setting with the brass band and the lovely scenery of Yorkshire just makes it all the more so.

I had to buy this from the USA because its deleted in the UK and no longer available. Classic comedy removed in favour of trash and offensive "comedians". Well keep up the good work and you USA citizens because we need you to need this kind of humour so we can remove all the other "humour" purchases available which are anything but. Also recommend "In Loving Memory" another Thora Hird Classic. Check that one out too. 10 out of 10.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It is hard to say which part is funnier; the eccentric cast, soul-winning gone awry, or money contribution collection techniques dreamed up by the odd lot of this 3-woman Salvation Army corp. This British television series from 1983-83 takes the hilarious, and somewhat irreverent, look at the Salvation Army from the inside. Through 15 episodes, Captain Emily Ridley (Thora Hird) steamrolls her misguided way through her administration of a soul-seeking band and do-gooders. Her less than successful, but well intentioned, plans and activities keep the episodes hopping.

She is sent to Brigthorpe, a small Yorkshire town as a form of the Salvation Army (aka Sally Ann) plan to mothball the Captain and her failures. She takes with her a niece and SA colleague, Sister Alice Meredith (Patsy Rolands) who tries to put a better light on the mistakes of the Captain, also her Auntie. Opening in a defunct Bingo parlor, they first convert the aged Dorothy Smith (Rosamund Greenwood-a lovable grandma-type much like Granny of the Beverly Hill Billies). This local white-headed gal is willing to join any organization that might introduce her to a man. She's not dead yet.

Away the 3 go, like silly old female Musketeer Christian Soldiers, or 3 tract-toting Senior Stooges. Alice and Dorothy follow Capt. Emily like she is the tambourine pied piper. Even when they feel less than confident in the Captain's plan.

Dorothy proved to be such a delight, she nearly upstaged the other 2 stars. The one negative to this series: at the beginning of the second DVD and it's 8 episodes from 1984, Dorothy is missing. The Capt. and Alice have been moved on to an even more remote position in the Blackwick Citadel on Mill Street. Capt. Ridley still refuses retirement.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sally Army needs more episodes September 6, 2011
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This comedy series, with affectionate, not mocking, humor about a Salvation Army captain and her adventures in two appointments in England was very enjoyable. The way the "complete set" ends, however, and hints from other sources suggest that there are some other episodes not available in any recorded format. I would love to find out about them, and secure them for my collection. Shipping and condition was very much satisfactory and I have no negative comments about the product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Join the Army!!! December 20, 2009
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Banished from her previous assignment because Headquarters considers her ineffective, Captain is sent out to a village at the end of the Earth (or at least the end of England). She takes her niece (also a member of the Army) and soon after arriving, meet a "social" Senior who thinks the meetings and band practice is the perfect place to meet a man. After the brief set-up of characters and why they are where they are, the fun really begins.

Stories unfold that leads our three "Soldiers" in and out of trouble with the local authorities, Army Headquarters and the new "Soldiers for Christ."

The situations themselves would keep an audience laughing, but with the Actors in the Series, you will roll with the humor. A little slapstick added to a British Comedy is always magic and "Hallelujah" has it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by Clara Reedy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love 80's Brit-Coms!
Sweet and cute and veddy British. A great female trio of friends working to save souls and having adventures in small English villages.
Published 4 months ago by Kay Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Fun!
I loved the funny depiction of the Salvation Army. My great-grandma was in the 'Sally Ann', and dragged my granddad and his brothers to play in the brass band in England. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susan Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle and Outrageously Funny!
I am still laughing at some of the one liners in this series. Only the British can do comedy with such hilarious subtly. Highly recommended!
Published 9 months ago by mounthood
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah for Hallelujah!
Delightful old sitcom which should sit well with everyone in this polarized world. Bible thumping galor, but with broadmindedness and innocence. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marni C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Father-in-laws copies not good.
My father-in-law had it on tape he had recorded. they were not the best recordings so I decided to buy the collection on disc.
Published 13 months ago by Gordon Averis
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
This is an amusing show with a cast of characters that fit their roles. It is good to just watch for
relaxation and amusement
Published 13 months ago by E. Fredrikson
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and laugh with Thora Hird!
If you have enjoyed Thora Hird in any other shows, you'll love her in Hallelujah! This series is light-hearted and enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I have watched these dvds at least twice, and most likely, I'll watch a 3rd time. I had to watch about 3 episodes before I could get into the characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nana Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah - loads of fun
We loved seeing the series originally on BBC and it is great to get all the series. If you are a Salvationist, it is fun. A treat.
Published 20 months ago by D. McDougald
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