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297 of 305 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, sir!
P.G. Wodehouse wrote funny stories. Obscenely hilarious comedy stories about dim young aristocrats, overbearing aunts and very clever servants.

And of all his creations, the most memorable is the ill-fated and blue-blooded Bertie Wooster and his megabrained valet Jeeves, immortalized by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. "The Complete Jeeves & Wooster" brings...
Published on January 15, 2003 by E. A Solinas

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220 of 224 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, below average video transfer
This series was made and acted with great love for P.G. Wodehouse, his writing and his characters. Wodehouse is perhaps the great comic author of the 20th century English speaking world. And these series does Wodehouse justice to the great credit of the series' actors and writers.

But unfortunately the video to DVD transfer, in terms of picture and colour...
Published on November 20, 2006 by Earth that Was


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220 of 224 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, below average video transfer, November 20, 2006
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This series was made and acted with great love for P.G. Wodehouse, his writing and his characters. Wodehouse is perhaps the great comic author of the 20th century English speaking world. And these series does Wodehouse justice to the great credit of the series' actors and writers.

But unfortunately the video to DVD transfer, in terms of picture and colour quality, leaves something to be desired. I have seen single series DVD versions of the Jeeves & Wooster and their video colour quality is superior to the reproduction in this complete set. Hopefully one of these days we will see a complete digital remastering of the series, but this box set is visually disappointing. It's a shame the excellent work of the writers, directors and actors has had below average DVD transfer. The 'standard' transfer quality we are used to these days is generally very good, not so here.
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297 of 305 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, sir!, January 15, 2003
P.G. Wodehouse wrote funny stories. Obscenely hilarious comedy stories about dim young aristocrats, overbearing aunts and very clever servants.

And of all his creations, the most memorable is the ill-fated and blue-blooded Bertie Wooster and his megabrained valet Jeeves, immortalized by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. "The Complete Jeeves & Wooster" brings together all their madcap, bizarre little adventures in England's upper echelongs, with many a disastrous engagement and stint in prison.

Bertie Wooster (Laurie) is in need of a valet, and after a wild night out, the low-key, brainy manservant Jeeves (Fry) is sent by an agency to deal with Bertie's everyday needs.

But Jeeves doesn't just fold Bertie's hankies and give him hangover tonics -- he keeps Bertie out of all kinds of trouble. Predatory young beauties, ditzy idiot pals of Bertie's, and domineering aunts trying to marry him off, Bertie is always in hot water -- and Jeeves always is on hand, with a plot cooking in his impressive brain, to haul his hapless employer out.

"The Complete Jeeves and Wooster" is quite faithful to Wodehouse's original stories -- some stories are combined and others are separated, but they draw heavily on his kooky, bizarro prose. Lots of overbearing old aunts, exploding safes, Neo-Nazis, a constant merry-go-round of oft-broken engagements, eccentric hobbies (newts!), and young women ranging from horribly hearty to airy-fairy.

The only problem is that the stories set in New York just don't have that delicious British flavour that the rest of the series does, although they're still quite funny (Bertie being chased by a berserk cop dressed in a harem outfit). That, and the cast changes continuously.

But those small flaws don't keep the series from being hilarious, from start to finish. Every plot is a hopeless tangle of infatuations, mixups, blackmail, little books of mockery, and stolen policemen's helmets -- and yet somehow Jeeves manages to untangle it by the end. And Wodehouse's dialogue is handled in a brilliant manner ("Because he is a butterfly, who toys with women's hearts and throws them away like soiled gloves!" "Do butterflies do that?").

Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are perfectly cast as the endearing bumbler Bertie Woosterand the dryly witty Jeeves. Though Bertie's lack of clothing sense (and a trombone) often annoys Jeeves, the brainy valet clearly does have affection for Bertie, and Bertie appreciates Jeeves' ability to save him from fates worse than death (such as marriage to the horribly hearty Honoria or the wispy, fairy-loving dimbulb Madeleine).

"The Complete Jeeves and Wooster" is a simply brilliant stretch of what-ho-what-ho comedy ("You can't be a successful dictator AND design women's underclothing") and deliciously twisting storylines. Not to be missed. Ever.
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176 of 190 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzling New/Old Release, May 29, 2009
This review is from: Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series (DVD)
The eight discs that clock in at a hefty 1150 minutes of wry British wit that stars Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry is a puzzling (re)release on a pair of critical areas: there is nothing new from the complete series that was issued in 2002 and the transfer to disc remains "iffy," which plagued its initial appearance in the marketplace.

Laurie portrays Bertram Wilberforce "Bertie" Wooster - the bumbling, dimwitted aristocrat - and Fry is the witty valet, Reginald Jeeves, in the series that is based on Sir P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves and Wooster" stories. The 23 episodes appeared on the ITV network from April 1990 to June 1993 and feature bossy aunts, romantic scrapes and a number of friends who just can't stay out of mischief.

Hopefully there are plans for a definitive set and this repackaging of a prior release is a bridge to that end. Though the shows were outstanding, there needs to be a serious production makeover to make for a solid collectible for fans of all ages.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive rendition of the funniest books ever written, July 29, 2006
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Be warned: this is one of those semi-"literary" reviews in which I'm going to talk about Wodehouse, the Jeeves and Wooster series, and the literary heirs of Wodehouse, for those who think there's no such thing as enough comedy in the world.

P. G. Wodehouse ("Plum" to his friends) was the funniest man who ever set pen to paper. He lived to the ripe old age of ninety-three and wrote over ninety books, many featuring the amiable and well-meaning, if somewhat misguided, Bertie Wooster and his brainy manservant Jeeves. Although his work stretches from the late 1890s to the early 1970s, the rudeness of the outside world almost never intrudes and there are surprisingly few cultural references. Wodehouse's stories exist in a kind of eternal Eden of innocent lads and maids chasing each other around the garden and trying to avoid the various serpents trying to crash the party. His characters are almost exclusively from that most useless branch of society, the English moneyed class, and their problems are all silly ones: which witless man will win which brainless girl, and how Aunt Dahlia can steal a silver cow-creamer for her husband so that he'll give her the necessary funds to buoy up her ladies' journal "Milady's Boudoir."

And yet. . . And it's in the "and yet" that Wodehouse makes his mark as the most brilliant social satirist of all time. Unlike George Bernard Shaw, Wodehouse makes no grand stands, addresses no revolutionary agendas. Simply, quietly, and persistently, he takes aim at pretension, meanness, and cruelty by carrying it to its most absurd extent.

Wodehouse's humor is small, domestic, personal, and eternal. Of a man engaged to a bossy woman, he writes: "He might take the view that when the little [woman] made him sit up and beg and snap lumps of sugar off his nose, it was a compliment, really, because it showed that she was taking an interest." Of a particularly bad play: "One of the critics said he had perhaps seen it at a disadvantage because when he saw it the curtain was up." And of Jeeves's morning conversation with Bertie: "The English poet Herrick expressed the same sentiment when he suggested that we should gather rosebuds while we may. Your elbow is in the butter, sir." (All quotes here from "Jeeves and The Tie That Binds.")

Now, as for Fry and Laurie's rendition of Jeeves and Wooster: it is perfect. And bear in mind that, appearances to the contrary (because Fry and Laurie make it look so effortless), Jeeves and Wooster may be the two most difficult roles in all literature. Bertie must come across as amiable and well-meaning, if a trifle dim, but not a blithering idiot. David Niven tried, and it was a disaster. Jeeves is only slightly less challenging; while he must come across as brilliant and accommodating, he must do so with dignity, with only a minimum of condescension, and with a real fondness for Bertie, something like a mother hen for a slightly addlepated chick.

Fry and Laurie are prefect, as is, by the way, the excellent dramatization and the rest of the ensemble cast. Be warned, however, once you pick up Wodehouse, you'll be hooked forever. Fortunately, his output was prodigious, so you'll have plenty to read and reread, over and over and over. The books never pall; I've read many of them several times and they are always, as Wodehouse titled one of his books, "Something Fresh."

By way of literary genealogy, Wodehouse's stylistic heirs are Douglas Adams (of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame), Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy, Angel, and the Firefly/Serenity series and film), and Hugh Laurie himself, whose first book "The Gun Seller" continues in the Wodehouse tradition. For example: "I hadn't actually planned on picking his brains, because, to be honest, they weren't properly ripe yet." Or the extraordinary line: ". . . there's an undeniable pleasure in stepping into an open-top sports car driven by a beautiful woman. It feels like you're climbing into a metaphor." And as for Joss Whedon, you can practically tell which Wodehouse books he was reading while writing Buffy. When Giles tells Xander: "I suppose there's a certain Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression," and Xander replies, "I resent that. . . .Or possibly, thank you," they might have stepped right out of Wodehouse's "Full Moon." For his part, Douglas Adams wrote some of the most purely Wodehousian lines of all time, such as: "How do you feel?" "Like a military academy; bits of me keep passing out."

So if you want smart, talky, deliciously funny stuff, you can't do better than settling down with the Fry and Laurie's Jeeves and Wooster, apart, of course, from picking up any of Wodehouse's ninety-some books. Fry and Laurie, however, are a wonderful place to start.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have definitely captured the essence of the books, May 21, 2005
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There are some very detailed reviews here, so I won't repeat what's on offer and who's who.

Let me just say that P.G. Wodehouse's books are super funny. I have read almost every single one of his scores of novels, short stories and plays, and have not found one bad apple - they are either good, brilliant or extraordinary. And of all his books, those dealing with the immortal Jeeves and his amiably idiotic employer Bertie Wooster are arguably the best.

This TV series has captured the essence of those books. The acting, the direction, the locations, the dresses of the actors, the situations are perfect. It's comedy at its unpretentious best.

Buy it, you will love it.

Here's an addition to this review after watching over 3/4ths of the titles in this set:

I would probably give this set 4.5 out of 5 stars, only for one reason: the many changes to the actors who play the supporting roles to Jeeves and Wooster in the various episodes. (Thank God they did not change Jeeves and Wooster, they are BRILLIANT.) It's a little disconcerting to watch, like and get used to Bingo Little in season 1, only to discover a new actor playing him in season 2. Or the celebrated aunts. Or a few others.

Overall, though, I would reiterate that this is a very funny series worth buying.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical reproduction problems, January 1, 2008
Other reviewers have addressed the contents in great and helpful detail; I will comment on the reproductions, which are rather poor. There seems to have been some sort of ill-advised pan-and-scan at work; some parts of the picture are cut off, which is most noticeable in the opening credits, where parts of the credits for the author and crew's names vanish outside the frame.

In addition, I am dismayed by the quality of the picture representation; these episodes badly need remastering. The picture quality is blurry and indistinct, and there seems to have been some color loss or color shift. The sound is rather less full than I would have liked, as well.

Perhaps this is a result of the quality of the original recordings, but I do not remember such poor picture quality on my initial televised viewing.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, sir, March 18, 2009
This review is from: Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series (DVD)
P.G. Wodehouse wrote funny stories. Obscenely hilarious comedy stories about dim young aristocrats, overbearing aunts and very clever servants.

And of all his creations, the most memorable is the ill-fated and blue-blooded Bertie Wooster and his megabrained valet Jeeves, immortalized by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. "The Complete Jeeves & Wooster" brings together all their madcap, bizarre little adventures in England's upper echelongs, with many a disastrous engagement and stint in prison.

Bertie Wooster (Laurie) is in need of a valet, and after a wild night out, the low-key, brainy manservant Jeeves (Fry) is sent by an agency to deal with Bertie's everyday needs.

But Jeeves doesn't just fold Bertie's hankies and give him hangover tonics -- he keeps Bertie out of all kinds of trouble. Predatory young beauties, ditzy idiot pals of Bertie's, and domineering aunts trying to marry him off, Bertie is always in hot water -- and Jeeves always is on hand, with a plot cooking in his impressive brain, to haul his hapless employer out.

Among the many problems they have to tackle: a stolen cow creamer, a little book of insults directed at an amateur Hitler, a starvation tactic that ends in disaster, American millionaires, a flirtation with fatherhood, scandalous memoirs, Bingo Little's countless infatuations, the havoc wreaked by mustaches, pearl necklaces going missing, and many compromising situations that begin -- or end -- unwanted engagements.

"The Complete Jeeves and Wooster" is quite faithful to Wodehouse's original stories -- some stories are combined and others are separated, but they draw heavily on his kooky, bizarro prose. Not to mention a sort of alternate between-wars England full of glamour and a merry-go-round of oft-broken engagements, with Jeeves as the calm in the storm's eye.

The only problem is that the stories set in New York just don't have that delicious British flavour that the rest of the series does, although they're still quite funny. That, and the cast changes continuously.

But those small flaws don't keep the series from being hilarious, from start to finish. Every episode is a hopeless tangle of infatuations, overbearing aunts, mixups, blackmail, newts, meddling aunts and young women ranging from devious to airy-fairy -- often all of the above. And yet somehow Jeeves manages to untangle it by the end. And Wodehouse's dialogue is handled in a brilliant manner ("Because he is a butterfly, who toys with women's hearts and throws them away like soiled gloves!" "Do butterflies do that?").

Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are perfectly cast as the endearing bumbler Bertie Woosterand the dryly witty Jeeves. Though Bertie's lack of clothing sense (and a trombone) often annoys Jeeves, the brainy valet clearly does have affection for Bertie, and Bertie appreciates Jeeves' ability to save him from fates worse than death (such as marriage to the horribly hearty Honoria or the wispy, fairy-loving dimbulb Madeleine).

"The Complete Jeeves and Wooster" is a simply brilliant stretch of what-ho-what-ho comedy ("You can't be a successful dictator AND design women's underclothing") and deliciously twisting storylines. Not to be missed. Ever.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What ho, what ho, what ho!", April 9, 2005
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i couldn't imagine a better birthday present. when this arrived the other day, i was rather turned off; i had expected something else. however, when i switched it on an started watching it with my family, i was instantly hooked.

this impeccable series traces the insane shenanigans of Bertram Wooster, a foppy but well-meaning gent in England. after a night on the town, mr. wooster has had a touch too much to drink, and so glides in his salvation, (brilliance, in my opinion, which has manifested itself) in the form of the exquisite butler, jeeves. when jeeves arrives, Bertie's topsy-turvy exploits increase exponentially. however, this time, with Jeeves at his side, they often have happier endings.

this series is absolutely spectacular. one wonders what happened to honest-to-God humor: fresh, funny, and extremely british. the sets are all lovely, and the acting is absolutely terrific. Hugh Laurie (who is currently best known as the genius medical bastard on the hit Fox show, "House", a role, i might add, he plays really well) is an absolutely ADORABLE bertie: sweet but infintesimaly stupid. he has the most fascinating face, and it's hard to stare too long at it without laughing. he contorts it into the most peculiar shapes, and makes hysterical noises when he's in distress. he's so easy to fall in love with (not seriously; more like a protective kind of affection). stephen fry shines as the unflappable jeeves. this man has the irridescent polish of a well-cut diamond, although his subdued genius doesn't flash it too much.

all in all, this is a gorgeous series. you will love it.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A&E Continues to distribute bad quality products, March 14, 2009
Jeeves & Wooster is an awesomely funny series. Sadly, A&E just can't seem to put out a decent quality product. Everything I've purchased from them is lousy video quality.

It's as if they farmed it out to some low budget duplication house to save a few pennies on the cost of goods. In reality they're only cementing their reputation as a company that doesn't care about their customers. Do some Googling and you'll find a lot of complaints about the quality of their products.

How sad that a company that produces such great entertainment doesn't take the same care in producing their video products.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre DVD Quality . ., January 3, 2010
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Totally delightful series - we all know that:) - but the quality of DVD image is very disappointing - not totally awful: you just know it could be so much better!
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