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A low point mark for the series AND poor product presentation.
on March 1, 2012
First off I am very saddened to rate this set a three star. I own all the sets that come trickling along at an unusually slow pace. However, because I love this series I have put up with a lot of sins by the outfit that churns out these sets. Now finally I've had it! There is NO insert listing the episodes on this DVD. In the past I've had to print out one of the reviews that thankfully lists the episodes. Is it too much to ask the company to include an insert with the episodes listed, date of airing etc? It's not as if these are cheap budget DVDs. I think it is time we the consumers hold the company to account on this matter.
Secondly, the episodes with Smiler are a total bomb. In these episodes Compo plays the depressed party and the chemistry of the show is laid asunder. It just does not work. To make matters worse Smiler comes across as not a likable character. Unlike Howard, who grows on you, with his sneaky antics, Smiler just gets more annoying as the show progresses. There are a couple of episodes on this DVD that downplay Compo's envy and Smiler's role and those are hilarious.
All said and done this set is still worth watching but it certainly hits a low water mark of the series. I still love LOTSW and hope that the upcoming sets will be packaged with episode listings and details and hopefully future releases will have less of Smiler and more of the three lovable loafers.