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Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1992
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
Hot on the heels of Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1991 comes Vintage 1992!

From the press release:

"Clegg, Compo and Foggy are back for another season of hilarious jokes, tricks, and mix ups!
Compo outfits himself in biker's leathers after he overhears that Nora likes a man in riding gear. Unfortunately, she meant horse riding... Wesley has plans to convert a lawnmower into a window cleaning machine, but, as always for this trio, the invention doesn't work as smoothly as expected. Clegg attempts to prove Foggy a liar with what he calls the classic "Ordeal By Trousers," which entails dropping a beetle down the front of his pants to see if Foggy flinches. If he does, he's lying. Hoping to get rich quick, Compo becomes a one-man band. Later, when Foggy buys a camcorder and practices filming in the hills, he catches more than just nature on his film...Foggy also invents a new form of transport with a giant wheel and Compo finds himself volunteered as its first test driver. In the Christmas Special, the trio hires an inflatable castle for the seasonal parade, but not without a few hilarious mishaps along the way."

Episodes this time out are:

1. By The Magnificent Thighs of Ernie Burniston - Howard asks Clegg to deliver a birthday card to Marina, and Foggy decides that it's time Compo got fit.
2. Errol Flynn Used to Have a Pair Like That - Compo finds out that Nora likes a man in horse-riding gear.
3. The Phantom of the Graveyard - An old school teacher of the trio has died, so the lads are off to his funeral.
4. The Self-Propelled Salad Strainer - Wesley has plans for a ride-on lawnmower. He's going to adapt it for the purpose of cleaning windows.
5. Ordeal by Trousers - Ivy and Nora are looking for volunteers for the church concert, and, suspicious about the truthfulness of Foggy's war stories, Compo and Clegg use an old school challenge to root out liars on him.
6. Happy Birthday, Howard - Marina asks Clegg to deliver a birthday present to Howard. It'd be an easier job, if the present weren't a giant cuddly panda.
7. Who's Got Rhythm? - Compo is short of money, but after a flash of inspiration (and a visit to Auntie Wainwrights), he becomes a one-man band.
8. Camera Shy - Foggy buys a camcorder from Auntie Wainwright, and practices filming in the hills. He wants to watch it back, but doesn't have a video player. Luckily Pearl steps in and offers the use of her TV and video, but will it be lucky for Howard? Has Foggy captured more than just the countryside on tape?
9. Wheelies - Foggy invents a new form of transport...a giant wheel. Compo finds himself volunteered to test drive it.
10. 1992 Christmas: Special Stop That Castle! - The trio visit Auntie Wainwright, to rent a bouncy castle for the Christmas parade.

Yes, the Christmas special is again included. Finally this seems to be the norm rather than separate releases. Considering they tend to be in continuity it only makes sense.

Don't be surprised if you are lukewarm to LOTSW on first viewing. This gentle sitcom grows on you over time. The first time I saw LOTSW I was underwhelmed... it was slow and seemed almost without a plot. But after watching a few more episodes I was hooked! It's somewhat like "The Little Rascals" with retired people and without the "hey gang, let's put on a show" episodes.

Now that a regular, faster, release schedule has been put in place my only complaint is that, like almost all titles from BBC/Warner, the releases are only "reasonably" priced during occasional sales.

*UPDATE*
This is now apparently a BBC America Shop Exclusive title. The same is apparently true of "Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1993". What a major let down! Hopefully these will be available at Amazon in the near future which should help somewhat with the sticker shock pricing from BBC America.

**UPDATE #2**
BBC America has listened and by popular demand is releasing this title for general retail on July 3rd. As of the date of this update Amazon does not have it listed but keep your eyes open, it should be listed soon!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2012
The 1992 season on DVD is now available from Amazon, but the price is $27.83 instead of the original pre-release listed price of $19 and change. However, if you compare the original description of the product to what is now available, the $19 product was said to have only one DVD while the new page says the package has two DVDs with 330 minutes of entertainment. That should make things a little more palatable.

However, unfortunately, when I received the set I found that the BBC has seen fit to crop at least one of the episodes. The last scene of Ordeal by Trousers is (or was) a classic. Foggy gets a beetle down his pants and then gets conscripted with Compo and Clegg to perform at a church social function. In the original version Compo takes the lead in singing "I'm going to sit right down and write myself a letter," with Clegg and Foggy chiming in on the end of each line. But as the song comes to an end Foggy becomes aware of the beetle in his pants, begins twitching his leg to get the beetle out of his trousers, and builds up to a frantic "dance" while the other two begin clapping to keep time with the piano music that accelerates to keep time with Foggy. The scene is hilarious, one of the most memorable of the 35 year series. But the BBC whittled it down to the point where you just don't have a chance to get into the mood. Compo's singing is cut completely and instead of Foggy building up gradually to a crescendo in his frantic dance, he starts out abruptly at the peak and only jumps around for a few seconds, leaving the viewer with no time to appreciate the humor of the impromptu show. Really a let down for those who considered this episode in its original form a pinnacle of comic entertainment. I'm so glad I video taped the original, even if at this point my tape is showing wear from repeated use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
There is nothing I dislike about Last of the Summer Wine...all DVD's
I have them all except the last two and they are so entertaining and good natured.
They make you love to live the simple life, living each day to the fullest.
The music is so relaxing and the location is just breathtaking.
You feel as thought you are there with them.
The playful antics and so natural and funny.
I try not to watch them all at once because they are for relaxing on the weekend or
when you have a bad day and want to have something peaceful to watch.
Look forward to the last 2 releases!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
I have almost all of them. My husband doesn't care for them. I love them. Nice on a rainy day or when I can't sleep. British comedy is an acquired taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
I absolutely love this show and I especially love the trio of Compo (Bill Owen), Clegg (Peter Sallis) and Foggy (Brian Wilde)! The writing in this 1992 series may not be quite as well done as the earlier episodes but I may just be nitpicking, because they are still funnier than most other comedies ever produced! When I say funny I mean that they allow the humor to seep into your soul gently and naturally. They are not thrown in your face or laced with vulgarity. The Yorkshire scenery is just a beautiful as ever, and the supporting characters add humor and charm to an already hilarious trio of the most "irresponsible barmpots" in all of England! I do have a complaint (and the reason for 4 stars not 5) about the DVD's for this whole series, and that is - there are no extras to allow the fan an inside look or to look behind the camera. A show of this quality deserves the very best marketing and the fans deserve the very best packaging! Come on BBC....don't short-change this classic treasure!

Edit: I want to add something I have noticed. Some, not all, of the episodes have been edited and scenes cut short! This is sad and a bit disappointing. I only noticed it because I recorded many episodes off my local PBS satation prior to getting the dvd's. Was I surprised to find that the PBS episodes were longer and apparently complete, while several scenes were missing in the dvd! I have noticed this on all the LOTSW dvd's that the BBC has put out! Again, what a shame! I would have thought this series (and its fans) would get the very best treatment and packaging available! Shame on you BBC for selling such cheap and disrespectful versions of one of the greatest comedies ever created! For this I lower my rating from 4 to 3 stars..not for the show but for the poor treatment by the BBC!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
I always look forward to watching Last of the Summer Wine on PBS every weekend. Would like to have the complete set, but, it only comes in Region 2.
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on July 4, 2014
Excellent, just what I wanted
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on May 16, 2014
We love all of these . but I cant fine 1994 or 1996.they arived on time and in great shape.
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on April 4, 2014
Wesley converts a lawnmower into a window cleaning machine which does not work properly of course. Foggy buys a camcorder and films more than the scenic hills.
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on March 27, 2014
Love, love this show. Amazing when you realize that one man wrote the show for 30 years. Roy Clarke is a genius.
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