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LOTSW 1992 - Not quite the rip-off it looked like at first.
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.