Here's some more of what you want to know, at least this is what I always look for, the EPISODES contained. Don't know why Amazon consistently either does not list them or if they do they get it wrong. The good news here is that in addition to the regular '93 season episodes they do include the Dec. '93 Special, "Welcome To Earth". This one, like all other LOSW specials are never played on PBS, so being able to see the specials on these U.S. LOSW releases is a major plus! I have to tell you, that this episode is extremely funny, an excellent example to show anyone who is not familiar with the series what it's all about. All the best characters are here all doing what you hope and expect they will do. This episode does not disappoint. So, with that tidbit out of the way, here are the episodes in this release, enjoy Summer Winers:
Welcome to Earth The trio join Darren's friend in expecting a visitation from outer space (or maybe even Huddersfield)
How To Clear Your Pipes Now Foggy's on about Compo and Clegg being out of shape again, and he ends up putting them through an exhaustive training course that leaves them trapped inside sewer pipes. Howard's latest subterfuge has him publicizing the bicycle race he and Marina are "participating" in, but he does it a little too well this time.
Where There's Smoke, There's Barbecue The trio gets a gas grill from Auntie Wainwright, but its alarming potency brings an explosive touch to their barbecue. Howard is busy making improvements on his love-nest. Will it inflame Marina's passions, or just inflame Marina? And how did Howard end up with a wooden leg?
The Black Widow Too much home brew at a funeral tea leaves Compo and Foggy having to rescue Clegg from the arms of an amorous widow.
Have You Got A Light Mate? Smiler is selling security lights. Howard is determined to buy Marina a china shepherdess-if he can persuade Clegg to visit Auntie Wainwright's.
Stop That Bath The trio finds they are involved in yet another of Howard's schemes to get a present to Marina-this time a cast iron bath!
Springing Smiler Smiler is sick of living in misery with Nora Batty and will hand over 50 quid to anyone who will help him move out and live in misery someplace else. Foggy has a plan to get Smiler thrown out, but will Compo murder Smiler before they can put it into action?
Concerto For Solo Bicycle Foggy comes up with the crazy idea of bicycle safety underwear after he collides with Compo riding his old bike.
There Are Gypsies At The Bottom Of Our Garden Dewhirst's "Nature Tours" are launched by Foggy after he believes he's discovered the nesting place of a giant woodpecker.
Aladdin Gets On Your Wick After seeing a man on a sailboard, Foggy has the idea of inventing a three-man version.
The character and story line are great. Fans of "Last of the Summer Wine" won't be disappointed. In my opinion, the only negative thing is the sound track. The sound varies- up and down, sometimes hollow sounding, reverberatres/echoes- and the laugh track is very loud to the point of sometimes drowning out the narrative and being annoying in it loudness. Maybe I received a faulty recording. I suppose the only way to find out is to buy another copy, or if someone has the same experience and notes it with a review.
WHAT CAN I SAY! I LOVE ALL OF THE SUMMER WINES I HAVE BOUGHT SO FAR. I NEVER SAW THEM BEFORE BUT TOOK AND CHANCE AND BOUGHT THE FIRST ONE AND I HAVE BOUGHT EVERY ONE SO FAR AND ONE ON PREORDER. IT'S VERY SAD THEY HAVE ALL PASSED AWAY LIKE MANY WONDERFUL BRIT COM ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. WELL THE 3 MAIN ONES HAVE, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING ALL OF THEM EITHER WAY AND ALSO WATCHING THEM OVER AND OVER. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Really like all of the Last of the Summer Wine that I've seen. There are 9 episodes in this set plus the Christmas special "Welcome to Earth" which has a famous guest star near the end of the episode. Great writing & acting.
If the vintage 1993 LOSW had no other episodes, the special “Welcome to Earth” makes this DVD set well worth five stars...and its price. With John Cleese in a cameo appearance, and a scene of our three protagonists on a bicycle flying through the air, with the moon shining in the background (an unselfconscious director's nod to Spielberg's ET), this splendid episode is pure pleasure and has become a must-see over and again for us.
The remainder of the episodes are rather stock LOSW, though “The Black Widow” has charms, reminiscent of earlier, more “innocent” episodes, and “There Are Gypsies At The Bottom Of Our Garden” has laugh-out-loud funny moments!
The sound track on this set leaves a little to be desired, voices sometimes fading in and out, but this is a problem I frequently find on DVDs of many British shows. I just remember to keep remote in hand, finger poised over that volume control!
This is perhaps not the DVD collection to begin watching Last of the Summer Wine, but it's a must for all seasoned Summer Wine viewers.