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  • Actors: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Owen Brenman, Doreen Mantle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 1207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BIULNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Every Christmas special
Britain's Best Sitcom featurette
Audio commentary
"I Don't Believe It": The One Foot in the Grave story

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One Foot in the Grave: The Complete Series (DVD)

Customer Reviews

We like to laugh at the irritated.
M. R. Sheffield
I'm grateful that we North Americans can finally get this BBC series on DVD!
Amanda
This is by far one of the funniest british sitcoms I've ever seen!
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bishop on December 4, 2009
Format: DVD
One Foot In the Grave is one of the most cleverly written and funniest sitcoms you are ever likely to see. The main character Victor Meldrew is an iconic figure in British comedy. While on the surface he seems to be just a grouchy old man he is in fact a very deep thinker who tries his best to do what is right in a world he doesn't generally agree with. Sometimes things go his way but usually the result is disaster. The supporting cast are all brilliant, his neighbors Patrick and Pippa are forever catching him in awkward situations and are convinced he is insane. His feud with Patrick is one of the most hilarious parts of this show.

I don't personally know anyone else who is familiar with this show, I don't think it has ever been shown on PBS in my area although I know it has been show in other parts of the country at some point. One Foot is a show which I believe deserves a huge cult following here in the US if it were just more well known. In a way you could compare it a bit to Seinfeld in that there are usually several storylines in an episode that converge in the end, again usually adding up to disaster for Victor.

There are so many zany, surreal moments in this show that I couldn't start to list them here. My advice is just buy it and see for yourself. If you appreciate British humor you will in no way be disappointed. I might add that the theme song is written and performed by the legendary Eric Idle of Monty Python fame, he also guest stars in one episode.

One word of advice, if you own a multi-region dvd player try amazon.co.uk for the region two version of the box set as it is much, much cheaper than the region one version, this is true of almost all BBC dvds as well.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on October 16, 2009
Format: DVD
One Foot in the Grave's quality lies in its mixture of real comment on i) old age and growing old, ii) the intimacy of marriage (especially relevant as it is not in this case overly sexualised but quite normal and mundane) and iii) eccentricity and misunderstanding contrasted with the supposed normalcy of others (including their neighbours) surronding the Meldrews and iv) decency and kindness lurking behind Meldrew's lunatic outbursts. This combination provides fertile ground for comedy. There is another factor here and that is social history. Meldrew is undoubtedly an anachronism but one is really struck by how Britain has changed since the making of this series less than 20 years ago.

Top notch and intelligent comedy. Thank you BBC.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Smash B on December 20, 2006
Format: DVD
Meet Victor Meldrew, who seems to notice everything annoying in life and feels the need to constantly comment on it, and his long suffering wife, Margaret, who is weary of Victor's diatribes. Along with the Meldrews, you meet a host of friends and neighbors that add to the side splitting fun. If you have never seen this Britcom before, you've truly missed a masterpiece. This is definitely one to add to your collection. For those interested, here is an episode guide:

EPISODE GUIDE

1. Alive and Buried.

Victor Meldrew, upon turning 60, is forcibly retired when he is replaced by a talking machine.

2. The Big Sleep

Rampant hypochondria brings on a near death experience for Victor.

3. The Valley of Fear

Victor finds himself the victim of a mugging and a vandalism attack so he decides to hold a crime prevention meeting.

4. I'll Retire to Bedlam

Victor encounters a day of one trial after another when he is locked in the shed for three hours, forced to keep his eyes closed all day after an appointment with the optometrist, and then forced to babysit!

5. The Eternal Quadrangle

Margaret is displeased when Victor takes up a hobby - painting nudes.

6. The Return of the Speckled Band

After helping Mrs. Warboy's through a food poisoning attack and having problems with the electricity man, the Meldrews feel they have earned a relaxing vacation? But will they get one?!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By TaxiDrivin' Daddy on March 3, 2010
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A fun AND insightful look at growing older together?? ... I don't believe it!
I'm amazed at how such a hysterically shallow comedy (think Mr. Bean or Monty Python) can also be poignant enough to bring you to tears nearly every episode. Be warned, these tears do run the full range of emotions: humour, joy, despair, embarassment, revenge, heartbreak..., and may occasionally remind you of family or friends' stories you never quite believed. Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie are consumate actors who can elicit any emotion from their audience and make it seem naturally effortless. They are as perfectly paired as Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer in 'As Time Goes By', only 'One Foot in the Grave' has twice the laughs per episode!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on November 7, 2008
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This series was recommended to me by Amazon since I like Britcoms like 'Are You Being Served?,' 'Yes, Minster,' 'Keeping Up Appearances,' and 'Fawlty Towers.' I had never seen this show, so I thought I'd give it a try. Like many British sitcoms (contrary to American ones), this series deals with the senior age group. Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson), a grouch at the latter half of middle age with the sarcastic wit of Basil Fawlty, is forced into early retirement from his job in security reception ("redundancy," as they call it in England). He doesn't adjust well to all his new-found free time as he spends most of his days complaining about neighbors, incompetent fix-it men, strangers who annoy him, and--a continuing theme--litter in his front lawn. Suffering along with him is his wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie), who seems to work part time as a caregiver, who has to listen to his constant bellyaching. The first two episodes I thought were mildly amusing. The show seemed rather slow (albeit faster moving than 'Last of the Summer Wine,' and 'As Time Goes By'). I thought I'd give it 2 maybe 3 stars at the most, then it started picking up. The last four episodes have many hilarious moments and I've found myself laughing out loud. A bonus is a featurette defending the show's merits as "Britain's Best Sitcom." I'm still not convinced. I still think it is 'Fawlty Towers,' but 'One Foot in the Grave' definitely has its moments.

"Alive and Buried"--Victor Meldrew--who worked in security reception--is replaced by an automated system and is forced into early retirement.
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