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Only Fools and Horses - The Complete Series 4-5 and the Specials (2004)

David Jason , Nicholas Lyndhurst , Mandie Fletcher , Ray Butt  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Kenneth MacDonald, John Challis
  • Directors: Mandie Fletcher, Ray Butt, Susan Belbin, Tony Dow
  • Writers: John Sullivan
  • Producers: Ray Butt, Gareth Gwenlan
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 695 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J4ZYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Only Fools and Horses - The Complete Series 4-5 and the Specials" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

David Jason, Nicholas Lindhurst. This amazingly popular British sitcom completed its fourth season much as it did the previous three as a smash hit. The fifth season could do nothing else but follow suit. Voted best British sitcom ever in a 2004 poll. Includes all 13 episodes from Seasons 4 and 5 on 4 DVDs. 1985-88/color/11 hrs., 30 min/NR.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Comedy at its Very, Very Best! December 9, 2004
By Tiggah
Only Fools and Horses, which ran for over 20 years (1981-2003), was one of Britain's most popular (and, in my opinion, one of the best) comedies ever made. Briefly, for those unfamiliar, David Jason (A Touch of Frost, The Darling Buds of May, Open All Hours, Micawber) stars as Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, a smooth-talking, street-smart, self-important dealer in goods of questionable quality and dubious provenance, to say the least. He is assisted (though hindered may be a more accurate word!) by his not-so-street-smart (albeit better educated) younger brother, Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst).

The first three series (contained in the first BBC boxed set) were produced between 1981-1983 and were the only ones to feature Grandad (Lennard Pearce, who sadly died, aged 69, of a heart attack in December 1984 just as the fourth series had begun production). Though there were some truly memorable episodes and many hilarious lines in those first three series, I do feel the series as a whole became stronger with the commencement of the fourth series. For one thing, the supporting cast became larger.

Del's half-witted friend, Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack--farmer Owen from The Vicar of Dibley), who cannot seem to get it into his head that Rodney's name is "Rodney" not "Dave"; and the pompous, sharp-dealing, used-car salesman Boycie--who would sell his own grandmother if there were a profit in it--are back. Now, however, we get to meet Boycie's hilariously tarty wife, Marlene (Sue Holderness of Sandbaggers 3), who we get the distinct impression has slept with most if not all of Boycie's friends at some point!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British Comedy October 14, 2004
Only Fools and Horses is not for the faint of heart. It is truly British comedy, filled with working class everymen speaking in Cockney rhyming slang and hustling to make a quid or two. The writing is unimpeachable and the characters are full of life and brilliantly rich and colorful. You will root for them all.

And this is a great 4-disc set. In addition to the complete series four and five, it contains four of the feature length Christmas specials:

To Hull and Back
A Royal Flush
Dates
The Frog's Legacy

This set is a must-have for die-hard fans of British humor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars During the War... September 6, 2004
I was surprised to see that this was coming out on DVD because I thought that the first boxed set of seasons 1 to 3 on DVD apparently didn't sell all that well. Surprised, yet delighted. I'm a new fan of this series, having seen it for the first time less than a year ago, and I can honestly say that it is my favorite Britcom. I wish that they would list some more details than just Series 4-5 and the Specials. I would like to know which specials are in here (presumably it will have To Hull and Back and A Royal Flush, as they were the specials for those 2 seasons, but will there be any more besides those two)?

If you saw the first set and weren't overly impressed, just wait and keep watching. Grandad died and was replaced by Uncle Albert in season 4, and I think he was a much better character. All he ever does is drive people crazy with his reminiscing about the days "During the War"... Uncle Albert was a great war hero who sunk every boat he ever sailed on, including the time he crashed into an aircraft carrier because he couldn't see it. His excuse was that its lights weren't lit, but they said that it didn't matter because it was in broad daylight.

Anyway, I can't wait for this set to come out, and will buy it as soon as it is available. Prepare for laughs galore. Luvvly jubbly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This time next year Rodders........ September 12, 2004
This is my all time favorite British Comedy. I own all of the episodes on Brit VHS and love them. I fell in love with the Trotters when I was stationed in England in the early 90's. I am sooo excited that they are bringing out the rest of the shows.

I wish there was more info. Which specials? Will it include the Millenium Specials? They are great! This is the most viewed and best selling Brit Comedy in the history of the BBC.

Not to be a spoiler, but Rodders and Del Boy both get married and you get to meet Uncle Albert (The old man of the sea)!

Will not disappoint!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britcom at it's best September 15, 2004
I purchased a region free dvd player so that I could purchase comedies like this from Amazon.co.uk (recently released Series 7 on DVD). David Jason is his usual brilliant self as Del Boy and the characters of Trig and Boise are in the show more and are hilarious. I notice in the description that there are some specials in addtion to the series and would love to know what they are (These are very expensive on Amazon.co.uk and need a region Free DVD Player). If you like the comedy of David Jason, I would also recommend 'The Darling Buds of May' (Catherine Zeta Jones also stars).

Keep an eye out for Series 6 (probably the funniest!) - Rodney wins a drawing competition and has to pretend Del-Boy is is father and he is only 16.

Brilliant Stuff!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Well judging from my title you probably know what I am talking about. With more character and plot development this comedy got better and better through the mid to late eighties. You need a basic sitcom at the start that gets moderate attention as OFAH did, but its only then that you can start bending reality slightly to make something even funnier. Don't get me wrong 1-3 were great in their own right. Then 4-5 were the gateway to 6 and 7 and the other specials that really had the right formula and character development. Remember Trigger will call Rodney Dave for twenty plus years. Not funny in the first episode but by the time we get to 'Modern Men.' Its the funnist 'in' joke of any comedy in history.

I am an expat, and was devasated to have to sell all my OFAH videos before coming to the States. Luckily, just a few years later, and to my overwhelming joy they have started to be released here. Now America can enjoy the hilarity of Del-boy Rodney and Co.

This comedy ran for the better part of 20 years. Why? everybody asks.

Answer? John Sullivan. For Sullivan knows the formula of great comedy, namely tragedy. Del and Rodneys upbringing was tragic. Sullivan himself has a phenomenal social awareness and can push the tragedy and comedy at almost the the same time. Watch Grandads funeral, the first episode of season 4. It starts off pretty grim, but then when they drop his hat into the grave and it turns out to be the vicars hat, then you should understand the co-relation of this comedy, tragedy thing Im talking about.

One of my favorite lines ever is when Rodney says after his marriage is failing "Ive got this horrible feeling that if there is such a thing as reincarnation, knowing my luck I'll come back as me!" Genius!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Fools and Horses-Series 4 & 5
This disk is as great as the first (series 1 thru 3) and is a delight to watch. David Jason is a delight to watch, and Buster Merryfield is great as Granddad's brother. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Old Man "Steve", Nampa, Id.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wrong with Del Boy - " Rodney you plonker "
As a Brit living in the US I love having this to watch over and over, one of the best British comedies in my opinion, watch it you won't be disappointed : )
Published 2 months ago by british-lady
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
was so excited when i went to the mailbox..nicely packaged..and worked great..and the best thing it was on time liked stated..ty will order again
Published 14 months ago by candi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Actors, Great Writer, a wonderful Iconic British Comedy
Couldn't have stated it better myself. The British do Comedy, and for that matter Drama, better than anyone ever has or ever will. My collection is about 90 percent British TV. Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by J. JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British comedy genuis................
As with all the Only fools and Horses discs this is simply the best British comedy series I have ever seen. Read more
Published on July 25, 2007 by Ibroxson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!
You don't have to "get" British humor to love Only Fools. It's a laugh riot. My husband told me it was his favorite show in the world, so I ordered it for him, and haven't stopped... Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars USA, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!!!!!!
I' an English reviewer on an american website. You americans seriously havn't seen anything yet. You think series 1,2,3,4,5, to hull and back, royal flush, dates and frogs legacy... Read more
Published on August 2, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES
I HAVE LIVED OVER IN THE US FOR TEN YEARS NOW AND HAVE FORTUNATELY BEEN IN A POSITION TO OWN A MULTI-REGION DVD PLAYER. THIS WAS THE ONLY BRITISH COMEDY SERIES THAT I WANTED. Read more
Published on May 18, 2005 by C. J. GRIFFIN
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
an excellent consistently funny series
despite the sad loss of grand pa Leonard Pearce
The show continues on with the hillariosly funny and dillusional former sailor... Read more
Published on January 29, 2005 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Luvely jubley, idn't it?!?
Best of the best! This is a must have for any connoisseur of British humor. I have DVDs and tapes of all of the well known Brit sits and I can't tell you how good this series is. Read more
Published on January 23, 2005 by Karen V.
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