The Best of Mr. Bean
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- Five fan-selected sketches, including "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean"
- "The Story of Bean": 40-minute documentary
- Rowan Atkinson biography and filmography
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Bean is indeed an instant classic, and even if you think you hate British comedy, this will probably win you over anyway.
However, beware that you are NOT purchasing 11 full "episodes". You are purchasing a single flashback episode that flashes back to 11 short selections from Bean episodes.
If you dont believe me, note that the total running time is 77 minutes. Subtract the movie trailers, the credits, the intro, and what you have is about an hour of footage, about half of which is the filler between flashbacks. Now, it is quite hysterical filler about Mr Bean rummaging through his attic and playing with his teddy, but it's still filler, and it's still a flashback episode. If you hate flashback episodes then dont bother.
To paint by numbers, the episode "Mr Bean Helps a Street Performer" is about 1 minute and 5 seconds long. Most of the episodes are around 2-5 minutes long. Now, multiply that by 11 episodes, and you have about 40 minutes or less of old Mr Bean highlights for the price of a full DVD. If you ask me, you're money is better spent on Monty Python episodes, or for that matter, the Rowan Atkinson Live tape!
Some of the quirkiness you come to associate with Mr. Bean is just that; it's what makes him tick.
The humor is sometimes pratfall but also intelligent as well. On the other hand, there is a darker side to Mr. Bean that you may not recognize until you see it, so be forewarned, it could be misconstrued. Personally, I felt a bit saddened by some of this darker side, but usually Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) adds just a bit extra that doesn't leave you feeling put out.
There is some adult humor but children will recognize this; for example, the thumb caught in the fly of the pants; there are few if any other double-entendres that would cause parents to be concerned.
I would rate this humor as PG or PG-13, because there is one scene of rear nudity that discerning parents may want their children to miss.
All in all, a funny DVD that has its best moments interspersed with slower parts; sometimes predictable, but classic bits just the same.
The documentary on Mr. Bean includes footage of the "Not the 9:00 News" show he was on, and the opening credits of that show include nudity in the form of dancing topless women, not cartoon or Monty Python type. Needless to say I was surprised by that.
I had been so glad to find some good, clean British humor that was safe for my family to watch too, but we're not keeping this one :(.
The episodes themselves are great. I understand that "The Turkey" skit in "Merry Christmas Mr. Bean" and the "Armchair" skit in "Do It Yourself Mr. Bean" have excluded some scenes that were originally aired, but the character of Mr. Bean is hilarious, and the precarious situations he continually finds himself in will keep you rolling. Just be careful if you have small children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of Mr Bean shorts. Its hard to say they are "the best" because there are only so many episodes you can fit onto a dvd, but still..Published 1 month ago by ophali
This is a quick Bean pick me up, when you are in need of some laughs.
No, it's not full episodes of his show as some reviewers have complained about here. Read more