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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Only...But Darn it!, October 12, 2008
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This review is from: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: The Best of... What's Left of... NotOnly... But Also... (DVD)
I loved Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, especially together. This DVD showcases the beautiful black and white [and some color] program they were well known for, not so much here in America back in the mid 1960's, but mostly in England. Being a John Lennon fan since 1964 it is wonderful to see a near mint copy of the visualization of the poem from his first book, In His Own Write, that being, Def Ted,Danoota and Me.
For fans, old and new alike, it breaks your heart when you read in the enclosed booklet that the BBC erased [wiped is the technical term] the master video tapes in the early 1970's due to some silly notion that they, the BBC, couldn't afford new reels of videotape and Peter Cook himself offered to BUY NEW REELS in order to keep the BBC from wiping the tapes, hence, the program, Not Only..But Also, would be eliminated like it never had been in the first place.
I don't really know how the material on this DVD survived, it must have hidden itself in a warehouse somewhere under the title "BBC Documentary:
How To Tell When It's Raining".
Shame on them for destroying the masters of this funny, funny, series.
Now, with both men gone forever, if you enjoyed their unique humor as I have, buy this DVD and enjoy what once was. We'll never see their likes again. Darn it!
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2013 3:59:39 PM PDT
Joey D says:
Producer/director Joe McGrath broke several rules by making pirated copies, filming off a tv screen in 16mm. Many steps down in quality, but that's how these few shows survived.

Posted on May 18, 2013 1:04:25 PM PDT
Same thing happened here in the US with the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. NBC burned YEARS of the early days of the show, so they wouldn't have to worry about storage. (Morons)

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2013 6:47:06 PM PDT
That's true, K. C. I only learned THIS WEEK that the John Lennon and Paul McCartney appearence episode from May 1968 [which I saw the night it was broadcast, I was 18 then] was erased by NBC ! Sad.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2014 5:38:12 PM PDT
Sheesh!! That is so effing sad.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2014 1:14:23 PM PDT
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