'Allo 'Allo - The Complete Series Seven
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Allo 'Allo!: The Complete Series 7 (DVD)
Poor Rene. His only desire is for a peaceful life in his quiet cafe in Nouvion, France. The only difficult decision he wishes to make is which waitress to sneak off to the broom closet with for a quick cuddle. But ever since the war started, nothing is simple. As if it wasn't bad enough to be shot dead by the Germans, now the resistance wants to shoot him also and he must flee to, of all places, England! But first, he must rescue his mother-in-law, who was last seen in her bed with Leclerc attached to a hot air balloon heading due south at 500 feet, and he must also smuggle food to the British airmen, who have gotten themselves stuck down a drain in the middle of the town square, all while attempting to evade the deadly singing voice of his wife Edith! Will this war never end?]]>
- 10 episodes on two discs
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Basic story is of a café owner René Artois (Gorden Kaye); this is in France during the WWII German occupation. He must balance dealing with the local Germans, the Gestapo, the good Resistance, the commie Resistance, having affairs with his female help, dealing with his wife and mother-in-law.
In series seven the fun does not stop. However you see some different people and different actors playing some of the key characters. A few of the originals are left including a token appearance of Captain Hans Geering (Sam Kelly) in a surprisingly new position after a little brainwashing. As With the last series (six), one can tell that they are running out of ideas and in desperate effort to keep up the energy go a little over the deep end even for "Allo Allo." Then all of a sudden even the new substitute actors catch on and we are back in the laughs and situations. Herr Otto Flick finds a new love worthy of the Gestapo. Now I can not wait for series eight.
One nice thing about this series is that they place the name next to the actor at the end of each episode. Most of the actors are well known out side of this series. I was shocked however to find that Gestapo Herr Otto Flick (Richard Gibson) Played British Capt. Newman in Ken Follett's "The Key to Rebecca" (1985) and completely changed his accent.
On the plus side, Sam Kelly (Hans, of the first several seasons who escaped, by mistake, to England) turns up in British Intelligence, where he has been groomed to be a proper Englishman by the Cambridge Spies, Burgess and Maclean!
There are still plenty of laughs, gimmicks, and running gags; and Series Seven is well worth adding to your collection. But some of that original piquant zest is missing.
We are going on vacation next week and packing it to watch with friends and family.
It is made funnier by a German Leutenant who "is mad about the boy" - but of course one needs intrigue and skullduggery with stolen art and the "Gestoopo" who are always trying to catch the plot but usually miss it.
A superb series that really must be part of your video collection.
The frustrating part about buying these DVD's is that the distributor cannot do the honourable thing and release the entire series in one release. The excuse for this may well be marketing but this does not enhance my opinion of them for this policy. Hurry up and release the rest of the series, you idle slackers!!!!!
France during WWII is not to be missed. There are the French Resistance ("Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once"), the Communist Resistance, a couple of silly British airman stranded in France and several German officers. All the girls and one guy, a German Lieutenant, are in love with Rene. The Gestapo is also represented by Herr Flick and his sidekick, both of whom walk with a limp (shades of Joseph Goebbels). Throw into the mix a host of other characters, weird disguises, improbable situation, and this is British comedy at its finest. You won't stop laughing. PBS showed this series many years ago, and I a so glad BBC has brought it out in DVD format. The last series (season 9) is due tobe released in October 2008. I can hardly wait!!