Dave Allen - The Best Of [PAL, Region 2, Import]
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Dave Allen was an institution. He did TV specials every year or so in Britain in the 1970s and '80s where he'd sit in a spotlit leather chair on stage and share the wit and story-telling ability that made him a unique raconteur. In later years, he dropped the trademark cigarette and glass of booze that he also had on stage throughout the hour or so specials. He avoided over-exposure, appearing just frequently enough to retain a following. Dave Allen was something you looked forward to, appointment television because it was a rarity.
His origins were Irish, and his wit and world-view was uniquely Irish, too. He pontificated about sex, the Irish, God, smoking, life, death, etc., etc.
What makes "The Best of Dave Allen" a particular treat -- aside from just getting to see some of his best stuff -- is to watch how he aged and how dress style, haircuts and BBC stage sets changed over the years.
But the real joy is that dry Irish humor. A touch of self-deprecation, a dash of blasphemy, a trace of (sometimes dated) edginess, a smidgen of willfulness, a slight smirk, a sense of a joke shared between the comedian and the audience (in the nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know-wot-I-mean? vein) and almost always a great payoff.Read more ›
So they're clueless as to how much time can elapse before you can not longer make an Amazon return. They respond with the speed of an elderly snail. And they are clueless as to their products, suggesting I obtain a region 1 version of the product, whereas they do not make a region 1 version of the product - or take the insane step of having it replaced with the same thing. It's a pity because Dave Allen was a comic genius.
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Dave Allen is perhaps one of the greatest storytellers of all time. I never get tired of his jokes, skits and stories. There are no sacred cows with his humor. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Malbus
Finding this dvd was great If you like Irish Humor this is for youPublished 21 months ago by Leonard Y Newlin
Dave Allen is one of the great comics I loved watching on TV!Published on August 5, 2014 by Marilyn Westhoff
warning do not buy this item. you will thank yourself later. amazon knows this item will not play or load in a us dvd player but fail to notify buyers. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by glynn jenkins
I can play this just fine in MS Media Center. I really wish we could get more of Dave's show then this. I know the BBC has it just get off yer duffs boys...Published on February 9, 2014 by Oddworlder
This is great! I love Dave Allen and only wish I could find more DVDs of his TV shows. He's one of the best, you rarely find someone as funny as him any more.Published on October 19, 2013 by Maxie
I haven't seen Dave Allen since the 1970s. I thought he was very funny then. Now, having seen his best material covering the span of his career, I can state that he was a genius. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Martin Svensson
i never got the dog-gone thing and if its a region 2 dvd i wouldnt be able to play it anyway , yawl should let us know up front if a dvd is of another region , what a mickey-mouse... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Bennie Claxton