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The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Series

4.5 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Opening with a naked Reggie running into the sea, this groundbreaking BBC comedy series tells the story of a man desperate to escape his daily monotony. Adapted by David Nobbs from his darkly-comedic novel, and powered by the unique performance of Leonard Rossiter, this brilliant satire had the world “cracking up” over one man’s nervous breakdown.

Reginald Perrin (Rossiter) has a respectable career at Sunshine Desserts, a happy marriage and two less than satisfactory children. But the pressures of the rat race are beginning to push Reggie over the edge. The mere mention of his mother-in-law conjures the image of a hippopotamus, the word ‘earwig’ keeps creeping into his conversations, and his thoughts are repeatedly interrupted by outrageous fantasies involving his secretary – what’s an overstressed food firm executive to do?

INCLUDES ALL 3 SEASONS (21 EPISODES) PLUS:
“The Very Best of Leonard Rossiter” – the ultimate film review of the acclaimed actor including unforgettable highlights, archival interviews with Rossiter and first-hand reflections from four of his Reginald Perrin co-stars.

“Reginald Perrin Christmas Special Sketch” – the long-lost sketch, which reunited the cast three years after the completion of the series; originally broadcast as part of BBC’s 1982 “The Funny Side of Christmas” special.


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Leonard Rossiter, Pauline Yates, John Barron, Sue Nicholls, John Horsley
  • Directors: Gareth Gwenlan, John Howard Davies
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T46TCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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I waited for decades, literally, to be able to see the complete series again ... only to find it had been bowdlerized. Shame on them.

What is particularly galling about this censorship, is that the portions removed were making fun of the types of people who would flee a neighborhood just because somebody "different" moved in. Apparently, somebody who had no clue as to what was really going on, saw CJ in blackface and Tom with a turban, and decided that we would be scandalized by seeing it.

Leftist censorship is no better than rightist.
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The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was simply the most inspired, profound, brilliantly written, and painfully truthful series ever to find its way onto television. This was something rare...TV for smart people! Chaucer would have loved this, and Shakespeare would have stolen plots from it.

I happened to have been in London and saw Leonard Rossiter on stage in Loot a few nights before he died (during a performance.) He was a great actor, and in PERRIN was supported by a brilliant cast. The humor cut to the core of society's hypocrisy unlike any other show, before, or since, and was a weekly beacon of hope for the jaded cynics whose senses of values were daily buffeted by this maddening world.

So what does the modern day Inquisition do? It's been PC sanitized for our protection.

END CENSORSHIP! DON'T BUY THIS. DEMAND the original in its full anti-social glory.
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As much as I wanted this series I won't be buying it until an uncensored version is offered. Please why censor a great series? We want the original series.
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The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Series When I first watched this series back around 1980 or thereabouts, I thought it was great. Now I see how weak the third season is but, worst of all, this old masterpiece has been seriously edited for "political correctness". I'll donate the DVD set to my local library since there is no chance I'll waste time watching it again.
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This is NOT a complete series. I have an unabridged copy of season three. It is about nine minutes longer than season three on this set. Four of the episodes run under 30 minutes and are complete. Three of them run over 30 minutes, and scenes were cut out to shorten the total time. Some very funny bits have been scrapped. Moreover, the story would have better continuity if the purchase of the neighboring houses were shown.

I have seasons one and two on VHS tape, but haven't compared them to the dvd yet. If memory serves me right, there's another scene with Reggie's cat, which is missing from this set. But I could be wrong. When I find the time, I'll check.
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I first saw TFARORP many years ago when the Dallas PBS affiliate KERA imported it, and it is completely on par with "Fawlty Towers" and "Ab Fab" as far as comedic worthiness while breaking through traditional sitcom barriers.

Reginald Perrin (as portrayed by Leonard Rossiter) is a middle-aged, middle manager at a London-area dessert factory who couldn't be more dissatisfied with the banality of day-to-day life. So he comes up with a plan to end it all (without really ending it all).

Rossiter is genius and the rest of the casting couldn't be more spot-on -- these are characters that will stay with you always (and that you'll probably recognize from your own lives).

And if you think "Saturday Night Live" is a catch-phrase factory, wait 'til you catch yourself trying to work the cleverness of Reggie and company into your conversations!

Like "The Office," they tried to "American-ize" this program in 1983; unlike "The Office," it failed. But while "Reginald Perrin" dates back to the 70s, I've seen the first few episodes again quite recently and it holds up superbly as a satire of the working world.
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Finally! The BBC has brought us hitherto deprived NTSC viewers "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin," one of the most imaginative British comedies of all time (and if this statement be hyperbole, well, Tough City, Arizona!). In addition, the Beeb (May it continue to flourish!) has also provided us with legible subtitles so that we can fully appreciate every benighted word uttered by the inspired Leonard Rossiter and his delightfully daffy supporting cast, which includes a young(ish) Geoffrey Palmer for whom time had not yet gone by entirely.

It is difficult to believe that the series was first launched in 1976, since the theme of man's alienation from the increasing complexities (and banalities) of an industrialized and mercenary society seems as valid today.

The first two years of the series are so brilliant that they merit the five stars that I have given it. However, the criticisms leveled by other reviewers are true: material has indeed been cut from the series; not merely scenes, but whole episodes. I definitely recall what must have been the sequel to the third year (shown on PBS years ago), in which Reggie again does a flit and escapes this time to a small town where no one knows him, and, one-by-one, the usual suspects join him. In this series, as I recall, the catch-phrase "[Whatever] City, Arizona" was caught by every one of the characters, including Geoffrey Palmer, whose deadpan addition of "Arizona" to expressions such as "Panic City" was so funny that similar catch-phrases entered into my own vocabulary, much to the bewilderment of my friends who had not seen the show. As disappointed as I was not to re-experience these episodes, I was nonetheless gratified to know that I had not imagined that something was definitely missing!
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