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Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1991

4.8 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1991 (DVD)

The world's longest-running sitcom returns with more antics from everyone's favorite geriatrics! Compo is just as smitten with Nora as ever, so when Smiler becomes her lodger, Compo is left depressed. The trio tracks down one of Compo's old friends from school hoping to cash in on an old debt. Foggy also has his inventor's cap back on this season. He creates a chair lift to get up the hills and a pole vault to help Compo hang a washing line for Nora, but as usual, his brilliant ideas lead to a few mishaps along the way. Finally, in the Christmas special, Foggy starts a new business venture, enlisting Compo as his first employee.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SH65FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Once again, the Christmas Special will be included!

From the press release: "Ah, what a year! Once again, the vintage threesome are up to their old tricks. Compo is as smitten as ever with Nora, but Foggy is back working on his crackpot inventions-and poor Clegg is dragged into their mischief-making plots even though he knows better."

There are 7 episodes this time out:

Quick, Quick, Slow - Nora has taken Smiler in as her lodger, and Compo is depressed about it.
Give Us a Lift - Compo is convinced the hills are getting steeper, so Foggy invents a chair lift.
Was That Nora Batty Singing - Compo believes he can hear Nora singing, and is convinced that she and Smiler are having an affair.
Cash Flow Problems - Compo is skint, but remembers that he's owed money from an old schoolfriend, so the trio set off to track him down.
Passing the Earring - Howard asks Clegg if he can return an earring to Marina.
Pole Star - Compo is depressed because he's too short to help Nora hang her washing line, but Foggy suggests that she'd be impressed if he could vault up onto the wall.
Situation Vacant - The Christmas Special

As I've said before on my reviews of the LOTSW sets, don't be surprised if you are lukewarm to LOTSW on first viewing. This show grows on you over time. The first time I saw LOTSW I was underwhelmed... it was slow and seemed almost without a plot. But after watching a few more episodes I was hooked!

In a prior reveiw I stated: "Come on Warner Brothers, how about a more realistic release pace of 4-5 series a year..." - Well it apears they listened to those of us with that simple plea.

Bonus news: Based on a blog post at bbcamericashop the series is now on a "quarterly release plan"!
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I fell in love with this series a long time ago. Then it was cancelled, and I was broken hearted. Now I have about 7 dvd's that I love. They start out pretty serious, but then when you least expect it, something funny happens, or someone says something funny, and it gets hilarous. I wish there were more dvd's. Sometimes they're a little hard to understand, but the more I watch, the easier it gets. I would recommend this series.
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First off I am very saddened to rate this set a three star. I own all the sets that come trickling along at an unusually slow pace. However, because I love this series I have put up with a lot of sins by the outfit that churns out these sets. Now finally I've had it! There is NO insert listing the episodes on this DVD. In the past I've had to print out one of the reviews that thankfully lists the episodes. Is it too much to ask the company to include an insert with the episodes listed, date of airing etc? It's not as if these are cheap budget DVDs. I think it is time we the consumers hold the company to account on this matter.

Secondly, the episodes with Smiler are a total bomb. In these episodes Compo plays the depressed party and the chemistry of the show is laid asunder. It just does not work. To make matters worse Smiler comes across as not a likable character. Unlike Howard, who grows on you, with his sneaky antics, Smiler just gets more annoying as the show progresses. There are a couple of episodes on this DVD that downplay Compo's envy and Smiler's role and those are hilarious.

All said and done this set is still worth watching but it certainly hits a low water mark of the series. I still love LOTSW and hope that the upcoming sets will be packaged with episode listings and details and hopefully future releases will have less of Smiler and more of the three lovable loafers.
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I have spent a lot of money on this series and I don't regret a penny of it. This is one of my most favorite things ever. I think the series is just excellent. The people in the series are such good actors and do so well. The village is really neat and interesting. The countryside is absolutely beautiful. All in all, you get your money's worth - good series, beautiful scenery, great acting just good fun.
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The longest running comedy show on the planet. Leave it to the Brits to come up with well written scripts that are extremely funny without being insipid or inane. It's much like the Little Rascals at the other end of life, after they've all retired. I can't imagine why the entire series is not already available on DVD.
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I love this show and would love it more if it wasn't for the annoyingly LOUD laugh track Yes, I know they famously didn't use a "laugh-track" per se; no, they recorded an audience watching the taped parts and used that - L O U D L Y !!! In some of the episodes the recorded laughter steps on the dialogue. I don't understand the why the execs or whomever thinks it is necessary to cue the audience to laughter. I have bought and watched almost the whole 38 year spanning series and have gotten to the point where I watch it now with my thumb on the Mute button on the remote. There is such a predictable pattern of canned laughs that I can usually time the "mutes" perfectly. What a pain. It is for this reason that I can't watch anymore of these. At least for awhile.
Otherwise, a very enjoyable easy-going show.
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