Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 82/83
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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!
This is a better value than the previous sets as we get 2(!) series (6th and 7th) this time out for a total of 13 episodes!
From the press release:
"Britain's oldest-if not wisest-adolescents and incorrigible senior citizens uncork another barrel full of laughs as their ongoing antics continue to corrupt the picturesque town of Holmfirth. Compo (Bill Owen), Clegg (Peter Sallis, Wallace & Gromit) and Foggy (Brian Wilde) enjoy more merry, misguided adventures in the longest-running series on Earth! From the creator of Keeping Up Appearances.Read more ›
favorite in Britain for years. The initial casting was spot-on, and even with the
changes necessitated by Brian Wilde's infirmities - his replacements were good but
his Foggy Dewhurst is unsurpassed. Seemingly a show where nothing much happens,
(sort of like Seinfeld if you think about it!) these three old Brit gents are just
superb. One line after another makes you smile or chuckle as they go about their
daily village walks, calling in at the cafe, pub and just walking the Yorkshire
Moors. The scenery alone is worth watching - Yorkshire is ruggedly beautiful. Hard
as it is to choose a favorite, I am enthralled by Peter Sallis' (also narrator of
Wallace and Gromit) portrayal of Norman Clegg. Compo's passionate pursuit of Nora
Batty makes you shake your head while laughing. This series maintained a high level over 25 years and never went stale. It may take a couple of episodes to get
used to the slow pace, but believe me - you will enjoy going along for the stroll.
The other part of what makes these episodes better than what came before is the pace has picked up ever so slightly. There is more focus to the situations (be it bike building, racing a car, starting a dog-walking business, pranks on friends, and even catching a rogue donkey) in a show whose early years saw much aimless rambling by the characters and situations. A little more screen time is given to Nora Batty (Kathy Staff) who in the early years was sorely underused. The cast is still relatively small and confined to the main trio of Compo (Bill Owen), Clegg (Peter Sallis) and Foggy (Brian Wilde). The only other regular recurring characters continue to be Sid (Jon Comer) and Ivy (Jane Freeman) with some fine appearances by Nora's husband Wally (Joe Gladwyn). The cast had yet to explode with extra characters as it would in the mid to late 1980s.
These seasons are the crescendo of an extraordinary program in TV history. Enjoy the aimless fun of a trio of old men living out their second childhood against the backdrop of the gorgeous Yorkshire town and scenery!
Being a little hard of hearing, especially when it comes to some of the Yorkshire accents, I especially appreciate the subtitles options. I have never been able to decipher the "closed captions" feature of my TV or VCR player. With the subtitles option on the discs, I can click "on" and then I'm able to understand every word.
I have every Last of the Summer Wine DVD that has been released. I am so excited each time I read about another one on the way.
My only complaint is that all thirty seasons' episodes are not released as one huge collection. I know the Dark Shadows drama was released as a complete series of more than 1,000 episodes. I believe LOTSW has just over 300 episodes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't say anything more than I have in my other reviews of this long running British comedy. Just discovered the series late last year and look forward to viewing them all.Published 4 months ago by David
Wonderful cast of characters, beautiful English countryside combine to present everyday events with a wicked sense of humor that produces many laughs per episode.Published 5 months ago by LINDA WILSON
The last few episodes of what I would define as the golden age of the show. Funny and memorable with the slight dose of drama that gives the show its unique and beautiful aesthetic... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Caleb Haddon