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Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 82/83

4.9 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Product Description

In the world’s longest-running sitcom, Britain’s oldest (if not wisest) adolescents uncork a barrelful of laughs and make a toast…to life!

From the Back Cover

The world's oldest sitcom drifts into the '80s with the further adventures of the intrepid trio, now with two complete UK seasons together in one action-packed set! Compo, Clegg, and Foggy are not slowing down the least bit--whether it involves a chance encounter with an unwilling and resentful dog, hunting for a serviceable pair of new jeans, volunteering for the Animal Church Concert Party, or Compo revealing an unnatural desire to have his photograph taken in that most forbidden territory: Nora Batty's bathroom!

Special Features

Includes series 6 and 7

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 381 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035JHYJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,457 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I've written about this series several times and will repeat some of my previous comments on the show in general.

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.
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My all-time favorite comedy series. After becoming addicted to this series, these guys would be fun to have as neighbors. But I just don't understand the marketing people that make the decisions to release these on DVD. Why so slow in releasing them when there are buyers just waiting to purchase? I started buying the US releases but then realized that you can buy the British releases which are now available through the 1993 episodes and buy an all-region DVD player to watch them. So I did, and gave the US releases to friends which are now also addicted to the series. Delightful antics from a group that could have been the Little Rascals during their childhood. -Mitch
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The long-running and endearing series The Last of the Summer Wine has been a huge
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.
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The 1982 and '83 seasons of the long running "Last of the Summer Wine" is where the show peaked in it's popularity and quality. Some of the best episodes happened across these two seasons (especially the first disc of this set). The dialogue is joyously absurd and razor sharp, the situations are believably ridiculous and the comedy timing by the actors is better than ever.
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!
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I love, love, love the Last of the Summer Wine programs.

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.
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