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Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection (Remastered) [DVD] [1975]

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In ‘The Hotel Inspectors’, Basil goes into fawning overdrive when he learns that a group of hotel inspectors are operating in the area. Cast to perfection the series found Cleese playing much put-upon Torquay hotel owner Basil Fawlty, Prunella Scales as his domineering wife Sybil, Connie Booth as Polly, the dependable maid and Andrew Sachs in the role of Manuel, the non-comprehending, tyrannized waiter from Barcelona. Communication Problems' sees Basil (Cleese) forced to deal with a deaf guest while attempting to conceal his gambling win from Sybil.

Many of these extras are holdovers from the previous DVD set, which "Fawlty Towers" fans will already be familiar with: the audio commentaries on all episodes by John Howard Davies (Season One) and Bob Spiers (Season Two), Interviews with John Cleese (52:49), Andrew Sachs (24:57) and Prunella Scales (7:49), "Torquay Tourist Office" (11:38), the Cheap Tatty Review (0:58), Outtakes (1:33), and "Helpful Staff"/"Guest Registry", which lead to amusingly outdated narrated filmographies. With his gangly frame and contortionist abilities, Cleese brilliantly punctuates Basil's outrageous faux pas with absurd gymnastics and turns Three Stooges-style pokes and kicks into a slapstick ballet. Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. The Germans' sees Basil failing to cope with a fire drill and the arrival of some German guests while Sybil is in hospital - 'Don't mention the war - I did once, but I think I got away with it! The Artist Profiles are in two sections: the main characters and the others who starred as guests etc.If you are in Australia or New Zealand (DVD Region 4), note that almost all DVDs distributed in the UK by the BBC and 2entertain are encoded for both Region 2 and Region 4. In ‘The Anniversary’, a secret party planned for Sybil goes awry when the guest of honour storms out of the hotel. Each disc has one of the famous "alternate hotel sign" title treatments on it, there is a disc breakdown on each of the flaps, and a booklet with an article about the show inside of it.

There's some particularly good writing in the last three episodes, "The Kipper and the Corpse", "The Anniversary" and "Basil the Rat", which are larger in scale than the rest of the series. The other new feature is 2009 Interviews (38:32), which gathers Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Series 1 director John Howard Davies, Bernard Cribbins (the spoon salesman, "The Hotel Inspectors"), Geoffrey Palmer (Dr. In the second, Basil backs himself into a corner with lies as usual, but this time there's a party guest (Ken Campbell) who sees through each and every one of his excuses and is visibly amused, giving the audience something to laugh at other than Basil's misfortune. Much of this extra material was comfortably fitted onto the individually available Season 1 and 2 discs, so it’s a bit of a mystery why a third disc was deemed necessary for the box set.The answer to all these questions can be found in this, the complete and unexpurgated scripts of “Fawlty Towers”. The Extras disc in the DVD box set contains a "hidden" short film clip, this page has more details and shows exactly how to access this item. Denis Norden has probably bought the rights to all the good out takes, surely there are more and better?

In 'A Touch of Class', Basil's quest for a better class of clientele seems to have succeeded with the arrival at the hotel of Lord Melbury. These tracks aren't wall-to-wall anecdotes or technical behind-the-scenes information, but more like what you'd expect if you knew John Cleese and sat down with him to watch the entire series. com is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Pay4Later Limited, trading as Deko, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 728646).Remember to watch the opening credits of each show to spot the creative misspellings on the hotel sign (our favorite: "Fatty Owls"). The other cast interviews are on the redundant side, especially Cleese's; the best part of the featurette is hearing about the experience from some of the smaller, peripheral roles, which is a change of pace from the rest of the extras. com/products/fawlty-towers-remastered-special-edition-15371 3888108896304 Fawlty Towers Remastered: Special Edition 49.

The two other interviews are shorter: the Andrew Sachs interview is around 15 minutes and the interview with Prunella is even shorter. Series 1 episodes are: 'A Touch of Class', 'The Builders', 'The Wedding Party', 'The Hotel Inspectors', 'Gourmet Night' and 'The Germans'. For items that are dispatched using our standard service, we ask that you wait 14 days from the date of dispatch before reporting any items as undelivered. Catalogue Number: BBCDVD1072, DVD Region 2 coding in PAL format, Subtitles (other than English): French, German and Dutch, Picture Format 4:3, DVD release date: 19 November 2001. The third disc has all the additional material, the best of which are new interviews with John Cleese, Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales.

Nov 2009: The complete series has now been remastered and rereleased with commentary by John Cleese and a new interview with Connie Booth who had until recently refused to discuss her work on Fawlty Towers. This Special Edition marks the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest situation comedies British television has ever seen. The episode also gives Booth a chance to shine when Basil talks Polly into posing as Sybil, which leads to one of the funniest scenes in the whole series. His screen wife, Sybil (Prunella Scales), put it best in the episode "The Psychiatrist": "You're either crawling all over them, licking their boots, or spitting poison at them like some Benzedrine puff adder. Certain items can take longer to source than the estimated week, particularly during busy trading periods and may take longer to arrive at our warehouse.

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