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

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

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

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Finally, in ‘The Wedding Party’, Basil gets the wrong impression when some old friends of Polly (Booth)’s arrive at the hotel. Whether you're looking for the latest blockbuster release, a TV series you want to binge, or a classic film - you'll find what you need in our categories. 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. This special edition marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest situation comedies British television has ever seen. The Builders' sees Basil in hot water with Sybil when he employs the unreliable Irish labourer Mr O'Reilly (David Kelly) to do some work in the hotel lobby.

Personally, I'm also more of a dialogue person than anything, and almost every episode has several good one-liners ("Racket? Fawlty Towers is a classic comedy which reflects the broadcast standards, language and attitudes of its time. 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!

One of the main reasons most people will have opted for the DVD box set, or bought it even if they have the videos, is the third Special Feature disc. In ‘The Anniversary’, a secret party planned for Sybil goes awry when the guest of honour storms out of the hotel. Whether it is builders, Germans, wedding guests, American tourists, corpses or even rats, there's always someone or something to drive Basil to desperation. Series 1 episodes are: 'A Touch of Class', 'The Builders', 'The Wedding Party', 'The Hotel Inspectors', 'Gourmet Night' and 'The Germans'.

However, a couple of years later, I bought the DVD set to finally see the whole series, and it was a markedly different experience. The Kipper and the Corpse' finds Basil and Manuel trying to dispose of a dead body without any of the guests noticing. Yes, it's fun to watch Cleese get frustrated, and each time he does he contorts himself into new and unusual positions, but at the end of the day, it's still essentially the same joke.Whether he's trading verbal blows with his wife over something he should (or shouldn't) be working on, failing to hide his disgust at the people who patronize his hotel, or just trying to combat the natural flow of the universe working against him, his slow build from sarcasm to full-body fury is pretty amazing. Series 2 episodes are: 'Communication Problems', 'The Psychiatrist', 'Waldorf Salad', 'The Kipper and the Corpse', 'The Anniversary' and 'Basil the Rat'. 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. Communication Problems' sees Basil (Cleese) forced to deal with a deaf guest while attempting to conceal his gambling win from Sybil. 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!



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