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Fawlty Towers Remastered: Special Edition

John Cleese^Prunella Scales^Connie Booth^Andrew Sachs    Unrated   DVD
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Fawlty Towers Remastered Special Edition (DVD)


While enjoying your Fawlty Towers holiday, be sure to extend your stay by visiting the deluxe extra features. New to this set are entertaining commentaries by John Cleese, who provides illuminating insights into how these "lovely little farces" were constructed. He expresses genuine affection for the cast and guest stars, is quick to praise exquisite bits of comic business ("This is funnier than I remember"), and is not shy about criticizing his own performance ("I don't think I acted this right"). Also new to this set are newly filmed interviews with Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and Connie Booth, who offers some great anecdotes about collaborating with her then-husband Cleese and how some memorable gags were created. Donald Sinclair, the real-life rude hotelier who inspired the character of Basil Fawlty, is given his due, but be forewarned you will hear several versions of the Eric Idle ticking suitcase story. Also appearing are notable guest stars, including Bernard Cribbins ("The Hotel Inspectors"), Geoffrey Palmer ("The Kipper and the Corpse"), and David Kelly ("The Builders"), who talk of their experiences on one of television's towering sitcoms. There is also an odd "Cheap Tatty Review." Holdover features from the previously released boxed set include episode commentaries by directors John Howard Davies and Bob Spiers; archival interviews with Cleese, Scales, and Sachs; a short film about Torquay; disappointingly paltry outtakes; and a helpful Who's Who guide to the series' cast and guest stars. --Donald Liebenson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British comedy at it's best Aug. 19 2004
By A Customer
Great fun if you understand British humor and enjoy slapstick comedy that involves unlucky accidents and unfortunate situations for Basil. I love this dvd set...I only wish they had made more episodes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Laughs Jan. 10 2007
By Graeme
A must own for all Cleese fans. The sheer energy it must have taken to film an episode may explain the regrettably short run. I've watched them over and over and still laugh out loud! I'd have to say that Fawlty Towers ranks amoung the very best British comedies ever produced.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're stuck with it! May 16 2010
Nothing really needs to be said about this classic British sitcom, except that it contains some of the most brilliant, most hilarious, and most humiliatingly ghastly moments in the entire history of television.

And "Fawlty Towers Complete Collection" brings together the entire series in all its embarrassing avalanchal glory. It's one of those universally funny TV shows, all about the undignified exploits of a perpetually hostile, repressed and tetchy hotel manager, and the more competant staff who try to keep thngs sane, written with demented zeal ("That's Brahms! Brahms' Third Racket!") and excellent comic acting.

Basil (John Cleese) and Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales) run a moderately-sized hotel in Torquay, with the assistance of the clever waittress Polly (Connie Booth) and the Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) whose grasp of English is a work in progress. The hotel is home to a dotty old soldier, fluttery spinsters, and a revolving door of very dissatisfied customers.

Basil Fawlty (Cleese) puts out a snotty ad to attract a "better class of customer," which attracts a pleasant aristocrat. Basil fawns revoltingly over the man, neglecting the other guests. But savvy waittress Polly (Connie Booth) discovers that another guest (who Basil snubs because he's Cockney) is a member of the CID -- and that Basil is in danger of handing his valuable coins over to a con man.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Checking in? Dec 5 2005
Come visit the worst-run hotel in the whole of western Europe (well, except for that place in Eastbourne...)
In a field with many top contenders, 'Fawlty Towers' remains my favourite of all 'Britcoms' - situation comedies originating on British television. Fawlty Towers has a cult following decades after the originals aired; it is sometimes hard to believe that there are but 12 episodes, six hours total. The regular cast is led by John Cleese, veteran of the famous Monty Python comedy troupe, as the irrepressible Basil Fawlty, titular head of the hotel with dreams of class and glory; Prunella Scales is his long-suffering and hardworking wife, Sybil, who recognises that while Basil may think 'the sky's the limit!', in fact, '22 rooms is the limit'. Connie Booth (Cleese's real-life wife) played the level-headed and sensible, overworked maid Polly, and in a role matched only by Fawlty's own bizarre manner, Andrew Sachs plays the loveable and ever-incompetent Spanish waiter, Manuel (he's from Barcelona...). Ballard Berkeley makes Ballard Berkeley makes a regular appearance as the Major, a retired long-term resident at the hotel. Brian Hall joined the cast for the second season as the not-quite-gourmet chef, Terry.
From the very first episode (first aired in 1975) featured a social-climbing Fawlty as perhaps the most rude and insufferable hotel manager in existence, in the resort town of Torquay, on the Channel coast of Britain.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version yet Jan. 4 2010
By Dogen
Is this the second or third time's it's been "remastered" for DVD? I've been buying this since VHS days and it's never looked better. Cleese's commentary tracks are like listening to a clinic on the subject of farce (except way more entertaining than that sounds). Since this will never come out on Blu-ray it's the best it will ever be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mention the war March 31 2009
This series, written by John Cleese and, his then wife, Connie Booth is based on John's actual experiences at a hotel when he was doing some location work for Monty Python. With only 12 episodes, this series packs more comedy 'gold' than five seasons of most US sitcoms. These episodes demonstrate how great writing and a solid cast can deliver one of the best TV series ever. The shows revolve around Basil Fawlty, a hotelier who is not satisfied with the calibre of guests or staff at his establishment and who tries, unsuccessfully, to control his environment. His wife, the chamber maid, chef and the ultimate comic foil - Manuel - the waiter/bellman of hotel all manage to push Basil to the edge of a nervous breakdown over and over again, not by intentionally sabotaging Basil's plans, but trying to execute them with the perfection that Basil demands, but no one can deliver. This show demonstrates Cleese's capacity to deliver lightning fast dialogue along with his uncanny physicality, and when combined with stellar performances by the actors playing his wife and Manuel make one laugh out loud. I'd be remiss if I didn't compliment the background players, the guests and trades people that Fawlty has to deal with. They lend a certain chaos and charm to an already amazing program. If you are assembling a library of the best comedy available, this has to be in your top five or ten selections. For me, the German Tourists episode has always been a favourite. I was married to a lady of German descent, and when we visited Germany I was instructed "don't mention the war". I had to explain why this made me laugh so hard... you'll get it when you see the episode
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Published 11 days ago by Boris
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Published 29 days ago by ANTHONY MAPP
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese Superb
You cannot beat John Cleese for comedy. This series had very few episodes but each one was extremely funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars ... shot this series on film (like SEINFELD) instead of crappy British...
They should've shot this series on film (like SEINFELD) instead of crappy British videotape (like ARE YOU BEING SERVED?).
Published 1 month ago by Brian Hiltz
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest show ever
Absolute classic!
Published 2 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Fawlty Towers - What can I say!
A treasure trove of English humour at its best - a little dated perhaps but still well worth the price!
Published 2 months ago by Tony Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again I have enjoyed watching some of the funniest skits by the...
Once again I have enjoyed watching some of the funniest skits by the masters of comedy.
If you like British humour this is a must for your library.
Published 2 months ago by Duncan Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic!!
This is a classic! British humour has to beat all, and this is no exception. Had the VHS set some years back and when this set came on sale I had to have it to add to my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RedSkye
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to sit and laugh for a while.
These are some of the funniest shows I have ever watched. You wonder if Basil Fawlty can get into any more trouble and he never disappoints. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Solomon David Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME VALUE!!!!!
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