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Are You Being Served? The Movie (Widescreen)

3.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, Trevor Bannister, Wendy Richard
  • Directors: Bob Kellett
  • Writers: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
  • Producers: Andrew Mitchell, David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd, Nat Cohen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Anchor Bay / Hgv Video Production
  • Release Date: June 11 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000640SH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,157 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Are You Being Served? The Movie (Widescreen)

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Writers Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft managed something quite clever with this, the film version of the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served? The idea of this cheery collection of comedy stereotypes--the pompous one, the vulgar one, the camp one, the shifty one, and so on--being confined within a department store was a master stroke, as it allowed any kind of situation to arise without the plot having to exceed the restrictions imposed by the set. How, then, to keep the same theme for the big screen without just offering the television series writ large? Simple: send the whole cast on holiday together but make sure they can't leave their hotel, a state of affairs contrived easily enough by throwing a guerilla uprising into the plot. So it is, then, that the staff of Grace Bros. descends on the Costa Plonka while the store is closed for refurbishment. There are all the usual jokes involving knickers, boobs, toilets, and gay sex (sometimes all at once), adding up to a good slice of nostalgic fun for anyone who was there when lapels really were that wide. --Roger Thomas

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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A lot of the jokes are form the tv show, but it is still a good laugh to watch. If you like the show you will like this movie. Just do expect any new gags. Well there are a couple of new ones, but I won't spoil it for you
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Format: DVD
Having been an Are You Being Served fan for 10 years, I am thrilled to see the AYBS? movie finally arrive on DVD. The picture quality looks great; the widescreen presentation along with the crisp colors are beautiful. The sound seems a bit quiet at times, but that seems to be due more to the actors' understated delivery of dialog than any technical deficiency.
The disc is lacking of any special features save for a theatrical trailer and chapter selection menu. I think though, for any true AYBS? fan, the sheer fact that this (in the past) hard to find film is on a fabulous looking DVD is more than enough.
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Having viewed and enjoyed just about every episode of the Are You Being Served? TV show, I finally got down to seeing the movie recently. While it had a smattering of mild-to-moderately entertaining moments and a few snickers here & there, overall it wasn't quite "up to snuff" (as it were) in the laughs department when compared to the series it was based on. Sadly, a great deal of the gags and banter were lifted (or slightly modified) from various eppies of the TV show, but were not executed quite as well this time around. Even the obligatory stock gags (e.g. allusions to Mr. Humphries' alleged... er... fluffiness, Mr. Lucas' endless array of smart@$$ remarks & lustful leering at Ms. Brahms, Mrs. Slocombe's feline companion, etc.), which usually kill me every time they pop up on the telly series, didn't do much for me here.
On the upside: at least I finally got to see the Grace Bros. staff outside their usual environment, something I seldom saw in their small-screen misadventures. And it was also interesting to see how AYBS looks on a movie budget-- which apparently isn't too different from what it normally looks on a TV budget. From what I can gather, the only real diffs are the widescreen format, a better film stock, and the lack of a laugh track...
Bottom line: if you're a fairly close follower of the Are You Being Served? TV show but haven't seen this yet, this is worth at least a rental... if only to sate your curiosity. Otherwise, the AYBS movie ain't exactly what I'd consider a "keeper". And I am unanimous in this opinion, by the way...
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Format: VHS Tape
Having been a fan of AYBS for a number of years, I eagarly awaited arrival of this video, and the wait did not disappoint me. Old fans and new acquaintances will enjoy this movie once a few guidelines are realized. First, this is a movie and not a television show. The laughtrack is gone but the set is more realistic and more modern (the store setting, for example, looks like a real store and not a stage prop). Previous reviews regarding poor sound and lighting quality are perhaps a bit too demanding, as is the complaint that the jokes are straight from the show. I went through the entire movie before I "remembered the jokes" -- they flow through the movie well. Second, please remember that this is AYBS, its not supposed to be realistic as no good comedy is. The original cast is here, in their youthful, energetic selves. Its only fault, in my opinion, is that there's a lengthy delay before they get into the trip itself, but this is only a minor problem. I would recommend this video to anyone, providing that they judge the movie by its own standards and not compare it to the show.
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"Are you being Served-The Movie"(released 1977),should be more like "Are you being Served-On Holidays",for that is what this film adaption of the very popular BBC TV show is all about.All your favourite actors/characters are here:Mollie Sugden as Mrs.Slocombe,Frank Thornton as Captain Peacock,Nicholas Smith as Mr.Rumbold,Arthur Brough as Mr.Grainger,Trevor Bannister as Mr.Lucas,Wendy Richard as Ms.Brahms,Arthur English as Mr.Harman,Harold Bennett as young Mr.Grace and everyone's fave of the show John Inman as Mr.Humphries.It is a delight to revisit this movie once more but unfortunately,or fortunately depending on your perspective,it hasn't gotten better with age,nor worse.It takes a good half hour or more for the movie to start getting the same spark in it that made the TV show such a huge success,and by the time it does the film is about over.The actors' lines are more drawn out as are their facial expressions and demeanour.The producers seemed to think the slower pace would be a nice change of pace for the fans(as the TV show only had 30 minutes in which to do its business) but it just ends up slowing the proceedings and taking away the punch of most of the humour that we are used to.
The story begins at the Grace Brothers department store as we are intro'd to the cast there.The writers decided to throw in part of a routine already used from the TV show as a rich Sheik comes in wanting to buy some trousers.Mr.Humphries and Mr.Lucas are called upon to do the "dirty" work but it lacks the same punch as the show.As the plot moves forward it seems the staff are going on a free trip to the Spanish town of Costa Plonka,due to much needed renovations at the store.
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