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

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Personally, I'm also more of a dialogue person than anything, and almost every episode has several good one-liners ("Racket? This is done with the normal sound reduced a bit in the background with the director commenting over the top. All twelve episodes of John Cleese and Connie Booth's highly successful comedy series, set in a Torquay hotel. 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. The box set contains three DVD discs: Series One and Two are on a disc each plus a third disc of Special Features.

Each of the series discs also has the option of a commentary by the director (series one: John Howard Davies, series two: Bob Spiers). The show follows hotel manager Basil Fawlty (Cleese) as he runs the Torquay hotel 'Fawlty Towers' with the help of his wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales), chambermaid Polly (Booth) and Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs).The Cheap Tatty Review is an odd sketch of John playing Basil talking on the phone at the FT reception in which he insists to the unknown person on the other end that the series is finished. Products labelled '*item fulfilled by Exertis on behalf of hmv' will be supplied to you directly by Exertis via their approved couriers.

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. I don't know how long ago it was, but I have a vague memory of watching the sixth episode of "Fawlty Towers". The Artist Profiles are in two sections: the main characters and the others who starred as guests etc. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page.

Interestingly, listening to these chats and hearing what Cleese thinks on an episode-by-episode basis probably improved my opinion of the show as a whole, so I suppose in that respect, it's excellent stuff; viewers should just be prepared for the incredibly laid-back atmosphere, which struck me as different than what might traditionally expected of a good commentary. The collection is broken down as follows: BASIL THE RAT includes 'Basil the Rat,' 'The Anniversary', and 'Communication Problems'. Fans of the series shouldn't worry though; it may not look better, but it doesn't look any worse than it ever has (a DVDTalk forum member mentions that it's brighter, which might be true, but all I have is my memory of the last DVD; I don't have it here to compare directly). The Germans' sees Basil failing to cope with a fire drill and the arrival of some German guests while Sybil is in hospital.

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