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Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Thor, Jan 26, 2003.

  1. Thor

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    Searching through Play.com R2 future releases, I see that there are a couple of boxsets that I will definitely buy when released. Great news to hear someone is releasing great material like this.
    Two boxsets I'm really interested in,

    Norman Wisdom boxset (6 disks) on 12/5/03 @ £48
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    Will Hay boxset (5 disks) on 7/7/03 @ £38

    It's about time something like this was released to honour these great comedians.

    :cool: :)
     
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    I would love to see some of Tommy Coopers stuff on DVD, I thought the guy was a genius.

    I was watching the night he died on TV, I hardly ever missed his appearances on TV, I'd love to see some of his stuff again.

    I was a great fan of Stanley Baxter as well, but one of his shows was on over Christmas, on Channel Five. I recorded it and watched it a couple of days ago, I don't know why but I felt disappointed and a bit cheated, it wasn't how I imagined it would be, I expected it to be funny, but it wasn't. I don't understand why, he was wonderfully talented and funny, is it me that's changed, or just my memories.:confused: :confused:
     
  3. Thor

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    Same here, I liked Tommy Cooper as well especially the "Hats" sketch he did. I saw it too on Tv when he died, no one could believe it and thought it was part of his act.
    I saw that programme on Stanley Baxter too, it was not a patch on some of the stuff he did. I reckon it was probably one of the worst programmes that was shown as I certainly remember him for much better work. :cool:
     
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    I'd love to see some of the best from "The Two Ronnies" as well, at their best they equalled the very best there has ever been.

    "The Fork Handles" sketch, probably their best ever, to the best of my knowledge has never been repeated on TV, I have seen short clips of it, but never the whole sketch, I wonder why?

    Ronnie Barker was an amazing comedian, it didn't matter which role he played, from tramp to rich gent, he was always wonderful. How sad that he just packed it all in at the height of his career, but if you are going to pack it in, always leave 'em wanting more the old saying goes. It must be true, I did.:) :) :rolleyes:
     
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    Put me down for a Laurel & Hardy boxset, encompassing everything they did in the '30's.

    Seems more likely they'll continue the scam of 3 or 4 shorts per DVD :-(

    Might get that Will Hay boxset though.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. I too would dearly love a proper L & H box set containing all of their classic stuff, but as you allude to, the studios will probably continue to milk as much do$h as they can by making us buy loads of DVDs with just a few episodes on each :mad:
     
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    Point of order: he's not dead yet, but yes he's retired.

    PK
     
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    Different type of oldie but "The Day the Earth Stood Still" one of the best sci-fi films of all time is out on R1 special edition soon. I have it on pre-order... can't wait.
     
  9. Thor

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    Pity it's only Full frame (1.33) and DD2, anyone know if the original was in Widescreen. :confused:
    I'll be getting it as well :)

    Clatto! Verata! Nn... {pause}
    Necktie, necturn, nickle... noodle. It's an 'n' word. It's
    definitely an 'n' word. {revelation!} It was definitely an 'n' word!
    {Ash ponders, idea!} Clatto! Verata! Nn(coughcough). {Ash pauses}
    Okay then. That's it. {picks up the Necronomicon}
    {the earth begins to rumble} Hey! Wait a minute! Everything's cool.
    I said the words. I did!
    :D
     
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    I think I used to have this on laserdisc, I am sure it was widescreen, 1.66:1 or something like it.
     
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    Will Hay is one of my all time favourites especially Oh Mr Porter and Old Bones of the River. I wonder how many young guys out there have ever bothered to watch his films when shown on TV.
    They also never seem to show Old Mother Riley these days I do not know if I would like her/him now.
     
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    Oh Mr Porter! is awesome, I can't stop laughing whenever I see this film. I like it when he's eating bacon in the morning for breakfast and a farmer comes along to the station to collect his live pigs, that were delivered to the station, truely hilarious. :D
     
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    I thought Will Hay was good on his own but when he was with Moore Marriot who played Harbottle in most of the Hay films as did Graham Moffatt as Albert. As you say awesome.
    The one that cracked me up in Old Bones of the River was what they used as talcum powder (I will not mention it as it may not be PC).
     
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    the day the earth stood still was originally filmed in 1.37:1 so it's very, very nearly 4:3. can't wait for this one. fantastic film. is the original invaders from mars available on dvd yet?
     
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    Klaatu barada nikto (spelling uncertain, but it's not like they're English words anyway). :)

    I'm glad I'm not the only person in the world who still likes Will Hay, I was beginning to wonder.

    "The Ghost Of St Michael's" features a rather fine performance from John Laurie which foreshadowed his role as Private Faser in "Dad's Army" in some ways. It's fun spotting early appearances by interesting actors. The Will Hay film in which they are all firemen features a youthful Charles Hawtrey, who appeared in a lot of Carry On films later, and there's another one in which Hay ends up working undercover in Nazi Germany teaching german schoolboys English and espionage. One of the boys is a VERY young Peter Ustinov.

    And how did that poem go...? It was something like this:

    When the tide runs low in Smugglers' Cove
    And the headless horseman rides the road
    As he rides along with his wild "hello!"
    That's the time when the smugglers go out in their little boats to the schooner and bring back the kegs of brandy and rum and put 'em in the Devil's Cave below.
     
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    Will Hay, great comedian, great astronomer.

    My personal favourites are "Oh Mr Porter", "Ask A Policeman", "Wheres That Fire" & the sublime "Black Sheep Of Whitehall".

    The latter does not appear to be available, which is a shame as in some respects it is his most accomplished work. The inquest scene still reduces me to tears of laughter.

    Nice to see old material still finding favour with a younger audience (or are we all old farts?)
     
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    we're all old farts :)
     
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    There is a "Best of Two Ronnies" DVD available with the "Fork Handles" sketch included. I got it for about £8 from Past Times of all places, but I'm sure it's available elsewhere....
     
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    Some Like it Hot! Hopefully will have it on Sunday (please please please).

    Never seen it before but by the way everyone tells me about it...
     
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    I have this as an MP3.....:D

    Harbottle Senior wave
     
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    My quote was a little off, but considering I was quoting from memory and haven't seen that film for close on 15 years, it wasn't a bad effort....
     
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    In this wander through yesteryear classics no-one has mentioned 'Citizen Smith'.It is released on 03/03/2003,and i have placed my order.The boxset has series 1/2(3/4 follow soon hopefully);a totally wonderful charming series which should be a bonus to any dvd collection.Only £17.99 at play.:)
     
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    An other good performance from John Laurie was in The Avengers episode ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station’.

    An oldish series I would like to see again is ‘I Didn’t Know You Cared’ all about the Brandon Family, staring Robin Bailey as Uncle Mort, Liz Smith as Mrs Brandon John Comer as Mr Brandon and Stephen Rea as Carter Brandon. ‘Pardon I Heard That’ as Staveley would say.
     
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    There was a time, of course, when John Laurie featured in virtually every film made in Britain. He was very fine indeed in Hitchcock's version of "The Thirty Nine Steps" - the scenes with him, Robert Donat and a very youthful Peggy Ashcroft are splendid.
     
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    Or, more accurately: "I 'eard that ... pardon?" :)
     
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    Your right, you’re not wrong. Seems you’ve watched it as well.

    :lesson: is that Will Hay in The Ghost Of St Michael's:laugh:
     
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    You wouldn't.
    Used to love him when I was a child (anyone remember "Film Fun"?)
    Saw a bit of one of his films on the box recently. Dire!

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
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    I have seen an old copy of one wasn’t Laurel and Hardy in it?
     
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    My Dad used to buy Teddy Tales and Pip Squeak and Wilfred.
     

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