DAD’S ARMY – DVD Movie
List Price: $ 44.98
Price: $ 38.79
The programme content and acting in Dad’s Army is superb. What a pity then that BFS Video, Canada, producers of this DVD have once again released a sub-standard product in terms of picture quality.
The video is encoded at only 2-3 mps for the most part, resulting in smearing and blockiness.
I will be cautious in buying any future releases having already been stung with Six Wives of Henry VIII which was also very poor.
Please BFS! Get your act together.
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Delightful, engaging, funny, serene … – words fail to express the sincere JOY this show gives me. I could probably use all the complimentary words in a thesaurus – and then some. Along with The Prisoner I have my desert island TV sorted. Every character is real. Even if the show was not funny (which it is – hugely), I could still watch this end-to-end and then again just for the characters alone. The BBC made some sublime TV in late 1960′s and through the 1970′s. Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served etc are all magnificent … but if push comes to shove this is it. The best TV of all time? Well, that’s my opinion and I am entitled to it – but yes, I would augue that this is it.
One criticism though – why oh why can’t the BBC/A&E release the whole series IN FULL and in sequence (they’ve found 2 of the 5 missing episodes from Series 2 so they have enough material to fill that DVD with the “Finding Of..” TV special (from 2000), Message To The Empire, various BBC variety TV appearances, the 1-hour specials etc etc). Now when that’s released I would be truly happy.
Fabulous to see some of the old TV programmes beginning to appear on DVD… but why oh why did no-one take time to improve the transfer? It’s not as bad as it could be, but it definitely makes a mockery of the advantages of the format.
I was amazed when I saw this advertised – I couldn’t believe that the only place such a quintessentially British programme is available is America!
The set consists of 3 DVDs containing 18 episodes, and someone put some real thought into the selection. The first appearance of the armoured car/butcher’s van, the introduction of the horrendous ARP warden Hodges.
Each character is so well written, from the unbearably pompous yet brave and loyal Capt Mainwaring, to mummy’s-boy Private Pike, to Private Fraser with his predilection for “big strong thighs”, to the amazing creation of Lance-Cpl Jones (even 30 years later they still don’t like it up ‘em)
I defy anyone not to find many hilarious moments on these DVDs…. well worth buying.