Home
  Home
Quantum Muse -  science fiction and fantasy stories and art

Search this site!


Advanced Search

Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection - DVD

Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection

Description:

An Amazon.com essential video
Basil Fawlty, as created and performed by John Cleese, is the rudest, most boorish, most hilariously obnoxious man on the face of the planet. What a natural for a TV sitcom! His screen wife, Sybil (Prunella Scales), put it best in the episode "The Psychiatrist": "You're either crawling all over them, licking their boots, or spitting poison at them like some Benzedrine puff adder." He mockingly replies, "Just trying to enjoy myself, dear." With his gangly frame and contortionist abilities, Cleese brilliantly punctuates Basil's outrageous faux pas with absurd gymnastics and turns Three Stooges-style pokes and kicks into a slapstick ballet. Scales's Sybil is the genial but obliviously chatty voice of reason and Andrew Sachs mangles the English language as the Spanish bellhop Manuel, whose struggles with simple directions results in comic lunacy reminiscent of Robert Benigni. After a six-episode run in 1975, Cleese and cowriter and costar Connie Booth (who plays Polly, the maid all too often pulled into Basil's ridiculous plans) reunited the cast in 1979 for another six episodes without missing a punch line. The four-volume collection contains all 12 shows, interspersed with interview segments featuring Cleese discussing the genesis of the series and anecdotes about the individual episodes. Remember to watch the opening credits of each show to spot the creative misspellings on the hotel sign (my favorite: "Fatty Owls"). --Sean Axmaker

Product Details:

  • Starring: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth
  • Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Box set
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by director
    • New and archival talent interviews
    • Who's who guide to Fawlty Towers
    • Guest ledger of the series' cameo appearances
  • Full-screen format
  • Number of discs: 3

Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection
Click to buy Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection

List Price: $59.98
Price: $42.83
You Save: $17.15 (29%)


| Home | Alternative | Fantasy | Science Fiction | Artwork | Editorial | Submissions | News |
| Discussion Board | Recommended | Merchandise | About Us | Links | Webrings | Archives | E-mail |