'Last of the Summer Wine: Christmas Specials'
(Peter Sallis, Robert Fyfe, et al / DVD / NR / 2009 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: This collection of specials takes fans of the world's oldest sitcom back to the show`s early days in the 1970s and `80s. Compo, Foggy, and Clegg, the overgrown teenagers of LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, may be older, but they're certainly not wiser!
DVD Verdict: I absolutely love this show. The synopsis has one error in it. The village is called Holmfirth. The mountain range is the Pennines. These lads can find more mischief to get into in a sleepy little village, it's amazing. They even manage to turn the Yuletide on it's ear. I roar with laughter every time I see them.
I've taped it off the TV when I was able to. I've purchased the series from England and even bought a DVD player that would enable me to watch them. The characters are always fun to watch especially in the '70s '80s and '90s when I thought they were at their peak. Some of the writing after that was a little repiticious but I didn't mind hearing it again.
When you are sickly and spend a lot of time in bed this is the perfect time to have a Last of the Summer Wine marathon! I miss all of those not with us any longer especially Kathy Staff, but as long as the old episodes of LOTSW are around so are they.
Debuting in 1973 and still going strong three decades later, this beloved British comedy series followed elderly ne'er-do-wells Compo, Clegg and Blamire as they found adventure and trouble while roaming the streets of their small Yorkshire town. The original cast included Michael Bates, Bill Owen and Peter Sallis, with Brian Wilde, Frank Thornton, and others forming new trios over the years.
This new, seasonal collection contains all five Christmas specials from 1978-82 and runs at around 125 minutes or so in total. Enjoy, I know I did! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.