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"Are You Being Served?" The First 5 Seasons Coming to DVD in August !!!


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#1 of 69 OFFLINE   Steve Hauben

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Posted January 14 2002 - 09:38 AM

I asked about my favorite Britcom "Are You Being Served?" at http://www.bbcamericashop.com and got the following response.

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Steve,

Thank you for your inquiry. We will be releasing Seasons 1 through 5 of "Are You Being Served?" on DVD in August 2002. Please sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date on this and all our other new releases.

Thank you for your interest in BBC America Shop.

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Matt

I wrote him back just to confirm that we were talking about region 1.

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Region 1, yes

This and "All In The Family" on DVD within a few months of each other, I am happier than a pig in $hit Posted Image



*This post is for those who like the show, if you want to dis it or put it down, please don't do it in this thread, thanks Posted Image
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#2 of 69 OFFLINE   Cynthia

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Posted January 14 2002 - 12:59 PM

Great news! I'll definitely be picking this up in August. Posted Image

#3 of 69 OFFLINE   Spero D

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Posted January 14 2002 - 01:03 PM

That is fantastic news. I have been resisting buying the VHS tapes waiting for the DVDs and now they come Posted Image

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#4 of 69 OFFLINE   Spero D

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Posted January 14 2002 - 01:07 PM

How many seasons were there and how many eps per season?

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#5 of 69 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted January 14 2002 - 01:30 PM

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Mister Humphries, are you free?

No, but I'm utterly purchasable!


YES YOU ARE!!! My thanks to the BBS, for bringing this out! I will be there day-and-date...and so will a bunch of my friends! Wait until I tell them!!!
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#6 of 69 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted January 14 2002 - 02:41 PM

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I will be there day-and-date...
Dave, is there anything you DON'T buy??? Posted Image

Three truths about movies, as noted by Roger Ebert:

 

* It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.

* No good movie is too long, and no bad movie is short enough.

* No good movie is depressing, all bad movies are depressing.


#7 of 69 OFFLINE   Neil White

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Posted January 14 2002 - 02:44 PM

David,

You need to back-up man and buy some 5.1 equipment. It's time to get more bang out of that huge library of yours Posted Image

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#8 of 69 OFFLINE   George_Reis

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Posted January 14 2002 - 03:21 PM

Indeed great news, and Anchor Bay will be releasing the 1977 movie this year as well!

#9 of 69 OFFLINE   Keith Paynter

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Posted January 14 2002 - 03:24 PM

Well, I'll be buying this - if not for me than for my folks.

And I am unanimous in that! Posted Image
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#10 of 69 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted January 14 2002 - 07:23 PM

Oh fantastic - the greatest back catalogue of programmes in the world, and what does the BBC roll out? Ascent of Man? Life on Earth? Nope, a sitcom.

Don't flame me for this; I know what it's like when a treasured programme or movie comes to DVD, and I'm really pleased for all you guys. Indeed, I find AYBS? entertaining in a 'switch off your cortex and forget the sexism' sort of way, but when you think of the treasures in the BBC's vaults which have yet to be released... There's a lot of talk in the UK about how the BBC is dumbing down, and this is clinching proof.

#11 of 69 OFFLINE   Duncan Harvey

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Posted January 14 2002 - 08:57 PM

Oh don’t be so stuck up Andrew, fact is AYBS has historically been a very successful show on PBS in the US. Hence it’s a prime candidate for release. I suspect it will be many years before we see a release of it over here!

BBC America are quite rightly releasing their most popular shows. I just wish the BBC in the UK was a bit more forward, especially on the drama front. Elizabeth R available in PAL on DVD would be a definite purchase, along with a release of The Forsyte Saga. Sadly archive drama doesn’t tend to do so well on video in the UK.

#12 of 69 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted January 14 2002 - 11:40 PM

Duncan, it's not a matter of being snobbish about the output. As I said, I'm pleased for those that like it that AYBS? is coming out, and my concern is not with this release in itself. Indeed, I hope it does well. My complaint is that there isn't a lot *more* coming out as well. Were AYBS? one of a plethora of titles, I'd be really pleased that the BBC was showing commendable variety.

It's *not* the BBC's remit under its charter solely to produce mass entertainment but also to educate and inform (something the BBC appears to have forgotten in recent years given the evidence of the number of cookery/DIY/dimwit quiz shows, etc it has commissioned). Alongside the fluff should be a much higher number of more prestigious programmes (which would still sell in good quantities).

#13 of 69 OFFLINE   WilliamG

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Posted January 14 2002 - 11:57 PM

I told my wife (she and my daughter-16 y/o- are HUGE fans)about this last night and she was overjoyed!! They used to watch this on our local PBS station before it stopped airing... once they found out that it was on, they now click over to BBC America to catch it.

Of course, now our local station is airing something they love in a new sort of way - "Last Of The Summer Wine". If the powers that be could only find a way to meld the two together it would be great.Posted Image I can just hear it now: "Are you free, Nora Batty?" Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#14 of 69 OFFLINE   Duncan Harvey

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Posted January 14 2002 - 11:57 PM

I think you are being a little unrealistic. BBC Worldwide is in business to make a profit and hence it will release or license programmes and materials in order to do this. Whilst the BBC itself has the various obligations, I don’t think that this extends to its commercial arm.

Popular documentary materials are coming out on DVD, but they tend to be the high profile BBC 1 stuff. As for Life On Earth etc, I’d presume that they will be released or licensed out, but the BBC does tend to be very slow when compared to other organisations in releasing product. They are still over cautious in my opinion when it comes to embracing DVD.

That said, the BBC can look at years of VHS releases, and know that comedy sells, and sells a lot more than drama. Hence Black Adder, Fawlty Towers etc. These are the Crown Jewels from their video collection and its not surprising that they are out on DVD.

Personally I’d love to see lots of drama being releases (Our Friends In The North, or The Singing Detective) but I know I’m in a minority. Fortunately channels like UK Drama are at least showing some archive material – (eg Tenko and Howards Way at the moment) which does at least allow good quality video recordings to be made.

#15 of 69 OFFLINE   David Allum

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Posted January 15 2002 - 12:33 AM

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How many seasons were there and how many eps per season?
There was a pilot plus ten seasons with varying numbers of episodes. Total 69 episodes.

#16 of 69 OFFLINE   ChristopherM

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Posted January 15 2002 - 04:23 AM

The "Guinness Book of Sitcoms" says 64 episodes, between 14 March 1973 and 1 April 1985.

By the way, the movie version is apparently set for UK R2 release on 22 April.

Like (I suspect) most members this side of the pond, I cannot see how anyone could prefer this series to, say, "Dad's Army" which was also co-written by David Croft. However, each to their own...

#17 of 69 OFFLINE   Eric Huffstutler

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Posted January 15 2002 - 05:07 AM

I asked BBC America this same question last year and they told me...

They were first waiting to see just how DVD would do before commiting to it. Now thay have seen how popular it is, they will be putting ALL of their shows on DVD eventually.

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#18 of 69 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted January 15 2002 - 06:42 AM

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Dave, is there anything you DON'T buy???


Plenty. I haven't bought Final Fantasy, after all...and don't intend to. Posted Image

But, honestly, sometimes my mouth is bigger than my wallet. I might WANT to get things, but don't actually pick them up for a long time or ever because of money tightness.

However, I usually get what I really REALLY want. And "Are You Being Served?" is one that I really REALLY want. Posted Image


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You need to back-up man and buy some 5.1 equipment. It's time to get more bang out of that huge library of yours Posted Image


Yes. I'm going to do that with the assistance of a tax return or a bonus or some other big windfall of money, so I don't have to cut into my obsessive disc-buying habit! Posted Image A 16x9 TV, too. Working on it...
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#19 of 69 OFFLINE   Spero D

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Posted April 02 2002 - 09:39 PM

Any more info yet?

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#20 of 69 OFFLINE   michael_mcgreev

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Posted April 02 2002 - 10:29 PM

Are they free?

I bet you can hardly wait to hear all about the exploits of Mrs Slocombe's cat all over again.

Imho, this was probably one of the worst sitcoms the License Payer's money was ever spent on. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.


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