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Carry On: Volume 1, 2 & 3 (VCI Entertainment DVD Singles)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Films: C+



Welcome to British Comedy from the 1960s in the form of the very successful Carry On series, a series of simple stories of British characters parodying various cultures and eccentric characters.  From a simple soldier in the Foreign Legion to doctors in the hospitals.  As the various heroes and heroines find themselves with trouble in paradise, they smile in the face of their enemies; they ‘carry on’ representing their duties as loyal British subjects and Britannia itself.


Carry On is definitely old school British comedy, making fun of the various countries that had British occupation in with British actors posing as foreign characters, making fun of both cultures.  Most of the 'British' characters would pose as the underdog of the story, while pretending to be civilized and well mannered they are really quite the opposite.  They seem more interested in 'cultural exchanges' (getting foreign girls into their beds) and to 'educate' the native 'savages' and to share their 'British' culture.  Politically incorrect by today’s standards, they also seem tame, but have their nostalgia value.
This comic series of films is also filled with many sexual innuendos, making fun of British culture/customs.  All he characters pretend to be civilized, but in truth they are more eccentric ‘horndogs’ and fun loving individuals.  The characters worry more about what’s going on in their knickers and into their beer cups than any other problems at hand (including an international incident).  When the chips are down as long as they work together, they'll 'carry on' and things somehow all work out... eventually.  VCI is on the way to issuing all of them and now you can see for yourself.  What follows are the films, issued as double features…


Follow that Camel
After a British Gentleman was accused of lying in a social club and thrown out of the club he decides to join the Foreign Legion (along with his faithful servant), but after leaving his fiancée learns he was wrongly accused she goes after him.
Don't Lose Your Head
In 18th century France, heads are being chopped off left and right for no reason at all.  Two bored British nobles decide to go on a crusade to rescue people from the French guillotine.  The use all sorts of disguises they trick the French Chief of Police who is determined to discover who mysterious Black Finger is.
Carry On Up the Khyber
It is late 19th century India and the natives are tired of the British soldiers occupying their land.  However, the only thing preventing their revolt is their fear of the British's 'Devil in Skirts', a Scottish regiment who (traditionally supposedly) wear nothing underneath their kilts, but when secret gets out the soldiers are all wearing knickers... the natives start going wild.
Carry On Doctor
In a hospital everything is efficiently, all the doctors and nurses know their jobs and how a hospital is 'properly' run, but behind closed doors, drapes and bedpans, various patients, doctors and nurse harbor hidden passions for each other, it becomes a hospital of love and shenanigans.
Carry On Camping
A few of the boys, a girls private catholic school and few other couples decides to go on a camping holiday, but not just any camp, a nudist camp, but on arrival, (and to the boys disappointment) everyone there is fully dressed.  That isn't going to stop the boys and girls from going wild.
Carry On Again Doctor
Nookey getting in trouble for having too much of his hands on the female patients and is exiled to an island in the middle of nowhere, but on the island he discover a miracle serum for weight loss and becomes rich overnight.  Now, everyone wants a piece of his pie.



-   Ricky Chiang


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