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Roy Clarke's Last Of The Summer Wine: Vintage 2001 (BBC DVDs)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Episodes: B

If you're a fan of British comedy and old men behaving badly, then your sides will be split watching Roy Clarke's Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2001.

This hilarious season of the world's longest running sitcom pits us with bad situation after bad situation. A driver who can't tell his right from left, the gift of an oversized lawn ornament, an outlandish rumor turned reality of a tiger running loose, and more.

The first hilarious disc gives us Getting Barry's Goat, The Art of the Shorts Story, The Missing Bus of Mrs Avery, Hey Big Vendor, Enter the Hawk, and Gnome and Away. My favorite episode is the last one on the disc, Gnome and Away, where the pair must cart around a huge lawn gnome as a gift.

The second disc features A Hair of the Blonde That Bit You, A White Sweater and a Solicitor's Letter, Why is Barry at an Angle?, The Coming of the Beast, and Potts in Pole Position.

The humor is pretty dry and innocent. I wouldn't necessarily suggest this release for your average American viewing audience as it is kind of slow paced and mainly dealing with miscommunication and the downfalls of getting older.

The 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 anamorphic image presentation is standard for a DVD release and provides a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo English track. There is also an optional subtitles function for the deaf and hard of hearing. Some of the episodes including The Missing Bus of Mrs. Avery has harsh yellow skin tones that give the film an almost aged look. A Blu-ray transfer of this release would definitely be a fixer of many of the transfer issues.

Special Features include The 2001 Christmas Special: Potts in Pole Position.

- James Lockhart


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