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Good Neighbors Ė The Complete Final Series

Plus The Royal Command Performance


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Episodes: B-



Good Neighbors continues to be one of the better light BritComs of the 1970s, and its last season is finally coming out on DVD for the first time, with early season issued by Warner Home Video in their series of BBC releases.Acorn Media has paired with the BBC for this Complete Final Series set.The show focuses on the awkward relationship between two couples, the Goods and the Leadbetters.The Goods are agricultural farming types who still have business to run, while the Leadbetters are stuffy and snobby, the kind of people who would be afraid to get their hands dirty.The shows in this two-DVD set are as follows:


1)     Away From It All

2)     The Green Door

3)     Our Speaker Today

4)     The Weaverís Tale

5)     Suit Yourself

6)     Sweet & Sour Charity

7)     Anniversary (final broadcast show)

8)     When Iím 65 (Royal Command Performance)



The light comedy plays cleverly with class division, even though both couples have some wealth and are white.Felicity Kendal, Richard Briers (the lead), Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington are always convincing in their roles and the teleplays by John Edmonde and creator Bob Larbey creates the kind of unique atmosphere that distinguished such British productions from their U.S. counterparts and imitators from other countries.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image was shot in the analog PAL format and while color is consistent, the copies here have a haze of digititis throughout.Why this is the case here and not on similar material form the time in other Acorn releases does not make sense, unless someone made some odd error during the remastering process.Otherwise, the copies seem just fine.The Royal Commend version is clearer, and not just because it was the last taping, as this was only in late 1978.The Dolby Digital 2.0 upgrades the original monophonic sound just enough to be a simple stereo that is nice for a program of its age.Burt Rhodes score and theme song is amusing.Extras include text cast/crew biography information, on camera video interview with co-creator/writer Larbey (10/12/01) lasting under ten minutes on the creation and success of the show, and that bonus show.It should be noted that the 2001 interview is anamorphically enhanced at 1.78 X 1/16 X 9, but might play 1.33 X 1 on some players.Either way, this set does nicely conclude the series on DVD.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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