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Rising Damp - Series Three


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



This is the third in the series of four for the British series Rising Damp.  Rising Damp – Series Three apparently picks up where series two left off with a stuffy, self boasting, landlord Rupert Rigsby (actor Leonard Rossiter) being his same old, self involved, person. The series is well written and does not bore, but though the series entertained the atmosphere was a bit dated.  The boarding house seems to be constantly bombarded in chaos with the zany cast of characters; some young, some old, and some are man-eaters.  This reviewer will admit, however, that the appreciation for this integrated cast of British actors grew with each episode.  Overall the series was entertaining but not outstanding.


The most excellent part of this series is the great actors and their abilities, which were fully utilized for this season of the series.  Hilarious situational comedy situations are established from the very start with Rigsby’s odd fights with fellow tenants and even more mind boggling courting attempts with the returning love sick woman Ruth.  Rising Damp embodies British stuffy humor in the best possible way.


There are seven hilarious episodes in this 3rd installment to the series:

That’s My Boy
Stage Struck
Clunk Click
The Good Samaritans
Fawcett’s Python
The Cocktail Hour
Suddenly At Home



The DVD features are adequate but not great, with the picture being gritty and the sound hardly fixed up.  The picture is presented in 1.33 X 1/4 X 3 Full Screen that is annoying and should be the more appropriate Widescreen (though understandably not shot in this manner) also the picture is coarse with light/dark issues as well as color issues.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo boosted mono is unimpressive and retains similar problems mentioned in the past as well as high/low problems persisting throughout.  The extras are boring and might as well not exist only offering simplistically production notes and filmographies.


If you are a fan of the previous two series then Series Three is a must have for all fans.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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