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The Two Ronnies In Australia (Umbrella Entertainment DVD Set/Region Zero/0/PAL)


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



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



In a very pleasant surprise, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker are constantly funny and even hilarious in The Two Ronnies In Australia (1986) in this brief series from Australian TV where they do a series of in-character skits throughout each episode.  Six hour-long shows are here and they are hilarious.  Both had long, great comic histories to begin with, appeared in separate episodes of the Roger Moore Saint and the late, great Barker was hysterically memorable as Cheshire in the brilliant Diana Rigg Avengers episode The Hidden Tiger.


Their comic wit and capacities only grew over the years and they are in fine form through all the episodes, which go from thing to thing to thing and remain very funny.  Without any introductory piece like Benny Hill or music breaks like so many such shows, the skits start and never stop, giving you 100% laughs and 100% unpredictable situations form end to end on each show.  The simple fact is that they were brilliant and together had strong chemistry that simply pumped up the laughs.  Popular in Europe and Australia, a rediscovery in the U.S. and elsewhere is long overdue.  This set could help that cause.



The 1.33 X 1 PAL color videotaped image has good color and can show its age, but the real problem is some strange stripping across the frame where the block breaking into seven distinct ribbons and become mismatched often throughout.  What happened?  Besides missing an episode, how these are the only remaining masters and why the damage is a big mystery.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is equally problematic with sound down a few generations and a warning that it might be too loud when switching to another audio source is something to keep in mind, but technical problems in both cases is worth tolerating for the laughs.  Two trailers for other Umbrella DVD releases are included.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import set exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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