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Queenie’s Castle – The Complete Series (1970 – 72/Network U.K./Region Two/2/PAL DVD)


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



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2/PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website address provided at the end of the review or at finer retailers.



In her early days, Diana Dors was one of British Cinema’s sex sirens and slowly showed up in her share of Film Noirs in the 1940s and 1950s.  Then TV gave her further exposure and she stayed a star for decades.  Eventually, after working with the likes of Joan Crawford on Berserk (1967), she began to put on weight and became more of a comic figure, though she could always do comedy.  Queenie’s Castle is the exceptionally good, enduring sitcom she made in the early 1970s, now on DVD.


In it, she is the mother of a poor, dysfunctional family.  A loudmouth, she cannot stand her lazy children, husband or relatives and is always battling them and complacency just to keep her life going and theirs alive.  Still a show with edge, those who enjoy Absolutely Fabulous will particularly appreciate its edgier humor and what a great character this was for Dors.  This 3-DVD set has all 18 half-hours.


Of course, the show was way ahead of a hit like Roseanne in its explicit dealings with poverty and class division, still today seeming like a bolder show.  This ran for three seasons and it is a shame it was not more.  However, this is very entertaining and any serious BritCom fan must see it.


It may also be the reason she played the fairy godmother to Adam Ant in his classic Music Video for Prince Charming, now actually available on a PAL DVD set (unreviewed) from Sony Music worth your time.  Dors was a real star and really shines here.


The 1.33 X 1 PAL image is softer than we would have liked, but color quality is good and these copies are in good shape.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is even better and you can hear Dors loud and clear.  There are no extras.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Network U.K. at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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