DVD365.net
Fawlty Towers (1975) artwork

Fawlty Towers (1975)

6th June 2002

Torquay's finest hotelier Basil Fawtly keeps his guests stay at his establishment as pleasant as possible. And if you'll believe that, you'll believe just about anything!
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs, Ballard Berkeley, Gilly Flower, Renee Roberts
Television/Series, Comedy
2
3 Hours (Approx)

In deepest (and some say darkest) Torquay is the Fawlty Towers hotel, proprietors Basil and Sybil Fawlty. However, Basil hates his guests with a passion and he's definitely in the wrong business. A career in British Rail customer services would be more appropriate for a man of his talents.

Under the thumb from his dominating wife, commonly known as the 'Little Piranha' poor Basil is a heart attack just waiting to happen. His working day normally goes from one blunder to another, and usually involves the poor put upon waiter Manuel (he's from Barcelona you know).

The six episodes of each series, listed below, are contained on the first disc whilst the extras are on the second. These include interviews with the cast, although they claim to be 'exclusive' I believe they were initially created for the video box-set release a few years back, whilst there are some outtakes on the second series. The directors commentary is also reasonable enough, although the soundtrack is missing so you can't hear the dialogue in the background at the same time as the commentary.

Series One Episode Guide

  • A Touch of Class
  • The Builders
  • The Wedding Party
  • The Hotel Inspectors
  • Gourmet Night
  • The Germans

Series Two Episode Guide

  • Communications Problems
  • The Psychiatrist
  • Waldorf Salad
  • The Kipper and the Corpse
  • The Anniversary
  • Basil the Rat

The picture has been remastered so it is eminently better than the original video versions. However, the age of the film stock has taken its toll resulting in a washed out and occasionally grainy picture. The bit-rate is above average with no signs of artifacting and for a the age of the television series there is basically nothing wrong with the overall quality.

With the series created and shown in the mid-seventies you can't be expecting anything spectacular from the sound department, and if you were then you're going to be sadly disappointed. The sound is only presented in mono but never-the-less the dialogue and continual chaos is clearly audible throughout.

Fawlty Towers has, rightly, been hailed as one of the greatest television sitcoms ever. It is easy to see why with every viewing still managing to crack you up laughing. The only thing that's dated are the clothes and the references to the political climate at the time. The jokes are arguably as fresh today as they were 25 years ago and that must surely go down to the writing talent of John Cleese and Connie Booth.

What is more worrying about the series is that John Cleese based his character on (apparently) an actual Torbay hotelier called Donald Sinclair, although a lot of press recently claimed that his wife was, naturally, upset by the accusations and that her husband was the perfect gentleman. Cleese and his fellow Monty Python team supposedly met him whilst filming and that he was so rude that the rest of the Python team checked out of the hotel leaving Cleese to observe Sinclair's behaviour.

Although only twelve episodes were created, you'll need to buy the the other disc for the remaining episodes, each one is just as good as the other and it is hard to find a weak one. Its just as hard to find the best, although my personal favourite, and no-doubt the same as thousands of others, is 'The Germans'.

  • Series One - Exclusive Interview with John Cleese; Exclusive Interview with Andrew Sachs; Director Commentary; Artist Profiles; Torquay Tourist Guide
  • Series Two - Exclusive Interview with John Cleese; Exclusive Interview with Andrew Sachs; Director Commentary; Artist Profiles; Outtakes
Gomorrah artwork

Gomorrah

DVD19/07/2016

Based the non-fiction investigative book by Roberto Saviano published in 2006, set in the suburbs of Naples, Gomorrah focuses on organised crime and the relationships of gangsters, drug dealers, and ordinary people.
Thanks For Sharing artwork

Thanks For Sharing

DVD02/02/2014

Apple Tree Yard artwork

Apple Tree Yard

BD20/02/2017

Homeland artwork

Homeland

DVD11/09/2014

Sightseers artwork

Sightseers

BD20/09/2014

Lee Mack  artwork

Lee Mack

DVD10/12/2014

The Emoji Movie artwork

The Emoji Movie

DVDBD4K-UHD17/10/2017

Unlocking the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone, it's time to express yourself when Sony Pictures Animation's The Emoji Movie arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra-HD, Blu-ray and DVD ...
Mariah Carey's All I Want ... artwork
Rise Of The Footsoldier 3 artwork
Terminator 2 artwork

Terminator 2

DVDBD3D-BD4K-UHD18/10/2017

Black Lake artwork

Black Lake

DVD18/10/2017

Valerian and the City of ... artwork

Valerian and the City of ...

DVDBD3D-BD4K-UHD17/10/2017

X-Files

Review01/01/2000

FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully still continue to investigate the X-files, a set of unexplained and unsolved cases and the ultimate conspiracy theory - that aliens are already here on earth and ...

Wallace and Gromit

Review10/12/2000

The all three of the animated adventures of Wallace and his pet dog Gromit.

Micky Flanagan

News05/10/2017

Recorded live at the O2, you will laugh until you cry when Micky Flanagan - An' Another Fing... Live is released on DVD and Blu-ray 20th November 2017 from Spirit Entertainment Limited.
"I don't want to survive. I want to live."
12 Years a Slave (2013)

Designated Survivor

DVD14/10/2017109

Riviera

DVDBD18/10/2017105

Alien Covenant

DVDBD4K-UHD17/10/2017104

The Mummy

DVDBD3D-BD4K-UHD18/10/2017103

Broken City

DVDBDNOTES08/10/20173414

Fast Girls

DVDBDNOTES14/10/20171526

The Ghost

DVDBDNOTES12/10/20171413

Escape Plan

DVDBDNOTES13/10/20171361

Racing Stripes

DVD13/10/20172209

Austin Powers

DVD09/10/20171289

The Simpsons

DVD09/10/2017773

#Victoria Series 2 available #DVD #BluRay 27th November by @ITVStudios
DVD365.net

Nails

DVD26/09/2017

Fargo

DVD09/10/2017

Fast & Furious 8

DVDBD4K-UHD30/08/2017

W1A: Series 3

DVD04/10/2017