The Two Ronnies - Series 8 - 2-DVD Set ( The Two Ronnies - Series Eight ) ( The 2 Ronnies )
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In its heyday, The Two Ronnies was as much a British institution as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. In a glorious blend of visual and verbal humour, a typical programme begins and ends with the pair seated behind a desk reading quick-fire 'news' reports. In between, "in a packed programme tonight", there are sketches, 'drama serials', musical routines and a rambling monologue from Ronnie Corbett, before finally signing off with their famous catchphrase, "It's goodnight from me", "And it's goodnight from him." SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Two Ronnies - Series 8 - 2-DVD Set ( The Two Ronnies - Series Eight ) ( The 2 Ronnies )
- Language : English
- Director : James Gilbert, Terry Hughes
- Media Format : Import, PAL
- Run time : 358 minutes
- Actors : Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Jenny Logan
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : BBC
- ASIN : B007Y5QM5Q
- Number of discs : 2
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The serial running though the season is "The Worm that Turned" with the late Diana Dors. A tale where women's liberation has meant the men are now the "weaker" gender and are subjugated by women. The ruling class (women) enforce their rule by the use of a police force of women in shiny, tight, black shorts, jackets and knee high boots.
- Mastermind - answering "the question before last"
- Energy saving
- Greetings Cards
- Crossword commute
- Ministry of Poetry
- Minister of Intelligence - art of secrecy
- Society for the Prevention of Pissmonunciation
- Shop sketch - sweet shop
- Shop sketch - bad writing
- Inventors conference, and many more.
The iconic musical numbers are:
- Broadway Malady
- Chumley Hunt
- Arabian Nights - Sultan's Harem
- Rochdale Bell Ringers (campanology)
- Yeomen of the Tower
- Star Wars, and
- Circus Big Top
There are audio menus, and English subtitles, but no other extras - again.
The singing interlude alternates between Elkie Brooks and Barbara Dickson.
No season of the Two Ronnies is complete without Mr Corbett's famous monologues.
Those the season is more PC than previous ones there are still moments where they slip - so if you are very easily offended you may want to avoid this series. However, if you can remember that this was 30 years ago it is a great series of the time.
Admittedly, it doesn't match the standard of previous season, especially when compared to the Phantom Raspberry Blower. I also noticed that where, in previous seasons, there have been at least two of the musical numbers that I have played over and over again here there is just the one. As with many series there are good moments and bad ones, but some of the things that I like others won't, so we make of it what we want.
I put my hands up and admit that I tend to fast forward through the bits I don't like and replay the sketches and musical numbers I like, but isn't that what DVDs of comedy series like this are for.
I don't regret my purchase. It is a great edition to my collection. A collection which has in itself become a great insight into the changing attitudes of our society year-on-year; and it is far easier to study the changes this way than reading a dry textbook.
Thankfully, I'll now have something to watch when I'm with my older family members and children or when I'm on my own in hospital instead of the usual forced diet of soaps, make-overs and antique shows. I wait with baited breath for season 9.
Series 8 starts off well, with another fantastic sketch, "Mastermind" which is again, a shot of comedy genius. However, things start to slip, with "The Worm That Turned" and some uninspiring guest appearences from Elkie Brookes (I fast fowarded her guest spots, as she is certainly not to my tastes) and Barbara Dickinson (a little better.)
The Worm that Turned in partiular was never a serial that I enjoyed. I much prefer to see Sid and Lilly, George and Eddie, and Piggy Malone and Charley Farley leading the fore. Some might find this series' serial quite sexist, but that didn't bother me in particular, it just isn't the usual Two Ronnies fore.
But, as usual, there's the energetic song and dance routines from our dynamic duo - Barker's side splitting Pispronounciation, Corbetts rambling monologues and some funny turns from Sid and George as well. There's still quite a bit to laugh at, but its not quite as good as previous series'.
However, I have to say that this series, whilst not the best, is still far funnier, wittier and cleaner than many so called "comedies" of today.
As a final note - for those who are curious as to extras - well, there's none again.(we should be used to that with BBC releases by now) but there is a talking menus option, for those that need it, and subtitles.