Fawlty Towers Complete Series

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
While working with Monty Python, John Cleese stayed at a hotel in the British coastal resort town of Torquay whose manager was "wonderfully rude," meaning that when Cleese asked him what time the next bus out of town was, the manager threw the bus schedule at him and told Cleese to look it up himself. This manager also threw Eric Idle's suitcase into the street, believing it was a bomb after Idle left it unattended for a moment, and ...
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Special Features

Exclusive Commentary by John Cleese; 2009 Extended Interviews - Includes Exclusive Interview with Connie Booth; Accompanying booklet; Interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs; ; Series 1 Director's Commentary by John Howard Davies; Series 2 Director's Commentary by Bob Spiers; Artist Profiles; Outtakes; Torquay Tourist Guide (Short Documentary Film); Cheap Tatty Review
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
While working with Monty Python, John Cleese stayed at a hotel in the British coastal resort town of Torquay whose manager was "wonderfully rude," meaning that when Cleese asked him what time the next bus out of town was, the manager threw the bus schedule at him and told Cleese to look it up himself. This manager also threw Eric Idle's suitcase into the street, believing it was a bomb after Idle left it unattended for a moment, and repeatedly chided the table manners of American Pythoner Terry Gilliam. This "wonderfully rude" character left such an impression on Cleese that he sat down with his wife and writing partner Connie Booth and created Fawlty Towers, a comedy about the world's most obnoxious hotel manager, in a seaside resort town in Britain. The show only ran for 12 episodes on the BBC, two six episode stints in 1975 and 1979, and Fawlty Towers has become one of the most widely recognized and admired British TV programs of all time. The British Film Institute recently ranked it as the best British TV program ever. Cleese starred as Basil Fawlty, the overbearing, xenophobic, cosmically rude hotel manager, Prunella Scales played his faithful gossipy wife Sybil, and Andrew Sachs played the dimwitted, endearing Spanish waiter Manuel, whose poor grasp of generally everything -- including English -- causes Basil interminable grief. Fawlty Towers combined the best of Britcoms: a dry wit, a healthy sense of absurdism, and a streak of bawdy humor and bodily function jokes that normally make American TV producers cringe. Fawlty Towers's legacy is very sturdy today on all sides of the Atlantic, and should be a welcome sight for anyone whose grown weary of the repetitive state of sitcoms today.
Entertainment Weekly
It's Cleese's sheer loose-limbed abandon and the series' door-slamming anarchy that have formed a comedic legacy deservingly disproportionate to its mere 12-episode run. Mike Flaherty
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • UPC: 883929094615
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Special Edition
  • Language: English, English
  • Time: 6:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 931

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fawlty Towers: Fatty Owls - Series 1
1. Scene 1 [6:10]
2. Scene 2 [5:36]
3. Scene 3 [5:09]
4. Scene 4 [4:23]
5. Scene 5 [4:48]
6. Scene 6 [4:09]
1. Scene 1 [6:52]
2. Scene 2 [5:01]
3. Scene 3 [5:03]
4. Scene 4 [3:28]
5. Scene 5 [4:31]
6. Scene 6 [3:13]
1. Scene 1 [7:10]
2. Scene 2 [3:33]
3. Scene 3 [5:22]
4. Scene 4 [4:33]
5. Scene 5 [6:22]
6. Scene 6 [6:14]
1. Scene 1 [4:57]
2. Scene 2 [4:18]
3. Scene 3 [6:34]
4. Scene 4 [6:19]
5. Scene 5 [3:50]
6. Scene 6 [2:42]
1. Scene 1 [4:24]
2. Scene 2 [4:09]
3. Scene 3 [5:57]
4. Scene 4 [5:01]
5. Scene 5 [4:39]
6. Scene 6 [4:23]
1. Scene 1 [4:08]
2. Scene 2 [7:34]
3. Scene 3 [4:57]
4. Scene 4 [3:34]
5. Scene 5 [2:44]
6. Scene 6 [8:13]
Disc #2 -- Fawlty Towers: Watery Fowls - Series 2
1. Scene 1 [5:17]
2. Scene 2 [3:05]
3. Scene 3 [7:36]
4. Scene 4 [5:56]
5. Scene 5 [6:10]
6. Scene 6 [3:15]
1. Scene 1 [4:59]
2. Scene 2 [4:26]
3. Scene 3 [3:45]
4. Scene 4 [5:48]
5. Scene 5 [9:41]
6. Scene 6 [7:33]
1. Scene 1 [5:34]
2. Scene 2 [5:31]
3. Scene 3 [6:30]
4. Scene 4 [3:50]
5. Scene 5 [4:19]
6. Scene 6 [6:15]
1. Scene 1 [5:34]
2. Scene 2 [5:31]
3. Scene 3 [6:30]
4. Scene 4 [3:50]
5. Scene 5 [4:19]
6. Scene 6 [6:15]
1. Scene 1 [4:59]
2. Scene 2 [4:17]
3. Scene 3 [4:48]
4. Scene 4 [6:22]
5. Scene 5 [5:38]
6. Scene 6 [5:27]
1. Scene 1 [4:33]
2. Scene 2 [3:25]
3. Scene 3 [8:15]
4. Scene 4 [3:56]
5. Scene 5 [4:41]
6. Scene 6 [4:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fawlty Towers: Fatty Owls - Series 1
   Play All
   Episode Selection
      A Touch of Class
      The Builders
      The Wedding Party
      The Hotel Inspectors
      Gourmet Night
      The Germans
   Scene Selection
      A Touch of Class
      The Builders
      The Wedding Party
      The Hotel Inspectors
      Gourmet Night
      The Germans
   Audio Options
      Feature Audio
      Commentary with John Howard Davies
      Commentary with John Cleese
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: Off
      English SDH
      French
      German
      Spanish
Disc #2 -- Fawlty Towers: Watery Fowls - Series 2
   Play All
   Episode Selection
      Communication Problems
      The Psychiatrist
      Waldorf Salad
      The Kipper and The Corpse
      The Anniversary
      Basil the Rat
   Scene Selection
      Communication Problems
      The Psychiatrist
      Waldorf Salad
      The Kipper & The Corpse
      The Anniversary
      Basil the Rat
   Audio Options
      Feature Audio
      Commentary with Bob Spiers
      Commentary with John Cleese
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: Off
      English SDH
      French
      German
      Spanish
Disc #3 -- Fawlty Towers: Farty Towels - Special Features
   2009 Interviews
   Interviews
      John Cleese Complete Interview
      Interview with Andrew Sachs
      Interview with Prunella Scales
   Helpful Staff
      John Cleese
      Prunella Scales
      Connie Booth
      Andrew Sachs
      Brian Hall
   Torquay Tourist Office
   Guest Registry
      Joan Sanderson
      Nicky Henson
      Charles McKeown
      Geoffrey Palmer
      John Quarmby
      Una Stubbs
      Ballard Berkeley
      Bernard Cribbins
      Gilly Flower & Renee Roberts
      Michael Gwynn
      David Kelly
      Robin Ellis
   Cheap Tatty Review
   Out Takes
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: Off
      English SDH
      French
      German
      Spanish
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Farty Owls

    The new commentaries by Cleese make this series that you already know by heart all the more enjoyable. Writers and directors will benetit by his hindsight which, happily, is not just a platform to stroke his own ego but is, instead, a warts-and-all primer on white-hot creativity and the unseen work and thought that goes into the illusion of effortlessness.
    The other extras are okay for a once over but nothing outstanding. If none of this is of interest than just sit back a watch a show you have to love unless, perhaps, you're from Barcelona.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Recommend it if you like British humor

    Watched this years ago and still like most of the shows. It can be a bit much at times. John Cleese is still a great entertainer.........

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    Posted October 8, 2013

    One of the greatest British classic comedies

    One of the greatest British classic comedies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Laugh Out Loud

    These episodes are laugh-out-loud funny. Amazing, very physical, acting. Will watch over and over.

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