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Fawlty Towers Complete Series
     

Fawlty Towers Complete Series

4.5 14
Director: Bob Spiers, J.H. Davies

Cast: Connie Booth, John Cleese

 

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

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
UPC:
0883929094615
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
6:14:00
Sales rank:
6,932

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

Cast & Crew

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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Fawlty Towers Complete Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Sunhouse More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So love British comedy…rapier wit & fast moving plot.  Do not miss this one, it's a keeper.  
Harrigan More than 1 year ago
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.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These episodes are laugh-out-loud funny. Amazing, very physical, acting. Will watch over and over.
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One of the greatest British classic comedies