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The classic comedy comes to Blu-ray for the first time, starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Saches and Connie Booth.

Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his ‘little nest of vipers’ - his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

Every episode of the BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first time ever.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio commentaries with John Cleese (Series 1 & 2)
• Audio commentary with John Howard Davies (Series 1)
• Audio commentary with Bob Spiers (Series 2)
• 2009 Interviews
• Interviews with John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Prunella Scales
• Torquay Tourist Office
• Cheap Tatty Review
• Out takes
• Bonus booklet
• Easter Egg
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thehappyhammer22/01/2020 17:36

I wonder if they have censored it - I know they were talking about it a …I wonder if they have censored it - I know they were talking about it a few years ago.


Remake it: Basil hits Manuel, Manuel takes Basil to court, show over by episode 2
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RIP Jon Cleeds
buliztik22/01/2020 17:28

RIP Jon Cleeds


He's not the Messiah! He's a very naught boy
What's the transfer like?

Not good, surely like the rest of the old stuff they churn onto Blu

Great show obvs
Blu ray, nice. Wonder what the quality is like
Turret-Buddy22/01/2020 17:32

Blu ray, nice. Wonder what the quality is like



Just checked the Amazon Reviews, about what you'd expect
I wonder if they have censored it - I know they were talking about it a few years ago.
If they have I’ll send it back to Amazon Everyone don’t like...
Edited by: "H0TDEALER" 22nd Jan
thehappyhammer22/01/2020 17:36

I wonder if they have censored it - I know they were talking about it a …I wonder if they have censored it - I know they were talking about it a few years ago.


Remake it: Basil hits Manuel, Manuel takes Basil to court, show over by episode 2
liquidtmd22/01/2020 17:42

Remake it: Basil hits Manuel, Manuel takes Basil to court, show over by …Remake it: Basil hits Manuel, Manuel takes Basil to court, show over by episode 2



lol Luckily Andrew Sachs had a sense of humour (and had made a fortune out of it).

Every episode should have resulted in an hotel shutdown for sure for various reasons rats, poison, gun crime, peeping tom... You name it. .
wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done little for this transfer and also applied some DNR. I would go for the remastered DVDs - has the brilliant Cleese commentaries as well.

£3.59!

worldofbooks.com/en-…ELN
orac197822/01/2020 18:02

wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done l …wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done little for this transfer and also applied some DNR. I would go for the remastered DVDs - has the brilliant Cleese commentaries as well.£3.59!https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/film/dvd/fawlty-towers-the-complete-collection-remastered/DVDB002KSA3XELN


Every episode of the BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first time ever.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio commentaries with John Cleese (Series 1 & 2)
• Audio commentary with John Howard Davies (Series 1)
• Audio commentary with Bob Spiers (Series 2)
• 2009 Interviews
• Interviews with John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Prunella Scales
• Torquay Tourist Office
• Cheap Tatty Review
• Out takes
• Bonus booklet
• Easter Egg
orac197822/01/2020 18:02

wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done l …wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done little for this transfer and also applied some DNR. I would go for the remastered DVDs - has the brilliant Cleese commentaries as well.£3.59!https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/film/dvd/fawlty-towers-the-complete-collection-remastered/DVDB002KSA3XELN


JOKER!
Edited by: "H0TDEALER" 22nd Jan
H0TDEALER22/01/2020 18:03

Every episode of the BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first …Every episode of the BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first time ever. SPECIAL FEATURES• Audio commentaries with John Cleese (Series 1 & 2) • Audio commentary with John Howard Davies (Series 1) • Audio commentary with Bob Spiers (Series 2) • 2009 Interviews• Interviews with John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Prunella Scales• Torquay Tourist Office• Cheap Tatty Review• Out takes• Bonus booklet• Easter Egg


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orac197822/01/2020 18:02

wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done l …wouldn’t bother with this - esp at this ridiculous price. They have done little for this transfer and also applied some DNR. I would go for the remastered DVDs - has the brilliant Cleese commentaries as well.£3.59!https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/film/dvd/fawlty-towers-the-complete-collection-remastered/DVDB002KSA3XELN



That is a used product & it is my experience that world of books & music magpie only check the covers to rate the condition either good, bad & ugly.

I get your sentiment though.
I just bought 10 of these
Yes I wouldn't bother with this either, apparently very little improvement over the DVDs.
H0TDEALER22/01/2020 18:05

READ THE POST


These are upscaled - the show was filmed on videotape, so impossible to be in HD.... only outside scenes would use film and with his release they chose not to go back to the original elements, so all upscaled from standard definition.
Edited by: "orac1978" 22nd Jan
orac197822/01/2020 18:07

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I have used them to & about 30% of top rated conditions have been s****!
orac197822/01/2020 18:09

These are upscaled - the show was filmed on videotape, so impossible to be …These are upscaled - the show was filmed on videotape, so impossible to be in HD.... only outside scenes would use film and with his release they chose not to go back to the original elements, so all upscaled from standard definition.


Prove it!
Edited by: "H0TDEALER" 22nd Jan
orac197822/01/2020 18:11

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Prove them!
Edited by: "H0TDEALER" 22nd Jan
H0TDEALER22/01/2020 18:03

Every episode of the BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first …Every episode of the BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first time ever. SPECIAL FEATURES• Audio commentaries with John Cleese (Series 1 & 2) • Audio commentary with John Howard Davies (Series 1) • Audio commentary with Bob Spiers (Series 2) • 2009 Interviews• Interviews with John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Prunella Scales• Torquay Tourist Office• Cheap Tatty Review• Out takes• Bonus booklet• Easter Egg


It's not HD. It's mostly taken from SD video which can never be HD.
loonyboyx22/01/2020 18:38

It's not HD. It's mostly taken from SD video which can never be HD.



I would have thought it would have been filmed in 38mm the same as most films & series at the time. There was no SD or even HD Video. Just film which is a true reflection as it is.

IE they did not copy this from a replayed VHS ex-blockbuster rental.

BUT to say that 38mm cannot be better than HD is incorrect. It is just a conversion to digital from film & if the digital conversion is done correctly with quality the 38mm film would be better than filming in digital HD OR 4K for that matter. You are confusing yourself.
Edited by: "Willy_Wonka" 22nd Jan
Willy_Wonka22/01/2020 18:51

I would have thought it would have been filmed in 38mm the same as most …I would have thought it would have been filmed in 38mm the same as most films & series at the time. There was no SD or even HD Video. Just film which is a true reflection as it is. IE they did not copy this from a replayed VHS ex-blockbuster rental. BUT to say that 38mm cannot be better than HD is incorrect. It is just a conversion to digital from film & if the digital conversion is done correctly with quality the 38mm film would be better than filming in digital HD OR 4K for that matter. You are confusing yourself.



Most British TV shows in the 1970s - especially sitcoms - were recorded on video as it was cheaper. Every single scene of Fawlty Towers set indoors was film on SD video in a multi camera studio setting.

Anyone claiming that this was recorded on film is simply wrong. Only the small number of outdoor scenes were but that's it
loonyboyx22/01/2020 19:02

Most British TV shows in the 1970s - especially sitcoms - were recorded on …Most British TV shows in the 1970s - especially sitcoms - were recorded on video as it was cheaper. Every single scene of Fawlty Towers set indoors was film on SD video in a multi camera studio setting.Anyone claiming that this was recorded on film is simply wrong. Only the small number of outdoor scenes were but that's it



OK. I apologise. You are correct.
Outdoor scenes were shot on 16mm film and having seen comparison screenshots these scenes do look more detailed, so they must have found some of the original film to scan.

These scenes are very brief though, so really not worth it when 95% is SD video sourced.
These are by no means HD quality but personally having done some comparisons i think these are a modest improvement over the DVD versions, it is noticeable in side to side comparisons but its not night and day. Whether that's worth it for you is another matter. I might pick it up when its nearer £10 some day but I think this is a bit much. I wont vote it cold though.

When you're trying to watch a 70's sitcom on a modern 55inch plus 4k TV a small improvement might make all the difference for some people as it really does show up the flaws vs the size of screen around when it was aired originally. But the jokes work just as well either way.
Willy_Wonka22/01/2020 19:13

OK. I apologise. You are correct.


No worries, thanks for being decent enough to apologise
Sawb22/01/2020 18:36

Are you ok? and liking your own comments?


I’ve always liked my own comments. Check out my others
loonyboyx22/01/2020 20:06

No worries, thanks for being decent enough to apologise


CHEEKS!
Basil on Blu-ray - finally
Also would like to see the documentary about Squawking Bird the leader of the Blackfoot Indians in the late 1860s on blu ray ...heard it was a televisual feast
buliztik22/01/2020 17:28

RIP Jon Cleeds


It was Terry Jones, not John Cleese who died...
gidsterc22/01/2020 23:21

It was Terry Jones, not John Cleese who died...


Ye, that was the joke the hint was getting his name wrong
Yeah as others have said only the outside scenes would be on film and therefore be remastered in HD and could even be 4K. Everything indoors is SD for life.

I love this series but id get next to nowt for the DVD set which was remastered itself. Unless this was SA fiver I can't justify upgrading.
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