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Feature 8.0
Video 5.0
Audio 5.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 7.9
Distributor: BBC
Running Time: 250
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer: Andrew Bistak

7.9


The Goodies... at last... back for more, again!

I've had a bad day and without getting into semantics, I needed something to cheer me up. And there it was... staring me right in the eyes, The Goodies... at last... back for more, again!, it was a DVD sent from comedy heaven. And that's where our good friends at the BBC have collected eight of the best episodes as The Goodies (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie) get involved in a variety of whacky and sometimes out of this world antics.

I'm not sure what age I was when I first discovered The Goodies but their comedy series encompassed ten years of entertainment from 1970 to 1980 with almost every episode a barrel of laughs. It's still being aired today, rerun after rerun... which is a feat in itself.

However for those unaware of this comical phenomenon, the premise behind The Goodies was that they would help anyone who needed assistance, anytime, anyplace and anywhere. Yes, The Goodies were helpers but the gag was not just how they helped these people but rather the clever banter between them which is still priceless plus a healthy dose of silly slapstick. Some considered it Monty Python for kids but adults all over the world enjoyed it equally. From giant kittens to clowns invading Britain and even space trips, The Goodies could virtually do anything... plus they had a cool tandem bicycle for three!

The episodes included in this collection, although not my personal favourites still put a big fat smile on my face, whether it was Graham getting chased by an almost Transformer like farm machine or the classic episode that revolves around The Goodies in 2001... with some parallels to 2001 A Space Odyssey. The most creepiest aspect of the episode is that Tim Brooke-Taylor has a son that looks identical to Bill Oddie!

The humour of this collection is quite strange and at times, plus The Goodies were quite risqué, thanks to an era without political correctness. But it's not all Champaign comedy as some of the humour is a little dated and at times cringe worthy but if you grew up with The Goodies, it's definitely an enjoyable watch down memory lane. Seeing Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie in their youthful prime is what it's all about.

For the purists, The Goodies... at last... back for more, again! contains the following episodes;

  • Cecily

  • The Music Lovers

  • The New Office

  • Goodies Rule - Ok?

  • Camelot

  • It Might as well be String

  • 2001 and a Bit

  • Royal Command

Video, Audio & Special Features

The video quality of this release is rather poor and this is due to the age of the original video footage and limitations of the era. It's still watchable but don't expect any Blu-ray quality or even decent sound but fortunately the episodes more than make up for the lack of video and audio quality.

Unfortunately there are no special features in this release but the DVD comes with a great 36 page booklet by Andrew Pixley called "Programme Notes" which gives you an in-depth insiders snapshot of all facets of every episode in the collection. Whether it was who starred in the episode, how it was shot or where the ideas came from, it's quite a read but definitely interesting for a Goodies fan.

In conclusion, The Goodies... at last... back for more, again! is a thoroughly amusing DVD which features over 4 hours of laughs that will definitely hold a special place your collection.

All I can say to the BBC is that they better release the entire Goodies collection one day!






 
 



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