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DVD Reviews: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em The Complete First Series

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Reviewed by Dean Malandrini
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 200 Minutes

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em was an without a doubt one of the biggest hits of BBC’s career as a network, what I find really interesting about all the Some Mother Do ‘Ave ‘Em series is the main character Frank (Michael Crawford), I find it very hard to believe that a man that plays the part of an absolute imbecile can get out there and sing some of the most beautiful opera music around, and ever since Michael’s Career began in opera it has never stopped without his say so. 

Both first and second series of the hit show have been released and I don’t know which one made me laugh more.  Poor Betty, Frank’s wife would have to be the most under standing and caring wife around, if any of you husbands out there did a tenth of the things that Frank does you would be kicked out on your ear you would.  The guy is a absolute mess, in series one he attends a job interview where he not only gets stuck in an elevator but performs all sorts of mishaps and cause more than his share of damage, though he comes out clean as a whistle and gets the job, unbelievable.  The first series runs for a total of two hundred minutes and seven episodes later I can guarantee that your side will be sore 

Frank destroys a house, kills the neighbors TV scripts, in his own special manner that only Frank can do.  The most entertaining episode would have to be when Frank tries to contact his grandmother from the grave by using a psychic but when they finally get away for their second honeymoon, all sorts of weird and wonderful things begin to happen.  Many other episodes to follow with a great value pack of seven episode Frank and Betty get up to all sorts of mischief and with this fantastic DVD you wont miss a thing. 

Crawford really is a one-stop comedy shop. His delivery, unforgettable Frank mannerisms, the way he says Oh! And the slapstick comedy we love him for are absolutely funny, and it becomes quite frustrating as Frank tries harder and harder to dig his way out of each self-created mess, only to find himself sinking deeper and deeper, the end result usually ending in complete destruction of the site, and at times you would think that Frank was a secret weapon of mass destruction developed by the UK. 

You will usually find that British comedy’s will have a very low quality and are a bit grainy, but series one of Some Mother Do ‘Ave ‘Em surprised me and the colors and picture were quite clear and even the sound was fantastic at staying where it belonged with no noticeable sound interference.  Speaking of which there are some noticeable instances of dubbing especially outside where the wind would brush past the microphone if it were done live, so the makers filmed the scenes and then got the actors to record a separate track to put back over the film. The sound is a truly mono event.  

Extras? Where could they be, maybe Frank broke them all and they got scrapped, not a smidge of extras my dear old chap, now come along.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (the complete first series) Features

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