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Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection (Remastered) [DVD] [1975]

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The Germans' sees Basil failing to cope with a fire drill and the arrival of some German guests while Sybil is in hospital. In ‘The Psychiatrist’, Basil begins behaving even more oddly than usual when he learns that a psychiatrist is staying at the hotel.

There is also one easter egg (2:28), which is also from the old DVD and shouldn't take too long to find. The Builders’ sees Basil in hot water with Sybil when he employs the unreliable Irish labourer Mr O’Reilly (David Kelly) to do some work in the hotel lobby. Communication Problems' sees Basil (Cleese) forced to deal with a deaf guest while attempting to conceal his gambling win from Sybil. Since I'm already late on this review, I'm not going to go into detail, other than to say that the interviews are fairly good and the commentaries aren't (unless you like dead air).I suppose I will persevere with it at some stage though and watch the whole twelve episodes with the director commentary on. This is done with the normal sound reduced a bit in the background with the director commenting over the top. These tracks aren't wall-to-wall anecdotes or technical behind-the-scenes information, but more like what you'd expect if you knew John Cleese and sat down with him to watch the entire series. Many of these extras are holdovers from the previous DVD set, which "Fawlty Towers" fans will already be familiar with: the audio commentaries on all episodes by John Howard Davies (Season One) and Bob Spiers (Season Two), Interviews with John Cleese (52:49), Andrew Sachs (24:57) and Prunella Scales (7:49), "Torquay Tourist Office" (11:38), the Cheap Tatty Review (0:58), Outtakes (1:33), and "Helpful Staff"/"Guest Registry", which lead to amusingly outdated narrated filmographies. Each six-episode season is given its own disc with a commentary track from John Howard Davies and Bob Spiers, directors of Season 1 and Season 2 respectively.

In ‘Waldorf Salad’, some newly-arrived American guests’ request for transatlantic cuisine does not go down well with Basil in the kitchen. In ‘The Anniversary’, a secret party planned for Sybil goes awry when the guest of honour storms out of the hotel. Fawlty Towers was famously inspired by an unbelievably rude hotel proprietor John Cleese encountered whilst filming with Monty Python. To mark its 30th anniversary, all 12 episodes of John Cleese and Connie Booth’s highly successful comedy series, set in a Torquay hotel, have been remastered. and these last three episodes are no different, but they introduce additional layers that subtly change the angle of the comedy.

With his gangly frame and contortionist abilities, Cleese brilliantly punctuates Basil's outrageous faux pas with absurd gymnastics and turns Three Stooges-style pokes and kicks into a slapstick ballet. Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff.

com/products/fawlty-towers-remastered-special-edition-15371 3888108896304 Fawlty Towers Remastered: Special Edition 49. DVDs and software discs often have what is known as an "Easter Egg": a hidden extra concealed somewhere on the disc.

The Cheap Tatty Review is an odd sketch of John playing Basil talking on the phone at the FT reception in which he insists to the unknown person on the other end that the series is finished. It contains the complete two series of the 1975-1979 hotel-themed comedy programme "Fawlty Towers" which is written by John Cleese and Connie Booth and which stars John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs and Connie Booth on four video cassettes with all twelve episodes of the entire show in six episodes each on two seperate discs in the set and the third disc contains special features. Apparently they contacted the living relatives of Donald Sinclair (the inspiration for Basil), but none would appear in the film stating that Donald had been unfairly portrayed in the past.

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