Thursday, October 9, 2008

Christmas crackers

Back in November 2006, Network DVD released a 4-disc compilation of Yuletide-themed episodes from the various ITV Britcoms they’ve acquired the distribution rights to entitled Classic ITV Christmas Comedy, and it’s a wonderful collection—giving Britcom fans the opportunity to sample shows that have not yet been given treatment on disc including My Husband and I, Hallelujah! and You’re Only Young Twice. (Of course, many of these episodes have also been culled from comedies already well-known to British audiences: Please, Sir!, On the Buses, Nearest and Dearest, Only When I Laugh, etc.)

Such a set, naturally, was of interest on this side of the pond only to Britcom fanatics (that would be me), but in looking over the new additions on DVD Price Search I’ve discovered that this same set will soon be made available on Region 1 from Televista come November 11th, with the name changed to Classic British Xmas Comedies: Volumes 1 & 2. It’s been marked down considerably (CD Universe has it for pre-order for $17.14), so if anyone out there who enjoys British situation comedy is interested, it’s well worth the investment—with specials by Sid James and Stanley Baxter and installments of Billy Liar, Two’s Company, The Rag Trade and Bless Me, Father—among many others. Hey…you’ve seen Rudolph and Frosty and you know how they turn out—try a little something different for a change this holiday season.

In other DVD news—though with their track record of late I’m not entirely sure why I’m mentioning this—CBS-Paramount is announcing that the second and final season of the cult 60s sci-fi hit The Invaders will be available January 27th, according to TVShowsOnDVD.com. I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I’m a big fan of this show, and I’m pleased to see that they’re completing the series run…though to be honest the second season wasn’t quite as good as the inaugural season, particularly when they decided to give Invaders protagonist David Vincent a group of “believers” to help assist him in his cause. I’m still looking forward to this release in any case.

Before I wrap this up, I just wanted to give a shout-out to a couple of new blogs that have been added to the ol’ TDOY blogroll: Sunny Side Up! is written by a rather enthusiastic (the exclamation mark probably gives that away) 21-year-old named Krista who’s a huge fan of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood (I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to find younger people who are classic movie fans in this jaded-MTV age) and particularly Lucille Ball. Kittysmith is the proprietor of Miriams-not-so-well (which I’m sorry to hear, by the way) and another fan of “yesteryear” entertainment (among her favorites: “the late, great Borscht Belt comedians”) as well. Thanks for linking to the blog, ladies, and for allowing me to reciprocate in kind.

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