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Do Not Adjust Your Set , a review by Tom

     Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967/United Kingdom)
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(United States)
Length:280 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 1

Teatime 1968. In millions of homes in England something strange was happening and TV comedy around the world would never be the same again - 'Do Not Adjust Your Set'. Hitting audiences like a wet fish in the face it was weird, wonderful and above all hilarious. 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' combined the writing and performing skills of Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, added a dash of David Jason, a dollop of the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and a hint of Terry Gilliam. Feast your eyes on the madness and discover how something completely different began....

This 2 DVD set features the recently rediscovered 9 episodes of the classic 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' series and a Comedy Family Tree poster booklet.

Do Not Adjust Your Set
1.01 Episode 1
This old series is written and stars three of the later Monty Pythons: Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. This is supposed to be a children's show but you wouldn't know this if not told so. You can already see some of the typical Python humor here.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 7th, 2011)

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Get Smart, a review by Rich


Get Smart

Steve Carell is in control as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depth but never out of options in this action comedy pitting him against the nuclear scheme of the evil spy group KAOS. Anne Hathaway partners with Max as ever capable Agent 99. And Director Peter Segal ('The Longest Yard') guides his stars (including Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin) through the dangerous realm of molar radios, multifunction pocketknives, exploding dental floss and more. "'Get Smart' works as an action film and its funny" (Richard Roeper, 'At The Movies With Ebert & Roeper').

I was a fan of the original series, if memory serves correctly it was shown many years ago on BBC2 soon after school finished, and it was great that so many of the immortal Maxwell quotes sneaked into the film. There is more than a touch of Austin Powers in the film, and Steve Carell is fitting in the bumbling geeky nerd role that he masterpieced on 40 year old virgin.
A comedy with too few laughs, and an action spoof with too few dramatic effects, however reasonable viewing if you park your brain for a couple of hours.

(From November Alphabet Marathon - Discussion/Review Thread on November 9th, 2008)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     The New Adventures of He-Man: Volume One (1989/United States)
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(United States)
Length:710 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Plot:The New Adventures of He-Man
1.01 A New Beginning
Writer: Jack Olesker (Writer), Jean Chalopin (Created By)
Director: Kazuo Terada
Cast: Don Brown), Gary Chalk), Ted Cole), Tracy Eisner), Mark Hildreth), Anthony Holland), Campbell Lane), Scott McNeil), Doug Parker), Alvin Sanders), Venus Terzo)

I always loved to watch the classic He-Man series. But I never liked the new adventures. Even as a kid I thought the series was stupid, as was the toyline.
The dialog is just horrible in this episode. And the characters are all so stupid. The only thing I found good was, that they showed Adam revealing himself as He-Man to his parents. But even that was handled badly.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 13th, 2012)