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The Complete Ripping Yarns (1976)

Cast: Michael Palin
Director: Terry Hughes, Alan Bell, Jim Franklin
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Studio: Acorn Media
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, Parodies, Costume Drama/Period Piece, UK
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopses
The Complete Ripping Yarns (Disc 1 of 2) (1976)
This disc includes: Tomkinsons Schooldays The Testing of Eric Olthwaite Escape From Stalag Luft 112B Murder at Moorstones Manor Across the Andes by Frog The Curse of the Claw

The Complete Ripping Yarns (Disc 2 of 2) (1976)

Nine episodes on two discs: Tomkinson's Schooldays, The Test of Eric Olthwaite, Escape from Stalag Luft 112B, Murder at Moorstones Manor, Across the Andes by Frog, The Curse of the Claw, Whinfrey's Last Case, Golden Gordon, Roger of the Raj


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The Complete Ripping Yarns (Disc 1 of 2) (1976)
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Ripping good fun by underdog August 9, 2007 - 11:01 PM PDT
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While this compilation of episodes from the Michael Palin-Terry Jones show is, as you'd expect, a bit uneven, and for Monty Python fans looking for a similar gag-and-laugh filled good time may be disappointed at first, the shows are actually quite clever and ripping good fun. Each disc contains at least several gems - my favorites of the lot are Escape from Stalag Luft 112B (a spot-on satire of POW escape movies), The Curse of the Claw, and the hilarious Whinfrey's Last Case (on disc 2), but they're all worth a viewing. Palin stars in each episode as various characters satirizing British (arche)types, usually befuddled or put upon in some way. Each story seems perfectly straightfaced at first (usually) but quickly becomes absurdist. It helps having some awareness of the characters and stories being parodied - Anglophiles will particularly enjoy that aspect of it - but either way the best of them should be amusing to anyone. A disc 2 story about a man obsessed with a local, and rather pathetic, football (soccer) team will probably appeal mostly to football fans but it's a sweet tale with a fairly rousing ending (and also features a brief, amusing cameo by a former Pythoner).

The extras include a bit of commentary from Palin and Jones (mostly Palin) and a fun self-biography by/about Michael Palin, who revisits his childhood haunts and friends. Nothing amazing, but worthwhile for Palin fans.

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