Open All Hours-Series 1 (1976)
Featurette-Open All Hours Pilot
|Year Of Production||1976|
|Running Time||201:23 (Case: 200)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Roy Clarke|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Open All Hours is a gentle comedy made at the height of Ronnie Barker's popularity. It is the day-to-day story of money-grubbing shopkeeper Arkwright, played with gleeful wickedness by comic genius Barker. The episodes revolve around Arkwright and his quest for the affections of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and the almighty pound. He is ably assisted by his constantly love-sick Nephew Granville, played by the very talented David Jason.
As with Ronnie Barker's Porridge, Open All Hours relies on well-written, likeable characters and believable situations. The scripts are delightful and have survived the test of time. The real delight as always is Ronnie Barker. His characterisation of the Scrooge-like Arkwright is brilliant, stutter and all. Barker is a chameleon, simply becoming the characters he portrays. Arkwright, like Fletcher from Porridge is never short of believable. The rest of the cast provide added excellence, with both David Jason and Lynda Baron delivering great performances.
Open All Hours is a must-see for all fans of Ronnie Barker and British humour.
Open All Hours is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:33:1 as it was originally broadcast. It is not 16x9 enhanced.
This is a decent transfer with acceptable sharpness levels and shadow detail. There were no low level noise problems and grain was kept to a minimum
Colours are adequate, if somewhat muted, as is to be expected for a 30 year old TV show.
There are frequent artefacts throughout the episodes, but they are dark flecks and are thus not distracting.
Considering the age of the show, I was surprised at how good it looks - definitely a solid transfer.
Open All Hours has been given an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track.
Dialogue is always clear, and as this show was 90% studio bound there are no audio sync problems.
The music for the series is adequate and not distracting.
I could not detect any surround effects, nor should there be for this quiet little comedy. The sound is more than acceptable as it is.
The subwoofer barely makes a flutter.
|Surround Channel Use|
A nice addition, with a different actress playing Nurse Emmanuel. All the elements were in place from the beginning and it is easy to see why the show was a success.
The Region 4 and Region 2 versions of this DVD are identical. There is no Region 1 version as yet.
Open All Hours is a terrific British comedy that showcases the incomparable talents of Ronnie Barker. This DVD offers Series 1 with a solid transfer and has a nice array of extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215.|