Carry On Loving - Special Edition

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques, Terry Scott, Richard O'Callaghan and Jacki Piper
Carlton Visual Entertainment
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Certificate: PG
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The Wedded Bliss agency, run by Sidney and Sophie Bliss, is a picture of domestic happiness... until the customers walk out the door! Their high-tech computer dating system ensures that the residents of Much-Snogging-in-the Green each meet their perfect date... or at least it would if the machine actually worked...

Carry on Loving has a special place in my heart. Not only was it released in the year I was born (1970), but it is a movie that I watched with my girlfriend soon after we met (I know how to treat a lady). While I admit it's not up there with the best Carry On movies, it is still extremely good entertainment - even if the food fight ending is a bit of poor conclusion. It's also a shame that Peter Butterworth and Bernard Bresslaw where not used more in this movie.

This special edition release also has a fairly funny episode of Carry On Laughing included - most of these were very poor. Under the Round Table is yet another take on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This episode also made me appreciate what an impressive actor Jack Douglas is. During his time on the Carry On movies he generally twitches and makes stupid noises - which always annoyed me. Yet during the Carry on Laughing series he seems to be the only actor who can act without hamming it up to the audience. During Under the Round Table Douglas plays a part that would normally have been played by Charles Hawtrey or Kenneth Williams.

Extras include an interesting audio commentary with Richard O'Callaghan and Jacki Piper; Photo gallery with captions; Theatrical trailer; Carry On Laughing: Under The Round Table; and Film trivia notes.

Darren Rea

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