A scene that always makes me laugh in this episode is when Ken Campbell's grubby character is quietly trying to find out if a certain video is in stock. With a young couple browsing in the shop, Terry announces loudly that 'Stormtroopers in Suspenders' is indeed available, and that fumigation will cost extra. I'm glad I never tried to rent a dodgy video in the 80s...
That bloke was a dirty ole man in The Last Video Show. Yeah... an' i thought it was gonna get good ere. An' even if you freeze frame it, you can't see much.... Arfur: oh my gawd, she's taking off her.... Terry: that's enuff for you 'YOU'VE JUST BEEN BLACKLISTED FROM THE ARTHUR DALEY VIDEO CLUB'
I think Terry was trying to say to the bloke that being a dirty old bugger, the shop owners would have to charge extra to get rid of the nasty smell (in more ways than one) he'd leave behind. And when you see the sleazy geezer's house, you can see Terry was correct.
Ken Campbell is excellent in this episode. Living in a derelict house, eating HP sauce sandwiches and wearing his pyjamas under his blazer whilst watching porno movies as a pastime. The dirty cottonwool stuffed into his ear and his nasal sounding voice are good attention to detail too.
I love how every wannabe hard nut always wants to have some with Terry as soon as they meet him, and whenever they actually get the opportunity, he knocks em all over the place, so funny, and his dry wit winding them up is gold.
Side note, without all that makeup, the video shop girl is actually pretty hot I'd hazard, but a case of butterface while it's all caked on.
I must confess that as a youngster in the 80s (and regardless of the top shelf), it was quite exciting for me in an independent video shop. At the time, older films weren't so easy accessible as they are today. I would have been around 14 when this one was being made and at that time there were more than just video shops renting videos out - you'd find newsagents, petrol stations and off licences doing the same thing too.
The shop in this episode is typical of the time and has quite a lot of films and this brings back memories of just looking at covers for quite some time if you went in one. As time went on I remember some video shops would have several copies of new releases and some places even had a reservation system. These remained quite popular until the late 90s but I remember (certainly where I lived) there was a gradual decline in the number of smaller independent shops.
This coincided with 'Blockbuster' coming along and more or less dominating the mid to late 90s market. I must confess I was not a fan of Blockbuster. They never had the magic of the independent shop and did mostly newer commercial stuff as opposed to the early 80s big box releases and forgotten about stuff released from the 70s and 80s that was in the shops like the one in the episode.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.