This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
All 12 episodes are available on two double-tape packs from BBC Video, on
PAL VHS Hi-Fi Stereo tapes for ?16.99 per double-tape pack. Each
double-pack lasts about 200 minutes long, and is rated 15. They were
released by BBC Enterprises in 1992, and the video catalogue numbers are
BBCV 4788 and BBCV 4789.
There is also a compilation tape, called THE VERY BEST OF THE YOUNG ONES,
which has the episodes Bomb, Boring, Bambi, Interesting, and Summer
Holiday. On PAL VHS tape, it costs ?12.99, and the video number is BBCV
United States and Canada
CBS FOX have now released all the episodes of The Young Ones onto 4 NTSC
videotapes priced at $14.98 (Can$ 16.95 ?) each.
Each tape contains three episodes, consisting of :
Tape 1 Oil, Boring and Flood No. 5402
Tape 2 Bambi, Nasty and Time No. 8440
Tape 3 Cash, Interesting and Summer Holiday No. 8441
Tape 4 Demolition, Bomb, and Sick No. 8442
These Young Ones tapes should be available from your local video retailer
(such as Suncoast,.Best Buy and National Record Mart) - or these outlets:
MediaMart at http://www.mediamart.com/sales
They seem to be the cheapest at US$12.99 per tape
VideoFlicks at http://www.videoflicks.com
Located in Toronto, they charge US$13.99 (CAN$ 17.99) per tape
A1 Video at http://www.a1video.webway.com
They charge US$14.98 per tape
425 E Colorado Street
Tel: +1 800 343-4727
Tel: +1 800 461 1651
Videofinders charge $67.42 for the entire set, which includes postage and
packing. Don't forget to tell whoever you order from that the British
Comedy Library on the Internet sent you here!
You may care to note that the tapes have not been issued in order of
broadcast release, and the videos have been edited in some areas,
presumably for copyright reasons.
Cash has been edited, so as not to feature the "Subterranean Homesick
Blues" musical segment. What happens is that SPG shouts "Don't tell 'em
you're a pacifist!" and there's a crossfade to outside the recruitment
office, with new incidental music. Also in Nasty, the sequence of Neil in
the darkened bathroom singing "Hello Darkness, my old friend" has also
been cut out.
If you want the complete Young Ones, without edits, then there are
specialist video retailers in North America, who may have an NTSC copy of
the Complete Young Ones, and plenty of other British programmes,
The WVIZ Store BFS
1108 South Park Center BFS Inc.
Strongsville, Ohio 44136 350 Newkirk Road North
UNITED STATES Ontario L4C 3G7
Tel: (216) 846-8793 CANADA
Tel. +1 800 268 3891
You can buy two subtitled Young Ones video tapes in the Netherlands:
SCV 36129: contains Bambi, Nasty, Time
SCV 96064: contains: Cash, Interesting, Summer Holiday
The tapes are marketed by Warner Home Video, and can be obtained at Free
Record Shops and some video rental shops in the Netherlands for about Hfl
Melody Line sells The Young Ones double-video packs, as well as other
British comedy videos. They are on the Web at http://www.melodyline.se,
and their Email address is email@example.com. You can also
call them on +46-31-17 39 50; or fax them on +46-31-13 97 95.
Australia and New Zealand
Head of Marketing (Video)
122 McEvoy St.
Tel. 612 318 8666
Head of Marketing
Pony Canyon Video Inc.
3-3-5 Kudan Kita
The BBC Shop
P.O. Box 1QX
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel. +44 (0) 191 222 0381
BBC Video Enterprises (consumer inquiry line)
Tel. +44 (0) 181 576-2236
Otherwise you'll have to buy all 12 episodes on PAL format from the BBC,
then find a nice willing person with an NTSC/PAL/SECAM converter (as
appropriate). You could get together with others and share the costs. With
postage and packing, both tapes would cost ?51.48. If you're interested,
let me know...