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"Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection" is a seven-disc box set featuring the antics of Rowan Atkinson's alter- ego, the long-legged, goofy-looking guy who manages to create comic mayhem wherever he goes. Mr. Bean, whom Atkinson describes as a child in a grown man's body, was created when Atkinson was a student at Oxford University. Borrowing from silent film techniques, Bean never speaks, relying instead on facial expressions, sight gags, and slapstick to milk laughs. Atkinson is Chaplinesque in the way he sets up gags, plants them, and then illustrates his mortification at how badly things have gone. We feel sorry for his sad-sack ineptness, but still manage to laugh at his constant penchant for getting into awkward, frequently embarrassing fixes. He may remind you of Buster Keaton and even Lucille Ball, two folks who knew how to incorporate and use props comically. Atkinson cites Jacques Tati's earlier character, Mr. Hulot, as another influence. The box set contains all fourteen episodes of the original series and the two feature films, "Bean: The Movie" and "Mr. Bean's Holiday." In addition, the set contains the animated series "It's Not Easy Being Bean" and "Bean There, Done That."

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Special Features Deleted scenes, Never-before-seen sketches, Documentary "The Story of Bean," 20-minute featurette "Making of the Animated Series, Music video, French versions of the feature films.

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