It has been 25 years since Rowan Atkinson, CBE, brought the quietly calamitous "Mr. Bean" to television, an anniversary that has been celebrated with "The Whole Bean: Remastered," a video collection released this week by Shout! Factory.
It includes all 14 episodes — seven brief but glorious hours — of the two-season series, along with the customary documentary condiments and unseen extras.
I find Bean extraordinarily funny. You might resist him at first, might easily mistake him with his funny face and flappy arms, his plain suits and deceptively Everyman air, for someone more adorable than he is.
On the face of it, he is miles away from...