Little Britain: The Complete First Series
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Take a journey around Little Britain, a small and surreal parallel universe peopled by over-the-top eccentrics, lunatics an social misfits. Meet Vicky Pollard, the gloriously incoherent trailer trash teenager. And Emily Howard, the world's least convincing transvestite. Then there's Andy, sitting all day in his wheelchair painstakingly looked after by Lou, who has no idea his friend can walk. Little Britain presents the breathtaking debris of modern life in all its glory.
"Britain, Britain, Britain, land of technological achievement. We've had running water for over 10 years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru, and we invented the cat," narrates Tom Baker gleefully at the beginning of Little Britain, introducing the first hit show for fledgling digital channel BBC3 and the best new British comedy since The League of Gentlemen.
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Graham Linehan, Steve Bendelack
- Media Format : Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 3 hours and 45 minutes
- Release date : January 4, 2011
- Actors : Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Steve Furst, Paul Putner, Stephen Aintree
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Andrew Wiltshire, Jon Plowman, Myfanwy Moore
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified
- Studio : BBC Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0009FVS8Y
- Writers : David Walliams, Matt Lucas
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I can see why some British progressives are "Little Britain" haters as much of the humor in this series, especially in the second and third seasons, is shocking and gross and relies on stereotypes that can be interpreted as sociopolitically reactionary--a teenage mom with criminal tendencies, people with fake disabilities scamming their caretakers, flamboyantly gay men annoying everybody around them. Lucas and Walliams were perhaps unwise in insisting on doing the old Peter Sellers "aren't I funny, I can play anybody" thing, even appearing as blackface minstrels in the first season. This tendency to push the outside of the envelope of what John Waters called "good bad taste" would get them in deeper trouble with their follow-up comedy series "Come Fly With Me," which I do find pretty unbearable. Coming from the land of Rush Limbaugh and "South Park," where great fortunes are built on sadism masquerading as comedy, I honestly don't think Lucas and Walliams' humor is intentionally cruel or demeaning. Let's just say they can be a little callow from time to time.
As far as the contents of this box set are concerned, I can't say enough good things about "Little Britain" the original three-season series and its companion, "Little Britain Live," a recording of the stage show that Lucas and Walliams toured the UK and Australia with at the height of the show's popularity. They are first-rate comedy and great theater by two very intelligent, original and charming performer-writers. Given the sometimes very edgy material they're acting out onscreen, it's funny how polite and decorous Lucas and Walliams are on the DVD audio commentary (although Walliams, whose naked body is much on display throughout, helpfully points out to the viewer every instance in which his genitalia are visible through his costumes.) The additional materials in this set are mostly very welcome. The pilot episode is fascinating as it shows how the TV series evolved from its origins as a radio series (which is also available in its own well-produced box set that includes video recordings of Lucas and Walliams performing the radio shows--I highly recommend this to fans of the TV series.) There's also a generous portion of "Little Britain" sketches performed for TV specials and charity events and a sampler of sketches from "Rock Profile," the Lucas-Walliams TV series that came just before "Little Britain," which I found underwhelming as it's mostly impersonations of British pop stars I've never heard of. I hope the much superior early Lucas and Walliams series "Mash and Peas" and "Sir Bernard's Stately Homes" get their own box set someday.
As for "Little Britain USA," I prefer to pretend it doesn't exist. I can understand Lucas and Walliams' urge to extend their enormously popular UK hit into the American market, but it was doomed precisely because "Little Britain" is such a specifically British confection that it just doesn't translate into the American idiom. But then when you have an iconic comedy series like this it can be hard to recreate in another context.
The only thing that was odd about this collection is that, in my pack at least, the "live" and the "abroad" were switched, so the DVD that says "Little Britain Abroad" is really the "Little Britain Live," and vise versa. Other than this little hiccup, it was so worth the money and my husband and I absolutely love watching the hours of fun this collection gives you!
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Se invece volete divertirvi in maniera originale e un po' dissacratoria allora acquistate la serie Little Britain ...
e per intero - io ho preso tutti e tre i dvd.
Per chi pensa che coi sottotitoli non si possano gustare le follie di Matt Lucas e David Walliams si sbaglia!
Sul retro del dvd leggerete "pensavate che i soliti idioti fossero politicamente scorretti? be' non avete visto un c**o!"
lasciate perdere... l'accostamento coi soliti idioti (solo perchè anche loro sono in 2 e fanno sketch televisivi) è tipico di chi ha seguito a malapena la serie e non ci ha capito un c**o!