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Little Britain USA (DVD)
One of the most successful British comedies of all time is coming to America! Meet Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who are bringing their smash hit Little Britain stateside with the all-new HBO series Little Britain USA. The series will feature familiar Lucas/Walliams personas from their original show, as well as new characters created expressly for this series. In addition, Little Britain USA will feature guest appearances including Paul Rudd, Rosie O’Donnell, Hayden Pantierre, and Sting.]]>
The lewd, crude, and often nude humor of the smashingly successful British comedy series Little Britain has, thanks to HBO, made the cross-Atlantic trek--and fans around the world can rejoice. The brainchild of Brit comics Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Little Britain takes on American culture and peculiarities whilst keeping the signature Little Britain characters and savage point of view. "There are more fat people in America than there are people," the narrator solemnly drones, introducing a crazily hilarious (and borderline offensive) sketch about an overweight support group, guest-starring the big-boned American Rosie O'Donnell. No one is safe from the barbs of the writers, who trash fat people (often), gays (often), women, immigrants, disabled people, and, well, pretty much everyone else. The potty and cross-dressing humor is happily transplanted onto American soil, as is the preoccupation with overweight women and overly muscled gym rats and their naughty bits. Other targets include American gun owners, Brownie troops, and the American obsession with fitness. Extras include a too-short blooper reel, a making-of featurette, and a great series of audio commentaries by Lucas and Walliams, who crack themselves--and the viewer--up in the process. And that's a right kerfuffle. --A.T. Hurley
- 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 0.75 inches; 5.12 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, Closed-captioned, NTSC
- Run time : 3 hours
- Release date : January 13, 2009
- Actors : Matt Lucas, David Walliams
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified
- Studio : HBO Studios
- ASIN : B001G0NK28
- Number of discs : 2
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- #7,057 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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Almost all of the UK characters had a great "translation" to the HBO version, except for perhaps Sebastian who, in my opinion, did not quite click as Prime Minister. Most of the new US characters were funny, including the living-in-the-past astronaut, the hunters, and the Southern grand-ma. The Starbucks-within-a-Starbucks was very poignant.
Being on HBO was great for Little Britain USA as it allowed Matt and David to push the comedy envelope without fear of interference from jumpy executives on cable and network TV.
For new viewers, I recommend starting from the first UK season and watching them in sequence, so you can get a better feel of the characters.
1. Deleted scenes (about 20 minutes)
2. Making of documentary also featuring the guest stars (about 12 minutes)
3. Bloopers (short)
4. Commentary track on all six episodes and the deleted scenes
5. Character playlist on each DVD
Episodes 1 to 3 are on disc #1, and episodes #4 to #6 and the Extras are on disc #2.
The gimmick of taking the show to the USA gives it just about enough 'newness' to carry it through one more series, but the same characters are beginning to grate slightly and the new ones just don't have the same surprise value as before. Still, it's worth a look and essential for completists.
The show is so ridiculous it's hilarious and well worth watching for some very silly fun when you do not want to watch something but do not want to get into a complex drama or story.