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  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan, Alexei Sayle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 410 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3J70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,418 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A mad, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, staggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom, The Young Ones provided the breakthrough for the new generation of aggressive and forthright 'alternative' comedians.

Join Rik, Vyv, Neil and Mike in their crazy and surreal comedy adventures!

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It’s fair to say that when The Young Ones first blasted onto television screens, there’d never been anything quite like it. Yet the manic adventures of Rik, Neil, Vyvyan and Mike didn’t take long to gain an audience, and over 25 years later, the programme still enjoys a well-deserved cult-following.

Both series of The Young Ones are grouped together in this special DVD set, and there’s plenty to enjoy. In among the violence, the anarchic comedy, and the wonderful childishness of it all, are many, many belly laughs. How about when The Young Ones represented Scumbag College on University Challenge, for instance? Or Alexei Sayle’s Balowski family? Or the occasional break so a band could be worked in to play a song?

The influence of The Young Ones has been notable since it was first broadcast, not least in the spawning of its sequel-of-sorts, Bottom. Yet the two series here prove to be far more than an opportunity to see where a particular strand of comedy really began to gather pace. Instead, they still provide many bellies full of laughs, and it’s arguable that, in spite of the imitators it spawned, nothing has come close to The Young Ones since. And this DVD collection more than proves the point. --Jon Foster

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard Mann on 5 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Oh yes, this still raises a laugh 28 years on.

Anarchic students sharing a poxy, cold, depressing flat in London while virtually never attending to their studies. The setting for many mishaps and surreal adventures punctuated by guest appearences from bands of the day (which at the time was annoying and only included at the insistence of BBC to get a higher budget, but now...well, where else can you see the rare 4-piece line up of Motorhead performing Ace of Spades, The Damned singing Video Nasty or Madness twice?)

Even now I can still quote lines from this virtually verbatim and we used to have Young Ones parties in the 80s where someone with rich parents (i.e. who owned a VCR) would show all 12 episodes over a Saturday afternoon.

The weird humour, subliminal flashes (the one from a Western is the end of Carry on Cowboy) and talent of the 5 main players makes this a show that ranks alongside Monty Python's Flying Circus for longevity of quality.

Some touches were quite subtle (the Narnia piss take was years ahead of its time or the reference to Lord Scarman from the racist copper) while others were so OTT it defied belief (Vivyan's pregnancy, the flood episode, Neil covered in snot).

This presentation has the full versions of the songs that were cut from previous entries (including Subterranean Homesick Blues as Neil goes to join the police) and has the full "Bigoted Bobby" sketch which was hilarious then and should never have been edited (he's talking to a white guy and he's wearing sunglasses...OK!!!)

The University Challenge sketch is still funny, if only for having Vivyan kick Dr House in the head.

Wonderful.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Devilhunter on 11 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Like most other Young Ones fans who grew up in the early 80's, this has been one of my most eagerly awaited DVD's ever.
Presented over 3 discs, we have series 1 and 2 on the first two disc's whilst the third disc contains a couple documentaries which are interesting but could have been so much better had all the cast and Ben Elton taken part.Still its not a great problem as its the programs that we are interested in more than the extras.Also Demolition' and 'Summer Holiday' contain a full audio commentary by Paul Jackson.
They are presented FULLY UNCUT and that includes the episode Boring which has several what we would now call racist terms spoken by a policeman (abit to a white person) which almost never gets shown on TV.
All the music interludes are included too which again were missing from previous releases.
All in all this is a superb box set which should not be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Burns on 16 May 2010
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It's good to go back to an original type of comedy. The character's are big and the jokes slid in throughout each episode. Love it
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TheEnthusiastCollector on 3 Feb. 2013
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All 12 episodes uncut, brilliant and agreeing to rebel against Thatcher's Britain in a cartoon way! All fanatics get it!,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellie L on 27 Nov. 2013
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This series is absolutely fantastic, I watched all 12 episodes the day it arrived. And, it arrived pretty quickly considering I live in New Zealand!! The extras are quite good as well, I really enjoyed them - I was pleasantly surprised because BBC DVDs are often missing extras altogether. I wish they still made TV like this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maber on 27 Dec. 2013
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Would recommend this DVD Box set to any fan of great 80's slapstick comedy and complete randomness
fast delivery and great product
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on 8 Aug. 2014
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What's not to love about this comedy classic? Rik Mayall at some of his finest and it's quintessential purchase for those who loved (P)Rik's work and with added bonus features.

Very well worth buying for those who were around in the era that it was made and set and for those wanting to look back at his work before the People's Poet passed away.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Bennett on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
It was a few months back when I saw on a popular website that a ton of outakes of Young Ones would be put onto this upcoming DVD. And as a huge fan I thought excellent. Yesterday (the release date) I bought the DVD with the happy knowledge that I would have in my possession the greatest Young Ones DVD ever....
During the making of the Young Ones Paul Jackson, Geoff Posner, Ed Bye, Alexi Sayle, Lise Mayer, Nigel Planer, Andy De La Tour and Mark Arden recounted many stories about the show - but where the heck was Rik Mayall Ade Edmondson Ben Elton or Chris Ryan? Or were there any behind the scenes shots of the set that could have been included? What about the outtakes? There was none of this which would have made such a difference to this DVD.
Yes, fans of the show know how the Comedy Store showcased the alternative comics of the late seventies early eighties and how this came to be the fuel for the Young Ones.

I've rated this 4 because there was no Rik Mayall or Ben Elton which in view has strongly let the side down.

But never the less the extras aside this is a brilliant show long live the young adults.
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