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Big Brother: Uncut [DVD]


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  • Actors: Marcus Bentley, Davina McCall, Amanda Marchant, Sam Marchant, Carole Vincent
  • Directors: Simon Hepworth
  • Producers: Alex Dundas, Ben Adler, Brad Bishop, Christopher Cardamone, Conrad Green
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Dec. 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005422U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,216 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Eleven people locked together in a house, cut off from all contact with the outside world, their every action broadcast live on the internet and nightly into the homes of millions of viewers. 'Big Brother' was the television show everyone was talking about in the summer of 2000, and in this official companion the whole sordid story is revealed, complete with much previously unseen material.

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Big Brother was the TV event of 2000. The set-up--put 10 members of the public in a specially constructed house, keep them under 24-hour surveillance and watch them sweat out the weekly evictions of one of their number, voted by us, the public--was derived from a hugely successful Dutch programme, and gripping, unmissable stuff it proved to be over here, too. Because you already know the outcome--and if you don't, where were you last summer--the game-show aspect of the programme doesn't really work on DVD or video. But that was never really the point. It was the personalities involved that made the show such compulsive viewing, and they remain as lively as ever.

On Big Brother--Uncut and the DVD To add some spice, Channel 4 have included scenes that were "too hot" for television: when Nicola decides to do some nude body painting, we see a bit more flesh now; some of the conversations between the contestants are a bit saucier than the original broadcast versions; and there are some hilarious close-ups of a few of the housemates picking their nose. But the best thing about Big Brother: Uncut is what made the whole show such big news in the first place: Nasty Nick's downfall, here played out in all its excruciating detail.

Given what we know about him, it's fun to see Nick try his hand at some team-building exercises the producers designed to select the 10 contestants before the programme aired. This scene is also included on "Inside Big Brother", a making-of documentary accompanying "Big Brother: Uncut". Made while the Big Brother show was still being broadcast, there's an agreeable urgency to this programme. The Channel 4 producers interviewed here seem a little bewildered by the show's success. John Del Mol, the co-creator of the Dutch show, hazards a guess that the British show was such a hit because it was so well cast, and there's a fascinating look into the design of the house--"penal chic" was the effect they were after. Also included in this package are profiles of the various contestants, but these feel a little redundant, if only because, over the course of the show, we learn a lot more about the housemates than what's on these skimpy resumes. The profiles do, however, tell us that most of the contestants harbour show-biz ambitions. Now, why is that not a surprise? --Edward Lawrenson

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Ellington on 20 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a highly enjoyable video, make no mistake. It covers a wide selection of the highs and lows from the unique series, and throws them together in a non-stop montage. By nature of the title 'Big Brother Uncut', there is a concentration on nudity and swearing, which are interesting in order to judge just how much Channel 4 trimmed out for initial transmission. The video covers a wide variety of themes,and jumps across the series with a great selection of highlights. It hits its peak (unsurprisingly) with the rumbling and eviction of Nick. (Am I alone in feeling sorry for the guy?) There are only two disappointments with the tape: 1. It's not on DVD. Come on, this was a series which saw the internet reborn in this country - Why not produce a recording of a higher technological quality. 2. It's not at least twice the length. The final section (Eviction) is far too quick, and leaves you highly frustrated at the wasted potential of the exercise. There is so much more which could be done to record the success of such a brilliant TV phenomenon. Let's hope there is a follow-up of much greater depth (and on DVD). On the bright side, however, it is hugely entertaining, and that alone warrants the star rating, but the series needs (and deserves) more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Gripped as I was watching each episode, the video came as a bit of a disappointment - few noteworthy additions and rushed in places to allow Nick's downfall to eat into one-third of the playing time. Whilst this was undoubtedly the moment when the viewing figures took off, more emphasis on lighter moments and "gaffs" might have proved fruitful. Interviews with the housemates after the event to gain insight into their individual experiences might also have been interesting. The list could go on!
On a positive note, it was pleasing to see that the producers resisted any urges they might have had to degrade the housemates too much - living in such an environment takes some bottle. A slightly extended look at Darren's verbal onslaught was also interesting.
Worth the money? Just.
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By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
When we hear of a Big Brother video, we expect something big. And with a name like Big Brother Uncut, surely it must be brilliant. Well, the answer is no.When I first heard about the Big Brother video I was almost instantly worried because if every night they show the best bits of the day on TV, then shorly the unseen bits must be boring and well, rubbish and it turns out I was more or less right.For the Big Brother fanatics who want a momento of the show to look back on during those long and boring days, this is perfect, showing the highs and lows of the Big Brother series (but not I might add the best bits at all). This compilation of clips from the hit TV show of the summer isn't actually a perfect video to look back on and laugh at all the famous scenes because the only thing that this video concentrates on is more swearing, more diary room visits and the Nick confrontation which while some may notice the little unseen bits sneaked in is edited short to make up for the more time that was added because of the new bits. There's a lot of sex talk that you may not have seen (but most of it was shown on TV). In a nutshell basically, Big Brother uncut is hardly Big Brother uncut and more of a case of some bits that you've probably already seen and wernt extremly good anyway and unseen bits, most of which are terrible, which is why they weren't shown on TV in the first place! So for those looking for something that truly coveres the best moments, go for the Big Brother book which is much better for a souvenir of the show and all its greatest moments as well as facts you didn't know before.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Well, all I can say is that I was a little dissapointed when I finally watched it, because there was very little footage in it that I hadn't already seen and that hadn't been broadcast on TV. All you see is more naked bodies (of only some of the house mates), no bleeping sounds over the swearing and the rest you've seen if you watched it all through the summer. It is worth buying for the little bit of footage that wasn't shown i.e. all of Darren's argument with Nick in the bedroom after they sussed him out and some extended footage of what we've seen. In my opinion they should have concentrated more on the individual house mates seperately, and their experience in the house, but the only house mate that this happens with is, of course, Nick, ...
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After watching every show aired, I thought there was nothing new I could see. Boy, I was wrong. This video is the real "fly on the wall" I wanted to be throughout the entire nine weeks the contestants were in the house. We see so many new sides to the contestants and we also get to see the most memorable moments again, "The confrontation" and "the massage." This video allows viewers to see the "true" personality of the contestants that didn't quite escape the editors knife !! Overall this video is everything I expected and more. I would recommend this video to anyone who really wanted to be INSIDE the house - it takes you there !
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Format: VHS Tape
I'm a MASSIVE fan of Big Brother and I looked forward to the video. When I got it, it was, how can I put this, all right. There isn't a section on the tasks which I was surpised by and the evictions and contenstants sections were very rushed and I would have liked more on those and less of Nicks downfall, which we've all seen a million times and could probably recite by heart. Also there wasn't enough Anna. Apart from the bit in the diary room where she and Mel are flirting with BB...No bomb incident...Basically, if you're looking for a Nick highlights tape with more dangly bits, this is the video for you. But I'm not sorry I bought it. It's a lasting memory of last summer.
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