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Bill Bailey Live: Dandelion Mind [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WE9160
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,283 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Featuring Bill's trademark musical interludes, observations and stories of the road, Dandelion Mind will be based loosely on the theme of doubt (or will it?), as we follow Bill from his real-life saga of being trapped by the ash cloud, to his barely contained rants about celebrity, TV, creationism and Michael Winner.

He demonstrates new instruments, both ancient and modern, he sings an internet love song, a lament about punk heroes, Iranian hip-hop, and plays a mean folk-bouzouki. Thomas the Doubter gets a new look, and Darwin’s curious obsessions and the myth of intelligent design are all worked over in Bailey’s own surreal style.

He revisits the music of his youth, with a brand-new French Disco re-working of Gary Numan’s hit, Cars, played in his own inimitable way, and maybe some Wurzel-based remixes of classic German techno. Just your normal Bill Bailey gig, then.

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bailey at his best 8 Sep 2010
I saw this show in Lancaster it was the funniest stand-up show I have seen. After ad-libbing with the audience for over an hour thoroughout the show; he still did his material and it was fantastic. Mostly new jokes and look out for the self service check out till part, the whole audience was crying with laughter. 5* I found it much funnier than Part Troll (my previous favourite) and I think because Bill Bailey doesnt have to swear, like most modern comedians, to get adults crying with laughter then it is a massive achievement and so he deserves to be one of Britains finest comedians.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 7 Nov 2010
By A. Roe
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Saw this show last night at Wyndhams Theatre in London. Totally hilarious yet thoughtful and thought provoking. His mastery of grasping the audience's attention with comedy timing and musicality is unparalleled ( sorry if the L s are in all the wrong places!) I am 54, my son is 17, we both enjoyed it equally - there was a huge diversity in the theatre audience. My only complaint was I was sitting next to young Australian woman who 'Whooped' at everything he uttered! Still it was a terrific night! He did 3 encores!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad people! 28 Dec 2010
Some people are comparing this to part troll and marking it down because of it. I think thats a little mean to be honest. Try comparing it to his last dvd outting (tinselworm) and then do it again.

All joking aside, I thought this was a pretty good show. Certainly better than tinselworm.
Not sure why Bill can't recreate the amazing routines of Part troll but I also think its a little unfair to keep dragging it up as a reason as to why anything else he does isn't worth the effort.
There are some genuinely funny moments. (although I will admit to thinking that his musical material has lost a lot of its punch)

It's not his greatest work no, but it is still some solid stand up that won't leave you annoyed at having paid for it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill's Back On Form! 19 Jan 2011
For me, Bill Bailey's breakthrough DVD Part Troll still remains the benchmark for not only his own work, but all standup comedy. Brilliantly funny though he is, I've never felt like he matched that consistency of quality in Tinselworm or Guide To The Orchestra, but I'm thrilled to say that Dandelion Mind is the one I've been waiting for. From start to finish Bill looks relaxed and effortlessly meanders through a variety of comedy styles: observational, musical, anecdotal, character-driven, as well as downright obscure, all superbly worded and delivered.

Needless to stay, the topics covered by Bill are wide-ranging and if you've seen Bill Bailey before, you'll know what to expect. What's different for me about this DVD is the consistency, there were honestly no points where I stopped laughing, it's 99% comic gold. One lovely touch at the end is an encore performance of his classic song Midnight In Parliament Square which he played to the few hundred members of the crowd who had stayed in their seats just in case he came on for one more encore. In an arena of mostly empty seats by this stage, he salutes "the hardcore fans" who had waited around with an oldie.

The extras include at 50-odd minute tour diary of Bill playing tiny venues in remote locations such as the Shetlands and Orkneys, where I was surprised to find that his offstage voice is considerably posher and softer than I expected! It's a great bonus feature though, you get to know him a bit, following him on rambles and birdwatching excursions you get to see the non-performer side of him and it's actually quite interesting.

This is an instant classic to me, I actually can't believe how anyone could love Part Troll and not Dandelion Mind. It's a brilliant standup show, I highly recommend it! It's wonderfully performed and if you don't like this DVD then you probably just don't like Bill Bailey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 16 Jan 2011
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I saw Bill Bailey on this tour, at the fabled Stornoway gig and yes, one guy DID say "Tell him NOTHING" It was also the one where the Oud fell over and was extremely funny. Bailey is a genius and it was wonderful to relive the gig (there was other stuff at the Stornoway gig that didn't make the Dublin one)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant show in Dublin, but the real treat is a really funny, sweet and engaging documentary called Scenic Roots, which follows Bill round the remote parts of Scotland, the Lakes and Bristol, talking about birds, knitwear, his comedy and stuff in general, and then making up a song about it all at the end. What a super bloke.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bailey - On form 7 Jan 2011
Bill Bailey is the master of oddball musical comedy, and this doesn't disappoint. Although he has never reattained the heights of the glittering masterpeice that is 'Part Troll', it is definitely much much better than the disappointing 'Tinselworm'.

New musical numbers and the odd instruments we have come to expect feature throughout, and there is a great improv sequence where he reacts to the audience's response to the 'Ood'. There are two bonus videos: I especially loved the documentary of Bill playing in tiny venues in Scotland, it's very natural and very endearing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Recorded in Dublin in late 2010, this is another excellent offering from Bill Bailey. Full of hilarious musings on life the universe and everything, interspersed with his usual musical genius this live show kept me laughing out loud from start to finish.

Bill always has a good rapport and interaction with his audience, and this really comes through on the DVD. His chatty, inclusive style even manages to draw you in when you are watching it on TV. Sounding like a bloke down the pub shooting the breeze about any and everything that pops into his mind, his is an easy going and naturalistic style that really entertains. An excellent show that will appeal to all fans of well constructed observational and erudite humour. Five stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 26 days ago by HERMENEGILDO MALHÃO
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Comedy
Accomplished verbal wordsmith eschews swearing and focusses on absurd meanderings interspersed with musical spoofs. Always wait for the (well-rehearsed) encore!
Published 3 months ago by PodHunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected More
I love Bill Bailey, and there were some real laugh out loud moments in this DVD, but it wasn't the style and calibre of comedy that I have come to expect from him over the years. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Lovell
5.0 out of 5 stars dandelion mind
Bill Bailey doing what he does best ,a seamless mix of music and comedy,very good documntary on his small venues tour of scotland
Published 6 months ago by A. Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars must buy
bill bailey is one the best stand up comedians of all time and this dvd is not an exception to his talent
Published 7 months ago by Nega
5.0 out of 5 stars music & comedy legend
not only is bill hilarious in this show, but its very rare nowadays to have great comedy & entertainment, which although is great entertainment for adults, is still suitable for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by squeak
4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present
An unusual style of humour that is strangely addictive. Mr Bailey is a very talented man that grows on you
Published 9 months ago by Jacqui Gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY!
Published 11 months ago by MRS CHRISTINE A RICE
5.0 out of 5 stars On the road with wit and wisdom
The shows are great but the interviews and comments on the road are priceless. I'm not a fan of reality TV and so naturally queazy about tracking Bill's every move. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Iain
3.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bailey goes Arena
I preferred Bill in his more 'stoned and clueless' days, playing small theatre venues where he would engage with the audiences about local issues. Read more
Published 13 months ago by I'mdowntheshed!
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