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Extras: The Complete Series 1 & 2 [2005] [DVD]

Ricky Gervais , Stephen Merchant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen, Shaun Williamson, David Bowie
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR99Z8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,354 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Both series of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s triumphant Extras are united in this box, and with nothing more than a Yuletide special planned beyond these episodes, it’s a great chance to catch up with this star-packed, offbeat programme.

Unlike their previous The Office, Gervais and Merchant have delivered a less accessible but no less rewarding programme with Extras. It starts with Andy Millman, a ‘background artist’, sitting in the shadows of a variety of different shows, before, in the second series, he gets his own spot in the limelight.

What’s helped characterise the series, of course, has been the continued presence of star names in cameo roles. These range from Hollywood bigshots--Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet and Harry Pott.., sorry, Daniel Radcliffe--and continue through to familiar faces from British TV--step forward Les Dennis, Ross Kemp and Barry from EastEnders. Most of the plaudits, though, rightly go in the direction of the splendid Ashley Jensen, who emerges as the most likeable and rounded of all the show’s characters.

There’s little danger, it seems, that Extras will dethrone The Office from the top of its creators’ CVs, but thanks to its strong writing, its measured mix between melancholy and amusement, and some superb performances, it more than carves a very strong niche for itself. --Jon Foster

Product Description

Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, Extras: Complete Series One and Two DVD. Four discs box set features all twelve episodes from series one and two.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the complete series. 4 Feb 2011
By Octo7
Format:DVD
First off let me say that Extras is brilliant, hilarious and intelligent. The problem here is the set. It contains series one and two and some nice extra features but omits the last episode! Yes, the Extras Special is not on this set. God knows why. Perhaps it hadn't been aired at the time of this set's release. The special isn't just some tacked-on one-off either, it concludes the story we've been following since the first episode.

So if you want all 13 episodes and not just 12, buy the other BBC collection with the white cover.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras! Extras 18 April 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A few years back, Ricky Gervais created "The Office," a Dilberty satire on office work. Now, he's created "Extras," a wickedly funny satire on showbiz and acting, both seasons of which are contained here. And the fact that prominent actors appear in it -- as warped versions of themselves -- is just the icing on the comedy cake.

Andy Millman (Gervais) and Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jenson) are film extras -- Andy is embittered by his lack of success and his inept agent (Stephen Merchant, Gervais' work partner), while well-meaning Maggie merely pursues a series of crew members on the films they work in.

The first episode features the two working in a biopic directed by a brusque Ben Stiller ("Would you stop going on about your f**king dead wife?"), and Andy gets himself kicked off the set. Their blunders continue with other stars: Kate Winslet in a nun costume, who teaches Maggie how to talk dirty to her new boyfriend ("I'd love it if you stuck your Willy Wonka in between my Oompa-Loompas!"); Samuel L. Jackson, and Patrick Stewart, who is writing a movie about psychkinesis and naked women.

And in the second season, Andy gets his Big Break -- BBC2 is producing his sitcom "When the Whistle Blows," but they dumb it down until it's popular but critically lambasted. Meanwhile, he and Maggie tangle with a bunch of new celebs -- the arrogant woman-chasing Daniel Radcliffe and Orlando Bloom, self-promoting Chris Martin, a hostile David Bowie, and Andy even stars in a play of Ian McKellen's about gay love (much to his discomfort).

Part of the genius of "Extras" is that it isn't much like any other showbiz parodies -- the lead characters are on the lowest rung of acting, and the big egos are real stars making fun of themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great show, abysmal extras 11 April 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The low rating of this review refers not to the show itself, as it is well-crafted and, at times, brillant, but to this box-set edition. Some of the crass and puerile behind-the-scenes antics which Ricky Gervais has decided to treat us with will truly make you cringe. Don't watch the "Extras" extras if you wish to maintain some respect for this otherwise highly talented artist.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their difficult 2nd album! 11 Oct 2007
By Mr. Damian J. McGrath VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is the second series from the writing duo of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, after their super-successful debut of The Office, and comparisons are immediately going to be made.

The Office relied on awkward, embarrassing humour, and Extras is no different. It's where the writers talents obviously lie, and Gervais is terrific at playing the lead role.

However, before I get into describing the shows many positives, a few negative comments to balance things out.

The show isn't quite as good as it could have been. It is a very funny show, but laughs are sometimes hard to come by. A major reason for this is the portrayal of Gervais' lead character, Andy Millman. In The Office, Gervais' David Brent character was socially awkward, embarrassing, and unjustifiably egotistical but he was blissfully unaware of this, so it was easy and enjoyable to laugh at him. Andy Millman is in awkward and embarrassing situations too. But he's a more humane character, and crucially, he knows how embarrassing he's being, or how embarrassing he's being made to look. It's difficult to laugh at him - it feels a little cruel. It'd be easier to laugh at him if he was unaware of how he was. You end up feeling a little sorry for him, and that's how the biggest recipe for laughs.

Having said all that, there are still plenty of funny moments, and it only manages to drop the show 1 star in my review. Gervais plays the character well, and despite the celebrity stars (who are huge names, the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet, Orlando Bloom, Robert de Niro and Ben Stiller make appearances), the majority of the episodes focus on the developing relationships between Millman and his agent, or Millman and his best friend Maggie.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Some find Ricky Gervais's take on being a struggling actor-writer self-indulgent but writers are always at their best when they write about what they know and this is a world Gervais clearly knows intimately.

With themes of ambition, artistic compromise, the erosion of friendship when career gets in the way and selling out, this could be very heavy stuff. Instead it's hilarious. Yes, the comedy is almost always born of gut-wrenching embarrassment, but then so much of the best comedy draws from this source, particularly today.

And the celebrity cameos (is celebrity the right word? Many are big stars) are endlessly rewarding: the randy Daniel Radcliffe (on that adolescent cusp from Harry Potter to Equus on stage?); Moira Stuart selling speed to the likes of Ronnie Corbett at the BAFTAs; Ross Kemp revealed to be a big wuss. You know they are sending themselves up rotten because the script is so good and no one will confuse their performance with how they really are. I can even now forgive Orlando Bloom for being so tedious in all those Pirate films!

Stephen Merchant is right on the button as the hopeless agent, too. His role is expanded in the second series and some of the best scenes are his.

Although the fake sitcom 'When the Whistle Blows' feels a bit seventies, they're still making them like that even now (I checked and I'm still reeling).

This is a wonderful series. Most of us have worked in an office in real life and very few of us have been actors. After seeing this, though, how many of us would want to be? Maybe selling paper in Slough's not so bad after all?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love ricky gervais and extras is basically mocking certain celebrities who appear in it, which I think is great. The ronnie corbett episode in particular was great.
Published 7 months ago by alison williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
I love Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and has seen extras on TV but want to own it, so i dont have much to say about the show it self but I bought this DVD from the marketplace... Read more
Published 16 months ago by HVBZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Ricky Gervais!
Just watch it. Ricky Gervais is an amazing writer and comic actor, atheist, philosopher, social awkwardist, funny douche, etc... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Adam Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious!!
I loved the office and my friend kept telling me about extras, this is by far one of the funniest sitcoms I have ever watched, its absolute genius. Read more
Published 24 months ago by DannyC
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!
Excellent series, and have no problem in recommending it (even if it means enduring the scenes of Millman's (Gervais) dire 'sitcom', When the Whistle Blows... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Charles A. Crolla
5.0 out of 5 stars extras...
this is a very funny series, but the bonus disks with the out takes are even funnier, i would recommend this if you like ricky
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by simmoch
4.0 out of 5 stars Extras Review
Hilarious! Cried with laughter at one episode - if you like Gervais' sense of humour you'll love this even as it pulls at the heartstrings at times....
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by sammi
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy perfection.
I will never get bored of Extras.
Gervais and Merchant have once again (as they always seem to do without fail) pulled it out the bag. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Lor25
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras: The complete series
Truly already a classic and an assential piece in every ones collection that is into the sharp witted humor of Gervais.
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Robarbo
5.0 out of 5 stars I will always love this show
This series is brilliantly funny, so true to life and genius. Loved every minute. Watched it on the BBC when it came out and wanted to buy it ever since. Glad I did. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by Emma Randall
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