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Hardware - The Complete Series [2003] [DVD]

Martin Freeman , Ken Morley    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Ken Morley, Peter Serafinowicz, Ryan Cartwright
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LOTXZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 12 episodes of the Simon Nye sitcom set in a London ironmongers shop. Martin Freeman stars as Mike, who along with Kenny (Peter Serafinowicz), Steve (Ryan Cartwright) and owner Rex (Ken Morley), enjoy the daily, DIY-based verbal jousts with a constant stream of dull customers. Episodes comprise: 'Nice', 'Naked', 'Bondage', 'Finger', 'Women', 'Hutch', 'Bastard', 'Big Foot', 'Nude', 'Loser', 'Tony Two-Ways' and 'Celebrity'.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Sitcom 14 Dec 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
* The Good....... This sitcom really has a great ensemble cast, all of the six main actors are given plenty of screen time and really 'nail' their characters. I was especially impressed by Susan Earl who plays Anne, the girlfriend of Martin Freeman (Mike). Peter Serafinowicz (Kenny), Ken Morley (Rex), Ryan Cartwright (Steve), and Ella Kenion (Julie) are all excellent too. There is plenty of quotable dialogue throughout both series, and some of it quite risqué. Not sure about the 12 certificate this has been given!

Mike: What's your favorite sexual position?
Kenny: (thinks for a while) They're all good, aren't they?

* The Bad....... This is a Network release so there are no subtitles available.

* The Ugly....... Quoting from the small print, "For contractual reasons some episodes differ from their transmitted versions". And this really is ugly because what they have done is, not just removed the music, but cut entire scenes where music was playing. So for example, in the episode Bondage you do not get to see them take the suspicious man to the police station because the song 'Born Free' was playing.

Series 1 was originally broadcast March 23-April 27 2003 with six episodes; Nice, Naked, Bondage, Finger, Women, and Hutch.

Series 2 was originally broadcast March 7-April 11 2004 with six episodes; Bastard, Big Foot, Nude, Loser, Tony Two-Ways, and Celebrity.

Picture quality is excellent, and despite the cuts I am still pleased to have this DVD in my collection. Definitely worth a viewing every few years if only to see the lovely Susan Earl ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 31 May 2011
By Franks
Format:DVD
This is an amazing show, classic comedy. A brilliant cast ranging from the funny Martin Freeman and the extremely comical Ryan Cartwright.
This is a classic, and each episode has some stand out moments which will have you laughing for ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardware the complete series 12 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
Series one was such a success, what a delight to be able to view Series 2 (over and over again) The writing and performances are as inspired as the first. Sheer bliss!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Open All Hours For the 21st Century? 9 April 2009
Format:DVD
I have enjoyed watching Hardware - being English and living in Australia, I do sometimes take a gamble and purchase comedy that I don't know too much about.
Martin Freeman steals the show in this very innocent, twee sit-com. It really does remind me of shows I enjoyed as a kid, especially Open All Hours. The fact it's set mainly in a shop helps with this. The three stars I have given is on the back the nostalgic feeling it leaves more than anything else. It really isn't cutting edge in anyway and is actually quite unoriginal. That said, it's mediocrity is proabably gives it charm.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Praise of Hardware 17 May 2010
Format:DVD
For those who carp, it need to be pointed out that this sitcom was written specifically for ITV, not BBC. It's broad and fast-paced, and some gags are extremely cartoonish. But it has no pretentions to comedy-drama or groundbreaking sitcom (no surrealism a la Nightingales or Black Books) and overall it works: the casting and the writing of Simon Nye keep it rooted in character, so that it's not just a string of gags and comic business: motivations are always clear. (That said, a lot of the comic business is very well done and laugh-out-loud funny: watch out for the construction of a deluxe home for guinea pigs in the episode Hutch.)

And what engaging characters: Martin Freeman, playing someone not dissimilar to his Office character, is stuck in a rut, talking vaguely of improving himself but actually quite happy to carry on as normal, as fellow assistants include best mate Kenny (Peter Serafinowicz), a man given to whimsical, idiotic observations which may bring to mind some of those late night chats of Tony and Gary in Men Behaving Badly. (Sort of a slightly older, married Tony, but not in the disappointing Carrie and Barry way.)

Ken Morley, Reg Holdsworth in Corrie, is the self-satisfied yet likeable idiot of a manager, and there is also a stuuuudent! as the target for the others' mockery. Unlike the fermenting resentments of The Office, however, most of the time these workers bond in a sort of collective stupidity not unknown to all-male workplaces where time hangs heavy. And those moments, more about character than plot, are a large part of the show's appeal.

The ITV slot (less running time) means that some storylines can feel booted along a bit, which is perhaps the reason for some criticisms in other reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard waring dvd 7 Feb 2014
By Netnet
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Surprisingly a very good series. Ken morely as rex, shows us what a versatile actor he is,a very funny man,especially when he was wearing those plat form shoes up that ladder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show 4 Feb 2014
By KC
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This was so much more entertaining than I thought it would be. I'd equate it to Black Books in a hardware store. Definitely worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardware review. 27 Oct 2013
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A brilliant early 21st century comedy! The music was hilarious and created a happy atmosphere at home. The comedy was good too! Brilliant acting by Martin Freeman and all involved, and a very unique and amusing set-up! :)
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