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  • Actors: Brian Herring, Jess Robinson, Katy Brand, Rory Bremner, Keith Carter
  • Directors: Henry Naylor
  • Producers: Headcases - Complete Series
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: GRND4
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Run Time: 176.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018BQ1P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,975 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

CGI-animated comedy series created by Henry Naylor, lead writer of 'Spitting Image'. Each episode focuses on topical issues from the week, putting a spin on the worlds of sport, politics and celebrity. Parodied characters include: Katie Price and Peter Andre, Heather Mills McCartney, The Beckhams, Bono, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and many more.

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All eight shows from the smash-hit first series, featuring star turns from all your favourite (and least favourite!) celebrities and politicians, including Posh & Becks, Wills & Harry, Katie Price & Peter Andre, Amy Winehouse, Piers Morgan, Bono, Madonna, Fabio Capello, Lampard & Gerrard, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Sir Trevor McDonald.

Voiced by some of the country’s top comedy stars (Rory Bremner, Omid Djalili, Jon Culshaw, Katy Brand, Lewis Macleod and Kayvan ‘Fonejacker’ Novak), written by some of the finest comedy talent (credits include Spitting Image, Little Britain, Black Books, Have I Got News For You) and featuring the most cutting-edge animation seen on TV.

Bonus Featurette: A Headcases History – The Making Of The Show.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Norris on 19 May 2012
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"Headcases" premiered in 2008 to substantial fanfare as the spiritual successor to "Spitting Image", but where the latter show used rubber puppets to satirise public figures of the time, "Headcases" would use CGI caricatures.

After watching the first two episodes, I quite liked the show, but like "Spitting Image", some of the caricatures worked and others didn't. Those that worked included Prince Philip (portrayed as Dick Dastardly), David Miliband (portrayed as a gremlin), and Sir Trevor McDonald (the only one on the show who seemed to know what the heck was going on). The caricatures that didn't work include, among others, Tom Cruise, Piers Morgan, Bono, Dame Helen Mirren, and Dame Judi Dench, whilst other caricatures work, but they're stuck with the same jokes and lines for five episodes in a row (Nick Clegg, Victoria Beckham, Prince William and Prince Harry, among almost the whole cast).

The trouble with "Headcases" was that, for all of the effort put into it, it simply looks lacklustre when compared to "Spitting Image". It is certainly impressive that eight episodes of this series were made in so short a deadline, but the problem is that many of the sketches were re-used almost word for word, sometimes for a total of five episodes, which makes the show appear not funny but grating. Another problem was the lack of a main target for the show to parody. The name "Spitting Image" is almost synonymous with the Margaret Thatcher puppet that was undoubtedly the star of the show. With "Headcases", the closest thing we have to a star is a caricature of Piers Morgan, who does nothing except insult viewers and get crushed under a variety of heavy objects.

I applaud the creators for trying to give us a laugh, and I would recommend this series for anyone wanting to fill a quiet evening with a decent laugh, but as a whole, "Headcases" is incapable of matching its predecessor.
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The pros -
Well I think that the product of Headcases series one is an OK purchase to own because this programme has a good variety of well known actors who play these incredible 3D CGI celebrities and politicians. There are a variety of actors that can deliver and perform these characters such as the delightful Rory Bremner, the talent from Lancashire impressionist Jon Culshaw, the crazy London comedian from Omid Djalili, the happy Croydon comedian of Lucy Porter, and the comedy impressionist of Jess Robinson. Also joining Headcases in the first series are comedians Phil Cornwell from Essex and Mark Perry who both play good parts because I think that they both work well with Jon Culshaw. But there is more! Another three talented actors to this programme are CBBC's Horrible Histories star Ben Willbond the writer Justin Edwards and the Hammersmith comedian Dan Skinner. Firstly, I think that Ben is a good actor because his voice is great and he has a good sense of humour for delivering his parts in his characters that he is performing. Secondly, I think that the comedian Justin Edwards has a good ability to do a regular voice because he had a guest appearance in a BBC comedy show called Harry and Paul, and thirdly Dan Skinner is a great choice for being a comical actor because he has worked with the bumbling duo of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer in the BBC's comedy panel game show of Shooting Stars. Finally, the Bristol actor of Tom Hollander for whom you may know him from the role of Lord Cutler Beckett in the Pirates of the Caribbean films of Dead Man's Chest and At World's End is a good cast member for the programme because he has the control of bringing out a performance to life. Anyway, I think that the writers and the actors are a good team because they get on well with each other.
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By Scott M on 3 May 2014
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This is a brilliant satirical comedy that really does take the mick out of celebs and politicians alike. The dames have to be the funniest thing about this along with Mohammad Al Fayed and the white fiat uno. The only sketch that me and my flat aren't a massive fan of is Robert Mugabe. The animation is amazing and the impressions are spot on most of the time especially Same Judi Dench. The only impression that isn't spot on is Morgan Free mans voice. Granted some of the characters are over used like Heather Mills but its still funny. I would love a second season where they do some other people and then a few years later another series. Who wouldn't love to see there version of Lady Gaga. Its a bit of light hearted fun that shouldn't be taken too seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DameJ on 3 May 2014
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I don't see why people are giving this a bad review as I have to say this is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. The dames is in fact hilarious and fabulous. Obviously that was written by Kate because she doesn't have an oscar...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StormSworder on 18 May 2009
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For years now I've been waiting for a new satire show to rival the much-missed Spitting Image which, in its day, made mincemeat of the political and media world. Whilst Headcases is worth seeing if you're a satire fan, I can't say it's what I've been waiting for.

This show certainly looks good, with well-detailed backgrounds and CGI comic versions of varied MPs, film stars and other public figures. Though there's certainly inspiration and moments of genuine humour, this show has real problems. It's painfully obvious there aren't that many CGI characters. This shouldn't be that much of an obstacle, but it isn't long before you realise this is just catchphrase comedy with famous people. Soon you're irritated by characters appearing in the same old sketches telling the same old jokes, and some of them are just so repugnant it's impossible to feel amused. The smug, self-satisfied tone of the show is also irritating.

Maybe this show will improve on its second series (if it gets one), but this is more than anything else a curio for fans of satire and a waste of some talented vocalists.
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