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Human Remains [DVD] [2000]

Rob Brydon , Julia Davis , Matt Lipsey    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rob Brydon, Julia Davis
  • Directors: Matt Lipsey
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Written by and starring Rob Brydon and Julia Davis, Human Remains features six different "mockumentaries" with the pair playing couples caught in bizarre, dysfunctional or hopelessly imbalanced relationships. These include an upper-class couple, in which wife openly pines for her first, lost love, whom she has buried on the grounds; a thoroughly homely hubby and wife who run a guest house in the Midlands that features an S&M parlour; and a ghastly pair of God-botherers who live in a state of curtain-twitching loathing of their neighbours.

While the sheer range of characters depicted in Human Remains represents a prodigious feat on the part of both actors, the show has much in common with Brydon's other hit Marion and Geoff. The strangeness or awfulness of each couple's situation generally takes a while to come into focus, the deeper truths conveyed through low-level bickering, cumulatively revealed in deceptively banal interviews to camera. Brydon and Davis are sometimes merciless in their satirical savagery, as with the Alanis Morissette wannabe Fonte Bund; at other times, Human Remains is too bleak to watch. However, the sheer acuity and detail with which these characters are unwittingly realised, coupled with the brilliance of the (semi-improvised) monologues/dialogue means that our encounters with them, although mercifully brief, are both hilarious and touching. This is an exceptional series.

On the DVD: Human Remains features a generous package of extras, including deleted scenes and outtakes, among them an extension of the "healing" scene featured in the episode with the S&M couple, footage of the early rehearsals and improvisations from which the characters took shape, a commentary in which Davis and Brydon recap on the circumstances of the filming, an excerpt of the pair in S&M gear singing "American Pie" in rich Brummie accents and, best of all, the Fonte Bund Band in which the folk-rock duo featured in the series have an added, Spinal Tap-type documentary also starring John Martyn (who supplies the series' theme). --David Stubbs

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Human Remains' is a darkly comic series about six very different, very offbeat, and very engrossing couples who unwittingly expose the dynamics of their dysfunctional relationships. From a bald neurotic to a male chauvinist fiancé, the characters conduct open, honest and shocking interviews as the series sets new boundaries for extraordinary relationships in a seemingly ordinary world. 'Human Remains' takes a documentary-style look at the lighter side of unconventional couples, as each episode develops into something funny and touching, and deeply absorbing. ...Human Remains - Series 1

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant performance black comedy 15 Jan 2004
By Touring Mars VINE VOICE
Rob Brydon and Julia Davis turn in some astounding performances in this brilliantly funny series, co-produced by Steve Coogan. This is black comedy as it should be...realistic, subtle and in places quite disturbing. Presented in the format of six stand-alone fly-on-the-wall documentaries following the lives of six (wildly different) married couples, the linking theme is that each relationship is in some way horribly warped. Loveless relationships, sexual frustration and perversity, and dominant and totally imbalanced pairings are central themes throughout the series, and make for some horribly cringe-worthy moments, of which Rob Brydon is the absolute master. The range of characters that Brydon and Davis create and bring to life so realistically is quite amazing, and is performance comedy at it's very best.
'Human Remains' is not the sort of series you can watch that often, but it is still worth owning on DVD as there are plenty of moments that are simply priceless. The DVD comes with some really nice touches, especially the option to watch the episodes with links to rehearsal improvisations. This gives a great insight into how the comic brains of Brydon and Davis really work. It also allows you to see them laugh (since they obviously can't in the actual programmes)... you can hardly blame them! If you can't decide whether you want this or "Marion and Geoff", I suggest you buy them both!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly delicious 2 Sep 2007
This mockumentary highlighting the relationship between six mostly profoundly mismatched couples in as many episodes is one of the most disturbingly funny, beautifully shot, and tightly scripted series I have ever seen.

Rob Brydon and Julia Davis both wrote and acted in the series; each portrays a palette of characters which is each convincing and beautifully developed, distinct, and with real depth. If it weren't for its restrained twistedness, you would be convinced these were genuine people- it just looks so documentary. Half the time, you won't know whether you should be laughing or crying as the darkly desperate details of the mundane and mostly banal misery of each couples' lives unfold - I know you're thinking crying is the proper answer, but I was borderline hypoxic much of the time because this dark desperation comes cloaked in brilliant, straight-faced absurdity. The scary thing is, we all know people who are not so far removed from these characters, and the series is like a looking glass into their inner workings.

There is nothing slapstick about Human Remains- this is comedy best watched with your ears more than your eyes- and much of it is subtle. Because of this, you can watch the series time after time, and each time get a slightly different take than the last time. Now, that's value for money. This series is a work of genius and worthy of great respect.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 6 Feb 2005
Having really enjoyed Nighty Night and Marion & Geoff this was an obvious purchase as it combines the talents of two of my favorite comic performers of recent years.
The episodes have some great side-splitting moments as you would expect, and some great acting from the support actors as well as Rob Brydon and Julia Davis. And typically there are lots of subtle details that mean you need to pay close attention to get all the jokes.
The DVD is also very generous with plenty of extra material, including the original improv that the actors did to come up with the characters.
The original improv, commentary and outakes are actually some of the funniest (and revealing) material on the DVD. It's almost worth listening to the commentary first to spot all the jokes as some of them are actually too subtle to pick up from the episodes proper.
The only downside is that this series didn't work quite as well as either Marion & Geoff or Nighty Night and there are some quiet periods in some of the episodes. Plus the porn scene is All Over My Glasses is a little too brutal to be funny. Interestingly the actors seem to agree judging by the DVD commentary.
Still it is fascinating to see and hear how Rob Brydon and Julia Davis developed the characters and there are enough funny momments and great performances to make it a worthwhile purchase. It's worth it just for some of the classic lines in "An English Squeak" and "Slither In".
I really wanted to give this 5 stars but I've only given 4 stars because it wasn't quite as well-finished as other programmes that Rob Brydon and Julia Davis have done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a series! 3 Oct 2003
When explaining Human Remains it is difficult to highlight the fact that this is funny. Disfunctional couples, dark hidden pasts and unrequented love are not your typical comedy subjects.
I guess the people in the programmes are just as the title says, Human Remains, once they were complete but due to past events such as lost loved ones, children being taken away, lack of emotional support etc they are now flawed.
The characters are very well created and are all totally believable, never once becoming caricatures of themselves.
There are some quite disturbing and upsetting scenes, ones that you feel you should not be privy to, Les gazing longingly through the shop door at Ray when he returns from beach combing breaks my heart everytime I see it, he lets his cheerey defence drop for a few seconds revealing a rainbow of human emotion never previously seen in him.
There are also some brilliantly funny scenes, Stephen throwing mock punches at the shop owner while his wife is trying on wedding dresses is perhaps one of the best, once he sees the shop owner flinch he goes in for the kill by getting her in a playful headlock!
All in all a brilliant series and if you are keen on new british comedy it is one not to be missed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A clever comedy with a difference
A difficult one to review as it is a very alternative and black comedy. Certainly it's one of the most well delivered I've come across and the acting is superb. Read more
Published 27 days ago by R. C. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring - am trying to think who I can off load it too
I loved nighty night so I thought I couldn't go wrong with this series as same group of writers and actors but was so very disappointed! Read more
Published 3 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-observed and clinical dissection of human relationships - with...
A collection of interviews with six different couples demonstrating the scope of how dysfunctional relationships can be, as well as the brilliant acting talents of Rob Brydon and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bookworm Baggie
2.0 out of 5 stars On the whole, a waste of money.
On Amazon's advice, having ordered 'People Like Us', I sent for 'Human Remains'. Not funny, and mostly boring. I don't recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. E. D. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This couldn't have been more underrated.
I admittedly have a soft spot for Julia Davis but she's wonderful in this collection. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JASON BALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy at it's finest
If you like Rob Brydon, buy this.
If you worship Julia Davis, buy this.

It is the darkest, funniest, most uncomfortable things to have come from the British Comedy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joe, London
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good !
Great "comedy humaine" , Brydon and Davis are a superb match. Watched it three times allready, they should have made more !!!
Published 8 months ago by De Vlieger
1.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste
Rob & Julia are brilliant, but not this time.

Bought this after seeing Gavin and Stacey and was very disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike Drinkwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly hilarious
A missed this show when it was originally on TV but so glad I bought the DVD. Rob Brydon and Julia Davis play 6 couples with very disfunctional relationships. Read more
Published 14 months ago by chefdave20032003
5.0 out of 5 stars All the lonely people...
When this series first ran on BBC-2, my mother would ask, 'What are you watching?', as was her wont with anything that was edgy and weird. Read more
Published 16 months ago by sistermoon
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