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Jam: The Complete Series [VHS]

Amelia Bulmore , David Cann    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amelia Bulmore, David Cann, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Mark Heap
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • VHS Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008IATM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,159 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With Jam, the TV follow-up to his Radio 1 series Blue Jam, Chris Morris focuses more on unease more than the satire of Brass Eye. Indeed, it's a moot point whether Jam can actually be categorised as comedy at all. Each sketch is steeped in a heavy brine of dark, ambient music (including Bark Psychosis, David Sylvian and Brian Eno), grainy imagery, fast-cut editing and slo-mo. Its mirthless, Kafka-esque scenarios feel like an attempt to morph into some new species of post-comedy that is more like the stuff of nightmares. The credits, in which Morris stalks the moving camera, uttering Lear-esque words of foreboding immediately announce that this "sketch show" is a galaxy apart from The Two Ronnies.

The appalled look on actor Kevin Eldon's face in the opening sketch of the series, as a young couple invite him to endure being buggered by a mutual acquaintance ("I need a break"), sets the tone. Rape, chemotherapy, wanton urination--as a naked "Robert Kilroy-Silk" goes insane in a sketch full of detestation for the oleaginous TV presenter--and recurring sketches involving callously authoritarian NHS doctors, all go to make up these annals of the bizarre and perverse. Ultimately, Jam doesn't quite work, not on TV anyway. The repetition of the same, small cast over and over, broken up too briefly by Morris's own appearances (as a "country gentleman" living outside his house, for instance), coupled with the gruelling treatment of the sketch material makes for a psyche-probing, jaw-dropping experience--but in parts also a nullifying and strangely predictable one. Still, this is an essential purchase. Morris "failures" are far more interesting than most people's successes. --David Stubbs

Product Description

All six episodes of the cult British comedy series. Controversial and surreal, this sketch-based series includes scenes where a lonely woman tries to get a plumber to fix her dead baby, and a laid-back couple don't notice that their son has been abducted and murdered. Performed by Chris Morris, Kevin Eldon and Mark Heap, among others.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Twisted Humour 21 Aug 2009
Very dark humour indeed.

This comedy series has a very different feel from almost any other thing I've watched. The whole thing is unique and definitely needs to be seen.

The only worry is that some people will not find this funny at all. They'll be very disturbed by some of the scenes.

Worth checking up on youtube to see some of the scenes before you buy - it's very possible that you won't like it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal genius 24 Jun 2011
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This is not a DVD that you would put on for Saturday night all-round family entertainment. The humour is often dark, the atmosphere dreamlike and hypnotic in places thanks to the ambient soundtrack, visual effects and deliberately sedated style of speech used by the actors in many of the sketches. The combination makes for compelling and often intense viewing. Imagine David Lynch trying to do comedy and you've got a rough idea of what to expect. Topics covered include incest and infant death, so if you're buying this as a gift just be certain they'll appreciate the dark humour.

If you like Chris Morris then you should like this, but be warned that it is quite different to The Day Today and Brass Eye. Whereas those were more accessible to a wider audience, this is definitely something that not everyone is going to appreciate. However, for those with a taste for inventive, challenging, cutting edge humour with a dark surreal twist it's a must buy. Five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD of a Great Show 4 July 2003
The DVD is well worth owning if you've seen and enjoyed the show. Chris Morris clearly oversees the DVD production - it's chock full of extras, all of them bizarre and confusing like the show.
You can watch deleted scenes and rehearsals, see 3 different versions of every episode, have subtitles (which, in this case, are hilarious, methinks), read the comprehensive music and cast credits, watch Adam and Joe's mickey take of the show, watch two scenes with audience sound and some other stuff I haven't had time to look at.
It's a really wicked DVD production, though I don't know about anamorphic doodaa and framing and suchlike. It all looks good with my big blue eyes.
Buy this if you like Jam. If you don't like Jam, like Jam.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Humour 15 Mar 2009
i'm a fan of dark humour. and this is the darkest. not a show for the fainthearted or easily upset, this show makes fun of abortions, murder, rape, suicide, sexual accidents leading to death.... everything.

saw this on TV very late one night in the UK and laughed until i cried. the rest of the people int he room were horrified. this gives you an idea of what the "average" person would respond like.

more obscure and dark then Big Train or Brass Eye, this show is warped, in a beautiful and sick way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jam rocks my nut 28 April 2003
I have been waiting for a release of Jam on video or DVD since it first aired. It became a cult show amongst all my friends at university at that time, many of us already familiar with Chris Morris' work on The Day Today and Brasseye, and with the previous radio version Blue Jam. But when Jam came along it really hit a nerve with its surely darker than legal level of comedy. The hugely controversial Paedophile episode of Morris' Brasseye now seems, stylistically at least, quite tame in comparison. Many may find it confusing that Jam is considered comedy at all, with its unsettling atmosphere of psychological torment and disfunctional brutality, and maybe it goes too far, but there is nothing else like it. Comedy is naturally disruptive, and Morris is really pushing back the boundaries with the absurd world of Jam, proving himself one of the foremost innovators working in television. Except now he's made the My Wrongs short film and will probably be the next David Lynch.
I also met him once and he's really nice, he wasn't in slow-mo or swearing at children or anything. So be really clever and buy the DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, a Masterpiece 6 Nov 2011
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This is one of my favourite shows on DVD.
Surreal comedy, dark and twisted humour along with a selection of the finest music.

I had no idea this was a 2 disc special. The second disc is similar to the first just with trippy visuals and is closer to the original radio show Blue Jam.

Chris Morris is an excellent Satrist and Comedy Genius.

That is all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Jam" DVD from a Japanese viewpoint 22 Sep 2011
As a long time resident in Japan, I've been out of touch with British comedy for years. Fortunately I've been able to hear about the alternative comedy scene via "You Tube" of all places.Illegal clips of many comedians and shows revealed to me that British comedy didn't die out after "Monty Python's Flying Circus" or "Fawlty Towers". My joy of discovering the alternative scene of comedians is beyond words. Thus, after checking out many of the comedians and shows on "You Tube", I gradually got down to a list of "must haves" to buy on DVD. I narrowed it down to Stewart Lee, "Ghost Train", "Look Around You" and to the Chris Morris productions "Brass Eye", etc. But for me the most challenging and "enjoyable" is the "Jam" DVD. This ambient dark comedy DVD is quite shocking at first view. Some of the themes are weird and off worldish. The camera work creates an eerie other worldly dimension that brings out even more the insane situations of the people featured in each skit. Repeated views will surely lure a viewer into this zany world and to want to watch it all the more. But beware, you'll need an open mind to get around the off kilter comedy. Stories about sex, murder, lizards, rapists, et cetera may not seem ideal comedy themes, but stick with it, and you'll be guaranteed a worthwhile purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Shockingly over rated and pretentious For me, Jam is a childishly self-regarding pile of crap
Published 17 days ago by garrysmithreggae
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling
This a dark piece that won't necessarily make you laugh but it creates such a macabre worldview I was hooked from the start. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cornutus
Perhaps the darkest and most disturbing comedy series ever! I LOVE IT. I listened to it on Radio 1 originally then watched it on C4 when it made the move to TV. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars An utter bargain at three times the price
Which is what I paid for this box set on eBay before it was re-issued.

Don't make the same mistake I did - snap this one up before it goes all deletey again and strap... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. D. Michalak
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd show but funny and came in a short amount of time
The show itself is very odd, but that is why I bought it. Some of the skits are completely hilarious, and I believe the rest falls under the classification of art instead of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ronald D. Morey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series
Like nothing you will have ever seen before. Dreamlike, surreal, dark, twisted and ingenius. I love it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jameshanksy
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't right, you know...
So, yeah, it's not everyone's cuppa, and it is with that in mind that I say JAM is possibly the best comedy show ever made. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and surreal...
Chris Morris stretches the bounds of comedy as far as possible. At times difficult to watch, but punctuated by moments of shear brilliance, it forces the viewer to question what we... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bloodline
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, surreal, sick, twisted, very very very wrong, and very very very...
I can't believe I missed out on Jam for so long, after being a long time fan of Chris Morris's other work. Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by Ms. M. Ibbotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr Lomax
Somewhere between comedy and horror sits Jam... I've been a huge fan since it was aired on TV years ago and knew my sister would love it too, so I bought it for her birthday. Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Annette Corbett
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