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Kath & Kim: Season 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Molly Shannon , Selma Blair    DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Shannon, Selma Blair, John Michael Higgins, Mikey Day, Jay Phillips
  • Writers: Gina Riley, Jane Turner
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FAD7O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as the Aussies say 23 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
So it's not even close to as brilliant as the original Australian "Kath and Kim" but it's still enjoyable and absolutely worth 3 stars, no more, no less. It's quirky and utterly unlike most American sitcoms. Selma Blair's version of spoiled Kim is funny but loses all of the ironic laughs because Selma's just too sexy - she should have gained 20 pounds for the role. Molly Shannon's version of Kath is also too sexy to work. The original Kath thinks she's fit and cool but just looks tragic, but Molly just looks like a cougar. Even the Kel and Brett characters (different names here) are also too handsome and cute, respectively. As for the Sharon character (called Tina in this version), she's nothing like the original, which is a great loss. Finally, the primary source of hilarity in the original is that the characters are like real people, or rather like a certain type of [class of] people. If the American version had chosen to parody a real American subculture, it might have worked.

Oh dear, after writing that, maybe I should rethink my 3 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!!! 4 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
Oh Dear, the Americans ruin another great original show. They did it to Ab Fab, now Kath and Kim watch out they are going to try and murder Julia Davis's Nighty Night.
Do not buy this, it is an insult to the original!!!! Buy the Orignal Aussie Kath and Kim. Riley and Turner are legends!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance 1 July 2013
By Erud7
Format:DVD
After reading the reviews I was in two minds whether to even try watching this. I'm a huge fan of the original Australian series and have to admit the first 10 minutes of episode one of the American version came as something of a culture shock. That said, I stuck with it and I am so glad I did! If you come to it without any preconceptions then you're in for a treat. The casting of Phil (Kel) was inspired and there are enough deviations from the original to enjoy it as a separate entity. Having watched series one a few times now, I wish that they had been able to carry on. I will never understand how trite rubbish like 'Friends' was renewed season after season when comedic gems such as this and 'Over to You' for example, were allowed to disappear after just one.

If you haven't seen the original series then I urge you to immediately, and if you enjoy it then give the American version a try too. You might surprise yourself.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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i want to have the dvd right now!.
i love this show so much.

i need to fisically have it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, UNDERRATED SHOW 10 Dec 2011
By R.S. - Published on Amazon.com
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They really should have named this show something else so people would not compare it to the AU version. The show should be judged for what it is (or was) and not compared to the other one. Having said that... This show is freakin' hilarious and full of sharp wit. I have to rewind parts sometimes to catch certain things. The show constantly makes fun of itself and is unashamedly campy. Molly Shannon and Selma Blair have great chemistry, and John Michael Higgins as Phil has some of the best lines EVER. Anyway, this show is extremely under-rated and under-appreciated. I guess if you don't "get it" you just don't get it. Too bad.

By the way, I have never seen the Aussie version but really want to.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 1 May 2010
By R. Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
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I watched this series as I was hosptialized for three months. I looked forward to seeing it every week because it was one of the funniest series ever on TV. Very overlooked. Wish it could have had a longer run. Oh well, every episode is a gem. All the actors were great. Sad to see it go, but happy I have the series on DVD.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Too bad the series was canceled. 30 Jan 2010
By Darren Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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Kath & Kim was one of the best comedies on television in 2009. John Michael Higgins' and Selma Blair's characters are an absolute riot. Unfortunately, the show didn't get picked up for renewal in 2010 and NBC has since removed the old episodes from Hulu.com and the NBC.com website so the only way to watch the old episodes is by getting the DVD. The Season 1 DVD compilation is great, too. There are a handful of extra features that are worth watching as well. Definitely recommend this DVD to all the Kath & Kim fans out there.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do you love second rate imitations that completely miss the point of what they're imitating? Then u might like this, god help u. 3 Oct 2011
By Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Why oh why do moronic American companies keep trying to copy other people's ideas for tv programs when they've clearly missed the point of what made the original good in the first place? The Australian original is an absolute gem of comedy but much of it's humour centred around the fact that the main characters were overweight, badly dressed, greasy haired unattractive clueless suburbanites convinced that they were the bee's knees. So what do the American copycats do? They replace all the characters with skinny beautiful people who would look at home on a catwalk! The eternally injured or diseased or rash covered sport-obsessed but fat second best friend of the daughter has been left out of the show altogether!! A huge proportion of the comedy hinged on her adorable but tragic and bad-luck-stricken character, especially where the daughter Kim was concerned, as she constantly bullied her second best friend and convinced herself she was beautiful and stylish simply by comparison. I'm guessing even the American execs couldn't find a way to turn this character into a supermodel so decided to ignore her and delete the character instead. When are these twits going to realise you don't make a successful show by copying someone else's title then replacing everyone with beautiful people! This show is cringeworthy to see. None of the original humour makes any sense now that all the characters are slim and beautiful. The original actors wore awful wigs and bad make up and terrible ill fitting clothes that exaggerated their love handles on purpose. Did you think they just didn't know how to style hair and wear clothes? Did you think that these things were flaws that needed fixing? The bad camera angles and cheap lighting were part of the humour. That was the point. You can't make an American version with expensive sets and great lighting and flattering wigs and slim beautiful actors because that was the point of the original. It was supposed to look cringeworthy and awful! That was the joke! There is none of the over the top melodramatic acting that was played so straight that it almost looks like the bad acting wasn't intentional that makes the original so funny. The show is as dull and humourless as the vacuous underwear models it appears to have styled it's replacement characters on. Not that the actors are bad, they've been fantastic in other roles and programs but the American obsession with having to make all programs with actors who look perfect and beautiful means that they are all completely miscast in this sitcom and destroy the whole premise of the comedy. One of the three main characters isn't even present anymore so a third of the comedy is missing before the title sequence has even finished. Is it any wonder the series got cut several episodes short and any plans for a second season were cancelled? Duh! Comedy is funnier with flawed characters!!! Thats what makes it funny!!!!! That means if you make comedy with beautiful, slim, shiny toothed, muscle bound or pert breasted model look a likes it won't be funny. Beautiful people aren't funny. Flawed people are funny. People who win you over despite their flaws are funny. People who can take the mickey out of themselves and their flaws are funny. Beautiful people trying to look beautiful and save face and be stars aren't funny. Do you get it yet? Are any of the big American studios who keep copying other countries shows just because you read they were doing well and thought you could make money by buying the rights to the name and making an improved version by using a bigger budget and better looking actors get it yet? As if they ever will. Good and loyal citizens of America your tv companies are ripping you off with these appalling thoughtless attempts at imitation comedy. Would you pay more money for a fake gucci handbag than for a genuine one? I'm guessing not, but that's exactly what the studios keep doing when they chuck money into these pale imitations of other people's shows. Anyone remember them trying to make a US version of absolutely fabulous? Let's do it without the drugs and alcohol they thought. Missing the point once again do we think? Yeah enough said. This series is just the same. Thank god the series got cancelled before it could do any more damage to the reputation of the original Kath and Kim. Please go and watch the fantastic and glorious australian original so you can see what an appalling and pale imitation this pile of tripe really is.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Hilarious! 24 Mar 2013
By Cathy A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This show ended way too soon. The entire cast was hilarious and at times seemed to ad lib their lines rapid fire. I was really disappointed when it was cancelled....glad to find it out on DVD!
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