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League of Gentlemen - Entire Second Series (Ltd Edition with onpack 'Babs Cabs' toy car) [VHS]

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  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • VHS Release Date: 15 Oct. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEV50I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The three young comedians known collectively as The League of Gentlemen develop their unique comic-grotesque creations still further in this second series. Helped by elaborate makeup, Mark Gattis, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith throw themselves into their many disguises with unbounded enthusiasm. What is even more impressive is that, together with co-writer Jeremy Dyson, the Gentlemen manage to locate these alarming characters within coherent story arcs that interlock over the course of a series as well as inside the individual six episodes. Here we have the apparently inexplicable plague of fatal nosebleeds that affects the remote Northern town of Royston Vasey, the attempts of the incestuous shopkeepers Edward and Tubbs to find a bride for their monstrous offspring, the misadventures of some lost plastics salesmen, and the hostage crisis at the local Restart centre. Achingly funny and entirely disturbing, this is comedy less dependent on brilliant one-liners than on recognisable yet distorted situations. One-off creations like Papa Lazarou's sinister circus or the patronising theatre group Legz Akimbo are as fine as the sustained characterisation of the anal toad-obsessed Denton family. --Roz Kaveney

On the DVD: the first disc contains Season 2's six episodes complete with commentary from the four Gentlemen themselves. It's equally as fun and fascinating as their commentary for the first season and reveals many of the hidden movie references and in-jokes that would otherwise be missed. The second disc has a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary made for the BBC, plus a series of outtakes and alternative versions of certain scenes. Also included is Creme Brulee's "Vodoo Lady" in its glorious entirety, a singalong version of the Dentons' house-cleaning song and excerpts from Joby Talbot's comic-Gothic score. There are text features on the "Local People", a scrapbook of location photographs, and Royston Vasey's Territorial Army recruiting poster. Spreading it all across two discs seems a little on the stingy side, however. --Mark Walker

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By on 21 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
The inhabitants of Royston Vasey are back - and this time it's more weird and surreal than the first series. After the first series' plot line of a new road being built through the town (which has evidently not happened!) this time the town is held in the grip of a strange epidemic of nose bleeds. As you'd expect from the League Of Gentlemen lads, there are new characters in this series including the scarily funny Papa Lazarou, the mayor (superbly played by Roy Chubby Brown) and two old ladies who run the charity shop, obsessed by 'special marks' and bags. The series' really hots up in the last episode (i can't reveal what happens, because it would spoil it). If you're new to this show, it might not be your cup of tea, but even so, you'd be a fool to give it a miss - comedy like this unfortunately comes along too rarely. It's also a double DVD set, including fantastic extras like cast commentary, deleted scenes, photo gallery, character biographies, a behind the scenes documentary, and even a selection of music from the series. As it is, this will keep fans glued to their TV's for a long time to come - brilliant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on 29 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Apart from all the episodes from Season 2(which would have made a more than worthy purchase on their own) it is the "Special Stuff" that truly makes this double disc a must have for all fans and converts alike.Cast commentry, or "local gossip" is a great insight into each scene, but for me the shining light is disc 2's "Behind the Scenes" documentry - I *suspect* this may have been shown on BBC digital before, but being a simple terrestrial viewer I cannot confirm this. Was nice to finally see Jeremy Dyson. The profiles of the "local people" i was a tad disappointed to not find some of my favourite characters - Stella & Charlie (their constant bickering never fails to crack me up), Pauline the re-start officer, Benjamin & the Dentons, Herr Lipp...or perhaps I'm not looking closely enough? But the photo gallery and music clips are great additions too.
In a nutshell, you could do a lot worse...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Reuben on 25 July 2005
Format: DVD
As original and darkly funny the first series of The League of Gentlemen was back in 1999 (written by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith and starring the latter three in all the main roles), there was a standard set for this weird comedy and its future series. Luckily, the second series made in 2000 not only matches this standard, it goes beyond it.

Whereas the first series had the ongoing plot of a new road being built through Royston Vasey, this time there is an even darker story of a sinister and deadly nosebleed epidemic claiming innocent lives, and Hilary Briss (Gatiss), the town's butcher, appears to be the main suspect. But, as ever, nothing is as it seems.....

Meanwhile, other continuing plots involve:
Tubbs (Pemberton) and Edward Tattsyrup (Shearsmith) trying to find a bride - or "no-tail" - for their son David.
Restart officer Pauline Campbell-Jones (Pemberton) and her attempts to get her job back by holding Ross (Shearsmith) hostage, aided by one of her "dole scum" Mickey (Gatiss).
Geoff (Shearsmith) and his friends Mike (Pemberton) and Brian (Gatiss) surviving in the woods en route to a work convention.
German exchange teacher Herr Lipp (Pemberton) and his disturbing advances on student Justin.
Benjamin Denton (Shearsmith) who, having escaped the Local Shop, must now endure yet more torture from his toad-obsessed relatives Aunt Val (Gatiss) and Uncle Harvey (Pemberton) as well as their twin daughters Chloe and Radcliffe.
The antics of accident-prone vet Mr Chinnery (Gatiss).
The reunion of 1970s glam rock band Creme Brulee, without rhythm guitarist Les McQueen (Gatiss).
The travelling circus the Pandemonium Carnival and its ringleader, Papa Lazarou (Shearsmith), who sells pegs and collects wives for a living.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orange Prose on 19 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Never, in any comedy show I have ever watched, has a character so utterly sinister and yet so deeply hilarious as Papa Lazarou made such an impact with such little screen time. The first episode, when the circus comes to town and women are carted off with cries of "Dave... you're my wife now!" is comic perfection of the highest order. I laughed my bum off.

The League of Gentlemen are back, and this time they crank up the creepy lever a couple of notches. They find new ways to kill animals in spectacularly violent, explosive ways. They find new 'issues' to write plays for the kids about. And they throw in some plot lines.

The plot, such as it is, has several strands and runs throughout the series. There's the fatal nosebleed epidemic, which initially seems to have been brought on by the arrival of Papa Lazarou but in fact has another, more 'local' source. Then there's Tubbs' and Edward's attempts to find a 'no-tail' for their half-beast son David, including a trip to a supermarket in a stolen rural ambulance and ultimately an alliance with botched transsexual Barbara. Pauline is back, plumbing the depths of despair after being fired from Restart and trying, with the help of Mickey, to get back on her feet. And melodramatic middle-class beauty salon owner Judy Levinson reveals just how close she and her maid Iris are...

Whilst the first series of League of Gentlemen is rightly considered a classic, it's the second - and in fact the third - which rank as the quartet's masterpieces. Characters are given the kind of depth that Little Britain just cannot even get near; and the writers are not afraid of killing off major characters to change the 'scenery' every so often.
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