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Man To Man with Dean Learner [DVD] [2006]

Richard Ayoade , Matthew Holness    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness, Satu Suominen, Matt Berry, Kim Noble
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • 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: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Live from his luxury apartment in London's glittering East End, Dean Learner--club owner, celebrity manager, restaurateur, entrepreneur and publisher of high-class gentlemen's magazines (including "Flesh Wrangler" and "Skin City")--invites you to meet some of his closest friends, Man to Man.* Dean's special guests include the living legends Garth Marenghi, Steve Pising, Glynn Nimron, Merriman Weir, Amir Chanan and the recently-deceased Randolph Caer. The Man to Man With Dean Learner DVD includes: a pilot episode; deleted scenes; soundtrack; surround sound mix of War of the Wasps; VT clips without audience laughter; and a 16-page souvenir booklet.

*In his capacity as the Producer of Man to Man with Dean Learner, the sole owner of Deano's After Dark Productions, and Manager of the artists appearing thereon, Dean Learner acknowledges that there is a potential conflict of interest between his private business concerns and his duty to Channel 4 in providing top-quality, un-biased programming.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Booklet, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Live from his luxury apartment in London's glittering East End, Dean Learner: club owner, celebrity manager, restaurateur, entrepreneur and publisher of high-class gentlemen's magazines, invites you to meet some of his closest friends, Man to Man. ...Man to Man with Dean Learner

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an undiscovered gem 8 Oct 2007
This is an excellent show that was never given a proper chance when it was aired. Like Darkplace, poor scheduling and ill-considered reviews denied a great programme its due. I recall Darkplace getting panned by critics and comedy fans alike when it first came out - now it's seen as a cult hit. The ironic thing is that the same thing seems to have happened to Man to Man, but without the chance of it building a cult following before the DVD release. In many ways I believe this to be superior show to the (rightly now-praised) Darkplace. There's more variety, the performances are sharper and some of the characters, especially Learner himself, show real depth here.

As for the current debate about audience laughter, i find it very tiresome. One of my favourite pieces of comedy is the Peter Cook special on Clive Anderson, filmed in front of an audience to loud (genuine) audience laughter. In fact that show has more in common with M2M in terms of feel and structure than Alan Partridge. On Partridge, the guests were more or less stooges for Coogan. Here the guests shine as much as the hosts. This is not to knock Partridge or the (well played) guests - it's a great show - I just think that was more of a one man show than this. Man to Man a great comedy that manages to parody the mutual back-slapping that most interview shows have become. And it would be almost perverse if the show wasn't in front of an audience. It IS a comedy show and thousands of comedy shows are in front of audiences. Plus it FEELS live and not canned - it WAS recorded infront of an audience. It feels like the laughter on Parkinson or Jonathan Ross.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Forget The Extras! 1 Sep 2007
I found hours of Extras and an Easter Egg on the DVD not mentioned in the Product Details. There are extras for all Episodes: deleted scenes, extended scenes, trailers, stills, backstage footage, audio commentary, storyboard, a pilot episode... and much much more!

So many DVD's just have the show and very little else so I appreciate the extra effort made. If you liked the show you'll love the DVD. More like this please!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the penthouse... 18 Mar 2009
This DVD will naturally appeal to fans of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, but although the same team might be behind it - it never quite manages to live up to the brilliant spoof '80s medical horror drama...

It's not bad, but whereas Darkplace felt original - mock interview shows like this have been done before by the like of Steve Coogan. There are laughs to be had though, and there are some very funny moments. Most of the laughs come from the clips of spoof TV series and films rather than the interviews themselves.

Richard Ayoade gives a semi-dry performance as the actor/businessman/publisher of high-class gentlemen's magazines Dean Learner. His chauvinism and dodgy business dealings are the main comedy fuel of his character, whilst Matthew Holness provides the rest with a range of great characters; including the dreamweaver himself - Garth Marenghi. He manages to give each character a very different look and sound, and his maudlin folk musician Merriman Weir is genuinely impressive as the songs and guitar he performs actually sound very good.

The DVD package is crammed full of additional features, infact there's a disk full of them. The first disk gives you the option of watching the additional video segments which appear during the interviews, and these are excellent.

In a nutshell: This would have been more effective live rather than watching on television. It's good, but not quite great. I've had to give this 4 stars rather than 3 though because of the incredible amount of bonus footage! That alone makes this worth buying! The non-interview parts of the series are the funniest parts, and amongst the additional features you get extended versions of these. This isn't a patch on the tremendous Darkplace, but it will still make you laugh and gives you a chance to enjoy some of the same characters and actors.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generous DVD package 18 Sep 2007
"Man to Man" is a bit of a curate's egg of a comedy series. It's perfectly valid to compare it to "Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge". Both suffer from the drawbacks of the spoof chat-show format, the main one being that the guests are rarely as amusing as the host, so it tends to be very hit-and-miss. Dean Learner is quite funny here, but, again, is restricted by the format, and only really hits his stride in the outside-broadcast segments, such as in the brilliant The Learner, or throwing money at Randolf Caer in a night-club.

So, "Man to Man" ranges from the sublime ("War of the Wasps") to the pointless (the folk-singer's songs). There are numerous good ideas, and some meticulously-observed characters, such as the very funny Steve Pising and the tragic Randolf Caer, but Ayoade and Holness are not firing on all cylinders here.

However, and this is a big however, there are hours of extras in the DVD set, and much of the extra material is superior to what made it into the broadcast show. If you liked "Man to Man", and are prepared to overlook its flaws even a little, this DVD is well-worth purchasing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
This dvd has me rolling in the aisles every time I see it. Lovely stuff and genuinely hilarious, well worth your time.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this!
if you liked garth marenghi you will definitely like this dvd it is it and do a small laughter wee.
Published 17 months ago by emma chappelle-hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say!!!
Just brilliant! Refreshing, funny, and worth the buy just for Merriman Weir, let alone all the other interviews. Can rate this series highly enough. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Harmonic 77
3.0 out of 5 stars Good work Dean
Chances are if you're wanting to see this, you may well have already seen Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Andrew Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame there wasn't another series
I recall the awful late night scheduling and the distinct lack of promotion. Watching it now is actually funnier than the first time round partly due to the generous helping of... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Hereward
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem
This DVD is really funny. Great comic timing and delivery from Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness.

Ayolade is Learner interviewing a series of guests all played by... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Mr. M. S. Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and smart
Great Dvd. The show is amazingly intelligent and both actors are fantastic. I had heard about them a few years ago and immediately decided to see "Garth Mareghi's Darkplace" which... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Pseudoeremita
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied, imaginative, funny , a little bit dodgy and dark
Well done to the two stars of this show. I liked Darkplace so took a chance on this. Matthew Holness's work puts me in mind of those actors like Alec Guinness who take on multiple... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by A C SHIELDS
1.0 out of 5 stars Darkplace is wonderful - This is not
I suspect there will be people out there who have watched Darkplace and found it utterly entertaining and amusing - it's frankly spot on in most departments. Read more
Published on 1 April 2010 by S. Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clever stuff by very clever writers and performers
Having watched the "pilot" (one of the extras), it is clear that the show was greatly improved by the changes made to the format. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2009 by M. J. Jacobs
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