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  • Actors: Chris O'Dowd, Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DVTO5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by and starring Chris O'Dowd, whose career has taken him thus far from The I.T. Crowd to Bridesmaids, amongst other stops, Moone Boy arrives on disc in the aftermath of heavy praise following its TV transmission.

It's set in and around the area where O'Dowd grew up, and it's thus perhaps no coincidence that Moone Bay is also described as 'semi-autobiographical'. It certainly has the feeling of a project that someone is very vested in, and here, O'Dowd plays the imaginary friend of a young boy. Furthermore, he's the imaginary friend of a young boy whose drawings have a habit of coming alive. It's a very well handled setup, too, with the show both selling the concept and earning many good laughs. There are also welcome appearances from the likes of Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas and Deirdre O'Kane, as well.

But it's O'Dowd who particularly impresses here, in a show that's far more ambitious than it may at first appear. Incorporating pieces of animation too, it's a comedy with real heart to it, ripe for discovery on disc for those who missed it. The DVD also features a special glimpse behind the scenes, which is worth checking out. It's the episodes you'll be returning to time after time, though. --Jon Foster

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By buzzbooks on 1 Nov. 2012
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It is often said that observational comedy can be the funniest, and this is very true of Moone Boy's first series.
I expected Chris o Dowd to be funny, quirky, cheeky and a bit daring in his retrospective and semi autobiographical look at his 11 year old self. He did not disappoint. However, I did not expect such attention to detail about small town Ireland to be so perfect in its
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aholmes on 8 Nov. 2012
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It a very funny yet sweet story of a boy growing up in Ireland. he has an imaginary friend played by Chris O'Dowd. it is beautifully scripted and the performances are very good with great comedy timing. Also has some great cameos in it from other well know comedy actors. I bought this as a was a fan of Chris O'Dowd and was not disappointed. I am expecting a series two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 April 2013
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A cracking TV comedy comes along every now and again bit the periods in between are as arid as any desert, Chris O' Dowd has brought us a luscious oasis of mirth based on his Irish childhood and I can't get enough of it. It is about Martin Moone played brilliantly by the young David Rawle. He has three sisters and is both the youngest and the only boy growing up in eighties catholic Ireland. In order to cope with the travails of life and the terrors of school he invents an imaginary friend.

This imaginary friend is, Sean Murphy, is played by Chris O'Dowd (`The IT Crowd, `The Sapphires' and `Bridesmaids') who is his usual entertaining self. We follow them on the ups and downs and the inevitable situations that lead to only more trouble. Over the six episodes we also have guest appearance from the likes of Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas - playing another imaginary friend. We also have school bullies, the effects Mary Robinson had on women's rights and more importantly hair styles and a pastiche of the Berlin Wall as well as some unintentional and intentional bad make up days.

This is one of those shows that becomes addictive, like `Father Ted' or more recently `The Inbetweeners' and I absolutely loved it. It does help if you get the whole Irish humour thing, but either way the characters are so over the top and the situations just on the right side of ludicrous that it all works brilliantly. I just hope they get around to another series very soon as this is the sort of thing we need more of, a lot more indeed. I am off to watch them all again as it really is that good and I know I will have missed bits through laughing the first time round.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By g on 6 Nov. 2012
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This is about a 12 year old boy called Martin Moone boyle growing up in Boyle,Ireland. Starring the great Chris O'Dowd. This is hilarious and is about Martins imaginary friend Sean Murphy,played by the great O'Dowd. Its hilarious and Martins parents Debra and Liam are funny too. Extra credit for Padraic(porric) who is hi-la-ri-ous!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bigmike on 7 Oct. 2012
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Moone boy is probably the funniest of uk/ire comedy since father ted . I cant help but see my upbringing brought back to life but with a tongue in cheek approach(my god that happened to me although i wouldn't admit it). The acting from all involved is convincing and enjoyable,the leads are fantastic and believable.The only downside is its only six episodes and we have to wait probably to next year for new episodes.I have seen chris o'dowd in many things and enjoy his presence but in this i can see he is having fun and we are along for the ride
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This funny little winner hardly needs another 5 star endorsement but here's one anyway. Basically this is a stylishly lively observational family sitcom with a fantasy twist to it which presents a skewed, take on small town suburbia. Set in the West of Ireland in the 1980s and seen mostly from the perspective of an 11 year old boy and his imaginary friend (played by series co-writer Chris O' Dowd) the humour has a wonderfully silly quality of a type that the Irish particularly seem to excel at. Refreshingly irony-free, it relishes a kind of extreme comic exaggeration and flights of fancy which mercilessly takes the piss out of our shared cultural inanities and pointless personal obsessions and insecurities.

Targeting our innate Naffness is tried and true comedy gold territory of course and a sleepy West of Ireland market town is as perfect a place to do this from as anywhere. Particularly in the 1980s. As such the inhabitants of this series fondly remind one somewhat of those of Craggy Island --that other outpost of Western culture which did such sterling work making us laugh ourselves silly back in the 90s. While Moone Boy may be in the tradition of Father Ted taking as it does a free and creative approach to character and situation, it nevertheless is very much its own fabulous little beast. It reigns-in the madder, slightly edgier, stoner comic surrealism of that earlier show in favour of a warmer more family-orientated fantasy and probably more widely accessible commercial style.

It's a much more polished production visually and looks like a proper bit of TV. Nothing looks studio-bound and everything's well-shot.
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By tallpete33 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2013
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The boy Moone is a cheeky chappy. Living with his family in his own little world in Boyle, Martin is an ordinary schoolboy with a great imagination and an even greater imaginary friend. Set in the eighties when school bullying was done face to face and not Facebook, this is a quirky, heart warming and seriously funny comedy. It's Father Ted without the cassocks (apart from the episode when he joins the choirboy Mafia and wears one obviously).

The opening episode sees his father going to confront the Bonner boys' father after they trashed little Martin's "Readybix" bike. Hammer in pocket, expecting a brute behind the door, Liam is welcomed in and finds himself sucked into the "Dads who can't control their kids" self-help group. A bunch of eejits who have poker nights but can't play the game and go fishing without rods, anything to get away from the kids basically.

It's a bit bizarre and a bit random but also nostalgic as Martin knocks down his own garden wall to make a shortcut to school whilst the Hoff sings at the bringing down of the slightly larger Berlin version on TV. Chris O'Dowd may get the plaudits but the boy who plays Martin Moone himself is a real charmer and immensely likeable as are his ma and da. Not so sure about the scary sisters!
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