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Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights: The Complete Series 2 [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Justin Moorhouse, Paddy McGuinness, Archie Kelly
  • 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: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVFD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Brian Potter and his hapless band of staff and regulars of the Phoenix Club return for a second hilarious series. Life is not grand for Brian, he has lost everything – his licence, his friends and his beloved club in a mysterious fire. But as Brian says "there’s only one way to go when you’re on the bones of your arse and that’s up". It’s time to get the old gang back together and raise the Phoenix from the ashes once more! Contains all six episodes of the second series of the BAFTA nominated Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.

Cast:

  • Brian Potter/Max – Peter Kay
  • Jerry St.Clair – Dave Spikey
  • Ray Von – Neil Fitzmaurice
  • Paddy – Patrick McGuinness
  • Les – Toby Foster
  • Alan – Steve Edge
  • Kenny Senior – Archie Kelly
  • Young Kenny – Justin Moorhouse
  • Holy Mary – Janice Connolly
  • Den Perry – Ted Robbins

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The beginning of the second series of Phoenix Nights sees Brian Potter's beloved Phoenix Club lying in ashes and the staff scattered to the four winds. Even club compere Jerry St Clair is reduced to singing "Come get your black bin bags" to the tune of Men in Black in the local supermarket. But not even being barred from having a licence for the rest of his natural life can deter the northern Svengali from reopening the club and making it bigger and better than before--even if that means making Jerry the licensee and offering up-market Chinese nosh.

This second instalment of Peter Kay's cult sit-com is more upbeat than the first, with some genuine success coming to the characters and club, but it still has its hilariously subversive undertones: a botched hit job; an inflatable castle with an extra appendage; and Brian stuck on his stair lift for a day after a power cut, to take just three examples. The script remains brilliantly surreal and incredibly funny. All the favourite characters remain, with club bouncers Paddy and Max featuring in a couple of the meatier storylines (perhaps setting them up for their own spin-off series?) and Jerry continuing to wow the crowds with his original vocal stylings, the highlight being the grand Stars in Their Eyes final in which he offers his own unique clubland take on Eminem. It's brilliantly original stuff: roll on Series 3. --Kristen Bowditch

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
Series 2, funnier than ever. Peter Kay must be rated the as one of the funniest comics at present. The more times you watch these episodes the more you laugh.Favourite episode has to be the Ladies night featuring Mary having an orgasm behind the Bar, superb, and Paddy shooting Max's brother.
Superb cast, who deserve to be watched again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amboline VINE VOICE on 20 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
How Peter Kay could ever follow up the brilliantly original, laugh-a-minute first series of Phoenix Nights is a bit of a mystery; but follow it up he has, and Series 2 is as sidesplittingly funny, as close to the edge of bad taste as you can possibly get, and as compulsive as its predecessor. There's a general feeling of a slightly bigger budget, and the shaky docu-soap-style camerawork of the original has given way to a more conventional style of cinematography and storytelling; but the jokes are as razor-sharp as ever, and in this series we begin to discover the depth of character in the wonderful supporting cast as well.
The story starts with the Phoenix Club in ashes, courtesy of arch-villain Den Perry, and Peter Kay's wheelchair-bound impresario Brian Potter vainly trying to reassemble the Phoenix Club crew to rebuild his dream. By way of a family fun day, a guest appearance on "Crimewatch", and conning the hapless Gerry St. Clair into being the new licensee, the Phoenix rises from the ashes once more, and the villainous Den Perry gets his come-uppance thanks to one of the oldest tricks in the book. Meanwhile bouncers Max and Paddy breathe new life into the theme from "Minder" and have an abortive shot at a career change into contract killing; the ubiquitous Bernard Wrigley offloads his most dodgy merchandise yet; and a host of jokes about elderly Asians, malfunctioning stairlifts, illegal immigrants, vibrators and the inevitable Chorley FM ("where the listener always comes first") continue the Phoenix Nights tradition of pulling off bad-taste humour without, miraculously, offending anybody.
There are so many highlights that it's hard to pick out the best moments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Curtis on 14 July 2006
Format: DVD
Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Neil Fitpatrick wrote one of the Series of the Noughties.

Brian Potter and his team are back, after disaster struck the club in the previous series when it was burnt down by the devious Den Perry. Dirty Den as I like to call him.

Brian has lost his club licence so Jerry takes over the reigns, and choas ensues. My personal favourite of both series is the Family Fun day, when the club needs to raise money to open again. Jerry the Berry, Brian Potters converter toilet as a play area for the kiddies, the inflateable "love length".... oh and animal face paint for Kenny, which is real paint and dosn't come off until nearly the last episode. "I've tried everything, soap and water, swarfega."... "Have you tried battery acid?"

Each episode is a joy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "justin_mellor" on 12 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
Phoenix nights is a classic piece of work from the man from the top of the tower himself Peter Kay. Like in the first he plays Mr Brian Potter & Max the bouncer. This second series continues on from the first with Brian having to rebuild the club 'Phoenix Nights'. If this DVD is anything like the first with special features such as deleted clips, and episode commentary, then it will be a sure hit. However if you have yet to purchase series 1 and want series 2 I would recommend waiting for the box set, which includes both, this will be released later in the year around November. Overall I give phoenix nights series 2 5/5, definitely worth a purchase.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "tranmererovers" on 20 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
Alright, so it's not a particularly original comment now, but I'll say it anyway - Phoenix Nights is the funniest, most original thing to hit the small screen since Fawlty Towers, but it has managed, unlike some other sit-coms which had a great first series, but then fell a bit flat on the second (The Office??), to come back just as good the second time around.
Picking out favourite scenes is difficult because there are so many. As has become a kind of style with Phoenix Nights, the opening lines to some scenes are just plain hysterical - listen out for the receptionist on the 'phone at The Ponderosa: "Anyway mum, I'll have to call you back!" - nobody does stuff like this as well as Peter Kay. As per series one, there's some great cameos - Jim Bowen as "big time" Ponderosa owner Frank "Hoss" Cartwright for example: "I've got all rooms on suit (sic), lift to all floors, a soralium (sic) and if Carole's leg pays out, we're gonna get a jacuzzi!".
Like series one, there's no slack in the whole series, with each episode hitting the mark spot-on. The Ladies Night is pure gold - Paddy as stripper Lord Love Rocket ("They'd 'ave ripped me to bits if I hadn't farted!), and Brian getting trapped in his stairlift by a power cut ("Now, what would Thora Hird do?").
The final episode, with the Stars in Their Eyes night is a classic too - watch for Kenny Senior as Britney Spears ("That costume wasn't in the hamper!") - priceless!
And listen out for song lyrics patched into the dialogue: "You're twistin' me melon man!" and "Come on Jerry - ridicule's nothing to be scared of" - to list but two.
Also, don't miss Max & Paddy driving the minibus whilst singing "Is this the way to Amorillo?" - Tony Christie, eat your heart out!
Superb stuff, as usual from Mr Kay, and if the special features on the DVD are as good as series 1, this is money well spent!
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