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Pope Town [DVD]


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  • Directors: Phil Ox
  • Producers: Heather Hampson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6NCC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Welcome to the star-studded and very irreverent world of Popetown. Featurting the voices of cheeky Ruby Wax, supermodel Jerry Hall and The Office’s Mackenzie Crook, imagine a cross between Father Ted and South Park. Office politics exist in any workplace, but in Popetown there’s a bizarre twist : the company is the Vatican and the Chief Executive happens to be the Pope. The long-suffering Father Nicholas runs the back-office at Popetown, a job that includes anything from ordering Friday’s frozen fish fingers to planning prestigious public masses. Each day he struggles against the insane and chaotic bureaucracy of Popetown. He is so much a part of the fabric of Popetown that he can no longer see just how bizarre the others are : the sinister, corrupt and mysteriously wealthy Cardinals; the fame-obsessed TV reporter Sister Penelope ; the 77 year-old eccentric Pope with all the charm of an obnoxious seven-year-old (who likes Father Nicholoas so much that he takes baths with him); and Sister Marie, Father Nicholas’ devoted and innocent assistant, who all too often acts before, or even without, thinking.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sep 2005
Billed as "the most hilarious, the most outrageous, the most controversial and the most addictive comedy series ever made" this new series had some hype to live up to, but fails to deliver on any of the above counts. The episodes follow a fairly standard, repetitive formula (live action introduction; Father Nicholas gets up; the Pope gets lost/acts like a child/removes his own head nowhere near as good as it sounds; the three Cardinals have a drink/argue/celebrate their wealth; someone arrives; Father Nicholas accidentally saves the day again; the credits). The cast, potentially very strong, are bland: Matt Lucas is wasted as one of the Cardinals (Cardinal One? Two? Three - who knows), the "Pope" tiresome, Father Nicholas and the "Scottish" Cardinal irritating beyond belief. The animation is average throughout. It's nowhere near as "edgy" as advertised - a cartoon Pope with a machine gun is nowhere near as genuinely satirical as, say, any Father Ted episode - nor is it at any point laugh-out-loud funny. Damningly, the best parts of this animated series are the brief live-action introductions. If you are looking for another series in the vein of the Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy etc. don't bother buying this - it ain't what you're looking for.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchings on 24 July 2006
I bought this expecting it to be side-splittingly funny. The general premise is good. The execution is not bad, but the plots are a little predictable, and it comes across as a teatime children's cartoon that is most probably for adults.

Ruby Wax truly is obnoxious in this, but the constant screaming wears thin, and she (as the Pope) looks very much a Japanese cartoon character. Father Nicholas looks fine (apart from his trainers), and Sister Marie is entirely lovely, if not ripped off from Mrs Doyle (there are a few 'tea' moments reminiscent of Father Ted).

Overall, not offensive, not overly funny, but it isn't as bad as you'd expect.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. N. Leonard on 8 Nov 2005
Okay, admittedly I have only watched the first five episodes so far, but while it has been very enjoyable, it hasn't quite lived up to the hype given to it by the other reviews. It had many great moments in it, but overall does seem very disjointed. A couple of the episodes had two separate plots that failed to link up at all, and the writers do seem to be a little uncertain as to how to end the episodes, most of which end quite abruptly.
Despite those few niggles, I am thoroughly enjoying the series, and don't regret buying it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick the Bass on 14 April 2006
One or two moments to make you smile, but no laugh-out-loud stuff. Not edgy, not controversial, not offensive. I think they didn't show it on television simply because it's not very good. If you want good adult cartoon humour stick with the genuinely subversive and funny Family Guy or South Park.
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By Emma on 17 Nov 2014
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My favorite character is father Nicholas, and my favorite bit is when the pope's head accidentally gets chopped off with a chainsaw, and has to be sewn back on by father Nicholas.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Lee Holloway on 4 May 2012
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I was expecting some hilariously funny program which was offensive to everybody and anybody soon as it was actually banned.. Well its rated 12 so that gives you an idea! Its incredibly mild has the same vibe as a Saturday morning childrens TV program I bet the BBC were only too happy to pull the plug because tbh its rubbish I literally didn't laugh once, not at any point in the whole program is it laugh out loud funny! If your into dark comedy I would recommend my favourite if you haven't already seen it which is Nighty Night.
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