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  • Actors: Reece Sheersmith, Steve Pemberton, Dawn French, Imelda Staunton, Eileen Atkins
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9MVK4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Psychoville is the award-winning, dark, twisted comedy bought to us by Reece Sheersmith and Steve Pemberton, two of The League of Gentlemen.

Over the two series we follow the fortunes or mis-fortunes of a bizarre bunch of characters including; Mr Lomax, a blind toy collector. Mr Jelly – the clown of a hundred hands (well, 13, but who’s counting). Maureen and David Sourbutts, a serial killer obsessed mother and son duo. Joy Aston – a midwife with an unhealthy obsession with a toy doll and her husband George. Robert the Panto Dwarf. Hattie, a make up artist who once did Bonnie Tyler’s eyeliner, Jeremy the over zealous Librarian and many, many more.

The collection contains all the episodes from both series 1 and 2 plus the 2010 Halloween special.

The show features great performances from; Dawn French, Imelda Staunton, Eileen Atkins and Adrian Scarborough.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By tomw on 11 Sept. 2012
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Taking aside the quality of the show (which is top notch by the way), people should be aware that the Halloween special contained in this box is the heavily edited version- hence the need to buy the special on DVD separately. I wasn't aware of this as no mention is made anywhere, and was left disappointed as a result.
Quite why the BBC chose to contain a much shorter Halloween special is beyond me. It seems a very unfair thing to do- especially as to my knowledge the Halloween special has not been shown anywhere in this edited version, leading me to suspect they edited it specifically for the DVD! Very unfair on the consumer. It really needs labeling on the box that it's edited, rather than fooling people into thinking that they are purchasing the complete collection.
Definitely worth buying, but worth bearing in mind that you will need to buy the Halloween special seperately, unless you're fine with the edited version.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2011
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I can't praise this highly enough. When I first saw it on TV I was blown away by the sheer bizarreness of the characters and situations. Even the name "the witches of E-Bay" had me laughing.

When this was broadcast the BBC had a brilliant set of websites to accompany it, and a similar level of effort has gone into the extras on this set. There are audio commentaries on all episodes as well as interviews and other features.

My favourite is the alternative camera angle on the Hitchcock tribute episode - the one that is all done in one take. It reveals that the show does actually have one edit point for the terribly practical reason that the dolly on the camera didn't have enough power to last through a whole half-hour shot and shows how it was all done. It may all look smooth onscreen but just out of shot there are always people scurrying to move furniture out of the way or spray some fake blood.

The biggest surprise of all was hearing the writers discuss the evolution of the series and the story arc. They said that when they were halfway through writing series one and had even started filming, they had no idea how it was goign to end. Seeing how well it all fits together and even how small details from series one are integral to series two, like Lomax's dislike for Tony Hancock, I had assumed that the ending for series two was firmly in mind wheile writing the very first episode. In fact I still kind of think that even after being told otherwise on the commentary.

This is one of the most inventive series to have been made for TV in recent years and this box set really does it justice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Tennant on 15 Jan. 2012
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Like The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville featured a selection of very good characters and it had very good scripts. The two stars of the show, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (from The League of Gentlemen), played all their characters really well. One of my favourite characters is Mr Lomax (Steve Pemberton), a blind toy collector who desperately wants to finish off his collection by purchasing a very rare commodity named Snappy the Crocodile, with the assistance of Michael Fry (a.k.a. Tea Leaf) who is assisting Mr Lomax as part of his community service. There's also David Sowerbutts, a murder-obsessed man-child, and his mother Maureen as they carry out killings inspired by real murders (look out for an appearance from fellow League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss). I could go on mentioning all the characters here but there's a lot to go through. If you liked The League of Gentlemen, then you'll also like Psychoville. Reece Shearsmith officially announced that there would not be a third series, and I think that was a wise decision as the two men actually stated on the "Behind the Scenes" documentaries which are part of the special features on this box set, that they had pretty much written everything they wanted to do on Psychoville (particularly with the first series). Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SteveL on 10 Nov. 2013
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Pretty simple test to find out if you would like this box set - did you like League of Gentlemen (the Series based in Royston Vasey not the film)? Yes, you will. No you won't. More dark and slightly weird surreal stuff from the same team, based around a small community within which there are living some very strange psychotic inhabitants (hence the title).
Beware the silent singer, Slightly disturbing!
Good fun for the right sense of humour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paganmagick on 31 July 2011
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I'm not sure I would describe Psychoville as a comedy, it has a few comic moments (more in series 1 than 2) but really it is the mystery that draws you in, you want to find out more about the characters and the writers know how to gradually reveal more. I think the acting is also very good and you look forward to seeing more of their creations. The only similarity to League Of Gentlemen is the dark quirky humanity setting but the feel of the show is much different. I hope the BBC commission another series because british television needs more quirky comedy/drama like Psychoville.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wizardman on 12 Jan. 2015
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If you thought L.O.G was full of strange characters, Reece and Steve have done it again. Sublime scripts, great supporting performances from every cast member. In the ending they wrote something so brilliant and clever, they couldn't possibly do anymore. The conclusion makes it possible.
PS. The Halloween special is more scary and dark than anything else.
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