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Queer As Folk - Definitive Collector's Edition [DVD]

Aidan Gillen , Craig Kelly , Charles McDougall , Menhaj Huda    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black, Jason Merrells
  • Directors: Charles McDougall, Menhaj Huda, Sarah Harding
  • Producers: Barry Ryan, Nicola Shindler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5YYCU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,907 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Television has become so much a part of our lives that it rarely surprises us anymore, so when a series like Queer as Folk comes along--truly shocking and genuinely touching--it's an event to be remembered. Originally broadcast as eight half-hour episodes on Channel 4, QAF follows the lives of three men through life, love and all the travails of such in Manchester. That the protagonists are all gay--and Nathan (Charlie Hunnam) is just 15 years old--is treated as matter of course, and were it not for the fact that every character who is introduced is so vividly realised, it would be the only point. The ultimate triumph of QAF is not that the explicit, explosive subject matter is handled (mostly) tastefully, or that it made it on screen at all--it's that the characters are so intriguing that the unflinching looks at sex and relationships almost fade completely into the background.

The series certainly starts with a bang: in the first episode, young Nathan is deflowered, Stuart (Aiden Gillen) becomes a father and Vince (Craig Kelly) pines away with an unrequited love that quickly establishes itself as the series' main theme. (That Vince spends half of QAF with a boyfriend complicates the situation some.) Nathan has already come to terms with his sexuality by the time the series starts, but that doens't mean that the rest of his family--or his fellow students--have; Stuart, the biggest (or, at least, busiest) stud in town, and QAF's approaches 30 and starts to re-examine his life; and Vince has to live with the rest of them.

The parents, families, friends and co-workers of all involved get plenty of screen time, and occasionally steal the scenes themselves--especially Denise Black (hairdresser Denise Osbourne from Coronation Street).

The DVD includes a Photo Gallery and a handful of interviews, which add little to the package. --Randy Silver

Product Description

Definitive extended edition of Channel 4's controversial drama series. Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) and Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) are gay friends living in Manchester. Both 29 years of age, they are beginning to question the direction their lives are taking when they meet wild 15-year-old Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam) who shakes up their world with his arrival on the scene.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacy and hard-hitting where TV needs it the most 17 Oct 2000
Well, for starters, this series commences with a lot of almost explicit sex. For those who haven't caught on, this is gay and in it's way, a bit rough. But it is pretty true for some and close to the mark for most.
Queer As Folk is something of a turning point in the presentation of gay lifestyles in the western-world. The oft-though of as bleak Manchester, England is the setting and the many colourful and varied (gay and straight) characters provide an interesting contrast.
The show covers just about everything in modern gay life: heterosexual parents, gay-friendly parents, lesbian mothers, drug use, party-party-party, lust and sex, friendships, work, discrimination, happiness and joy, death, and much more.
Yet what most secured my attention was the similarity that the (otherwise rather ordinary) leading characters shared with myself and many of my friends. The issues faced by them in their pursuit of realising some meaning to their lives were very similar to ours. And although the show was at the centre of controversy for its use of a young teenage character, it was really pitched at the late 20's crowd, represented by the majority of the leading roles. For this reason I think Queer As Folk is a clever and ironic reminder of where gay men are at in their late 20's at the turn of the millennium. Many of the issues are difficult to stomach, even for someone who has faced similar. This is reminiscent of another British television series "This Life" (which is something of a heterosexual equivalent) and in stark contrast with various other gay-themed series or movies that often present the gay lifestyle as either too fluffy or totally miserable.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Nic Bat
Having heard about this series on and off, I thought I'd take a look and see what all the fuss was about. And yes it is as good as they say. It may miss the sharp brilliance of the West Wing's dialogue, the clever and witty symbolism hidden in Sex and The City, but it is definitely the first series that I could relate to as a gay man - I'm guessing I'm not the only one.

It was really refreshing to see emotions dealt with in an uninhibited way - the sex scenes are honest and not only limited to men on men (a relief for lesbian fans so often featured poorly or not at all in contemporary gay literature/film/etc). It doesn't hide behind its waspishness as does Will and Grace. This series actually HAS men kissing men (convincingly) and has enough of a romantic componant to the story to give you something to dream about, enough realism, however to still allow one to identify with it, and enough sexy men and women to make one seriously consider going back to the gym!

Buy this, its worth it - and its cheaper than therapy!

Where the bloody hell is season 2, 3 etc

I'm hooked!

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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Definitive Edition Release 6 Sep 2003
Finally, Queer as Folk gets the DVD treatment it deserves, with this fantastic Definitive Edition release.
The set contains four discs: 1 and 2 contain QAF Series 1; Disc 3 contains QAF Series 2; and Disc 4 contains the special features.
Although this is the 'definitive' edition version, note that there is no difference between the actual series' presented here then that already released on DVD and video. However, now each series contains an optional commentary by Aiden Gillan (Stuart), Craig Kelly (Vince), Denise Black (Hazel), Antony Cotton (Alexander), Russell T Davies (Writer and Creator) and Nicola Shindler (Producer). Charlie Hunnam (Nathan), however, is not included on the commentary.
The packaging has greatly improved from the single series release versions of QAF. The DVDs are incased in a fold out pack which itself is placed inside a slide-out cover, and the DVD themselves are printed with the main characters from the show. The presentation also includes a 32 page booklet written by Russell T Davies, which also features pictures from both series.
Aside from the two series, the bonus disc contains numerous cut or extended scenes from the two series which futher enhance the narrative and are intersting to view. Some are pretty amusing; some are obvious as to why they have been cut! The disc also features the original Channel 4 trailers for each series, stills galleries, a video montage, character biographies and quotes. There is also a behind the scenes documentary; video taken from "Right to Reply" discussing the show; and a T4 interview.
The video is anamorphic 16:9 and sound is in 2.0 stereo with optional english subtitles.
Although some of the special features were available on the previous DVD releases of Queer as Folk, this is a marvellously presented box set which gives Queer as Folk the DVD treatment it really deserved, with some good extra special features - including a much anticipated commentary.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Gets Better 16 Sep 2003
By A Customer
This is a beautiful re-release. The picture and sound have been improved since the first DVD release, and the programmes are, for the first time, 100% complete, with broadcast trailers and previews (the 'last week' and 'next week' sequences) restored, just as they were broadcast on Channel 4. The extra material is gold dust. An hours worth of deleted scenes enhances the narrative, giving the characters so much more emotional depth. It's just wonderful to see Stuart, Vince and Nathan in new settings, saying new things. And one scene in Stuart's flat is the most explosive of the lot! The DVD commentaries by cast and crew are as enjoyable as the programme itself. They're informative, funny, sometimes intimate, sometimes dark, and always honest. It really does sound like an unique experience for all the professionals involved.
Queer As Folk was a remarkable show, with remarkable impact, which still reverberates around the world today. It changed lives. This DVD boxset celebrates a brilliant event; we may never see its like again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great film
A really great film, will highly recommend it to anyone. If you missed it when it was on tv ,
Published 1 month ago by Tony mullaney-bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful experience
Queer as folk is one of those ground breaking series that once seen, you'll want to watch over and over again [unless that is, you are easily offended by homosexual sex acts]. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M
3.0 out of 5 stars seems dated but was rather racey at the time I guess
worth a watch but 'won't spin it again'!12 more words required12 more words required12 more words required12 more words required
Published 2 months ago by Mark Horbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Queer as Folk collection
Brilliant quality, good value for money, great written and very funny and touching show, just gets better and better, all in all great product
Published 2 months ago by Hayley Faulds
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Very happy. The DVD was in good condition and was a very good price. Would definetley order again soon. Would recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Phillip Packington
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great!
After my video copies packed in, I upgraded to the DVD version and it's still as great as ever. The bonus features are a nice insight into the making of a controversial but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Louise West
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series ever!!!
this is the best series ever. writing, acting, everything....changed my life...I still wonder what happened to these characters!!! thank you to all involved for making this.
Published 4 months ago by querelle
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
i havent actually watched it yet, but was totally addicted when it was on tv, going to have to make time out with a takeaway & my box set, cant wait!
Published 6 months ago by tam
5.0 out of 5 stars amasin
if u like the british one youll love this its better and there are more great music to listen too
Published 7 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars bril
u cant beat a classic for a good time, i loved watching this again and bringing back so many good memories
Published 7 months ago by james
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