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Queer As Folk USA - Season 1-5 Complete [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gale Harold, Thea Gill, Peter Paige, Hal Sparks, Michelle Clunie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 24
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZLOQ66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From creator Russell T. Davies (executive producer Doctor Who, Torchwood) comes the riveting drama Queer As Folk USA. Full of adventure, love and friendship, Queer as Folk follows the lives of five gay friends who go to work, raise children, look forward to the weekend.

Based on the groundbreaking British series, this brave, funny and sometimes graphic portrayal of a world not usually seen on television provides an intimate look at a group of gay men and women unapologetically celebrating life. Relationships, careers, loves and ambitions unfold in a remarkable tapestry of everyday contemporary life set against the lively urban backdrop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Realistic and frank, Queer As Folk, a one - hour drama, shows that, despite their differences, all people share a common bond - their humanity and that's what really counts.


Gay has rarely been so glamorous as in the American version of Queer as Folk. But the show's success rests on more than hard bodies and glossy, picture-perfect sex (though there's an abundance of that); this series gave its characters a multidimensional richness that rivals more high-profile programs like Six Feet Under or The Sopranos, while tackling an impressive breadth of social and political issues without ever (well, almost never) feeling preachy.

Most TV series would take a topic like this last legal wrangle and stretch it over an entire season, but Queer as Folk is more ambitious. The writers recognise that the resolution of one problem is rarely the end of the story, that muddy consequences can be as dramatically compelling as head-to-head conflict. This aggressive and effective plotting, combined with the show's willingness to explore the complexities of every issue--be it assimilation or the coming out of a celebrity--results in an increasing emotional power as the series steamrolls towards its final episode. Some subplots can be silly (Brian has a ridiculous stud-off with a new hot guy in town), the dialogue can sometimes veer from wit to camp cliches, and the omnipresence of sculpted, muscular physiques is absurd and even a little alienating for some viewers, but Queer as Folk's strengths--the compassion and intelligence of the writers, the commitment and nuance of the acting--make this show a true television landmark and a pleasure to watch. And then, of course, there's all that graphic and lovingly photographed sex. --Bret Fetzer

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Jerrome on 6 Nov. 2011
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I was recommended to buy this series by several friends but put it off for ages because I thought it was all about sex and so wouldn't be my 'thing'. However, I made the decision to buy it and after watching the complete boxset twice in 3 weeks, can honestly say it was the best decision I've ever made. Although there is a lot of sex (and drugs, partying and good music!), the storylines are deep, involving and very quickly become based upon the relationships between the main characters rather than sex.

QAF covers love, heartache, marriage, parenthood, HIV, custody disputes, substance abuse and recovery, growing up, business struggles, cancer, extreme homophobia, coming 'out', gay bashing and so much more, and I was gripped from start to finish. I even somehow managed to watch the last 3 series in 2 days because I simply couldn't drag myself away. The actors all do a fantastic job of making the programme realistic and believable.

I'm a young, straight, British female but a TV series about gay men and lesbian women set in America is probably the most eye-opening, enlightening thing I've ever seen. I feel priveleged to have experienced the series and would encourage anyone to watch it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jane Markland on 1 April 2013
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Queer as Folk - the US version. How long it took me to gather up the courage to watch this, I had seen the UK version at the time on Channel 4 and loved the concept, the story lines and more so that it really got everyone talking due to the subject matter. TV is, or should be, programmes which are noticed, admired, or not, but for everyone to have an opinion. So much wallpaper TV we are doomed to suffer, that when something as great as this comes along, it should be celebrated.

Oh and how it has been. Bought entirely on a whim, following a conversation at work, I ordered the entire box set with a week off to watch all 83 episodes. What was a marathon watch turned out to be an event which will stay with me forever. I felt as if I were part of all the lives of a set of characters you simply had to either fall in love with, or really hate. There was no room for indifference, and to me this marked QAF as a stunning piece of drama, right down to the supporting cast, people like Brian's mother, father, the work mates at Michael's supermarket, the mothers' group which grew along with Mel and Lindsey.

But it was the main characters who spoke to me and several shone. Brightly, superbly. Of particular note, of course, Mr Brian Kinney. Charisma - wow, yes, he had it in bucket loads, in fact he should be the dictionary definition of the word. What would Brian Kinney do? Whatever it was, he'd do it superbly well. Gale Harold, you should be immensely proud of your work, sometimes at 3 am while watching, I felt I was in the room with you. Transfixed by an actor who made the role come alive, and then some. I laughed along with this incredible man, I cursed him, yelled at him to treat Justin right, and wept with him, the many times he simply messed it all up.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Judd on 22 Sept. 2010
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QAF as ground breaking for all the right reasons, and showed that people would watch and commit to a show, even though there wasn't a heterosexual character (of any relevance) in sight.

I would question how much this show realistically portrays gay life - do gays really go clubbing every night? Is every man at least a 'little bit' gay? Do all lesbians really want babies? Do people really have sex wherever and whenever they please?

Also, its a shame that QAF focused so much on 'the pretty people', where clubs are only full of muscled, young guys with fab bodies and great hair, relegating 'the ugly people' (ie. guys with less perfect hair, and without the body for a vest top) to such minor roles as 'drug dealer', 'sleazy club promoter' and 'evil lawyer'.

Many of the gay stereotypes are also strangely present - the older, dignified gay man; the camp, 'heart of gold' gay man; the young 'finding his feet' gay man; the oversexed 'scene queen'; the 'druggie'; the hustler; the HIV positive gay man; the 'straight turned gay' gay man; the closeted gay man; token lesbians.... the list goes on. Was it was written like this to appeal to the 'straight' audience, presenting gay men in boxes that could be easily understood?

However Gale Harold is a marvel as the central character Brian, and the entire supporting cast is also terrific, with a lovely star turn from Sharon Gless as Debbie. The shows strength is also how visually attractive it is - wonderful set pieces (such as the charity ball, pride parade, Mel and Lindsey's wedding and Babylon's re-opening) plus all the hunky nakedness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MCS on 3 Jan. 2013
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This series is fantastic; far better than the British original. Well worth watching whether you're straight or gay, male or female.

The one caveat to the DVDs is the subtitles: they are huge; twice the size of normal subs, and they also seem to be faulty. Instead of a word being in italics, it has the html code for italics on either side of the word that should be italicised. That's fine if you're looking at computer programming, but rather distracting when you just want to watch a DVD with the subtitles. I prefer to watch DVDs with subs as even good actors aren't always clear enough to enable you to make out everything they say. These subtitles are so annoying to look at, though, I'd rather miss the occasional word. I don't know if it's just in my copy, or if they're all like that.

Either way, the series itself is too good to miss. I can't praise it highly enough, so I'm not going to.
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