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Ricky Gervais Live IV - Science [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AM7JYU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,919 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The hilarious fourth live stand up show from Ricky Gervais. Ricky Gervais Live IV – Science, filmed live from the London Hammersmith HMV Apollo 2010.

“Ricky Gervais is the height of modern entertainment.” John Cleese

“Ricky Gervais absolutely kills me every time I see him.” Jerry Seinfeld

“One of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen.” Chris Rock

“A total original…some kind of genius in human observation” Billy Connolly

“Tasteless and unfunny” The Daily Mail

Subtitles: English SDH

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2.4 out of 5 stars

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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 25 Nov 2010
Like most of the unfavourable reviews I've read here, I'm also speaking as a genuine Gervais/Merchant/Pilkington fan. However I'm not such a fanatic that I'll just laugh at anything because it's Ricky saying it.
This was woeful stuff. While large parts of 'Animals' and 'Politics' had me in stitches and left me with watery eyes and snot running out of my nose, the best I could say for this is that I smiled a few times.
It was already going badly downhill with 'Fame', but now I'm actually embarrassed on Ricky's behalf. He's turned into David Brent welcoming the Swindon lot by trying to be funny, and just making a complete prat of himself in the process. He now comes across as a multi, multi, multi, multi millionaire who simply doesn't care enough any more since he doesn't need the money and he knows people will come to his gigs anyway because he's been on the telly and in movies a lot.
Where before his routines were always un-PC and a bit shocking - but also very clever and funny, now he seems to be simply going for pure shock value. I'm sure you'll think of the line about drink driving and the granny (a gag lifted almost verbatim from one of the Derek and Clive albums BTW) He's now trying to be a cross between a shock comedian and a clever one who analyses his own show, but rather than taking the best from both genres he's taking the worse of both, and you end with with poorly constructed sick jokes done for their own sake, and then a little knowing nod and wink as if that's somehow supposed to make it hilarious. All the cleverness is gone, and with it the humour.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on 22 Nov 2010
It's hard to deny that Ricky Gervais has provided some of the truly classic comedy moments of the past decade or so. Sadly, this DVD isn't one of them.

Gone are the days when any comic, regardless of reputation, can scrape through an hour-long show with such weak material. "Ooooh, he said 'mong' - what a rebel" seems to be about the height of Gervais' ambition with Science - which is quite frankly shocking, considering the talent this man clearly possesses.

Gervais' fake arrogance and "I'm better than you" mentality may have raised a smile in the past, but here it no longer even seems to be played for comedic effect. At times, you begin to wonder whether the man really does believe he's some sort of demigod. This is particular evident in one rather bizarre diatribe against fat people - which, considering the now-trim Gervais' own weight issues in the past, comes across not as humour but as the machinations of a bullied kid joining the popular clique at school only to take the piss out of his former mates. Like much of the show, it barely raises a chuckle.

Gervais has proven in the past that he has the talent to make the masses laugh and I have no doubt he remains capable of putting together a side-splitting hour of stand-up at some point in the future. He really needs to go back to the drawing board, though: telling people they're in the presence of a true legend (as he does throughout this show) can only work when you've got the material to back it up. As it stands, its the comedic equivalent of Dan Brown prefacing his next book with a self-comparison to Shakespeare.

In Gervais' defence, there is the occasional flash of brilliance - one skit involving Noah's Ark deserves a mention - but sadly, these are too few and far between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Insanity on 11 Dec 2011
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Politics and Animals (and to a lesser extent Fame), I eagerly awaited the release of Science. Unfortunately, it feels like it was thrown together now that Gervais is famous and doesn't have to try anymore. In Politics, Gervais was obnoxious, controversial and very funny. In Science, Gervais is obnoxious and controversial.

I loved The Office and Extras (Series 1), but these days Ricky Gervais is at his funniest when sitting in silence next to Karl Pilkington.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brendanoco on 30 Nov 2010
let me start of by saying that i am a massive fan of rickys i have gotten every dvd that he has put out but i wish i did not get this one because it was the same material just worded differently you know god and fat people its sort of a lazy attempt by ricky because he knows he will sell well so i dont think he cares really and he stole a joke from karl which i was kind off annoyed about so i would save your money on this one
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By monkeynews on 21 Nov 2010
I'm a huge fan of Ricky's work. He's clever, knowledgable, opinionated and genuinely witty. He goes down a storm in the labs, and we all think his podcast and Tv are really great. His Animals and Politics too are great, doing everthing Rcky himself says comedy should do, make you think things you would never have thought of yourself. If you want comedy for stupid people, Amos/McIntyre/Howard et al are all waiting for you.

This time around there was something very different going on. We no longer saw those sparks of absurdity, the originality and cheeky attitude of the first two. The ignorant/naive character Gervais used for those first two stand-ups was long gone, and we were left with a rather slimey cover-act. There were a few laughs, but the whole thing felt listless, awkward and lazy. Like he was resting on the fact he could get laughs from part of the audience no matter what he said. The biggest flaw was his reuse of podcast material. Almost everyone in that arena and watching this DVD had probably listened intently to all his podcasts with glee. They are genuinely brilliant, he's a skilled story-teller, he's witty and he and Steve know exactly how to get the best out of Karl. To repeat almost verbatim some of that material was very hard to watch. The audience reaction was noticably stunted.

Overall this is a very hit and miss affair, smacking of a laziness and crude structure you don't want to associate with the great man. When I discover a new species, I'll still be naming it after him, but to all his fans I beg, don't watch this.
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