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Ricky Gervais Live IV - Science [DVD]

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2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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 (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AM7JYU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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Manufacturer: Universal Pictures UK


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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
By Alex
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
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honest review from Ricky fan 23 Nov 2010
Too much repeated stuff from the podcasts, sorry to say Ricky but I would rather see Karl Pilkingon do stand-up than you (you probably would too), and it's all his material you copy anyway. Ricky's material is either about how good he is, or fat people, disabled people, how god isnt real, actually to be honest one half of this show is repeated podcast stuff and the other half is Animals but said in a different way. Waste of money and I recommend you don't waste your time and buy something that has original new material in it, or if you are a Ricky fan, rent this from LOVEFiLM, that way you don't waste your money.

p.s not a Ricky hater, love podcasts, the movies, the office, extras etc, this is garbish and way too short.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Karl Pilkington for President 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old stuff 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not that bad
Read a lot of reviews on here. I can see where they're coming from but personally, its still worth a watch, made me giggle, when he disproves Noah's ark, amazing!. Read more
Published 19 months ago by swinnr
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Easily as good as the others, really enjoyed watching this as I always do with Ricky gervais, very very funny
Published 20 months ago by F
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy
Really poor effort, Ricky seems to be going for the cheap laughs. I was bored through most of it. If I had paid to go see it I would have been really annoyed
Published 20 months ago by Mimblewimble
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired
Very lazy.
The man obviously spends too much time bumbling around hollywood making rubbish films and not enough time writing his stand up. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Smerch
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible from start to finish
Copied jokes from old school classic comedians from America which Ricky has no right to copy. I was shocked that he would do it and I guess he was hoping that his young fans would... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by thematrixchamber
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I named this review okay - because that's what it is. Not great, and by no means bad. Simply okay.

I am a huge fan of Gervais, and I beleive 'The Office' and 'Extras'... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by sam27
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment
Like other reviewers I'm a huge fan of Ricky and all his previous work but I'm disappointed with this DVD. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Did we watch the same video????
Ignore the bad reviews, Ricky was was as good as ever in this. Worth the money 100%. For people complaining about the sick jokes, why watch it in the first place, Ricky is well... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by P Moorley
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd listened to these reviews......
I read all these reviews before I bought this DVD, but being a big fan i decided to buy it and make my own mind up. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Sid.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Ricky gets better and better, and never lets it go to his head, haha. a present for husband, but I am alway's glued when he's on telly.
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Bev
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