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Stella Street: The Complete First Series [DVD]

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John Sessions , Phil Cornwell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Sessions, Phil Cornwell, Ronni Ancona
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O75I92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Talented mimic John Sessions is joined by a cast of impressionists as the international jet-set suddenly find themselves neighbours in Stella Street, Surbiton. Amongst the residents are Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Roger Moore, Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Keith Richards.

Synopsis

In an effort to escape the pressures of stardom, some of the world's most famous celebrities move to The Good Life country, Surbiton, to a nondescript Stella Street. Michael Caine, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Dustin Hoffman all live down this road, along with other celebrities, oh and some ordinary working class people as well. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards own, and work in, the corner shop. Everyone gets along, after a fashion, until a financial advisor persuades everyone to hand over control of their finances to him. When this goes horribly wrong, the stars decide their old lifestyle wasn't so bad after all!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Chisholm 22 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
I have watched all 3 series recently and Stella Street is as brilliantly surreal as any comedy excursion could be.In fact you begin to wonder what kind of state of mind Cornwell and Sessions where in after doing so many so accurate impressions of film,music and tv personalities and of course the psychotic gardener Len MacMonotony, failed northern comedian Jack Flately and cleaning lady Mrs. Huggett.It is all put together quite marvellously and I have nothing but admiration for the direction,writing and superb performances.Suburbia as it should be
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly funny! 22 Jan 2012
By Big Joe
Format:DVD
The first series of Stella Street is wonderfully funny. For me, the funniest thing of all is the surreal notion that all of these celebs live in the same little suburban street in Surrey. The impressions are excellent and the dialogue is side splitting.
Michael Caine acts as our guide,introducing us to the celebs. This is a masterstroke as Phil Cornwall's Caine is excellent. Session's Al Pacino is also brilliantly created.
Watch out for the truly bizarre scene where David Bowie and Roger Moore exchange christmas presents in Bowie's living room (a £10 book voucher and face flannel)and then sing Oh come all ye Faithfull (Roger Moore on the organ)!!
After you watch this, you'll want series 2 and 3. I did, and still cant help marvelling at this great idea for a sitcom. The problem i have now is that when someone mentions Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson or Michael Caine - i think of their Stella Street characters rather than the real actors themselves!!!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By S. Day VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Nearly ten years after Stella Street was first broadcast, the first series has finally found its way to DVD.

For those of you who know the series, this DVD is all ten episodes of the first series. There are no extra features and the menu is lifted from the series 3 DVD, which came out some years ago. There is a spelling error in the episode titles (it's 'lobotomy', not 'labotomy'!).

The basis behind the programme itself is that a host of celebrities (and Jimmy Hill) all live in one road in Surbiton. Some of the residents are Michael Caine, Al Pacino, Roger Moore, Dirk Bogarde, John Hurt, David Bowie, and Mick and Keith at the corner shop. Here, they interact with one another and some of the locals. The show is really an excuse for the superb impressions and snappy dialogue of Phil Cornwell and John Sessions, who perform nearly all the roles between them. Complex scenes are constructed with overlapping dialogue, resulting in the 10 minute shows having an energy and intensity that older half-hour material cannot match. Almost every line is quotable--how many programmes can you say that about?

Stella Street itself was trend-setting. It was one of the first comedy programmes to occupy ten-minute slots. Also, it was produced on a shoestring, being filmed on a pro-sumer Hi-8 camcorder (this was 1997!).

Peter 'Comic Strip' Richardson was behind Stella Street (and usually behind the camera itself), and you can see the foundations for this in such Comic Strip classics as GLC and The Strike, plus Glam Metal Detectives (which is in need of a DVD release). Stella Street Series 1 is probably my favourite work of Peter Richardson's, having terrific energy and not getting bogged down in plot. Later series had longer plotlines and slowed down a bit.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last 18 July 2007
Format:DVD
One of the most hilarious and ridiculous comedies ever is finally released on DVD. The celebrities are funny, but the non-celebs (Mrs Huggett, Len McMonotony, Dean) are even funnier. Particularly memorable bits are the mange tout, Dirk's stalker and Bongo in the Congo, but there are so many more packed into 10 minutes. I can't wait for series 2 to be released, when Jack Flatley moves in and gives David 'Bowman' Bowie advice on becoming a stand-up comedian. My partner has ordered this for me as a Christmas present - can I wait that long? Problem is she's never seen the show, but has heard so many of the quotes from me (the other week I was putting some mulch on our rockery - if you are a fan of the show you'll know what I'm on about).

My advice is buy this, you won't regret it, and it's a great show to watch last thing at night with them being 10 minutes long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Variable Picture Quality 18 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The picture quality for the first 7 episodes is absolutely appalling. Virtually YouTube level. The rest is as per the original transmission on the BBC.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW ABOUT A BOX SET 20 Mar 2010
By Stephen
Format:DVD
If you don't like swearing stop reading right now as this is not for you. So now all you open minded people out there this is well worth seeing. Its a bit like Dead Ringers meets Brookside. When this was first shown it used to be on very late at night and I would watch it after I had got home from the pub.
I am amazed that there don't seem to be a box set as I perfer to buy them instaed of all the individual series, anyway its well worth buying.
Stella s't is based on a street in london where most of the houses are owned by Hollywood stars and played by Phil Cornwell and the amazing John Sessions, There take on Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as local shopkeepers is worth the price of the DVD alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 9 Jun 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
By the time you have watched this a couple of times( it gets more and more adictive). You find yourself acting out the parts along with the characters there is something for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by mark little
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not seen on TV anywhere for long time but if a fan would highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by D. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Watched this back in the day, still laugh out loud funny, just bought 2nd series so will be buying 3rd next.
Published 8 months ago by Miss M E Lochrie
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of comedy
I bought this for my brother in law's birthday. I've been a fan since I accidentally discovered the programme on BBC2 when first broadcast. He really enjotyed the DVD.
Published 16 months ago by LizSomerset
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ere Keef, what you done wiv all them tins of cling peaches?
Loved this show when in first appeared on TV for several consecutive nights over the 1997 Christmas period in 10-15 minute bites. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Zomby Woof
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
Just as I remembered it from the first time it aired - bought for my husband for Christmas and he loves it!
Published 18 months ago by ssim67
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Bought for my step dad and are now buying the 2nd series as he loved it so much, not everyones cup of tea but really good fun
Published 20 months ago by F N Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived promptly and as described, and excellent value,
Stella Street brilliant series of 15 min programmes from the 90's if you appreciate satirical humour this one is for you. Mick and Keith running a corner shop - Brilliant.
Published 21 months ago by Dorset Fantasy
4.0 out of 5 stars stella street brings it
the lo fi aspects of this piece is great and the content it pretty marvellous although id like the episodes to be about 4 minutes longer which i read is what actually occurs in... Read more
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