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The High Life [DVD] [1995]

Alan Cumming , Forbes Masson , Angela de Chastelai Smith    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Ryecart, Hilary Lyon
  • Directors: Angela de Chastelai Smith
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MJ0X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes of the camp BBC sitcom starring Alan Cumming which followed the crackpot antics of the crew of a Scotia Airways charter jet. Episodes are: 'Feart', 'Birl', 'Winch', 'Choob', 'Dug' and 'Dunk'.

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Camp Airline Romps 26 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Written and performed by Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson, The High Life tells of Air Scotia's most useless cabin crew twosome, camp alcoholic Sebastian (Cumming) and insecure sex-obsessed Steve (Masson), and their various escapades. This six-part series was a product of a pilot (pun intended) for Comic Asides, which was eventually reworked as Episode Four in the series (Choob). This is not everyone's cup of tea, but if your thing is pantoesque quickfire dialogue, bitchy quips and much alliteration aplenty you will LOVE it.
Highlights include the gorgeously camp Batman spoof in the final episode, the Eurovision Song Contest entry "Pif Paf Pof (I Want To Have It Off)", complete with black lycra cycling shorts, and the hilarious opening titles and theme song, also written by Cumming and Masson. Siobhan Redmond is also fabulous as head air steward Shona Spurtle - "Hitler in tights".
A truly original comedy gem that should have been given a second series, before Cummings went Hollywood-bound.
Dearie me!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ganting Screechs? Piff Paff Poff? Oh deary me! 25 Jan 2006
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are many barmy moments of deranged genius in this series. I watched it both times it was aired on the BBC, loved it to pieces and was delighted to find it finally on DVD at a VERY low price.
Wonderful characters: Captain Hilary Duff - part-Volcan, lamenting his marital difficulties 'she didn't understand me, she's from Sri Lanka', and always having to be reminded that he's meant to be piloting the plane to Heathrow. Shona Spurtal - Chief Stewardess - aka Mussolini in Micromesh, Hitler in Tights or Goebals in a Gossard. Steve McCracken - ginger haired, sex-starved with a passion for finding ever elusive passion. Sebastian Flight - Bitchy fellow steward with Eurovision stardom pretension, composer of that fabulous null-point corker 'Piff Paff Poff'. Cameo roles by such luminaries as Guy Wersh - Scottish rock star 'Pushing 30.... Years in showbiz, babe!', composer of classic albums such as 'Badger Ma Tadger' by the Ganting Screechs. And so on.
Really hilarious, perfect viewing for those evenings when you need to recover from your soul-destroying job. Just think, it could be worse - you could be a trolley-dolly driven to cabin-aisle performances of Bolero in a cleaning pinny to liven up the early hours... Oh deary me!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 8 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
I saw this hilarious Scottish comedy around 10 years ago on BBC America. If I'd known I would never see it again (until the new release date), I would have recorded it then. It was never released on DVD in America and the discontinued British release was too expensive. So I've just kept checking for a new release. Huzzah! Words can't really describe the twisted hilarity and (for some) impenetrable Scottishness of this show. Too bad they didn't make more episodes, but at least it's finally available again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 12 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I almost wet my undies with excitment when I found this on DVD! After years of watching an increasingly poor quality taped off telly video this DVD was Heaven sent.
Camp and hilariously funny, with a theme tune so catchy you'll be singing it for weeks, this wonderful comedy never really got the attention it deserved, each episode is 30 minutes of non-stop laughter you'll not regred buying.
There were rumours of a 2nd series being written, but alas that never got made... the cast are now stars of Eastenders, Holby City, The Smoking Room and even James Bond films!
Watch it and feel how much you're friends get anooyed with you when you keeping quoting "Oh deary me!" every five minites - excellent.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dearie Me!! 2 April 2003
Format:DVD
At long last, the BBC has finally come to its senses and has decided to share one of its funniest (and most underrated) sitcoms of the nineties with the DVD-owning public. I have even ordered TWO copies in case one should get ruined. And at least I won't now have to spend hours on my computer (illegally) transferring my precious, but ropey VHS copies of the series to MPEG files!!
The High Life somehow manages to combine pre-school-age humour, playground sexual innuendo, amusing tongue twisters Ronnie Barker would be proud of, surreal visual jokes (often involving the equally surreal Captain Duff), Blackadder-style sarcasm (spewing from and more often directed towards chief purser, Shona Spurtle) and camp song-and-dance numbers. It all sounds a horrible mess - but it isn't, mainly due to the convincing and intelligent dialogue, highly inventive storylines and the superb comic acting of the main cast.
Written by and starring Alan Cumming & Forbes Masson, the show's central characters Sebastian Flight & Steve McCracken were based heavily on their famous (in Scotland anyway) comedy alter egos, Victor and Barry. Along with Naked Video, Chewin' The Fat and Absolutely, the High Life further illustrates the rich vein of Scottish humour that is all-too-often ignored by the television schedulers south-of-the-border.
I think the greatest strength of this show however is that it doesn't have any feeling of nastiness and cruelty that many other modern British comedies seem to leave the viewer with. And it doesn't take itself too seriously either like American comedies are prone to with their heavy moralising.
All the six episodes are equally funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Camp Classic Still Slays Me
Totally loved this when it was originally on tv - DVD terrific reminder of one series only classic

It's not just the campness that is reminiscent of Are You Being... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Western Fan Gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Pity it was only one series
Just as I remembered. But this is an acquired taste.
Published 1 month ago by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi jinks - well worth watching.
I still don't know how Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson managed to get away with broadcasting this on tv - naughty in places but I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hillarious brings back so many memories
Published 2 months ago by amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still find this funny
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Yvonne Enzmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The DVD brings back the short lived but very funny TV series. Pity there weren't more episodes broadcast.
Published 2 months ago by Eric C. Hayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp, bitchy, witty - just hilarious!
Brilliant to see this on DVD as I had fond memories of its original all-too-brief showing on tv. It turns out to be every bit as good as I had remembered, and it still has the best... Read more
Published 2 months ago by capnpookie
1.0 out of 5 stars Delay in sound curiously omitted from product description
There is a delay in sound. This was not stated. It's far too distracting to make it worth bothering with.
Published 5 months ago by Gordon Ashenhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars The High Life [DVD] [1994]
Rapid filling of order, think that Royal Mail excelled themselves, got it through the letter box with damaging the packaging. Read more
Published 5 months ago by elmtree
5.0 out of 5 stars High Life DVD
Loved this series when it was on tv and just had to have it on DVD. Have already watched it several times and it still makes me laugh. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lynda H
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