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The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb: Live [DVD] [2006]

David Mitchell , Robert Webb , Nick Morris    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman, Abigail Burdess
  • Directors: Nick Morris
  • Writers: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman, Abigail Burdess, Mark Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 27 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IOF68O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,569 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Cambridge graduates David Mitchell and Robert Webb were working together long before their comedy series 'The Peep Show' attained a cultish popularity. The pair have pioneered their own very unique style of comedy, which they display here in their live sketch show. The show features a stream of surreal and quirkily inventive sketches, including the spoof game show Numberwang, Big Talk, a lampoon on highbrow TV, two loose-tongued hard drinking snooker commentators Peter and Ted, as well two Nazis discussing the demerits of their uniform ('Are we the baddies?').

Synopsis

Robert Webb and David Mitchell, who played the main characters in the immensely innovative and popular comedy show Peep Show, perform their own sketches live.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but.... 18 Nov 2006
By Ian
Format:DVD
I saw this show live during the tour and it's great fun - the performances are excellent. One word of warning though: almost all of the material is repeated from the TV and radio series; this isn't new material. That's a bit of a shame, but some of the sketches they've chosen to repeat really are very good.

If you can look past the repitition or don't know their work, you'll love it. If you can't, you probably won't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Mitchell & Webb do a great TV series for themselves (Mitchell And Webb Show- 5/5) and they're in other people's great TV series (Peep Show- 5/5). Their radio show is brilliant (Mitchell & Webb Sound- 5/5). They have written a hilarious book (Michell And Webb Book- 5/5). They were in a film (Magicians) which I'd give 5/5 to though a lot of people wouldn't.

A live show on DVD seems to be their achilles heel though. 95% of the material is used in the first Mitchell & Webb Show TV series, and I'm not sure why you'd choose to watch them do it live, with the odd fluffed line and more rushed costume and make-up, when you could watch the first TV series and watch them do it better.

Whereas on radio and in their book they wrote material that's specific to the medium they're writing for, they've not really adapted their material for theatre. There are a couple of exceptions- Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar's explanation of 'the fourth wall' and throwing it open to the audience to ask questions during 'Big Talk', an interesting little flourish of live improv- but apart from that you're really just watching a cheaper, more amateur-looking version of series 1 of the TV show.

The two supporting cast are James Bachman (a regular in their stuff) and Abigail Burdess (who I'd never seen before). They do deserve a special mention for their routines that they openly admit are inserted in order to give Mitchell & Webb time to do their costume changes. Their singing-and-dancing gags are a bit more innocent and childish than the Mitchell & Webb material but they do raise a laugh.

Apart from the Magicians teaser trailer there are no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, But Flawed 19 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
I like Mitchell and Webb, I really do; I even saw this show live, but the DVD wasn't that impressive.
Yes, it is funnier live and I must say, it was much funnier when I saw it in Peterborough than this version on the DVD; for starters, the audience don't seem to be getting into it and secondly, the participation was greater when I saw it; improv. moments when something was dropped, or the Big Talk segment, in which we had a discussion about the greatest kind of chips, which went Daddies Chips > Chip Shop Chips > Regular Chips.
A lot of the sketches in the live version were from the television series, so there's not much to it, some new sketches based on familiar characters but that's about it.
I'd suggest this DVD if you went to the live show or are a fan of Mitchell and Webb, otherwise, I'd suggest sticking to the TV series.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is numberwang!! 24 Nov 2006
Format:DVD
I have been to see this show live, and as a result I can honestly say that it was the most hilarious thing i have seen in my life - i had tears rolling down my cheeks the whole time, and nearly fell of my seat more than once. Although most of the material was featured in their TV or radio shows, there was some completely original seketches, and some that had been tweaked for theatre - Numberwang, for example. This DVD would make the perfect gift for anybody with half a sense of humour - i do not beleive anyone will be able to watch this without at some point laughing out loud.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this when it was filmed 15 Nov 2006
By ryland
Format:DVD
I went to see this show the night it was filmed, it was pure genius. I'll definatly be buying this. It includes some sketches from the 2 faces of mitchell and webb tv show but a lot of new material as well. It also includes the extended version of the song "Table of reds" amazing.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Hilarious 2 Nov 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of the pairing for a while since series 1 of peep show. So when that mitchell and webb look came out on bbc2 I was excited to say the least. The bbc show in itself is one of the funniest shows ever on tv and has more than just moments of comical genius.

When my friend brought me a leaflet saying that mitchell and webb were doing a show at the Victoria Hall (Stoke) I couldn't believe it and so I instantly booked tickets. It was last night that the show was on and I am still laughing about it. The pair are great on tv but I think they really do excell when it comes to theatre. I would first recommend that if there is a showing near you soon then go get a ticket immediately. Failing this then definitely get the dvd. Hopefully this will pass the time between now and their next tour as I need more mitch and webb.

Keep doing what you do guys, it's genius.
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