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Whose Line Is It Anyway: Season 1 - Vol 1 [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Colin Mochrie , Ryan Stiles , Bruce Gowers , Arthur Forrest    DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  • Directors: Bruce Gowers, Arthur Forrest
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GRUQJC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,270 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 July 2007
Format:DVD
One of the funniest shows on American television and the extras, uncensored pieces and bloopers are gold! Long live Ryan and Colin
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FF Wayne Brady 29 April 2008
Format:DVD
This series is infinately better than the rather smug (and original) UK version although it does have 2 main faults: Drew Carey & Wayne Brady

Here's my summary of the main regulars:

DREW CARY
Not funny in the chair and even unfunnier when he self appointedly gets up to take the place of the pros. Cary is also very dismissive of the audience (forgetting names etc) and fauning to the comedians (always looking to them for appreciation). Its tough to watch at times. The announcement of the points dont matter doesnt work. In the UK this was assumed but never said which made it all the funnier.

WAYNE BRADY
The way Brady seems to be in complete love with himself in the series distracts for the other guys trying to work. He tends to 'hog' the stage a little too often; assuming all eyes are on him, which 'blocks' the improvisation and clearly grates the other guys. The audience whoop and cheer if he so much as moves and when one of the other guys does something funny or 'strange' he holds a 'pulled face' and slowly moves about milking it a little to much - this is annoying because clearly the impro is continuing and he should only be trying to attract the audience attention when its his turn. His song impro is good but I fast forward it because no matter how good you think it is - you can guarentee he thinks it's better. He is also ridiculously loud so mute him too if you can find the button.

RYAN STYLES
Comes across as a lovely guy and in a way its a shame he lacked the showbiz clout to pull this show off on his own - rather than have to use the comic..(ahhem) might of Cary to secure the commission. His talent knows no bounds and his careful attention to detail in improvisation makes him all the funnier.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whose Line is it Anyway? - The first in a hopefully huge collection! 20 Aug 2006
By Cam T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first became aware of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" through the reruns of the original British version on Comedy Central. Though Clive Anderson (the original host) was not as funny as Drew Carey, he had a knack for delivering witty barbs and insults. Then, in 1998, the show came to America (apparently, we wanted it and bought it). Clive Anderson came with it, but after a handful of episodes, he was replaced with Drew Carey. I guess the stuffed suits in the studio thought that American audiences would relate better to an American host.

Most episodes of the American "Whose Line" star Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Drew Carey, with a fourth actor rotating in and out. These usually consisted of Greg Proops (a frequent guest on the British 'Whose Line'), Chip Esten (also occasionally on the British), Brad Sherwood (also seen in UK), Kathy Greenwood, and Denny Siegel, though there were also appearances by Ian Gomez (Larry Almada on 'The Drew Carey Show'), Steven Colbert (yes, THE Steven Colbert!), Kathy Kinney (Mimi on 'The Drew Carey Show'. You can see her here without makeup!), and my all-time favorite, Josie Lawrence, a frequent participant in the British 'Whose Line', whose comic genius and musical abilities made an excellent complement to Wayne's on the American. Though many women have appeared on "Whose Line" since it first debuted in the UK, Josie, IMHO, is the "Whose Line Diva".

The cast participates in various improv games, and improved songs, most of which set the audience roaring in laughter (and me too!), especially in one of the most popular games, "Hoedown", one of the remnants from the UK's version. I have every intention of adding both versions of this release to my collection, and intend to purchase every "Whose Line" DVD release, which hopefully will be frequent. :) And not just the American, but let's get the British "Whose Line" over here too! Comedy Central has stopped airing them to make room for "Mad TV" and "The Daily Show", which are not my taste.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious! 27 Sep 2006
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The show gets 5 stars... but I give Warner Bros. 3 stars for the way they marketed and released this show. ONE: the UNCENSORED version is ONLY regarding the bonus features. You WILL still hear the beeps and the word 'censored' over certain hand gestures, etc. on the episodes. There is only one example of this on this set and that is the very last episode during Hoedown where Ryan Stiles makes a reference to 'using my right hand'(which is beeped). TWO: not releasing the entire season is a letdown. So we have to pay full price for a half season? To me that is a litte annoying and smacks of greed. THREE: The episode list is confusing. There are 5 episodes on each disc. Do they say "episode 1", "episode 2", etc? Noooooo. They say -for example- Episode 106, episode 102, episode 111, etc. So somewhere they did a lot of slicing and dicing before they first aired this show back in 1998. I hope Warner Bros. looks at these reviews because I would like to see these things fixed in future DVD sets. Otherwise, the show is great and funny as it always was and the gag reels is hillarious. 20 minutes of goofs up and Ryan pleading(or acting up) for a restroom break, etc. LOL. I didn't realise so much work went into filming this show... you will see what I mean if you watch the Gag reels. Great show but Please release entire seasons! And get the cast to do some sort of 'making of' or commentaries!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Whose Line DVD! 18 Oct 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This 2 disk Whose Line DVD Set is a great way to spend money if you like comedy shows. With 10 episodes from the 1st season (1998), the episodes are generally pretty good. (Parents: Please note the episodes ARE censored. the 'Uncensored' label actually refers to the special features, which are not for ones who dislike strong lanuage and/or themes. So if you have kids and let them watch the show on tv, they can watch this if you keep them away from the special features) The Special Features are HILARIOUS!!!!! They show games that never made it to tv, and 2 gag reels, (my favorites) which are where most of the Strong Language comes from, Which show you how many ideas were rejected by the censor (whom the preformers hated) By the way, don't miss a long scene in the gag reel where Ryan Styles keeps trying to ask for a restroom break. The only real complaint I have with the DVD is that it could use more episodes. So all in all, buy this DVD! You will be happy you did.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, average DVD 29 Sep 2006
By J. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is my favorite show on television right now. It's packed to the brim and overflowing with hilarious moments, great musical performances, and improvisational slip-ups. Brilliance in its finest form.

So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that it was coming out on DVD. I was dead set on getting the Uncensored version because, if you've watched the show as much as I have, you'd want to break out of the normal, FCC-monitored routine, too. Something truly different.

This DVD is great, absolutely, but I have a few quips about it. When I heard that the DVD was uncensored, along with the numerous adult content warnings, I expected hands-down, fully uninhibited content. However, the episodes themselves are still censored. There was only one censor in one episode on this DVD, though, and I don't believe it really had to be censored, either (I'll let you watch to see for yourself). This doesn't give me much hope for future releases.

Also... a little too short. 10 episodes and some special features? It's kind of disappointing that I got through this DVD in a few hours. As short as this one was, and considering it's only Volume 1 of Season 1, they better come out one after another fast to hold my interest.

My favorite part of this DVD set was the special features. I had been watching the same episodes over and over on TV, so seeing some outtakes really did it for me. The gag reels are absolutely hilarious! And uncensored! You'll see plenty of the cast's obvious disdain for the director (lots of "Hold, please"). My favorite in the gag reel is the one where Greg is doing "Let's Make A Date." I leave the watching up to you.

In summary, this DVD is wonderful. A must have for any diehard fan of the show on TV. But again, it's a little short, so it'll probably spend most of the time on your shelf. But it's a great addition to any TV-on-DVD collection.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to Clive Anderson? 19 Sep 2006
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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When this show was on a few years ago, I always made time to sit down and watch it. It didn't have a script, or a plot, or acting. But, nevertheless, it was vastly entertaining, and, for my money, more funny than most sitcoms that were out at the time. Whose Line Is It Anyway? was always better viewed with some of your friends helplessly howling with you, while simultaneously marvelling at the quick wits and inventiveness of the cast. Now, I've never been much of a Drew Carey fan; he doesn't really make me laugh. But he was the main reason the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? was put on the airwaves, so, for this, he gets my thanks.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? was an improvisational comedy show which had British roots; it used the premise of a game show as a framework, with a host and a panel of four participants, except that, in this game show, the points don't really matter and the winner is arbitrarily chosen by Drew Carey. As host, Carey got to choose the scenario or "game" the players would play. All in all, the cast was wondrously dependable in their ability to tickle our funny bone. These guys were excellent ad-libbers. I did feel, however, that the segment where the "winner" gets to do something with Drew near the episode's end was almost always a let down. I'm not sure if this is because of my antipathy towards Drew or because Drew just isn't that good at improvising.

What made the show work was that the contestants were genuinely funny performers; add to that the fact that three of the participants were regulars, which gave 'em the chance to get in sync with each other comedically, resulting, almost paradoxically, in a tighter, improvisational style of levity. Discounting Drew, there were three regulars: Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady. Stiles and Mochrie had great chemistry together and were quick-thinking funnymen who were equally adept with the quip or the occasional physical comedy. Personally, I thought Colin Mochrie was the funniest one of all. Wayne Brady was a genius with the impromptu lyrics and a good singer, to boot. With his congenial personality, you could see how he got his own show.

The fourth seat was reserved for a rotating guest list, the most often used of whom were the smartly glib Greg Proops, the amiable Chip Esten, and the goofy-expressioned Brad Sherwood. Stunt guests included Robin Williams and Whoopie Goldberg (who tanked), and even Stephen Colbert guest starred in two episodes. But I have to agree with a previous reviewer in that British comedienne Josie Lawrence, in particular, was always a delight and gave Wayne Brady a run for his money in the tunes department. In the original British Whose Line, Josie often tore up the crowd with her ad lib song renditions.

The most popular games played were "Let's Make a Date," "Superheroes," "Newscasters," "Party Quirks," "Questions Only," "Helping Hands," and the dreaded "Hoedown" (which Mochrie loathed). My favorites games were "Scenes from a Hat" (participants would enact audience-written scenarios drawn from a hat), "Props" (the players are given props, which they must find a funny use for), "Mission: Impossible" (often with Mochrie and Styles, who enact spy capers), "Narrate" (again Mochrie and Styles, who channel film noir), "Three-Headed Broadway Star" (three of 'em join in a song, whilst taking turns singing only one word at a time), "Greatest Hits" (usually with Wayne Brady singing quick snippets about a product Drew selects, with hilarious promotional intros by two others of the cast), and "Song Styles" (Wayne Brady must improvise and serenade an audience member to a song style suggested by the audience).

Heads up to the consumer: there will be two versions of this dvd released. There's the censored version (which is what we saw on tv) and the uncensored version (which, to me, is the one to get). Both dvds will contain the first 10 episodes of Season One, complete with outtakes. Hopefully, there are more bonus features included.

Reruns of this show is still on at times on cable television, but, now, that's not good enough anymore. Hopefully, in due time, we'll see the release of all the episodes, of the U.S. and British versions both. Until then, this isn't a bad start.
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