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Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Complete Series 1 And 2 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Clive Anderson, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, John Sessions, Tony Slattery
  • Directors: Chris Bould, Geraldine Dowd, John F.D. Northover, Paul O'Dell
  • Writers: Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson
  • Producers: Dan Patterson, Denise O'Donoghue
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2008
  • Run Time: 735 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6AEYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The funniest improvisational show to hit UK screens is finally on DVD! WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: THE COMPLETE SERIES 1 & 2 features all 30 episodes from the show’s initial series produced from 1998 – 1990. Host Clive Anderson directs the action, assigning points at random and enduring quips about his disappearing hairline. The panel of four performers and comedians picked from a group of regulars including John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane and Paul Merton, with Richard Vranch on the ivories, and guests including Stephen Fry, Peter Cook, Jonathan Pryce, Sandi Toksvig, Griff Rhys Jones and Rory Bremner provide the fast-paced wit with their dazzling off-the-cuff antics. This DVD boxset includes countless unforgettable moments with John Sessions’ uncannily accurate pastiche of Charles Dickens, Stephen Fry and Peter Cook playing Film and Theatre Styles, Mike McShane as Scarlett O’Hara and Ryan Stiles as an insect in Party Quirks, and Griff Rhys Jones literally eating a sock!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J-chan McFly on 17 Jan. 2008
What can I say about Whose Line? It's brilliant, ever so much, that's about it really. I'd advise everyone in the world to buy the DVD, just for the hilarity of it. I'm only a teenager, but I just love the silly humour- plus the sophisticated stuff.

It's also wonderful to see how the programme first started off, the begins of such a great and wonderful show, and to see the very first, pilot episode where the contestants are almost quaking in their boots! Also, to know what they're like in later series is very funny aswell, just to see how sweet and slightly innocent they are on their first episode.

Long live Whose Line!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Richard Leaman on 20 Dec. 2007
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Having waited and waited for this show to be released, my prayers have finally been answered. This is the original British version of the tv show. Originally shown on Channel 4, this was always my favourite show even when Channel 4 used to have a good comedy line up.
The show was based on improv, meaning the comedy could range from very high brow satire or intellectual humour, through to simple swearing and satire. Yet even with the vast scope of comic genres Whose line was always one thing: unbelievably funny!
Whether you are sat bemused at how John Sessions and Johnathon Pryce can act out a style you've never heard of ( I know as a child that that was a regular thing for me )or sat in awe at how Josey Lawrence or Mike McShane could make up perfect sounding song in a heartbeat, or just laughing out loud at the childish exploits of Tony Slattery, this show is just funny. If you don't laugh at this then you probably have a problem with your sense of humour.
Three pieces of warning for you though:

1, If you are a fan of the American version, this will feel very different. None of your annoying american audience screeching out delight at obvious jokes, the uk show at times can be very clever humour. None of listening to the inane ramblings of the deeply unfunny Drew Carey ( we know the points don't matter, you don't have to tell us every time!), but instead the host is a reserved and sarcastic Clive Anderson.
But most importantly, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie are not residents in this show. When they appear, they are guests and obviously new to the genre. You may think that they are not as smooth as they are in the later episodes, and certainly not like they are in the american version, but the episodes benefit from this.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Miss C. Ford on 17 Jan. 2008
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I rarely trust 5-star reviews. They tend to be children in their early teens who fancy the lead singer or actor or have studied the book at school and got an A. The enthusiasm of their endorsements is outdone only by their frequency... and amplitude. They claim that their chosen product is flawless, or to use the rather more accurate vernacular, AMAZING!

This is so untrue of "Whose Line..?" and anyone thinking of suggesting that the improvisation in the early series is in any way flawless should stop writing Amazon reviews and get back to revising for their SATs. The comedians corpse, lose inspiration, scrabble desperately for ideas and generally proceed to fail spectacularly. Unlike in the conveniently polished and amiably predictable US series, mistakes are commonplace. Instead of slick routines and joke-a-minute confidence which can prompt an audience to say "I could do that", "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" shows how difficult it really is to craft a really superb and witty improvisation. What you're given at times is in fact the original and ultimate reality television - people doing what they do well, badly. The failure is funny... and yet, unlike real "reality television", the programme is not a finger-pointing glee in others' failure; rather, it's a celebration of when it DOES work - funny when it doesn't, but utterly glorious when it does. The wonder of a winning sketch isn't simply that the audience thinks, "That was funny; I laughed," but also "What an achievement!"

How thoroughly marvellous - and yes, I admit: AMAZING!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AquaViola on 5 April 2008
One of the best series, in one of the best times.

At the beginning, especially in the Pilot, it is a bit shakey, but even then the comedy is still there.

John Sessions, Jose Lawrence, Paul Merton and Tony Slattery are the core of these series, and they are there at their best.

Clive Anderson, after a shakey start, moves the show along slickly but not without humour himself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. B. Harper on 13 Jan. 2009
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If you are used to watching the American remake of this show, be warned! This dvd isn't like that; Clive Anderson doesn't insist on joining in every game (in fact, he resists it at one point), the audience don't laugh on cue - they judge the performers and they laugh when it's funny and the episodes aren't dominated by the same performers all the way through. By not having Ryan, Colin and Wayne (or 3 others) as constant performers, the shows are constantly different as different people work together. At this time the show was still in it's infancy and with John Sessions as a regular, it was less populist and more intellectual, but don't let that put you off! He was a fine mimic and could perform in any theatre style, the show simply moved in another direction.
This dvd encapsulates a journey from the humble beginnings of the show; in the pilot episode and a lot of the first series you can see the producers playing about putting different games in to see what would work and what wouldn't. This is the same with performers - when they found some comics who worked exceptionally well together, they used this to the best of it's ability; such as Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence (who already worked together onstage) or Mike McShane and Sandi Toksvig.
With a fine list of regulars including John Sessions, Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, Sandi Toksvig, Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Mike McShane and an enviable list of guests including Griff Rhys Jones, Arthur Smith, Neil Mullarkey, Peter Cook and Stephen Fry the dvd set offers a huge amount of variety. Whilst some episodes are not as fluent or consistently funny as others, it is more than made up for in other episodes.
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