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Oz : Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Oz : Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ernie Hudson
Price: 12.70

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the show- not the DVD presentation, 19 Feb 2007
This review is from: Oz : Complete Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
It's taken five years but at last Oz has been released on Region 2 DVD. But has it been worth the wait? Yes... and no. Don't get me wrong- Oz is a fantastic show: great stories, well told. My only grievance is with the complete absence of any extras. The Region 1 DVD contains two audio commentaries by series creator Tom Fontana and star Lee Tergesen, biographies, deleted scenes, a featurette and a music video. So why is this not the case with the Region 2 DVD? If you have a multi-region DVD player, my advice would be to invest in the Region 1 version. Die-hard fans will probably be disappointed by the lack of bonus material to complement the series. According to the inside flyer, Season 2 is released on Region 2 DVD in May 2007, followed by season 3 in November 2007.


Jerry Springer - The Opera [DVD] (2005)
Jerry Springer - The Opera [DVD] (2005)
Dvd ~ David Soul
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 4.22

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for my final thought..., 26 Dec 2005
When it was screened in January 2005 on BBC2, Jerry Springer The Opera caused a storm of controversy. Some argued it was an obscenity-packed insult to the Christian faith, while others considered it the greatest thing to happen to musical theatre in years. I had never seen an opera before in my life but decided to tune in to see what all the fuss was about. And I'm so glad I did- it was my tv highlight of 2005. It was hilarious, intelligent and completely different from anything I'd ever seen before. The DVD special features are excellent. Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas provide a commentary to the 120-minute musical extravaganza. A featurette entitled 'How to Write an Opera about Jerry Springer', gives a valuable insight into the two creative geniuses behind the show. A 15-minute documentary on 'The Story of a Musical Documentary' is markedly similar to the documentary which preceded the screening of the opera on BBC2. Add to this a Collector's Edition Booklet, Subtitles, and slideshows on the opera's history and musical score- and you will find more than enough material to complement the opera. A word of warning though: If you do have a delicate sensibility and you are offended by the sight of an overweight man dancing around a stage in a nappy- you may want to think twice before investing in the DVD. As the credits roll you may wonder why the show resulted in a record 60,000 complaints to the BBC. It's undeniably foul-mouthed, but not to the extent that you might expect. And certainly not to the extent of 8,000 expletives- which is what the propagandists would lead you to believe. If you've grown weary of the interminable succession of inane, derivative tripe on tv nowadays- do not despair. Jerry Springer The Opera is a truly original, exhilerating piece of musical theatre which will linger long in your memory. Just be grateful that the BBC isn't afraid to push boundaries and doesn't resort to censorship to appease a vocal minority of protestors. So if you'd rather not sit through another episode of Celebrity Wrestling or TV's Naughtiest Blunders, and if you have a taste for something different- I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough!


Twin Peaks: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [1990]
Twin Peaks: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Kyle MacLachlan
Price: 10.00

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wlatimer01@qub.ac.uk, 21 Jun 2005
As a devotee of dark, bleakly funny tv shows like Six Feet Under, it was only a matter of time before Twin Peaks caught my attention. I'd seen it feature on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Scary Moments and besides- any show which is worthy of being parodied by The Simpsons has got to be worth a look (I refer you to Chief Wiggum's backward-talking dream in Who Shot Mr Burns Part 2). Twin Peaks is a remarkable show, which, 15 years after its first transmission is still fresh, engrossing viewing.
The 4-disc set contains
- The 90 minute pilot episode
- All episodes from series 1, each lasting 45 minutes, Dolby Digital 5.1: English
- Dolby Surround: Commentary track from various people who worked on the show (though not Lynch, interestingly)
- A 1 hour selection of postcards from the cast
- Newly remastered high-definition transfers of the original programme
- Interactive Menus & Scene Access
- All episodes are digitally remastered, except for the Pilot (inexplicably)
- A short documentary which provides an introduction to David Lynch
- Optional Log Lady introductions to each episode
- Script Notes: Optional Guide to the 'Unseen Twin Peaks'
- Rare archival material from 'Wrapped in Plastic'- The Official Twin Peaks Magazine
- An interview conducted by phone between Mark Frost & 2 Twin Peaks Freaks
- Several short lessons by the Little Man from Another Place on how to talk backwards like he & Laura Palmer do in the Red Room
The series begins with the discovery of Laura Palmer's body, wrapped in plastic & washed up on the beach. Special Agent Dale Cooper (the excellent Kyle MacLachlan) is called to investigate the circumstances of the girl's death but he soon realises that the inhabitants of Twin Peaks have plenty of secrets of their own.
While it is the murder of Laura Palmer which propels the narrative forward, it is in many respects redundant. Twin Peaks is best appreciated in terms of the atmosphere it creates- its haunting images and music, laced with some blacker-than-black humour. Intriguing and enjoyable in equal measure, Twin Peaks is a show to watch over and over again.


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