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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan puts the 'chat' amongst the pidgeons with one of the great comedy characters
Alan Partridge is a laugh-out-loud hilarious comedy character, perhaps only recently bested by David Brent.
This dvd box-set contains every episode broadcast, from Knowing Me, Knowing you (extended versions), to the Xmas special and two series of I'm Alan Partridge. Also included are Alan's Country Ramble ("Someone should clean up these leaves"), the Comic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Come and climb "Mount CHAT-mandu" with Alan (ba-DUM! Tish!)
Holy Moses! Is this character really twenty-odd years old? Steve Coogan may not have invented "cringe-comedy" but he must be one of its most celebrated exponents in the UK and, in Alan Partridge, he melds the genre with that of mock-reality to create a truly enduring masterpiece...
...or that's what it says on the tin. In retrospect, AP doesn't quite bear up to...
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217 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan puts the 'chat' amongst the pidgeons with one of the great comedy characters,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Alan Partridge is a laugh-out-loud hilarious comedy character, perhaps only recently bested by David Brent.
This dvd box-set contains every episode broadcast, from Knowing Me, Knowing you (extended versions), to the Xmas special and two series of I'm Alan Partridge. Also included are Alan's Country Ramble ("Someone should clean up these leaves"), the Comic Relief segments he did, a never broadcast pilot episode, numerous adverts for Knowing Me, Knowing You ("Ignore the critics, this programme is actually quite good"), deleted and extended scenes. There's other stuff on there too and you can never have too much of the Partridge, so get this collection of one of the best comedy characters ever.
Alan started out in hospital radio and quickly moved on to BBC Radio 4, where his chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge became a little-recognised success. After several years, he was quickly picked up and deemed suitable for television, where his particular brand of misanthropic, homophobic, sexist and xenophobic good humour fit the times, the times being the mid 1990s. His scowling, insincere, know-nothing face was first shown on The Day Today, in which he stole the programme, filling his on air sports commentary with inane drivel, mostly because he was totally ignorant about the events on which he was required to pontificate.
After being the sports anchor on one programme, he was given free reign to make his own programme (via his now bankrupt company, Pear Tree Productions). Alan did what he did best - he chats. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge ("get the title right!", he would insist, with his witty characteristic pedantry) became an instant cult classic (read: low audience figures), particularly popular with students. What made the show such a resounding success for one series and a Christmas special (never again to be recommissioned) still puzzles many, as does why it got made in the first place. Alan, by his own frank admission, hates people. Especially the public, but certainly people in general. With that in mind, he was given a chat show, in which he proceeded to abuse everyone with equal opportunity. Highlights include Cheeky Monkey, Pete and Bernie's Philosophical Steak House and of course, his fantastic medley of Abba classics, shouted at full volume.
After the explosive ending of Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge and the burn-your-own-bridges finale of Knowing Me, Knowing Yule (the Christmas special, an event so bad that you would welcome back Noel Edmonds with open arms), there followed two on-the-road documentaries, I'm Alan Partridge, in which we follow Alan desperately trying to patch up his life with ridiculous television series ideas (Monkey Tennis, anyone? Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubanks?).
At this stage in Alan's career - and to call it a 'career' stretches the meaning of the word - Alan does a graveyard local radio broadcast (Up with the Partridge) in which even the two minute handover to the next DJ reduces to the level of thinly veiled personal insults. Domestically, Alan lives in a Travel-Tavern, his own personal three star hell and has no friends except a deeply disturbed Falklands veteran. Later, Alan moves to a caravan, continues to obsess about James Bond and writes a book, Bouncing Back (not as good as Bravo Two Zero, I'm sure he would freely admit).
This brief biography does no justice to the incredible writing and superb characterisation of all involved. Simply one of the best television characters ever. Alan's love for his fellow man may be in short supply but the laughs are never ending in this classic comedy creation.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical..,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Alan Partridge is one of those characters that entertains and annoys in equal measures. Some people find his shows so funny that tears actually run down their cheeks, whereas others will not utter a single giggle.
Personally, I think this dvd set contains some of the funniest British comedy moments to ever grace our screens.
The genre than Steve Coogan champions with his character Alan Partridge has recently come to be known as 'cringe comedy', more so after the creation of 'The Office'.
I prefer however to call it 'underdog' comedy. Alan Partridge is a hateful man. He's rude, arrogant, thinks he's above everyone he meets, is always out for just himself, and he fails at everything he does. And it is exactly those qualities that makes him so endearing. Everyone loves a loser, and Alan is the biggest loser out there.
This boxset contains every episode from 'Knowing Me Knowing You' - the spoof talk show. As-well as series 1 & 2 of 'I'm Alan Partridge' - the follow up series that sees Alan fail as a Radio DJ and Author.
Also there's a load of extras and deleted scenes for each series, including the Knowing Me Knowing You Christmas special, and the Comic Relief scenes from 1995.
Altogether there's just under 11 hours of Alan Partridge goodness. Which makes this set extremly good value for money.
Many others have written far more extensive reviews on here, so I won't go on any further except to say this.. ..Alan Partridge is a golden comedy creation, and this dvd set is an essential purchase for anyone with a sense of humor. Buy it now before the price goes back up!
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Patridge box set,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)was given this as a Christmas gift and my first thoughts were I'll never watch this had never seen Steve Coogan in anything ( I'm seventy ) seen his name but didn't bother to follow through actualy thought Steve & Alan were two different people was given the audio c d at the same time and put it on first to find out what it was all about listened to five minutes and thought what an arrogant man my son kept asking if I'd watched the DVD's and didn't want to seem ungrateful or lie so decided to get it over with and put it on cannot believe how stupid I was thinking the Cd was a serious programme what a genius he is and all the other characters as well couldn't stop laughing out loud and watched the three DVD's in two nights and am watching them again for the third time every scene is a delight and I find myself during the day having a chuckle at some of the truly funny sketches that keep popping into mind especially the hellicopter one far too many to mention just love Michael he plays the part so well and Lynn must get a mention as the fantastic P.A all the cast play their parts so well don't know how they got through it without bursting out laughing but that I suppose is what makes them truly great actors just love these DVD's if you are looking for real comedy these are for you
now looking for more of him
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4.0 out of 5 stars The most awkward man on television!,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)I only recently discovered the hilarity that it Alan Partridge (before you scoff, I'm based in Australia!)
Both 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' and 'I am Alan Partridge' show clearly the footsteps in which shows such as 'The Office' and 'Extras' later trod. Coogan is a master at portraying the awkward cluelessness and blunt arrogance that is Alan Partridge, and does so without making it easy on himself with too many catchphrases (except for the brilliant 'Aha!', which has now become my entry cry to any room!)
I am told by many of my UK buddies that AP is seen as a bit 'old hat', but I'm urging you all to give it a rewatch (or a first watch)and get back in touch with this gem!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Come and climb "Mount CHAT-mandu" with Alan (ba-DUM! Tish!),
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Holy Moses! Is this character really twenty-odd years old? Steve Coogan may not have invented "cringe-comedy" but he must be one of its most celebrated exponents in the UK and, in Alan Partridge, he melds the genre with that of mock-reality to create a truly enduring masterpiece...
...or that's what it says on the tin. In retrospect, AP doesn't quite bear up to close scrutiny, in my opinion. Look at an alternative and equally lauded example, for instance - The Office. Ricky Gervaise may not be the first in line for a Subtle and Sensitive Award, but the offices of Wernham-Hogg are, in fact, very artistically painted. The scenes, set pieces and characters all have a strong element of realism to them and it is quite possible to imagine oneself working there and meeting the people. This realism throws the comedic aspects of the various character into much sharper relief. Alan P suffers from many of David Brent's personality defects; he is insensitive, narcisistic and hugely aware of his own underappreciated talents, but the manifestation of these traits is far less subtle. The situations he finds himself in, his behaviour and his treatment of people around him stray far beyond what is believable and into an almost surreal, slapstick parallel universe and I found the comedy much more forced as a consequence.
There's no doubt that Alan Partridge IS funny and becomes more so in the later Radio Norwich series. The problem is that, in viewing the three series back-to-back, this comedy starts to wear a little thin. The first series, KMKYWAP (or "Kumkyuwap" as Alan likes to call it) is the shakiest, consisting of seven episodes (including the Xmas special) of his TV chat-show in which he welcomes, abuses, humiliates (and ultimately shoots) his guests. "Shaky" because the chat-show format is extremely restrictive and also because his weekly guests are, for the most part, played by just two co-stars (Rebecca Front and Patrick Marber).
The next two series "I'm Alan Partridge" open things up considerably by letting him out of the TV studio and providing him with a much wider and more diverse list of supporting characters. Thus we are introduced to his reformed alcoholic co-host on the Norfolk Nights radio show, Dave Clifton (Phil Cornwell), his PA Lynn (the excellent Felicity Montagu), the slightly damaged Geordie, Michael (another wonderful and understated performance from Simon Greenall) and, in the second series, Alan's manic Ukranian girlfriend Sonja (Amelia Bullimore). The comedy is still deeply-rooted in slapstick, but the move from the TV studio and into the "real world" makes more room for this comedy style. There are some classic scenes, including Alan's encounter with his number one fan, his chocolate mousse sex session with Julia Deakin and the live KMKYWAP Show at the Linford Travel Tavern (cringes don't come any more intense than that).
The set is a re-boxing of the two-disk releases of each of the three series and so includes a bewildering plethora extras, including mini-episodes, out-takes, deleted scenes, photo galleries, radio spots and so-on.
Yes it's classic BBC comedy, but it has been improved on and it is starting to show its age.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AHA back of the inter...net!,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Absolutely brilliant, laugh a minute goodness, though my two year old daughter does say smell my cheese a little too often!
And I do advise not watching this whilst drinking hot fluids, whilst naked, with just cheese for comfort, you may find yourself stuck in a melted cheese fiasco, leaving a self tattoo matted in your chest hair, not that any of that happened to me oh know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coogan is Britain's Finest,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)I'm American born and used to American humor. I sat watching British comedy when I first moved here as an adult, and having come from the "Saturday Night Live", "Fraser" and "Seinfeld" school...and aside from "Ab Fab" or "The Vicar of Dibley," I just couldn't get into most British comedy. A lot of it wasn't really interesting to me. It was mostly pratfalls and toilet humor. And I happened to come by Steve Coogan and his character of Alan Partridge and it was the first time I found myself laughing out loud. That was it, I became a huge fan. His characters are clever, well-written and executed and just hilarious. Alan Partridge is (in a sense) the British Fraser Crane...full of himself, always self-promoting and filled with well-laid plans that usually go awry. He is the guy you love to hate because everyone knows someone like this no matter where on the globe you might live. If you want the best of British humor this is it. (Since then, I've also discovered Omid Djalili...who is brilliant as well.) He never introduced Alan Partridge to America...if he had, I think he would have been much more successful. He is absolutely one of the finest comedians I have ever seen...not just in Britain but everywhere.
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Series is hillarious,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Knowing Me Knowing You is good.
I'm Alan Partridge 1st series is better.
The second series is hilarious and i almost died laughing
5.0 out of 5 stars AhhhHaaaaaa,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Bought this as a present for the old man, he loves Alan Patridge (Steven Coogan) and I'm certain it will bring a laugh or two come Xmas day.
5.0 out of 5 stars as funny as it was the first time I watched it!,
This review is from: The Alan Partridge Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Excellent - tell me who doesn't love Partridge! I have seen this before and will watch it again - love him.
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