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on 4 November 2010
Box Of Delights is a collection of three DVDs that brings together most of The League Of Gentlemen's non-television work. The three DVDs are:

Live At Drury Lane (Special Edition) - this is a 107 minute live sketch show filmed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London in 2001. All the best characters from the television episodes are present - except Harvey and Val, Pop, Hilary Briss and Barbara (though you'll find the Dentons and Pop amongst the extras). There are new sketches, as well as ones from the TV shows and the original live performances circa 96/97. Highlights are a magic show by Dr Chinnery, and Bernice hosting her own chat show. Extras include a behind the scenes documentary (18 minutes), photo gallery and out-takes.

The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse - in this 2005 movie we see Hilary, Herr Lipp, Geoff Tipps, Papa Lazarou, Edward and Tubbs infiltrate the real world to prevent The League killing off the inhabitants of Royston Vasey. This is a very entertaining and well-made film, and stands up to repeated viewings. I think the characters make the transition from TV to the big-screen with remarkable ease. There is fun to be had spotting the numerous references to other films, such as The Shining, The Great Escape and the work of Ray Harryhausen. Look out for appearances from comedians Victoria Wood, Peter Kay and Simon Pegg. The DVD is packed with extras - a Making Of documentary (12 minutes), a video diary following a day in the life of Steve Pemberton (12 minutes), a featurette about Hadfield called The Real Royston Vasey (6 minutes), deleted scenes, out-takes and more.

Are Behind You - this 90 minute live show was filmed at the Apollo in Manchester at the end of 2005, and features mostly new material. The first half is a series of Christmas themed sketches. The second half is a pantomime featuring an impressive amount of Royston Vasey characters. Extras on this disc include behind the scenes footage (22 minutes) and deleted scenes (6 minutes).

All three DVDs have commentary by the four members of The League. The two live shows don't have subtitles, but the movie has optional English subtitles for those who are hard of hearing. Each of the DVDs come in a regular sized DVD case and are housed in a cardboard slipcase.

Nothing on these DVDs comes close to the sheer brilliance of the TV episodes, yet there are enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep you entertained. If you're a fan of the BBC television show, then I'd recommend getting hold of this box set. If you are new to The League Of Gentlemen, then you'd be better off first buying The Complete Collection (which contains series one, two, three and the Christmas special).
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on 9 December 2013
Probably only for people who have seen, and liked, the tv series. This box set includes two stage shows, one being a panto, and the wonderful League of Gentlemen movie.

The two live shows are good, but unfortunately reuse a lot of material from the tv series and the radio show, although there is enough new material to make them worth a watch and some very funny moments.

I thought the movie was the best part of the box set and is definitely worth watching. What makes the movie stand out is that it's not just a feature length episode that's been padded out like most movie spinoffs from a tv series. It takes a different approach and has the characters break the forth wallman and interact with the real world in an attempt to stop the show from ending.
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on 24 May 2014
I rolled back my review to 4 stars instead of 5 because there will be lots of people who don't like this type of humour. The League of Gentlemen is for the sort of person who likes weird and unusual comedy. This is a black comedy, set in an insular world where the in-breeding over many generations has produced some really peculiar looking characters with a totally different view on what represents "normality". If you enjoyed The Young Ones, Bottom, Ripping Yarns, Doctor Strangelove and Fargo, then you will probably "get" this. If you hate that kind of humour then you should probably look elsewhere...
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on 7 October 2012
These are the perfect DvD's for any League of Gentlemen fan! Especially if you're looking for something new to watch after the series' Arrived in perfect condition and on time! I love it!
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on 19 March 2014
a true cult classic tv series with inventive writing & style of direction. the 3(4) members have written a interesting story that has charactors who drift in & out but all have a connection with the town of royston vasey. not to everybodies taste but once you're in you'll never leave
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on 10 November 2014
Great reminder of a wonderfully created and crafted group of characters who are all so well interwoven and developed to achieve their maximum impact. A true delight of "LOCAL" charm ..............hello is that you DAVE ? ............Can I help you at all? Enjoy !!!
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on 4 November 2010
Three fab DVDs from the League.

Drury Lane includes a commentary featuring the usual bitching from Shearsmith, Gatiss, Pemberton and Dyson. It also includes two scenes removed from the original release "Maverick Bars - Pop" and "Aqua Vita - The Dentons" and a documentary featuring clips of what happened on the final performance when Mark added his own twist on some of the sketches... mayonaise and yoghurt - a lethal comic combination :)

Are Behind You again includes a commentary, bonus footage, and a documentary explaining how Reece ends up wearing all of his characters costumes under one another, how Les McQueen met Simon Callow and the identity of Barbara.

Apocalypse... commentary, bonus features, easter eggs...

For less than twelfty pounds, you can I can't :D
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on 22 January 2015
Bought as a birthday present for a friend, they are big fans of the show, and loved it. Dispatched securely and very quickly, even over the Christmas period. 5 stars all round.
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on 2 January 2016
I had never watched this on television but had heard a lot of hype as to how good it was. What a disappointment; I term the humour attempted here as "potty" humour which does not appeal to me. Of course, there will be many who find the series hilarious but if you, like me, find amusement in more subtle series such as W1A or People Like Us I think League of Gentlemen will prove poor value for money.
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on 13 October 2015
Foolish me should have looked more closely as I thought it also contained the original three seasons with it. Regardless, it was great seeing the movie again and the stage shows are great to watch.
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