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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This DVD is amazing, it is so funny.
Although the events are not current this does not detract from the absolutely fantastic sketches. Although some of them are much more funnier than others on the whole it is the best buy I have made in a long time and I look forward to all the series being madfe available on DVD.
Published on 30 April 2008 by Garry Westwell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite impressive
Considering just how old series one of Spitting Image is now (1984) the bite that this old pup has is quite serious! For what is essentially an old fashioned comedy sketch show (but with puppets) there are some serious messages being brought sharply into focus.

The corruption of the Reagan puppet-government, the insensitivity of the Thatcher government and...
Published on 1 July 2010 by T. Schoon


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 30 April 2008
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This DVD is amazing, it is so funny.
Although the events are not current this does not detract from the absolutely fantastic sketches. Although some of them are much more funnier than others on the whole it is the best buy I have made in a long time and I look forward to all the series being madfe available on DVD.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original series - variable quality is inevitable, 4 Feb 2008
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The quality of these DVDs, both in terms of picture/sound and content, is decidedly variable, and one episode in particular looks like it came off someone's home VHS tape. But the variability is the price you pay for getting the whole series. You are electing not to allow someone else to select the bits they think are still funny, but to take the whole instead.

So for example the 1st episode has nothing funny in it - but at the time the mere vicious accuracy of the puppet caricatures was enough to make the show deeply exciting and controversial, and its not surprising the team took a couple of weeks to get into their stride.

Likewise the voices - Thatcher is brilliant but many of the rest are done by Chris Barrie using a somewhat limited range, and anyone familiar with Red Dwarf will now just hear Arnold Rimmer time and time again.

But there are great bits too, and it is easy to forget just how shocking and groundbreaking the portrayal of the Queen putting her bets on when she should have been meeting the Prime Minister, or of Thatcher's cabinet as full of spineless chinless wonders, was at the time.

And unlike a lot of 'alternative' comedy of the 1980s Spitting Image was as derisive about the left wing as it was about the right. So Neil Kinnock, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Roy Hattersley, Arthur Scargill etc. are all as viciously lampooned as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

And its all definitely worth it just to see Sting's re-recording of "Every breath you take" with biting new lyrics - the finale to the series.

If you buy the complete first series of a 23 year old satire you are going to get some duff bits. But IMHO there are enough gems to warrant 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite impressive, 1 July 2010
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T. Schoon "TS" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Considering just how old series one of Spitting Image is now (1984) the bite that this old pup has is quite serious! For what is essentially an old fashioned comedy sketch show (but with puppets) there are some serious messages being brought sharply into focus.

The corruption of the Reagan puppet-government, the insensitivity of the Thatcher government and nonsense that was surrounding the news at the time. No stone goes un-turned and simply put; nothing is sacred.

The only thing letting down Spitting Image is the voice-over artists. There's simply not enough range. That said, the writing is sharp, witty and painfully accurate. If you lived through the eighties, you will still find it hilarious and it certainly hasn't lost it's edge.

The last episode was particularly poignant and even end with Sting actually singing a re-working of 'Every Breath You Take' but about the world leaders and watching 'every bomb you make' etc. Great stuff and I still maintain, fourteen years after this excellent show was axed, a show like this is exactly what the government needs to keep it in check.
Who knows, maybe Labour got it rid of it!

If you think the recent election (May 2010) is as much of a joke as I do, then this DVD and the rest of the series is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spitting Image, 16 Feb 2013
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Political Satire of the 1980s and is great at poking fun at the politicans at the Politicans and royals and public figures of the day if you have a weird sense of humour you will love this!classic British Tv!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muppets for Adults!, 31 Dec 2012
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J. M. Covington "covvie" (East Yorks Coast) - See all my reviews
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Hilarious, biting satire in puppet form. If you haven't seen this first series you're missing out. OK younger viewers may not 'get it' because the faces i.e. caricatures and politicians of the day will be unknown. But, for those who were around in those heady days will love it, I'm sure.

The series was worked around the current week's news stories back in the 80's and featured a number of famous, or soon to be famous, impressionists, including Chris Barrie, Rory Bremner, Phil Cornwell, Steve Coogan, John Culshaw, Harry Enfield and Kate Robbins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious satire with rubber puppets., 11 Sep 2008
This review is from: Spitting Image - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
A chance to view all the episodes of Spitting Image from 1984. See rubber charicatures of 80s politicians - a sadistic Thatcher and her fawning cabinet, a child-like deranged Reagan and his long-suffering assistant Ed, Kinnock and his Loony Left no-hopers including a ranting Arthur Scargill. Also lampooned are showbiz stars, from Dennis Norden and his terrible puns to Bob Dylan singing songs about disgusting cheese and missing underpants. It is true that some of the material looks pretty dated now, and it takes a few episodes to get going (although the first episode does contain a hilarious take on Michael Jackson's Thriller). But it's still well worth buying for fans of satire.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick a deck chair up your nose., 29 Jan 2008
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I was recently introduced to spitting image, after finding an old betamax tape at a car boot sale. i have thus scince worn the tape out. when i found out that they were re-releasing the comody classic i launched at the chance to own it. and yes the rubber chicken is as anoying as the first time that u watched it, by the way magie thatcher now looks even more like the puppet than she should. sorry mags. lol
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11 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A product of its time, 28 Jan 2008
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J. Milner "jcmilner" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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Having watched Spitting Image when it was originally transmitted I looked forward to this DVD as I remember finding the show very original and amusing. Sadly, 24 years later I actually struggled to get through one episode. The problem is that the show relied on current affairs of the time and with the passing of a quarter of a century it's hard to recall the people and the stories from which the scripts were devised. Even the Reagan and Thatcher characters which were a major part of the show just come across as lame and unfunny.
However, something that does still come across is how good the characterisations were. The voices were superb and so accurate. The puppets also were, in most cases, brilliant if not a little cruel.
All in all, unless you can vividly remember the political climate of the early 80s this may not be the nostalgia trip you thought it would be.
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