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4.0 out of 5 stars Great release, but a rip-off if you already have Series 1, 11 Nov 2010
This review is from: A Very Peculiar Practice - The Complete BBC Series - [Network] - [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
See all the reviews, including mine, praising the DVD of series 1.

Many rate series 2 as even better than series 1. It is much darker and emphasises even more the impact of a market economy approach upon higher education. (This review written during the week of the London demonstrations about student grants!) The set also includes the sequel A Very Polish Practice, which is watchable but not up to the standard of Series 1 and 2.

For all those like me who bought series 1 - grrr. At present the only way to get Series 2 will be to buy this release, thus paying for Series 1 which I already have.

Five stars for quality of content, but four stars from the marketing viewpoint for the deliberate failure to release Series 2 on its own.
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2010 11:01:08 GMT
olfulla says:
They pulled the same trick with "Brass" - the utter swine.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2011 13:56:16 GMT
Patrick says:
Some kind person has put Series 2 up as a (whisper it) Torrent Download that's not too bad a quality considering it's taken from it's first television broadcast. I haven't said this though, and this message will self destruct in.........

Posted on 2 Nov 2011 17:09:16 GMT
C Thomas says:
Nearly all TV series are released separately and then a complete set follows. Series 1 was released in Jan 2004, it's likely Network only had the rights to series 1 at the time and have now managed to get the rights for the complete series (the content is owned by the BBC who have sold the distribution rights to NetworkDVD) .

The comment above about illegally downloading the program is immoral and such activity will affect the release of programs like this. Network specialise in very niche titles and sales are very small in comparison to major releases, the more people who support the studio by buying the content on DVD the more great classic TV and films we will see from Network that otherwise may have never seen a DVD release.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 10:51:34 GMT
K. N. Crosby says:
Downloading immoral? What about the morality of COMbbc taking your money to make the programme, then charging you again for the dvd (having flogged the donkey work to private speculators) AVPP is an allegory of this process for heaven's sake!

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 13:29:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2012 13:30:45 GMT
It may be annoying to have to buy series 1 again if you already own it. However, those who are new to the series can now buy the whole thing complete, without having to buy separate DVDs, which would not have been the case if Network had released series 2 and Polish Practice separately. It is surely better in the long run to have the whole thing available on a single release rather than spread over multiple releases. So frankly I don't consider it a rip-off by Network at all.
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