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Funland [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mark Gatiss
  • Directors: Dearbhla Walsh, Sue Tully, Brian Kirk
  • Writers: Simon Ashdown, Jeremy Dyson
  • Producers: Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg, Executive Producer: Kenton Allen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CIWXLE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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“Crammed with sly menace and even slyer wit. Taking itself seriously when you least expect it and undercutting the nastiest of stuff with seaside postcard humour, it's the most exciting thing on telly.” Evening Standard

Strip clubs and seedy hotels, intrigue and deception, unspeakable secrets and unbelievable depravity--this is Blackpool, where you can be whoever you want to be, however fantastic or bizarre. But always at a price. Carter Krantz arrives in Blackpool to avenge the death of his mother. Without a penny to his name, he carries only a fragment of paper containing the words ‘Ambrose Chapel’. Also in town are the Suttons, Dudley and Lola, hoping a dirty weekend at the Shangri-la Guesthouse will spice up their marriage. They are about to find themselves caught in a nightmare rollercoaster ride driven by the dysfunctional Woolf family.

The Woolfs are at the heart of everything that happens in Blackpool. There’s Shirley Woolf, nightclub owner and borderline psycho, his foolhardy wife Connie and his mother, the evil and manipulative Mercy, a vicious matriarch who runs every racket in town: protection, intimidation and extortion. Twisting and turning, the story unravels with surprises, shocks and dark, dark humour, plunging into mystery and menace--because once you’ve visited Funland, there’s no going back.

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentaries by the Writers, Simon Ashdown and Jeremy Dyson

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Carter Kranz arrives in seedy Blackpool to find out who killed his mother with only the flimsiest of clues to go on. It is Carter's mission that drives this darkly comic thriller as he meets all sorts of suspects and weirdoes, red herrings and blind alleys in an effort to uncover the truth. It isn't long before he is mixed up with the dysfunctional Woolfs; a family of local gangsters that try to help Carter, but only by using him for their own ends

But that's not all. Two more stangers arrive in Blackpool at the same time; a young couple, Dudley and Lola Sutton, trying to spice up their marriage. For Dudley the problem is lack of sex. For Lola the problem is Dudley, and he gets them both in the most awful mess with his stupidity as they too become involved with the Woolfs and their money-grabbing schemes

These are the normal characters by the way; the minor ones are straight out of The League of Gentleman, as is the humour - dark, grotesque, absurd, often very funny. There is no shortage of sex in this series either, so if you are easily offended best steer clear

I found the first episode difficult to get into. Lots of characters are introduced quickly; the story jumps about a lot before we get to know them; its stylistic and strange and a little alienating, mainly because so many of the characters are odd or dislikable. All I can say is, you must stick with it. By the end of the 2nd episode I was totally hooked and watched the whole 11 episodes over 3 nights.

The writing is funny, crazy, tongue-in-cheek, with twisting, turning plots that keep you guessing until the end. Some of the plot twists and character revalations are a bit silly and unbelievable but the story gets away with it.
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I saw the first episode of the series on BBC3 last Autumn and became instantly hooked, I even found myself setting reminders in my phone to make sure I didn't miss the next one! I don't want to say too much about the story because not having a clue what is coming next is the best thing about watching this show. All I can say is that the Beeb have done an excellent job in commissioning this series and that I thoroughly recommend it.
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I received this DVD of the gloriously dark 'Funland' for xmas.

Jeremy Dyson from the League of Gentlemen and a writer for Eastenders teamed up to create a wonderfully grotesque story in the gaudy town of Blackpool. Relaying the intricate story of the series would take too long, so you need to check this out! Having been created by a league member I just knew I was in for a treat.

The story is engrossing with cliff hangers galore throughout and the acting by all concerned is superb. This is the most inventive and original comedy series I've seen in a long time. The images and characters will stay with you long after. A must see.
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I think Funland showcases the best of British black comedy an eventful journey into the surreal world of an English coastal town, it is a very clever and entertaining journey for anybody who likes the surreal, the silly and the darker side of life - totally worth a look and is well executed by host of British talent.
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This is fantastic. Not a bad word to say about it. Scary, weird, complicated and funny(in places at least), this is a little gem of a show that everyone who likes bizarre drama should watch.

Funland has a wonderful cast, who were no doubt revelling in being involved with something so different and original. Sarah Smart and Kris Marshal as Dudley and Lola Sutton do a great job as a the couple who get involved in the demented politics of the seaside town of Blackpool. The poison runs deep among the resorts inhabitants and due to Dudleys naivity during a poker game, Lola is forced to work as a stripper to pay off the debt.

Sounds pretty "Indecent Proposal" doesnt it? Well things get so much worse after that. As a result of their mistake, the Suttons become linked to the powerful Woolf family, the matriarch of which is Mercy Woolf who runs the club Lola must work at. (Judy Parfitt in this role is amazing, portraying pure evil to a tee.) Her son Shirley is borderline pyschotic and has his own problems having to find some sort of balance between a demanding wife, problematic children and an overbearing mother.

Things get even more complicated with the addition of Carter, a mysterious man hell bent on finding out why his mother was killed. All he has is a key and her final words to him before being brutally murdered by too unknown assailants with chainsaws. He too becomes embroiled with the Woolf family but decides to play by his own rules in order to find out what really happened.

I wont spoil the ending. This series works best when you just try to link things up as you go. And the reward is astounding as you find out just how messed up the Woolf family are.
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By Ramus on 31 Aug. 2014
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Bought this ages ago on a whim and it was sitting on the shelf until recently. My wife and I watched the first episode and we were hooked. The plot, acting, and dialogue are superb. The twists and turns in the plot just compel you to watch, if for no other reason than to see what strange occurence will happen next! This is the work of genius! (But perhaps the humour and down right bizzareness might not suit everyone's taste!)
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