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Horrible Histories: Complete Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]

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  • Directors: Dominic Brigstocke, Steve Connelly
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 1100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JG5IIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The multi award-winning series that revels in history’s most gruesome, bizarre, unpleasant, silly – but funniest moments.
From the Woeful World Wars, the Measly Middle Ages and the Savage Stone Age to Cut-throat Celts, Groovy Greeks, Rotten Romans, Vicious Vikings and Awful Egyptians, Horrible Histories celebrates the strange facts, rotten rulers, gory battles, crazy inventions and weird and wonderful stories from the past in sketches and songs.

Special Features
Outtakes
Unseen sketches
Deleted Scenes
Savage Songs
Quiz questions

“Horrible Histories isn't just the best show on children's television – it's one of the smartest comedies on TV” The Guardian

“We wish history had been taught like this in our day!” TV Times

“Full of outlandish and memorable facts.” Sunday Express

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A lovely series this, based on a terrific series of books. Horrible Histories takes a gleeful look back at history, mixing in lots of unpleasant moments with many funny ones. It’s a recipe that shouldn’t work, but very much does. Aimed at youngsters, it presents an engaging, accessible and outlandish look at history.

You get the first three series in this collection, that takes you through the Middle Ages, wars, the Greeks, the Romans and the Vikings, and each is treated with due respect. But Horrible Histories, with its sketch-like approach, has a lot of fun with it all too. Frequently very funny indeed, whether you’re young or old, it’s educational and genuinely entertaining. That’s some balance that it manages to achieve, and yet the tone is pretty near perfect. Furthermore, it’s savvy enough to move onto the next topic quickly enough, so boredom or disinterest isn’t given the slightest chance to slip in.

The DVD set throws in some welcome and equally fun extra features, too. It’s a well-collated mix of outtakes, deleted material and quiz questions, with a few songs thrown in for good measure. And, coupled with the number of episodes you get--there is, after all, nearly 20 hours of Horrible Histories here--it proves to be a terrific all-round package. Heartily recommended.

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By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2012
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Ok, I admit it, I'm in my 60s. But I absolutely love this series.

I was originally put on to watching a couple of episodes on TV by the grandchildren and was hooked from the start.

From the acting to the styling to the direction to the production......(I could go on) in every respect, this programme is top notch. I am a lover of history anyway, but if it had been taught in any way as good as this when I was at school, I would have been even more hooked.

How would I score it? - 8/5 (ok, my math is not quite as good as it was)
Recommended? - Absolutely, emphatically YES
Suitable age group? - 6 to 106
Other comments? - Whether you have kids or not, if you have the remotest interest in history, BUY IT!!!!
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If you have never seen horrible histories you need to! Not only is it educational but it is done in a very entertaining and funny way. Perfect for kids and big kids! The Boxset has each series in it's own slimline case and they are housed in a card sleeve which is lovely for anyone wanting the whole collection in one Boxset, like me!
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My kids (7 and 10) absolutely loved this. And it has sent them off to the library to get all the books out to read for more in depth information - and of course the books are also great. The songs in particular are excellent, and the high degree of humor makes it a very bearable watch for adults.
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HI, I'M A SHOUTY FORTY SOMETHING YEAR OLD AND I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT HORRIBLE HISTORIES! I was introduced to this series by my 30 something year old brother. History was never this cool or funny!!! The series includes cartoon and live sketches which cover every aspect of history from the Egyptians, Saxons and Vikings right up to the Victorian age. The actors are great and really complement each other. It also includes cameo appearances by Terry Deary who wrote the original books from which these are devised. I hated history at school but this is just the ticket for any kids who hate it as well...the songs are brilliant! In a nutshell, watch it, laugh out loud and learn!!!
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I'm very late to the party on this one, but I found some clips of this show on YouTube after enjoying Mathew Baynton in The Wrong Mans (another A+ show) and decided to order this Series 1-5 set without ever having seen a full episode.

It is, hands down, the best entertainment purchase I have made this year. And it would have been a bargain at twice the price - I don't remember the last time a show made me laugh this much! ...to the point that my neighbors are probably annoyed with me. One of the sketches I watched last night (NEW! Emperor Statue) had me laughing so hard I had to re-watch it twice just so I could be quiet enough to understand what they were saying. And who knew that Roman statues had swappable heads and limbs because the emperors were killed so often? I didn't! The songs are catchy and every member of this cast has talent oozing out of their ears. I've since ordered 'Yonderland' and will be starting that as soon as I'm finished with this show! And I hope their upcoming film 'Bill' gets a release stateside!

It's a bit of a shame this is considered a "kids" show. I am a 29-year-old American woman and the only thing that differentiates this show from contemporary "adult" comedies is the lack of swearing and overt sex jokes, which are often lazy comedy anyway.

I always liked history in school, but it was never this much fun! Wish this series were more readily available here in the States!
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I bought this for my grandchildren who visit me and cannot play outside because of the weather! It is very popular even if they have seen it before. The list of all the kings and queens of England is watched and many other episodes are learned and recited with enjoyment. Suitable mainly for children 7 to 12.http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007JG5IIC/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title
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This is definitely way better than textbook in terms of introductory History. A great way for adults and kiddies to get acquainted with history I guess? I highly recommend this to any parents and their kids.
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This is a great DVD box set - especially series 3-5 (Horrible Histories improved with the later series). The series are very well-crafted - ideal entertainment for school age children, with the bonus that it's also highly educational, and gets children interested in history. Throughout, there are little facts and novelties about the past: unexpected titbits which can give children confidence that they know more than adult. It's also excellent value for money (if you work out the cost per hour of quality programming, it's got to be one of the best there is). Highly recommended.
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