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The League Of Gentlemen: Live At Drury Lane [DVD] [1999]

4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Corrie Greenop
  • Directors: Steve Bendelack
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Vvl
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NQEU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD special features:
Screensaver
Link to Website
Selectec Multi-Camera Angles
Bonus Scenes
Phone Calls
Soundtrack: English stereo
Picture: 16:9

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"What do you think this is... Dick Whittington?" shouts Reece Shearsmith in The League of Gentlemen--Live at Drury Lane--the West End version of the BBC2 series--"You'll be wanting to see men dressed as women next!" Reece is, needless to say, dragged-up to the nines at this point. The first half of the production--which Shearsmith, alongside Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton took to Drury Lane in March 2001--sees the trio revisit their Perrier Award winning show of 1997. Clad in tuxedos, the League explore a public schoolboy's love of theatre and smut with sketches that border on post-modern: football fans chant "Ooh-ahh, Ophelia" during Hamlet; a Restoration comedy turns into a Faustian pact; Artic explorers battle repressed homosexuality. The second, and funnier half sees the action move to Royston Vasey, as Tubs looks over the audience and coos "we can't kill them all". The favourite characters transfer to the stage brilliantly, thanks to swift direction and filming that captures every macabre expression. Herr Lipp--looking like Richard Whitely in twin set and pearls--is a scream, and the closing mystery of "Who Shot Pauline?" is heaven for any League fanatic. --Ian Watson

On the DVD: Not a great many extras here, but a couple of additional scenes are welcome. We get Benjamin and the Dentons at breakfast, familiar from Series 1 of the TV series, plus demented newsagent owner "Pop" and his dynastic ambitions for his two sons. There's also the "Big Woman" phone message which first appeared in the League's radio series, multi-angle versions of two sketches ("Scott of the Antarctic" and "Go Johnny Go Go Go Go"), Web site links and a screensaver. --Mark Walker

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Format: VHS Tape
If you missed the live performance by The League of Gentlemen you missed a classic. The video must be the next best thing and will be an essential for me.
Two series by this trio have already carved a niche for them with an individual brand of dark humour which centres on the fictional village of Royston Vasey. Characters include shopkeepers Edward and Tubbs (part pig, part depraved humans), tyrannical restart officer Pauline, butcher Hilary Briss (who trades in 'special' meat suspected to be human), and the bizarre freak show master Pa Lazarou. Although distinctly Pythonesque, the type of comedy defies definition and is very much their own. It shocks but doesn't rely on blunt shock laughs, it develops the bizarre yet still aims to be more than just 'wacky'.
The stage show features excerpts from the first two series including the classic card game 'Go Johnny Go Go Go Go', newsagent Pops' discovery of the missing chocolate bars, Pamela's audition and Pauline's outburst at Ross. A few new characters are introduced, but the old ones still dominate. The return of Edward and Tubbs is classic, and the trial of Pauline, calling witnesses including her replacement and the dopey Mickey, is unforgettable.
The highlight for me was the performance by theatre company 'Legs Akimbo' of their summary of northern life. Everything 'Legs Akimbo' have done in the series has been so close to reality in parodying over enthusiastic theatre that it's almost too real to be funny, but The League's form of comedy has achieved it's individuality by pushing back boundaries. 'Legs Akimbo' live dropped jaws and left the entire audience transfixed, scared to laugh in case they missed anything, and like the entire evening I watched, was performed with precision.
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By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
As a huge League of Gentlemen fan, I saw the live show several times and couldn't wait for the release of this DVD. I assumed, not least of all because of the quality of the other DVDs, that this one would include extras. The possibilites were endless- behind the scenes, footage filmed by Jeremy Dyson, corpsing, the making of, clips from the last show, interviews, a scrapbook of pictures, and so the list goes on. But no. There are none. Of course the show itself is fantastic and well worth buying on VHS, but having spent more on the DVD to find the only extras are the bits cut out when they could easily have been left in, I am a bit peeved to say the least.
So for those thinking of buying the DVD, save your money and get the video instead.
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By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
To say that this was an outstanding performance would be an understatement. I was at the night they were recording it and I can conclusively say it will not disappoint.
A healthy mix of old and new stuff with Royston Vasey favourites (such as Tubbs & Edward, Papa Lazarou, the Dentons and loads more), with less familiar, non-Royston Vasey sketches such as the mountain climbers (as seen on the Red Nose show 2001 in the UK).
There is also a lot of other never-before-seen stuff including the Tubbs and Edward conclusion to the series 2 and the Heir Lip Experience!
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I was lucky enough to see the live show twice - once in Manchester and once during their extended run at Drury Lane. On both occasions, amongst the audience it was easy to distinguish between those who were aware of the League’s pedigree as stage performers and the origins of what eventually became the TV show, and those who just liked the TV show and catchphrases and had probably never been inside a theatre before.
So, during the first half, which revisited the original stage show and the format in which it was presented, those in the latter category again could be split into two groups: those for whom it was a wonderful lesson in character comedy and the power of the theatre, and the fact that with minimal props and matching tuxedoes, the sheer virtuosity of the League’s performances were all that were required to provide a superb, hilarious (and, of course, dark) set of sketches; and those who were a little disgruntled because they were seeing three blokes in tuxedoes when they had paid to see Edward and Tubbs asking people if they were local and Papa Lazarou calling people Dave. Of course, they perked up once the fully costumed second half started and everything was familiar again. That’s the dumb TV generation for you… I know that sounds incredibly snobbish, but I make no apology for it. The League of Gentlemen require their audience, be they a TV or theatre audience, to use their brains a little. Sadly this seems to be a problem for some people.
Reading the reviews on this website, it would appear that the same two categories can be applied here also.
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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2001
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As a great fan of the League of Gentlemen I was slightly appalled at myself for seeing The League of Gentlemen on the very last day of it's performance at Drury Lane. However, I was not disappointed. It was a thrill to see my heroes live in action, and each sketch brought untold delights and revelations. The show refreshes your memory of why you liked the League so much, and then treats you will plot advances from Royston Vasey. It will please anyone who watches it and will never gather dust in anyone's collection. A real Must-Have of the year.
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