- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Universal Pictures Video
- DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2005
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000ATPOD4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The fictional world of Royston Vasey is familiar to the countless fans of award-winning TV comedy series The League of Gentlemen. But something has gone disastrously wrong in the nightmarish town as a series of dark omens appear foretelling its doom. Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the locals realise that the only way to avert disaster is for a small rescue party to find a way into the real world...
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The cast includes some fine cameos by Bernard Hill, Victoria Wood, Emily Woof, David Warner, and Michael Sheen (as Jeremy Dyson), and you might also spot Simon Pegg and Peter Kay too. Using the same director and composer as the TV series, there are obvious overlaps in style and atmosphere with the TV series, and homages to the writers' favourite films come aplenty. Unfortunately, though, the clever concept becomes less funny and more ridiculous as the film develops, as it tries to deal successfully with the effects of its own cumbersome storyline. It ends in a disappointing mush. However, that being said, when watching the film I counted three outbursts of laughter from myself, twenty-five chuckles, and an uncountable number of smiles - but alas, there were no eye-watering guffaws.
The accompanying commentary from all four writers is, like that to the TV series, of mixed use, since it is difficult to know who is saying what as each tries to dominate the conversation. It was recorded prior to the film's release, so they did not then know if the film had bombed or won an Oscar. Of course, history proved it to be more like the former than the latter. In an article in The Guardian in November 2009, Jeremy Dyson is reported as saying that they were naïve: "Film is capitalism in its brutal form, and it's about how are you going to get an audience.Read more ›
Rather refreshingly, the movie concentrates on the more obscure characters from the telly show. And easily the funniest creation from LoG to begin with, Geoff Tipps (or St.George of Asda, as he is heroically crowned) is also the pinnacle figure of the movie providing all of the laugh out loud moments. Shearsmith delivers his lines with his customary Northern charm and lovable churlishness. Most of the humour relies on subtlety, a lot of which I missed on the first viewing. But after watching again and again, I am pleased to say there's something new to laugh at each time. Not much in the way of ''Have you heard the one about the Mau mau'', but this is exactly why the film appeals to a select audience: there's no sign of the catchphrases and familiar jokes that perhaps the fans of the TV show were hoping for. It's not in essence a feature length League of Gentlemen movie - it's instead a movie which happens to feature a few of the characters dreamt up for the TV show.
There's a greater depth behind the humour and ideas, that sadly may have gone to waste if viewers are switching off after 30 minutes. A lot of TV-to-big screen productions can't work as they're basically stretching out a plot that would have otherwise been crammed into a half hour show.Read more ›
Although we wouldn't want to have missed the film, the overall feeling at the end was one of disappointment that we didn't feel able to justify a 5 star rating.
Some advice for those who have never come across the League of Gentlemen before ... to avoid feeling totally bemused you must watch series 1 of the TV shows (and ideally series 2 as well) before watching the movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great silly , crude comedy
just like watching a very long episode
This film was hugely enjoyable for me. Reece, Steve and Mark are such great and watchable performers that even watching them play themselves is impressive! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer Small
The disk stopped about half an hour in and when I checked I realised it was scratched through no fault of my own. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This 2005 feature film spin-off of the television comedy series has the characters of Royston Vasey trying to save themselves from the impending apocalypse as they discover they... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Throda tzen