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The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (NL) - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set

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  • Actors: Patricia Hodge, Liz Smith, John Bluthal, Miriam Margolyes, Dennis Waterman
  • Directors: Philip Saville
  • Producers: The Life and Loves of a She-Devil - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 230.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031CDT9S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Ruth has everything. A large, warty body, a standard house in the suburbs, two whiney children, a dog, a cat and a guinea pig. She also has Bobo, her unfaithful accountant husband who resents her very existence. Bobo wants, and is wanted by, Mary Fisher. Mary Fisher lives in a lighthouse by the sea and writes about love. When Bobo leaves Ruth for the novelist, she decides that Mary Fisher doesn't know the first thing about love. Ruth intends to teach her. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Life and Loves of a She-Devil - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set

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Warning: the 12-rating belies some fairly adult content. I have fond memories of watching this as a 13-year-old with my parents and everyone getting hideously embarassed, so do watch out. This mid-80s BBC production is faithfully adapted from the Fay Weldon novel of the same title and is infinitely better than the hollywood movie version. Dowdy housewife Ruth finally flips out over her husband's (Dennis Waterman with a bad 'tache) latest affair and sets out on an epic mission to ruin him and his mistress, the romance novelist Mary Fisher. In the course of doing so she assumes various personas and affects a fair few other lives. As she takes on her She-devil mantle and approaches her goal things get progressively weirder and weirder, culminating in an admirably unsettling climax which the movie shied away from. The title and satanic-looking imagery on the box are misleading though - the show dallies with the paranormal but doesn't go much further than Ruth scaring a Romany lady.
There are a few technical problems, including the standard nasty washed-out look common to many eighties programs, some truly scary eighties hairstyles and makeup and some pretty leaden acting in places - Waterman's numerous temper tantrums are particularly laughable, though I think this is more the fault of the script. However when the most believable character in the production is Tom Baker playing a randy priest you know something is not quite right. These issues, however, wind up contributing to the general air of weirdness and really enhance the experience.
We've waited a long time for this to become available and I'm glad to say it's worth the wait.
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I was really looking forward to this after reading about its forthcoming release about a year ago. Very enjoyable nonsense and, consistent with most Network discs, a nice selection of extras. On the technical front, for those who are interested, sound is a bit distorted at times and the colour is rather washed out in places. It only takes a knob twiddle on the TV to improve the situation considerably, but I've never understood why in these circumstances the colour can't be "boosted" before mastering to DVD... Curiously on my copy, disc 2 was labelled disc 1 and vice versa. So if like me you think things aren't quite what you remembered, you may be watching episode 3 rather than episode 1!
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I watched this on TV years ago. Recently read the book and thought I'd like to see the drama again. Glad I ordered it.
Story follow Fay's Weldon's wicked, witty dialogue. Acting is first-rate with the exception, perhaps, of Dennis Waterman.
Recommended.
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Excellent stuff- probably my favourite tv programme of the 1980s. Yes, dodgy hairdos and fashion nightmares abound, but this does not detract from a fantastic tale of utter revenge.
Beware though, my discs were wrongly numbered as well....
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This is an excellent mini-series and is well worth getting. IMHO you should avoid the Hollywood film version like the plague as it reshapes the story into a comedy. The mini-series did have elements of black comedy but it was never a laugh-riot.

Please note that this DVD does contain the full series (it was four parts NOT six as stated by another reviewer). However some of the music has been altered due to rights issues.
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Julie.T.Wallace and Patricia Hodge were so perfect for these roles.Particularly Julie T, she steals every scene she appears in,what a shame she has'nt had more leading roles.
Liz Smith gives a terrific and hilarious performance as Patricia Hodge's(Mary Fisher's)trouble making mother.And there is also Miriam Margoyles,Dennis Waterman and Tom Baker.The cast is fantastic,though Dennis Waterman is not convincing as the middle class Bobbo.He is too much of a 'lad'.
It is great wicked fun,and so British.A little dated, but that is to be expected.And it is a shame the cast could not have done new interviews for the D.V.D release.And my discs are incorrectly labelled.But I love it!
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This came into coversation and I suddenly wondered if it was available on DVD and here it was. It arrived very quickly and the quality was just as good as I could've expected for a show that is now so old. Obviously, the fashions, technology and general ways of life depicted are laughably dated now, the quality of the acting and production is every bit as good as I remember it at the time which says a lot when I look back at other old shows that have not survived the test of time.
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Great series,I watched it when it first came out in 1986.It is such a good change to see it
again,especially after all these years.Loved especially the part when she worked on the judge.
Acting was exceptional throughout the series.
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