The New Statesman Complete Box Set - Series 1 to 4 [DVD]
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Rik Mayall stars as the ruthless Alan B'Stard, the egocentric MP who will stop at nothing to further his political career. With no morals, no depth to which he wouldn't sink and no plot too cunning, following the antics of such an immoral MP makes for unbelievable nonstop comedy. Includes the feature length episode Who Shot Alan B'stard?.
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This DVD-Box-Set includes all 4 series (26 episodes) of the
highly successful comedy series starring Rik Mayall as the
ruthless MP Alan B'Stard.
Great characters like his loyal servant Piers (Michael
Troughton), his revengeful wife Sarah (Marsha Fitzalan)
or his creative accountant Norman Bormann (R.R. Cooper),
whose sex changes during the first series, contribute to the fun.
There are also cameos from fellow comedians Stephen Fry
& Hugh Laurie and Chris Ryan (The Young Ones, Bottom).
The 1990 one-hour-special "Who shot Alan B'Stard?" is,
thankfully, also included. Strangely, the special is placed
at the end of the 4th disc / series, although it takes place
between the 2nd & 3rd series.
The long deleted video release "The Absolute B'Stard Box Set"
placed the special rightly at the start of the 3rd cassette.
Missing on the DVD-Box is a 15min. Comic Strip-special
"The New Statesman at No.10", but this was no real episode,
and Rik Mayall was acting partly out of character.
So there is no real drawback, as you have all regular episodes
together in a box, and the price is unbeatable, considering
what other DVD-Boxes cost.
If you like Rik Mayall and comedy like "Black Adder",
this one is definitely for you!!!
However, the high quality original has been given exceptionally poor DVD treatment. The discs contain nothing but 'Play All' and 'Episode Selection' facilities - there isn't even scene selection. The menu on the first disc is different in presentation from the others, being identical to the DVD of the first series released previously while the others are the 'new release' look. They could have very easily included the 15-minute Comic Relief special, but this is noticeably lacking from the 'complete' series. Also, the feature length special - 'Who Shot Alan B'Stard?' - is in the wrong place. It is at the end of the fourth series on the disc, but comes at the end of the second series chronologically.
All in all, I would recommend this set. If you think you might enjoy the series, you certainly won't be disappointed. Also, it's a much better deal than buying the separate series DVDs - I can't see why anyone would want to own just one or two of them. Just be prepared to be let down by its presentation.
Series 2 took it to slapstick levels and while this made the humour more obvious it was balanced well with some intelligent writing and one or two clasic comedy moments (e.g Alan on Question Time discussing abortion, stating "ugly, stupid, poor people should not be allowed to have children!" or Piers forced onto a window ledge facing the Thames, pleading with Alan "I can't swim" which gets the curt reply "that's not entirely relevant as I've just attached you to this enormus bust of Gladstone".
Series 3 still had it's moments (ë.g. "I didn't know the EC butter mountain was eligible to stand for Parliament") but by series 4 the rot had set in and the humour became childish and farcical.
Best remember series 1 to 3 and then ignore the rest. Gotta love any bad guy that owns a race horse called Eat The Poor.
Its true as someone stated, you can only get scene selection on the first DVD, the others just have episode selection, but let's be honest, at this price, anyone who picks holes has to be a right B'stard!
Mayall is superb as greedy capitalist money mad B'Stard who thinks nothing of walking all over anyone and everyone.
Really well worth having this boxed set.
Last series isn't up to the standards of the earlier series'
If you're a fan of the fantastic Rik Mayall, you'll love this. If you like daft political humour, give it a try.
Actually, if you have any sense of humour, give it a try.
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I was in my early teens this was the highlight of the weeks TV. Unfortunately it's dated rather badly, I only managed the first 4 episodes this time around.Published 4 months ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson
Love this show in the eighties and nineties, just had to get it. The price and packaging no probs.Published 8 months ago by Lee Moody
A forgotten saga in comedy. Rick mayall is brilliant. A must for all collectors!Published 10 months ago by Christer Gjein
Not seen yet, but was good the first time around. Bought as a present not yet openedPublished 12 months ago by Beejay
Not as good as I'd remembered it sadly... Genius moments still though.Published 14 months ago by A. E. Mason-smith