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Queer As Folk (Definitive Edition) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black, Jason Merrells
  • Directors: Charles McDougall, Sarah Harding
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00405T192
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,568 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Definitive extended edition of Channel 4's controversial drama series. Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) and Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) are gay friends living in Manchester. Both 29 years of age, they are beginning to question the direction their lives are taking when they meet wild 15-year-old Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam) who shakes up their world with his arrival on the scene.

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Television has become so much a part of our lives that it rarely surprises us anymore, so when a series like Queer as Folk comes along--truly shocking and genuinely touching--it's an event to be remembered. Originally broadcast as eight half-hour episodes on Channel 4, QAF follows the lives of three men through life, love and all the travails of such in Manchester. That the protagonists are all gay--and Nathan (Charlie Hunnam) is just 15 years old--is treated as matter of course, and were it not for the fact that every character who is introduced is so vividly realised, it would be the only point. The ultimate triumph of QAF is not that the explicit, explosive subject matter is handled (mostly) tastefully, or that it made it on screen at all--it's that the characters are so intriguing that the unflinching looks at sex and relationships almost fade completely into the background.

The series certainly starts with a bang: in the first episode, young Nathan is deflowered, Stuart (Aiden Gillen) becomes a father and Vince (Craig Kelly) pines away with an unrequited love that quickly establishes itself as the series' main theme. (That Vince spends half of QAF with a boyfriend complicates the situation some.) Nathan has already come to terms with his sexuality by the time the series starts, but that doesn't mean that the rest of his family--or his fellow students--have; Stuart, the biggest (or, at least, busiest) stud in town, and QAF's approaches 30 and starts to re-examine his life; and Vince has to live with the rest of them.

The parents, families, friends and co-workers of all involved get plenty of screen time, and occasionally steal the scenes themselves--especially Denise Black (hairdresser Denise Osbourne from Coronation Street).--Randy Silver --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Well, for starters, this series commences with a lot of almost explicit sex. For those who haven't caught on, this is gay and in it's way, a bit rough. But it is pretty true for some and close to the mark for most.
Queer As Folk is something of a turning point in the presentation of gay lifestyles in the western-world. The oft-though of as bleak Manchester, England is the setting and the many colourful and varied (gay and straight) characters provide an interesting contrast.
The show covers just about everything in modern gay life: heterosexual parents, gay-friendly parents, lesbian mothers, drug use, party-party-party, lust and sex, friendships, work, discrimination, happiness and joy, death, and much more.
Yet what most secured my attention was the similarity that the (otherwise rather ordinary) leading characters shared with myself and many of my friends. The issues faced by them in their pursuit of realising some meaning to their lives were very similar to ours. And although the show was at the centre of controversy for its use of a young teenage character, it was really pitched at the late 20's crowd, represented by the majority of the leading roles. For this reason I think Queer As Folk is a clever and ironic reminder of where gay men are at in their late 20's at the turn of the millennium. Many of the issues are difficult to stomach, even for someone who has faced similar. This is reminiscent of another British television series "This Life" (which is something of a heterosexual equivalent) and in stark contrast with various other gay-themed series or movies that often present the gay lifestyle as either too fluffy or totally miserable.
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Great box set, has all the episodes from both series. I watched this originally when I was 21 in 1999 when it aired on channel 4, brilliant show, great having the dvd.
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HAPPY
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good
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well acted
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Very funny drama.Watch over again and again
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After seeing a small clip of this on TV I was intrigued to get the whole box set. I'm so glad I did. What an amazing series - and of such quality. I'm a straight, married woman with children so you might say I may not be the typical audience for this - but all I can say is I've rarely seen such quality drama. I was totally transfixed with the story of the three characters and their lives. It can stir just about every possible human emotion. Well done Channel 4!
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My friend an I watched this on Cable TV in Australia (Sunday Nites 10pmish!) and eventhough she IS a 'Soapy' head (and there's nothing wrong with that ( We both work in the media) , BUT I've got to say that the series captured me (us). The main characters (Stewart, Vince and Nathan)-their situations exploits downs and ups were all so capitivating we were immediately hooked.It has put together reality, humour, sadness, excitment sex loneliness and truth altogether in a realistic and believable manner. There is no Glitz and glamour, fabulous locations or wanky demonstrations of granduer, just the issue of raw relationships and the search by the characters for some kind of contentment satisfaction and happiness.(I think we can ALL relate to that!) I don't live my life as we see on the screen, and yes I do have close friends who are gay, but I must say that Queer As Folk continues to be a 'must-see' component of our week. I've never been addicted to any program, never, untill now.
Congratulations to all concerned, cast, crew, writers,producers directors- everyone. A Quality British Product.
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