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Queer As Folk (Definitive Edition) [DVD]
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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.
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The set contains four discs: 1 and 2 contain QAF Series 1; Disc 3 contains QAF Series 2; and Disc 4 contains the special features.
Although this is the 'definitive' edition version, note that there is no difference between the actual series' presented here then that already released on DVD and video. However, now each series contains an optional commentary by Aiden Gillan (Stuart), Craig Kelly (Vince), Denise Black (Hazel), Antony Cotton (Alexander), Russell T Davies (Writer and Creator) and Nicola Shindler (Producer). Charlie Hunnam (Nathan), however, is not included on the commentary.
The packaging has greatly improved from the single series release versions of QAF. The DVDs are incased in a fold out pack which itself is placed inside a slide-out cover, and the DVD themselves are printed with the main characters from the show. The presentation also includes a 32 page booklet written by Russell T Davies, which also features pictures from both series.
Aside from the two series, the bonus disc contains numerous cut or extended scenes from the two series which futher enhance the narrative and are intersting to view. Some are pretty amusing; some are obvious as to why they have been cut! The disc also features the original Channel 4 trailers for each series, stills galleries, a video montage, character biographies and quotes. There is also a behind the scenes documentary; video taken from "Right to Reply" discussing the show; and a T4 interview.
The video is anamorphic 16:9 and sound is in 2.0 stereo with optional english subtitles.
Although some of the special features were available on the previous DVD releases of Queer as Folk, this is a marvellously presented box set which gives Queer as Folk the DVD treatment it really deserved, with some good extra special features - including a much anticipated commentary.
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.Read more ›
Queer As Folk was a remarkable show, with remarkable impact, which still reverberates around the world today. It changed lives. This DVD boxset celebrates a brilliant event; we may never see its like again.
It was really refreshing to see emotions dealt with in an uninhibited way - the sex scenes are honest and not only limited to men on men (a relief for lesbian fans so often featured poorly or not at all in contemporary gay literature/film/etc). It doesn't hide behind its waspishness as does Will and Grace. This series actually HAS men kissing men (convincingly) and has enough of a romantic componant to the story to give you something to dream about, enough realism, however to still allow one to identify with it, and enough sexy men and women to make one seriously consider going back to the gym!
Buy this, its worth it - and its cheaper than therapy!
Where the bloody hell is season 2, 3 etc
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**This is a general view of the series as a whole.** I remember when the programme crashed on to tv with a thump. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Can highly recommend both the first and second series of Queer As Folk. I've just bought both series on DVD as I first bought it, many years ago after watching it on tv, on video... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathryn Cox
A truly seminal piece of TV. It's a pity one more season was not contemplated.Published 2 months ago by Fred
A great box set of the first two series made. Sadly no more were commisioned and Russel T Davies became even busier rescuing and relaunching Doctor Who. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jeffreeves