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on 10 April 2014
Fantastic!!! It's the first time that I have felt mature and rather grown up watching a DVD!!! I remember this when it was on the television originally.....and the issues it was mentioning and covering are like only yesterday!!!

Well worth to have on when friends or family around.....V entertaining and can get a few arguments too!!! A Must have!!!

Thank you
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on 11 March 2015
Bought it to surprise a friend he loves it
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on 30 April 2008
This DVD is amazing, it is so funny.
Although the events are not current this does not detract from the absolutely fantastic sketches. Although some of them are much more funnier than others on the whole it is the best buy I have made in a long time and I look forward to all the series being madfe available on DVD.
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on 1 July 2010
Considering just how old series one of Spitting Image is now (1984) the bite that this old pup has is quite serious! For what is essentially an old fashioned comedy sketch show (but with puppets) there are some serious messages being brought sharply into focus.

The corruption of the Reagan puppet-government, the insensitivity of the Thatcher government and nonsense that was surrounding the news at the time. No stone goes un-turned and simply put; nothing is sacred.

The only thing letting down Spitting Image is the voice-over artists. There's simply not enough range. That said, the writing is sharp, witty and painfully accurate. If you lived through the eighties, you will still find it hilarious and it certainly hasn't lost it's edge.

The last episode was particularly poignant and even end with Sting actually singing a re-working of 'Every Breath You Take' but about the world leaders and watching 'every bomb you make' etc. Great stuff and I still maintain, fourteen years after this excellent show was axed, a show like this is exactly what the government needs to keep it in check.
Who knows, maybe Labour got it rid of it!

If you think the recent election (May 2010) is as much of a joke as I do, then this DVD and the rest of the series is for you.
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on 4 February 2008
The quality of these DVDs, both in terms of picture/sound and content, is decidedly variable, and one episode in particular looks like it came off someone's home VHS tape. But the variability is the price you pay for getting the whole series. You are electing not to allow someone else to select the bits they think are still funny, but to take the whole instead.

So for example the 1st episode has nothing funny in it - but at the time the mere vicious accuracy of the puppet caricatures was enough to make the show deeply exciting and controversial, and its not surprising the team took a couple of weeks to get into their stride.

Likewise the voices - Thatcher is brilliant but many of the rest are done by Chris Barrie using a somewhat limited range, and anyone familiar with Red Dwarf will now just hear Arnold Rimmer time and time again.

But there are great bits too, and it is easy to forget just how shocking and groundbreaking the portrayal of the Queen putting her bets on when she should have been meeting the Prime Minister, or of Thatcher's cabinet as full of spineless chinless wonders, was at the time.

And unlike a lot of 'alternative' comedy of the 1980s Spitting Image was as derisive about the left wing as it was about the right. So Neil Kinnock, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Roy Hattersley, Arthur Scargill etc. are all as viciously lampooned as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

And its all definitely worth it just to see Sting's re-recording of "Every breath you take" with biting new lyrics - the finale to the series.

If you buy the complete first series of a 23 year old satire you are going to get some duff bits. But IMHO there are enough gems to warrant 4 stars.
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on 6 October 2014
3 ONLY 3 EPISODES from the series be warned.
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on 11 September 2008
A chance to view all the episodes of Spitting Image from 1984. See rubber charicatures of 80s politicians - a sadistic Thatcher and her fawning cabinet, a child-like deranged Reagan and his long-suffering assistant Ed, Kinnock and his Loony Left no-hopers including a ranting Arthur Scargill. Also lampooned are showbiz stars, from Dennis Norden and his terrible puns to Bob Dylan singing songs about disgusting cheese and missing underpants. It is true that some of the material looks pretty dated now, and it takes a few episodes to get going (although the first episode does contain a hilarious take on Michael Jackson's Thriller). But it's still well worth buying for fans of satire.
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on 22 July 2015
Rather disappointed. Bringing back memories, but most of the programme consist of the government which gets boring after a while, I cannot remember most of them, Maggie Thatcher and her Husband Dennis are good, also her son Mark. The best parts are of the Royals which unfortunately do not show enough of.
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on 16 February 2013
Political Satire of the 1980s and is great at poking fun at the politicans at the Politicans and royals and public figures of the day if you have a weird sense of humour you will love this!classic British Tv!!
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on 20 June 2015
Always good for a laugh, very close to the truth also. Highly recommended.
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