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Action: The Complete Series (1999)

Jay Mohr , Illeana Douglas  |  NC-17 |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jay Mohr, Illeana Douglas, Jarrad Paul, Jack Plotnick, Buddy Hackett
  • Writers: Chris Thompson
  • Producers: Brian Volk-Weiss
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 299 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQQI8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Action: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodic filmmakers' commentaries
  • "Making of" featurette
  • Interactive "Hollywood Insider" Dictionary

Editorial Reviews

Immoral, politically incorrect, and fiercely funny, Action: The Complete Series is a timeless comedy focusing on a group of Hollywood insiders whose moral compass has spun out of control. Led by uber-producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr), the series' first and only season ferociously lampoons the sleaziness of modern-day Hollywood. Dragon--seemingly the separated-at-birth brother of slimy uber-agent Bob Sugar (also played by Mohr) from Jerry Maguire--is a jerk who pretends to be gay when it's convenient and doesn't understand why Salma Hayek (playing herself) would slap him silly for making inappropriate suggestions during an earlier audition. In Dragon's lair, sexual harassment is an inconvenience, the screenwriter is an afterthought, and a movie isn't a film unless it's got mega-explosions. Mohr and Illeana Douglas (portraying an ex-child star turned prostitute turned studio executive) are a joy to watch. When a sycophantic colleague accuses Dragon of promoting a hooker over him, he calmly says, "She's my prostitute. You're my whore." A subtle difference, yes, but one that makes a world of difference in Hollywood. If there's a plus side to this topnotch series being canceled in 1999, it's that the writers didn't have time to let the show disintegrate into hackneyed clichés. There is no warm-hearted parable to justify the nasty means--just a lot of quick-witted dialogue and an excellent ensemble cast that makes viewers enjoy the characters despite (or should that be because of?) their numerous flaws. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

Way too edgy for network TV, this funny, uncensored, naming-names series peels off the glitter of Hollywood moviemaking and exposes the duplicitous but totally addictive, behind-the-scenes truth. Campy, uncensored and very controversial, this "too-close-to-reality" show features guest stars that include Keanu Reeves, Salma Hayek and Sandra Bullock. Superstar producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr, host of TV's "Last Comic Standing") builds his stellar career on the three pillars of show business - prostitution, nepotism and dishonesty. Adding to that an ego as big as a Beverly Hills mansion, the aptly-named Dragon and his cohorts manage to be politically incorrect, backstabbing, phony, petty, pissy and most of all - ingeniously funny!

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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you enjoying your Cobb salad? December 19, 2005
I am so glad this cruelly under-watched show is coming to DVD; my treasured third-generation VCR copy of the complete series is showing signs of wear from my having watched it so many times. This show was way too smart for its own good and maybe a few years ahead of its time.

Jay Mohr was absolutely perfect as producer Peter Dragon. The rest of the regular cast (including Ileana Douglas, R. Lee Ermey, and even the late Buddy Hackett) were uniformly marvelous. Even the more minor characters were brilliantly cast: nobody who saw characters like Asher, the supercilious maitre 'd, or the Chinese-American liposuctionist, or the fearsome PR fixer Connie Hunt, or terrifyingly well-endowed studio head Bobby Z, or closeted action hero Cole Riccardi will ever forget them. The guest stars (Salma Hayek, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Tony Hawk, etc.) were fearless participants in sly send-ups of the Hollywood that they are themselves such a large part of.

But the real stars were the writers. The show seems like it's all about Peter Dragon, but it's just as much the story of nebbish writer Adam Rafkin (or was it Alan Rifkin?...). Fighting to retain every sensitive allegorical scene in his magnum opus, BEVERLY HILLS GUN CLUB (like the ritual slaughter of the pandas), Rafkin is the perfect counterpart to Dragon's consummate amoral Hollywood insider. While Rafkin is trying desperately to become an insider and starts to lose his moral compass, Dragon (to his considerable surprise) starts to find that he actually *has* a moral compass, even if it doesn't always point true north.

This show is hilarious, knowing, occasionally vicious, brilliantly written, superbly acted, and a real treat for anyone who loved THE PLAYER or DAY OF THE LOCUSTS. Having it on DVD is going to be great.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
More than 5 years after its short-lived run on Fox, "Action" has come to DVD! I never liked American sitcoms. Never found them funny. Can't stand laugh tracks. But this raunchy no-holds-barred showbiz satire had me hooked on the first episode. "Action" was the funniest thing I had ever seen. I rearranged my schedule to watch this show in 1999. And it doesn't have a laugh track! It doesn't need one. It's actually funny. "Action" was cancelled after only eight episodes. Fox had put it up against "Frasier", "Chicago Hope" and WWF (now WWE) wrestling on Thursday nights. The stiffest competition on television. "Action" apparently did ok in urban markets but no where else. That's not surprising, since half of its audience was watching the WWF. Now all 13 episodes, including some never shown on network television, are on these 2 DVDs. The order of the episodes is different than it was on television, and it's not clear to me what the intended order was. Expletives that were bleeped out on television have been restored, although they were funnier when they were bleeped, truthfully. The "beep"s became part of the joke.

"Action" follows the outrageous antics of Hollywood producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr) as he tries to produce "Beverly Hills Gun Club", his latest action-comedy and hopeful hit. Peter's production company Dragonfire Films specializes in "event films", meaning ultra-violent action, and Peter needs to redeem himself after an expensive flop. Peter's boss at the studio is domineering, gay billionaire Bobby G (Lee Arenberg) -who is married to Peter's ex-wife Jane (Cindy Ambuehl). His Vice President of Production is blunt, savvy Wendy Ward (Illeana Douglas), a former child-star-turned-high-priced-hooker. Stuart Glazer (Jack Plotnick) is his much-abused Head of Production.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter F**king Dragon December 15, 2005
Full of swearing, sex, drugs and insider jokes about Hollywood, this was doomed from minute one, but remains some of the funniest television I've seen. Jay Mohr plays a delicious monster and the supporting cast all give very good value. The humour never strays out of the deep black, so possibly not for easily offended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All these reviews are dead on... April 28, 2006
By B. Boyd
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This needs way more than 5 stars becuase it is absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen on television. The ironic thing is that the basis of the show is that the entertainment biz is full of shallow, shortsighted, greedy zeros. And to prove the point, this show was moved from timeslot to timeslot and killed before it's time. Like the movie 'This is Spinal Tap', this is parody that is so dead on and so focused, it was too 'left coast' to have caught on in a big way. It's pure genius. If you own Spinal Tap or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you MUST own this. And the price is just silly. This will be your best entertainment value for the dollar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! I Can't Believe It!! January 1, 2006
My friend used to send me a mish-mash of shows taped from comedy central, and on there were three stray episodes of this insanely funny show! I got so hooked just off of those 3 episodes that I have literally been looking around for years for the rest of the lot. Sly cynical black humour, this is one of the most unique and truly hillarious shows I have seen in a long long time. I hope enough people buy the DVD's that someone decides to pick it back up, this show is truly of that caliber, even funnier than (dare I say it) Family Guy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW January 29, 2006
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It's about time! Excellent Comedy with jay Mohr! Crass, profane, All you need! --- I had resulted to buying bootleg VHS copied on Ebay years ago( as Jay Mohr once sugested)....nice to clean dvd quality with out the bleeeeeps.CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PREORDER NOW BEFORE AMAZON RAISES THE PRICE.....AND THEY WILL.

Hey Jay -- you once told me this would never make it to dvd beacuse of the two studios fighting over $$$$ ---glad you were wrong my friend!!!!
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Published 16 days ago by don1126
2.0 out of 5 stars Action is a satire with very little audience
For all the praise this show gets from reviewers here, you have to wonder why it didn't score with viewers who for the most part ignored the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bo Knows
5.0 out of 5 stars LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH!!!
Published 1 month ago by WICKEDMORT
5.0 out of 5 stars NetFlix Should Pick This Up!
This is one of the best shows out of the 90's EVER! Thirteen 24 minute episodes of sheer delight and entertainment. Whenever I think of Jay Mohr, I think of this series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
While none of the episodes are as good as the first one, in total they are the best - and most accurate - black humor about Hollywood that I've ever seen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Peppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Mill Creek re-Release April 1 2014 $9.98
This was the funniest, wittiest network TV series ever! It was broadcast on FOX in the 90's and bleeped constantly for language and only ran 13 episodes; too bad HBO didn't pick it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony Dasher
5.0 out of 5 stars JACK PLOTINCK
Published 6 months ago by Yolanda
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect portrayal of Hollywood
Unfortunately, this is a VERY accurate depiction of the film and television industry. It's too bad this one didn't continue instead of Entourage, which revels in the problems of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bandwagon Books
4.0 out of 5 stars This comedy is an undervalued gem
It is great fun if.

Though it is great fun even the funny but rude remarks become a bit more of the samenafter a while. Therefore I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Read more
Published 8 months ago by F. E. Olberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Action = EPIC
I loved this series during its initial run but it was ahead of its time. Wish it had been on a cable network that would have been able to sustain the concept.
Published 9 months ago by David Guenthner
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