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Big Train - Seasons 1 & 2 (2007)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3SRPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Train - Seasons 1 & 2" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

It's not big and it's not a train. It's just funny. Big Train steams out of the comedy tunnel as realism meets utter stupidity in a cavalcade of daft sketches performed by high-quality actors in stunning costumes and vast sets reminiscent of the worst excesses of DW Griffith. There are also lots of sketches in offices. Along the way we meet shy policemen, pop stars chasing jockeys, a duck in danger, hens in armed combat, a confused Transport Minister, highly charged sexual politics and casual, though necessary, violence.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Cast & Crew commentary
Biographies:Cast & crew bios
Deleted Scenes
Other:Material from:'Geht's Noch', the German version of Big Train
Photo gallery
Audio Commentary:Cast & crew commentary
Biographies:Cast & crew bios
Deleted Scenes
Photo gallery


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic August 23, 2007
Format:DVD
I watched this first time round growing up in England around 10 years ago. When it was first released on DVD in the UK, I tried to bide my time hoping it would be released over here. It didn't work, however. I caved and bought it once about a year ago in Region 2 format and had to watch on my laptop, and am buying it again in Region 1 format now that it's been released over here--it's that good.

Like many classic comedies some of the sketches fall flat, but when it works, it REALLY works. Of those that immediately spring to mind, Ming the Merciless at home in his suburban townhouse, and The Artist Formely Known as Prince stalking his prey in the African savannah never lose their appeal.

The second season doesn't quite reach the heights of the first, although there are many gems in there too. For a sample, try You Tube, but to witness the entire thing, as intended, you need to buy the DVDs.

Also known as the show that launched Simon Pegg's ("Shaun of the Dead"; "Hot Fuzz") on the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Train - Comedy Classic November 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Big Train only ran for two series but established itself as one of the funniest shows ever made in a very short space of time. A classic post Python sketch show, that was competing with serious heavyweight comedies in the UK like the The Fast Show and Little Britain, and the end, in my view, was better than both.

The surreal nature of some of the sketches is what makes the show so great. One sketch that always stuck in my mind was the wildlife film with the couple getting on to the roof of their Land Rover as a stampeding 'herd' of Jockey's swept past.. But there were many others just as good and some even more surreal. They were all beautifully acted by a stellar cast. Remember this is a series that had Simon Pegg and Catherine Tate to name but two.

Then of course there was the World Stare Out championships. A truly inspired idea, and to get Barry Davies in to do the commentary with one of the cast was the icing on the cake. How the writers thought that two animated characters staring at each other, in a psuedo sports arena, could be funny is completely beyond me. The fact that they were right, and produced one of the most original pieces of modern comedy is even more to their credit. I wonder how many takes they had to do each time?

If you missed these shows the first or second time round then this double DVD set is worth getting (theres some nice extras), and if you did see the show the first time round you'll know you have to get it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First season better than second July 8, 2007
Format:DVD
I had the pleasure of watching the first season while living in England. I laughed soooo hard at some of the skits that they stuck with me in the back of my head up to the day I ordered them!! So, my excitement that I could relive that by buying the dvd in America was overwhelming. I was waiting by the mailbox like a child. After seeing it all again, I am still verrrrry much pleased with the first season, but the second season was a bit disappointing. (only my opinion) Seriously, though, if you like quirky british humour and you have an open mind, you will LOVE the first dvd!! There are some skits that I think are so well written and so effin hysterical, i have literally found myself thinking of them in daydreams and laughing all over again. i appreciate the minds that came up with this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Successor to Monty Python April 29, 2006
Format:DVD
Please note first that the listed product details are wrong. This is a region 2 DVD, and consequently WILL NOT PLAY ON AMERICAN DVD PLAYERS. As far as I am aware, Big Train has never been released over here. That said, if you have a multi-region player, this is one of the funniest sketch shows released in years. Similiar in format and approach to Monty Python, the Big Train team delight in juxtaposing the ridiculous with the everyday--the sketches of Ming the Merciless at home and, later, being visited in hospital by his friend being classic examples. As with Monty Python, however, the sketches are pretty hit and miss. While some border on genius, others will just leave you with a puzzled expression on your face. The quality also dips towards the end of the series, as if all the best ideas were exhausted early on. That said, there are plenty of gems here, and once you've watched both series, the inclusion of a scene select feature means you can also go back to just the ones you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British comedy need I say more! July 20, 2013
Format:DVD
This is what Saturday night Live should be.
You see a ton of famous English actors and actresses.
Not all the jokes land but they are still great.
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