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Bottom: Not Another Half-Arsed DVD Set (DVD)

Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson were the creators and stars of 1980s cult smash and BBC best-selling DVD The Young Ones. In this follow up series, they bring you Richie Richard and Eddie Hitler - two obnoxious loners desperately seeking love, money and friendship, and failing to find any of it. As they pursue their doomed quest, they experiment with pheremones, join a dating service, and dress up for halloween...as a devil and a banana.

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British comedians Rik Mayall and Adrian "Ade" Edmondson vaulted to fame in The Young Ones, a high-energy but decidedly lowbrow TV show about clashing roommates. Mayall and Edmondson went on to create Bottom, playing Richie Richards (Mayall) and Eddie Hitler (Edmondson), two hapless dimwits floundering through life at the bottom of the social scale. Bottom provides plenty of the spastic slapstick and cartoon violence of The Young Ones, but the characters have greater dimension--even, possibly, a hint of soulfulness, which is always squashed at the first opportunity--and the dialogue has flights of loony wit ("You poor, sad, deformed urban pustule," declares Richie when Eddie resists going camping). Richie is a middle-aged virgin, high-strung, frustrated, yet possessed of eternal hope, while Eddie is phlegmatic and utterly without curiosity or ambition. They abuse, cheat, and steal from each other, yet seem inseparable. Many episodes feature no other characters; in one, they spend the entire half-hour trapped in a carriage at the top of a ferris wheel. It may seem peculiar to say this about a show in which two men have a contest to see who can put more custard in their underpants, but Richie and Eddie bear a striking resemblance to Vladmir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's classic play Waiting for Godot. Without jobs or any real hope of a better life, they fritter their time in their grimy apartment trying to amuse themselves aimlessly, never succeeding in any of their schemes to get laid or make money. Fear not; any existential implications take a back seat to eye-poking and iron-skillet-head-smacking that the Three Stooges would admire. Full Bottom includes the entirety of the three Bottom series, 18 episodes in all. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

Featurette: 1. Early stand-up comedy featuring Rik and Ade as The Dangerous Brothers 2. The Dangerous Brothers take on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie 3. Rik reads some very intellectual poetry Outtakes: Early stand-up comedy by Rik and Ade Featurette: 1. Early stand-up comedy featuring Rik and Ade as The Dangerous Brothers 2. The Dangerous Brothers take on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie 3. Rik reads some very intellectual poetry Outtakes: Early stand-up comedy by Rik and Ade Featurette: 1. Early stand-up comedy featuring Rik and Ade as The Dangerous Brothers 2. The Dangerous Brothers take on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie 3. Rik reads some very intellectual poetry Outtakes: Early stand-up comedy by Rik and Ade Featurette: 1. Early stand-up comedy featuring Rik and Ade as The Dangerous Brothers 2. The Dangerous Brothers take on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie 3. Rik reads some very intellectual poetry Outtakes: Early stand-up comedy by Rik and Ade Featurette: 1. Early stand-up comedy featuring Rik and Ade as The Dangerous Brothers 2. The Dangerous Brothers take on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie 3. Rik reads some very intellectual poetry Outtakes: Early stand-up comedy by Rik and Ade Featurette: 1. Early stand-up comedy featuring Rik and Ade as The Dangerous Brothers 2. The Dangerous Brothers take on Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie 3. Rik reads some very intellectual poetry Outtakes: Early stand-up comedy by Rik and Ade

Product Details

  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson
  • Directors: Robert Spiers, Ed Bye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John Nelson on March 18, 2004
Listen, I'm not an elitest snob but I won't ignore what I know myself. Tv has gotten pretty lame lately and is showing little sign of getting better. Sitcoms that are touted by everybody as being funny and aren't, dramas that hype the drama and don't deliver. Good shows like Farscape and The Job which get canned while demons on NBC and CBS go untamed. Thats what I like about BOTTOM. It says that you'll laugh and you will, it doesn't shout it out loud either. There are no major plots just silly events which turn into stories on their own. It has a cult following and we can pray for new episodes or at least the live performances to come to disc as well.
BOTTOM comes from the minds primarily behind THE YOUNG ONES (another bastion of great watching) but on a slightly more mature and grown up level. If THE YOUNG ONES was a "family" show with Vyvian as son, Neil as mother, Mike as dad, Rick as daughter, then BOTTOM is a husband and wife style show with two chums (and no they aren't gay but at times Richie seems boderline), Sexually frustrated and annoying Richie (the wife) and stagering jobless drunkard Eddie (husband) share an apartment in England. They don't have much money, they don't have many friends, they almost never get the girl and both are almost ingratiatingly stupid. All they have is each other, and thats why one would cheat the other out of anything even to merely creep ahead in life, even if it means giving up a greater fortune. Don't worry YOUNG ONES fans, all of the slapstick violence and verbal abuse came over intact without the weird surrealism and side storys.
The entire series is here on a three disc set. SMELLS has the boys getting ahold of Pheramone spray and then testing it out on girls at the local bar, too bad they don't know that they're already "taken".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas I. Keiser on February 11, 2005
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I hadn't actually managed to see Bottom until, like so many others, I checked out the first episode, which was included as a bonus on The Young Ones DVD set. On this alone, I picked up the Full Bottom set, and was not disappointed. Matter of fact, I'd have to say I prefer this to The Young Ones...no stupid pop bands or bad extraneous filler material creeping into the works here! This is brutish, stupid, violent, schoolboy behavior as executed by two grown men. There's something marvelously childish about it all. There's a certain degree of phoniness to all the blows to the groin. This is probably one of the few instances where sexist behavior is actually genuinely funny. Yes, it's base, but the characterizations of these foul, disgusting human beings as executed by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson are nothing short of hilarious. Fact is, the Richie and Eddie characters don't know any better than to not have jobs, get drunk, try to scheme cash (or, as in one episode, natural gas), and fail miserably with women, and that's exactly what's so smart about it all. When all you other kiddies get over Will Ferrel and the like, get on to the genuine living cartoon that is Bottom and bask in the brilliance that is Rik and Ade!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Colley on November 29, 2005
BOTTOM is probably one of the most underrated comedies ever. Everytime British TV do a 100 greatest comedies, sketches, etc, it never gets a look in. Which is a shame because it is infinitely more funnier tham most of the crud that passes for comedy these days. There is a lot more to this than just slapstick, toilet humour and gratuitous violence (which make it funny anyway). The script is witty, and fresh enough to appeal to others as well.

For example (though not a very good example):

When Richie and Eddie go camping on Wimbledon Common and run out of food (within 5 minutes of getting there) Richie's morbid mind turns to cannabilism:

Rich: "What's that film were they all eat each other?"
Eddie: "Deep Throat."

The humour can be surprisingly subtle in places and the writing is superb, especially when Richie and Eddie are stuck in the flat
with nothing to do. Not much happens but Richie's inevitable wish to annoy the hell out of Eddie is a joy to watch.

Even though the humour can be crude for some, there is an innocence in their otherwise rotten lifes (Richie's virgin teenage-like pangs: "Why won't anyone have it off with me?")

The innocence, and cartoonish violence, reminds me of Laurel and Hardy (both get on each other's nerves, and both seem to physical damage each other, buy design or accident, but, on the other hand, both cannot seem to survive without each other).

Series three is the weakest of the three series. It relies more on shouting and slapstick than great writing (which is balanced perfectly in the first two series). Though, the episode where Rich and Eddies are stuck on top of a ferris wheel is an exception. Even so, series three is still brilliant.

My favourite episodes are: Richie's birthday party where he breaks both his legs and the Christmas special where Richie cuts his finger off and Eddie staples it back on - Merry Christmas!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By melanie simner on August 18, 2003
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Having moved to the USA 12 months ago I found that i wanted some of the comedy that I had taken for granted back home. I have tried everywhere to get Bottom on DVD and had bought a multi-region player so that next time I was in the UK I could bring some back. It is great news to see this anarchic comedy being put out in a generous 3 disc set. If you like your humour outragious and littered with a fair amount of painful slapstick, then this is definitely for you.
Buy with total confidence if you like the mad humour of Cleese, etc. .....and of course it does have it's fair amount of toilet humour...hence the title!.......Also, look out for the release of a 4 disc set of the king of UK sitcoms....Only fools and horses, one of the funniest UK sitcoms ever. you may take a while to understand the lingo....but you will love it all the same.....or you must be a "24 carrot plonker!"
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