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The Complete Black Books (2007)

Dylan Moran , Bill Bailey  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Rosie Day, Paul Beech
  • Writers: Dylan Moran
  • Format: Box set, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 433 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Black Books" on IMDb

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Black Books centers around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black (Dylan Moran). Bernard's devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and willful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny (Bill Bailey), his assistant. Bearded, gentle, sweet and good, Manny is everything that Bernard isn't and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran (Tamsin Greig), their oldest friend, depends on them for distraction. Black Books is a haven of books, wine and conversation, the only threat to the group's peace and prosperity is their own limitless stupidity.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Oddly enough, Comedy is the hardest thing for people to agree on.
Now, I have to say, I am open to enjoying many forms of comedy, but Black Books consistently has me going into seizures of laughter. I don't know why, but the unique and particular TIMING in their shows is the key to my personal HUMOR button. Mind you, I love FAWLTY TOWERS, and I LOVE Eddie IZZARD stand up, but Black Books never fails to throw me into hysterical fits of laughter when the afore-mentioned items have even grown cold.
Black Books touches a sarcasm bone I didn't know existed. Normally I enjoy the standard issue sarcasm and high-brow humor, but Black Books takes all that one step further and even adds a little Simon Pegg and his stark, straight-man-humor--as was so aptly illustrated in Shaun of the Dead-- and integrates that to Black books as well.
Black Books has a little of "everything" in it, as long as the everything is BRITISH humor. And I have to say it tickles my funny bone every single time I watch it. I can't say enough GOOD about BLACK BOOKS. But like all comedy, you have to see it yourself to determine if it is funny to you personally. So try an episode, give it a shot. And make your own determination. Honestly, it's the best $45 I ever spent.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black & Antisocial : The Mastery of a Genre May 12, 2008
Watching "Black Books" is the cinematic equivalent of a nonsensical Woody Allen novel - nothing makes much sense, the plot is as dubious as the characters, and the one-liners keep coming at breathless speed. Still, it is this zany, goofy, flat-out bizarreness that makes "Black Books" such an unexpected treat.

Be forewarned however, that this may not be for everyone. You definitely have to be a little 'out there' to get it. If you like straight-forward comedy such as "Fawlty Towers" or more languid, slow-paced comedy such as "Father Ted", then you may NOT like this, primarily because the entire show is a bit deranged and set in a mad, mad world that is entirely dialog-driven. You MUST be a fan of the written word to 'get' most of the comedy here, and you certainly have to be a bit spaced out to appreciate the finer moments here. Fans of "Little Britain" and the morbid "The League of Gentlemen" will readily fall in love with this show.

On paper, "Black Books" looks rather unremarkable. A self-loathing lunatic book-shop owner hires a fat, squat, balding hippie as his book-assistant. Thats pretty much it. But to watch this highly uninteresting concept take flight and become one of the greatest TV shows ever to grace Planet Earth is a revelation indeed. "Black Books" is a certifiable classic - near flawless in every way, and lead actor Dylan Moran proves that he is a master of comedy, both situational and slapstick.

A true work of art - this is one collection that you need to have in your possession. "Black Books" still remains a 'cult' show that not many people know about. In fact, its nowhere near the huge popularity of "Little Britain", but get it, watch it alone, and savor the spirit of true comedy.

Five Stars.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! October 15, 2007
By T. Lu
I wish they had sitcoms like this in America. This show is amazingly funny and gets funnier and funnier the more you watch it! I'm so glad that its finally being released on DVD in America.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British wit December 12, 2007
By D. Reed
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Bernard Black is a perfectly normal bookstore owner, with the exception of the fact that he hates his customers, not to mention his annoyingly-upbeat sidekick, Manny. Fran keeps the peace, and all sorts of unlikely hijinks ensue. Series 2 slows down a bit on the laughs, but Series 3 is right back up there. If you take your TV seriously, Black Books might be a bit too irreverent or bizarre for you. But if you appreciate dry wit and the absurd, you'll like this show.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much funnier than this! November 6, 2007
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I personally think that John Cleese's masterpiece Fawlty Towers is the funniest comedy series in the history of television. With that said however, Black Books is probably a close second. I bought these DVD's originally as PAL Region 2 imports from the UK, then bought a multiregion player to watch them on! Now I'm going to buy them again so that I can have the luxury of watching them on *any* player! This is comedy at it's best... well written, great characters, original storylines, and most importantly VERY funny! Now if they'd just get their act together and release Dylan Moran's two stand-up comedy DVD's, "Monster" and "Like, Totally".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British Comedy February 28, 2009
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Black Books is an excellent British comedy about a small bookstore, its quirky owner, and his two friends. Every episode is funny and quotable in its own way, although the first episode is the best. The only bad thing I could say about this show is they should have made more episodes!

This collection gives you all three seasons (series in the UK) for less than the price of buying them individually. The minor flaw with this collection is that, unlike the collection released in Australia, this one consists of 3 full-size DVD cases in a flimsy box. The Australian version is a flat-pack, where the DVDs sit in plastic frames in a foldout that slides into a sleeve. That release is about half as wide as this one. On the other hand, if you want to lend the show out one season at a time to a friend, the individual cases in this set will be useful to you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
This is complete- three seasons... Very good!
Published 1 month ago by birdie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show but the reason so many are able now is the set is way over priced.
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Hetzel
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent at best.
Ok series! What else can I say here? Ahhhhh... DVD quality?
Published 2 months ago by Musicmaggot
5.0 out of 5 stars The pay's not great, but the work is hard
Somewhere in London, there is a tiny indie bookstore run by the rudest and most misanthropic Irishman since Father Jack Hackett. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Every episode is pee-yer-kilt funny
3 of the funniest folk on the tube. Great writing, no lack of sight gags and the extras are a hoot too.
Published 4 months ago by Lindee J. Taha
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Books
I you love British comedy like I do, then you will love the Black Book series. The acting and the scripts are hilarious.
Published 4 months ago by C. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernard, Manny, & Fran
It's difficult to believe that something this cruel and heartless could be so incredibly funny. The premise is ideal: there's a snippy bookshop owner who'd rather read than sell... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits close to home
Yes. Booksellers are all like this at one level or another. Painfully funny. This comedy trio brings drunken magic to the tiny screen.
Published 8 months ago by Chrissa M
5.0 out of 5 stars British Humor
So, if you have a Bristish sense of humor you will love this series. This show is funny, irreverent, and typically British! You will love it.
Published 8 months ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars The Comedic Chemistry Between The Three Leads Sets This Apart.
The Premise of a misanthropic alcoholic used book shop owner in London united to the outside world almost entirely through the efforts of his two equally eccentric friends works... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. J. Marsella
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Is this all three seasons?
From what I've read in the comments, I'm guessing that it does. =]
Jun 2, 2008 by A. Lokey |  See all 3 posts
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