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Extras: The Complete Series (2008)

Ricky Gervais , Ashley Jensen  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YI99IW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Extras: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra! Extra! December 17, 2007
A few years back, Ricky Gervais created "The Office," a Dilberty satire on office work. Now, he's created "Extras," a wickedly funny satire on showbiz and acting, both seasons of which are contained here. And the fact that prominent actors appear in it -- as warped versions of themselves -- is just the icing on the comedy cake.

Andy Millman (Gervais) and Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jenson) are film extras -- Andy is embittered by his lack of success and his inept agent (Stephen Merchant, Gervais' work partner), while well-meaning Maggie merely pursues a series of crew members on the films they work in.

The first episode features the two working in a biopic directed by a brusque Ben Stiller ("Would you stop going on about your f**king dead wife?"), and Andy gets himself kicked off the set. Their blunders continue with other stars: Kate Winslet in a nun costume, who teaches Maggie how to talk dirty to her new boyfriend ("I'd love it if you stuck your Willy Wonka in between my Oompa-Loompas!"); Samuel L. Jackson, and Patrick Stewart, who is writing a movie about psychkinesis and naked women.

And in the second season, Andy gets his Big Break -- BBC2 is producing his sitcom "When the Whistle Blows," but they dumb it down until it's popular but critically lambasted. Meanwhile, he and Maggie tangle with a bunch of new celebs -- the arrogant woman-chasing Daniel Radcliffe and Orlando Bloom, self-promoting Chris Martin, a hostile David Bowie, and Andy even stars in a play of Ian McKellen's about gay love (much to his discomfort).

Finally, the Christmas special takes us forward -- Andy has fame and fortune from his sitcom, and Maggie is still struggling at the lowest rungs.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 discs that could be 1 February 24, 2009
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Don't get me wrong, Extras is incredibly funny and well-written series. But know what you're getting in this set. Each season (there are two seasons total) only has six (6) episodes! Each episode is about 22 minutes long. And yet, the studio, for some odd reason, decided to split the series onto 5 separate discs (3 episodes per disc).

In other words, "The Complete Series" means 13 short episodes total. You do get a plethora of special features, however. But if you think you're getting a week-worth of comedy, you're not.

I give it 4 stars, nonetheless, because Gervais is simply brilliant. The dry British humor and all celebrity guests are simply hilarious. I took a star away just because the series is so short and the studio could have saved a bit of plastic by condensing each season to just one disc. Then have a separate disc for special features.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, from HBO! January 9, 2008
Hello, from HBO! We've picked up on the comments here about the EXTRAS gift box set and not being able to get Ricky Gervais' EXTRAS: THE EXTRA SPECIAL SERIES FINALE by itself and we want to apologize for not getting the word out about the finale quicker.
The series finale WILL be available as a stand-alone item as of February 26 (the official announcement went out earlier this week).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! The funniest show ever to watch over and over January 22, 2008
Can't say enough great things about Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's briliiant series "Extras". It is hysterical! I love seeing Stephen in the series he is just as funny as Ricky. They really are great together comically. I wish people would have just rated the series and not rated according to thier complaints about HBO not releasing the DVD's as they'd have preferred. I can understand the frustrations however, aren't these review comments supposed to be about what you think about the content of the DVD? Anyways it's all great and the bonus materials are as funny and enjoyable as the episodes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfuly cringeworthy! July 18, 2008
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Ah, the Brits. No one else can produce so many successful shows with such unlikable main characters. Consider The Office - The Complete Collection BBC Edition (First And Second Series Plus Special) and Black Adder: The Complete Collector's Set. Neither David Brent nor any of the various Blackadders (with the possible exception of Captain Blackadder), were especially likable, but the shows built around them were very good and very popular.

Enter Ricky Gervais, formerly David Brent, now Andy Millman, would-be TV star. As a character he's very unlikeable and one of those for whom the word "cringeworthy" is coined. He's a character who tries very hard to get ahead, but his own lack of ability and confidence really holds him back.

The character is fascinating to watch. He starts out as an extra, or "background artist", as he puts it. He wants to be more. He wants to have his own TV show on the BBC, but it's hard to just get speaking lines, and his particular personality traits and skills at self-sabotage only serve to make things worse.

Consider, for example, and episode in which our hero is dating a Catholic woman. He's an atheist himself but is lying to her and saying he's a Catholic. This works reasonably well until her priest starts talking to him and he begins what my friend and I call "The Millman Slide", as instead of manning-up and taking responsibility for what he's done, he starts lying even more, and more ineffectively (at one point saying his childhood priest was one Father Michael O'Flatley).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The funniest and the best acted series yet!
Published 11 days ago by Christine B Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars but a good time. The cameos of the some of the ...
Hilarious. Ricky Gervais proves a series is not about a long time, but a good time. The cameos of the some of the A-listers are unique and hilarious. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Trapped in Delaware
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, oh so funny and as having done background ...
Funny, oh so funny and as having done background acting in New York, the writing, the scenes, the acting are incredibly spot on.
Published 15 days ago by Andrij Witiuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Ricky Gervais Best!
Of the Ricky Gervais stuff this is some of the best. Mostly because of the supporting cast, I think. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Old Man in the Cave
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Was recommended by someone who thought I'd enjoy this type of comedy. Just wasn't for me!
Published 1 month ago by Marjorie Newell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality. Timely arrival
Received as expected. Good quality. Timely arrival.
Published 3 months ago by Don J. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ricky at his best
Published 3 months ago by Greg S Parikh
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Ricky Gervais
I watched this when it aired and wanted to watch it again at my convenience. Ricky Gervais is hilarious and the stars who made appearances on this series were absolutely... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars I was nervous to buy but I'm a Ricky fan.
I reached beyond my reluctance and bought this and I have to say it’s at least as good as The Office. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Extras the Series
I got this a few weeks ago, thinking it would be pretty funny and all. From the trailers and previews off of the British series, The Office, Ricky Gervais is really funny. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael C.
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english subtitles
So, M.N. ikbal, have you since found out if the dvds come with english subtitles?
Dec 19, 2008 by 000 |  See all 4 posts
We need a seperate release for those of us who already bought the 2 sets.
Yea I'm pretty pissed. The sticker says it will only be with this set. I'm trying to get rid of my others so I can get this. Damnit. I think because BBC released The Office....this is HBO.
Dec 5, 2007 by Matt Lafleur |  See all 10 posts
is this set the original english cuts?
I'm going to order this within the next couple of weeks so I don't know for sure, but I would guess that it's the HBO version since Amazon has this listed under the product description:

Studio: Hbo Home Video
Sep 26, 2010 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 2 posts
Bonus Features
The season 1 and 2 sets in the box set should be identical as per the image.
Jan 1, 2008 by Tyler Foster |  See all 2 posts
Will this include the Christmas Special?
Yes it posted on and (I think).
Nov 30, 2007 by D. Szemenyei |  See all 2 posts
Christmas Special will have a separate release! Be the first to reply
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