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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012IYO38
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale

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Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown of celebrity. Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is back and more miserable than ever in this darker and devastatingly funny finale to the Emmy-winning series. Though his sitcom When the Whistle Blows rates six million viewers, he is, as ever, mindful of the critics' barbs and jealous of colleagues landing the prestige film roles he covets. "I'm not proud of having Britain's No. 1 catchphrase," he grouses (actually, he has sunk to No. 3, now trailing "You are the weakest link, goodbye"). Worse, he has become a right bastard, arrogantly treating crewmembers and his one true friend, Maggie (a heartbreaking Ashley Jensen), like dirt. Andy finally drops his clueless and incompetent agent (series co-creator Stephen Merchant) and quits the show. "Don't worry about me," he proclaims. "The phone won't stop ringing."

Unlike the finale of the original British incarnation of The Office, this super-duper-sized episode really has no loose ends to tie up. In Andy's humiliating comeuppance (he sinks to portraying an alien on Dr. Who and joins the desperate housemates on Celebrity Big Brother), Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Gervais has the perfect vessel with which to rail against soul-sucking celebrity, degrading tabloid culture, and "the gutter press." As for Andy and Maggie, those longing for some kind of Tim/Dawn or Jim/Pam hookup may not get exactly what they want, but they will get what they need in the lovely final scenes. A-listers having a laugh at their own images have always been one of Extras' special treats. The finale features jaw-dropping cameos by Clive Owen and George Michael, performing community service yet again. Kudos to HBO for making this available separately for those who have already purchased series one and two. For those unfamiliar with Extras, this feature-length finale can pretty much stand on its own. But, really, just go ahead and buy The Complete Series. You're going to want to see what you've missed. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

It was very well written and very funny.
BGN
Andy treats people badly and is treated badly in return while ignoring the good things that he does have.
M. Nye
Ricky Gervais created and stars in both.
P. Wiley

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By gkeenan on February 24, 2008
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This is one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. The writing is first class and the acting amazing. It more of a mini movie than a TV show and brings 'Extras' to a brilliant end. The scene with Clive Owen has to be one of the funniest scenes ever written by Gervais and Merchant. I like many would like to see Extras continue, but can understand why Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have decided draw the show to an end. Every episode has been fault-less and will go down in history as one of the all time great TV shows.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Lawrence on March 28, 2008
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Poor Maggie...it was like the Perils of Pauline, all the things she had to go through! Still and all just one of my favorite comedies ever and this episode tied everything up nicely. The DVD is worth the price just for those few minutes of When the Whistle Blows, the gaggingly awful, pre-historic sitcom Andy stars in; it seems esp. moldy in these days of brilliant shows like Curb, The Office (UK and USA versions), and, of course, Extras.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DCT on July 26, 2008
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The modern obsession with fame was explored by writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in The Office in the form of David Brent, a middle manager who made an idiot of himself on a BBC documentary series and then paid for it by losing his job and spending nights making appearances at nightclubs in front of people who couldn't care less about him.

In Extras, Gervais and Merchant returned to the celebrity theme as Andy Millman, the character played by Gervais, discovered that the perks attached to starring in the very popular, albeit extremely lowbrow, comedy, When the Whistle Blows, made it difficult for him to commit to his oft-expressed desire for artistic integrity.

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale starts with Andy sitting alone on a couch in the Celebrity Big Brother house as the other housemates bicker like emotionally illiterate cretins behind him. This brief scene reveals that when it comes to the conflict between fame and integrity the former is going to win out for Andy at some point during this chapter of Extras.

Gervais convincingly portrays Andy's frustration at his comedic lot and also his desperation when his star fades after he pulls the plug on When the Whistle Blows. "No, I told you a thousand times, I'm not going to play an alien in Dr Who", he asserts to his agent post-Whistle, but in the next scene he's playing an alien in Dr Who.

Andy's progressively more abrasive personality most movingly affects his relationship with his only friend, Maggie (a superb Ashley Jensen).

Maggie's life goes into freefall after she gives up supporting artist work after being degraded by one of her favourite actors on the set of a film about Lord Byron.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zuffle on April 3, 2008
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This is an excellent end to the series. The only downside is the lack of any extras on the DVD. Fans of Gervais and Merchant will be used to watching various outtakes and tid-bits on their other DVD's, however there aren't any here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridgette Burton on November 19, 2009
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I was very happy to be watching this series final for Extra's and felt that it delivered the kind of wrap up I was hoping for. There are lots of teeth grindingly difficult to watch bits - so as long as you have a cushion to hide behind you'll be fine. The special starts where the second series finished with our anti-hero, Gervais, still feeling hard done by regarding his successful TV show.

Gervais doesn't let up on himself here and his character moves through a steady downward spiral until his C grade status as a performer is fully realised on Celebrity Big Brother. The final scene in the BB house is worth the price of the entire DVD.

I won't go on and on, it's good. I don't think that it cops out and there is some very funny, and stinging stuff in there. Including an amusing cameo from George Michael.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on April 7, 2008
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If you're a fan of the series this 2 hour wrapup episode will do a number on you. First, it is incredibly sad at points and you feel sorry for the characters that Andy is abusive towards as his sitcom stardom seemingly goes to his head and he forgets where he came from. Without trying to give too much away the show starts off on a rather sad trajectory as characters we've come to know and laugh with are saddened by his antics.

Regardless of the melancholy opening there are still some good bits and laughs including a funny cameo by George Michael poking fun at himself. In the end justice is served and friendship restored.

Extras is really brillant TV and I hope these folks can come up with another show that is as consistently funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David M. Wrightson on September 1, 2008
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The Extras series finale Christams Special is a more solemn occasion than most of the episodes in the series, however it it a fitting end to what is an excellent series.
You will find poignant moments of contemplation after what are some heartbreaking moments throughout. But, the comedy is still there with all its sharp wit, great cynicism and frivolity.
An outstanding mix of emotion ends what has been a wonderful, if not rocky, journey for all the chracters.
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant do not disappoint, yet again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Wiley on September 15, 2008
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Very funny! If you liked the original British version of "The Office" you'll love "Extras" as well. Ricky Gervais created and stars in both. You should see the first two dvd's of "Extras" first so you'll know what's going on. Gervais is a comic genius and you'll become a big fan.
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