Further Tales of the City.
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My only problem with this release is that instead of screening all four episodes uncut, they have released them as a feature length movie.
In Britain 'More' was released on video in the same format. The result was that all the scenes at the start of each episode that had the cast/production credits on screen were cut so I, the viewer, missed out on a number of scenes. I haven't seen the TV version of 'Further' so cannot comment on whether this dvd version has cut some scenes due to the on screen credits or whether they have included these scenes minus the on screen credits. 'More' was released as six episodes back to back. 'Further' should have been released this way as well.
The production is classy although there are a few dodgy shots here and there, such as establishing shots of the ship spoilt by rain drops on the camera lens.
Viewers of 'Tales' and 'More' should enjoy this release. Viewers new to 'Tales of the City' will probably find the characters in 'Further' a bit cold and would be advised to watch the first two mini-series before watching 'Further'.
Its hard to believe that in 2003 the first mini-series will be ten years old. Lets hope it doesn't take ten years to see the last three books developed for televison.
Fortunately, the lion's share of actors from "More Tales of the City" continues into part three. It is critically important that Mary Ann and Anna Madrigal have been played throughout by the same fine actors, and it is a great bonus that Dee Dee has also had one performer. Her look in part three is quite a change from pts. 1-2; this woman has seen great changes in her life, and has weathered them well. The experience shows.
Other important actors (especially Bryan, Michael, and Mother Mucca) continue from part two.
It is amazing how much of the plot of the book, and how much of the actual language, has been able to be incorporated into this new series. The major substantive change was the incorporation of Mother Mucca (who appears only in book 2) and a whole new subplot into Further Tales. The major deletion was the "gay bashing" of Bryan and Michael, and the shifting of the wedding scene. None of this does violence to the original plot, and none will interfere into devoutly-desired future sequels, and they add richnesses of their own.
I am a veteran of many readings of the books, and of frequent viewings of "Tales" and "More Tales", will certainly watch "Further Tales" repeatedly.
Do get this and watch it! And those of you who have produced this gem, please continue the good work!
Showtime funded production of the second installment ("More Tales..") in the late 90s with most of the same cast , followed by "Further" in 2001. Neither parts two nor three have quite the dazzle of the original, but are still extremely entertaining. It's fun to see Laura Linney's character evolve in this film into a self-assured woman. Giving too many details about the plot would spoil the fun. But it ties up some loose ends from part two and for the character of Mrs. Madrigal, a role that Olympia Dukakis imbues with a wonderful sense of humanity. The subplot of Michael Tolliver involves a star-crossed visit to an actor's home in L.A., modeled after Rock Hudson. Absent from this series are the wretched stereotypes found in so many films with gay subplots. These people are like a cross-section of a community, all nicely drawn and interesting in their own right. Laura Linney and many other cast members seem comfortable with the nudity in the story, which doesn't seem sensationalized. It just fits theme of sexual revolution and the search for self fulfillment that seems to have been part of the late 70s era.
Overall - Highly rated. But make sure you have seen parts one and two first before tackling this third visit to 28 Barbary Lane. This is a series with a strong story most people should enjoy.
I'm not going to talk about the plot just what's on the dvds themselves. This edition of FTOTC seems to be the shortest of the three. It runs at about 180 minutes, whereas the previous two ran over 240 minutes each. The set contains two dvds, the first one contains the entire FTOTC show and runs straight through. Unlike the previous series, where each episode ended after an hour, this one plays right through. It's like watching a three-hour movie.
The second dvd, contains all the special features including interviews with Maupin, director Pierre Gang, exec. prod. Suzanne Girard and Alan Poul, and the cast members (Linney, Garrick, Dukakis, et al). Also included are:
*Selected scenes with commentary by Girard, Gang, Burroughs(mother mucca)and Hopkins(michael tolliver)
*Behind the scenes footage
*Alternate scenes w/commentary
*Trailers from Showtime-I think that when it was originally aired, the show was broken into episodes and that's what these trailers represent
*Still shots comparing the look of the characters from the 70s to the 80s
*Cartoon of "Queer Duck"-a funny little cartoon about a gay nurse who happens to be a duck. You can access this by selecting the "Q" on the main menu page
And the running time on dvd #2 is 143 minutes! That's a lot of extras!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A series of books full of characters one wishes to know in life, faithfully adapted for television with excellent performances by the leads. Transporting and transformative.Published 4 months ago by andrew sandler
Can't get enough! The nine books series is even more delightful because it carries on for decades longer. LOVE this seriesPublished 5 months ago by maria deastis
The original Tales of the City is a marvelous period piece: 1970s San Francisco. Armistead Maupin's tales of quirky and charming characters and humorous and relevant plots are... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Famed Girl Archaeologist
EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED, SUPERFAST SHIIPPING, COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE!!!!! THANX!!!!!Published 9 months ago by Linda L Bryant
Both the books and the series are very good. Outstanding performance by Dukakis. Mrs. Madrigal and her setting as created by Maupin is central to the quality. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roger K. Smith
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