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James May's Man Lab - Series 1 (2010)

James May , Tom Whitter , Al Campbell  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James May
  • Directors: Tom Whitter, Al Campbell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077PBQ22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10,000 years in the making and within one generation, man has been reduced to a feckless, bed-wetting, parmesan-shaving imbecile who cannot even change a tire, hang wallpaper or assemble flat-pack furniture! Something has to be done and James May (Top Gear) is the man to do it.

James is on a mission to put the man back in human by tackling a series of action-packed challenges to create the world as it should be, complete with its own bar, private cinema and electric-train toilet-paper delivery system. Along the way, he'll learn how to build a kitchen (and a rocket), defuse an unexploded bomb, duel with swords (and paint-guns), navigate with a compass (and a dog) and much more - all vital man skills that few can resist. Now, with James May's Man Lab, men can become men again!

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Edited November 11, 2012
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I've watched (and enjoyed) all of James May's Man Lab episodes on youtube, so when I received the DVD of the first season of Man Lab I was excited, expecting behind the scenes stuff, bloopers, etc. But no. Not only do you not get any 'extra' stuff, the episodes are actually edited (shortened) from the UK version. While I still enjoy the show's contents, it really detracts knowing there was stuff taken out that actually added to the episode. Plus, all episodes have the end music theme cut out (it's a part where James May's original version of the theme, which he composed, is re-done by a group or individual with different instruments--a fun part of the show). So, while the show itself is good, the DVD version is disappointing because of the edits. Don't know if Mr. May had anything to do with it, but hopefully it will be corrected in season II version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but it gets better June 26, 2012
By Brian
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The first season, at just three episodes, is short and rather slapshod in content. The program's still trying to find its way, and some segments just don't work all that well (the celebrity timed tasks for one). The saving grace is James May himself. If you're a May fan, you won't be disappointed by this show. If you're on the edge on buying this, wait for season two to arrive on DVD. I can promise you you'll fall in love with the show, then come back to buy this one wanting even more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and engaging... February 17, 2012
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i've only seen the first couple of episodes, but so far, it has been both entertaining and interesting, if not exactly informative. chances are, i won't ever have to disarm a world war two era bomb..but, now i know how..the show ranges from the practical to the whimsy..with a really great view of british lifestyle thrown to make a "fish finger" sandwich,..or how to build a pub in your garage..or a demonstration from a British army officer on the best way to shine one of the first episodes, the host, James May, gives tips to a would be suiter, on the best way to serenade a young lady. In typical BBC fashion, they seem to do a lot of "guerilla" style fashion of setting up a shot and shooting on a london street, and don't edit out the bits when an English old lady elbows her way past and chastises the host..thats one of the things that adds charm and a bit of authenticity to the when they enlist one of the big wig execs of the BBC, who happens to be on the set, to help hang wall paper, as none of them had done it's like they think up things that would be interesting to them (producer, host, cameraman, production assistants..) and try it out in front of the camera..sometimes they enlist an expert on the subject, and other times they just read the instructions and wing it with a "how hard can it be attitude"..and sometimes they find out sailing across the english channel without a compass is harder than it, engaging, and entertaining, I will be ordering the first season on DVD, and sharing this program with friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three episodes is not enough July 31, 2013
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Man Lab will make you ask for more. A great blend of fact history science and comedy. James we on the other side pond want more
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5.0 out of 5 stars James May is one of the best presenters on the BCC January 14, 2014
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If you watch Tom Gear and like Captain Slow you will enjoy this series.
A great set of 'lessons' for a man of the 21st Century.
I also purchased Man lab 2 same great material.
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