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Look Around You: Season 1 (2010)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IJ72WY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Look Around You: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Advanced double-length module: Calcium
Little Mouse: full-length pop video
New exclusive commentaries featuring Robert Popper, Peter Serafinowicz, Tim Kirkby, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Tim & Eric
Little Mouse commentary by Jack Morgan (BSc)
Pages from Ceefax
Play-at-home quiz pages
Additional music by Gelg
Test card

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Look Around You is the BAFTA-nominated comedy series based on the unforgettable Open University and Television for Schools programs of the1970s. Through a series of gloriously deadpan experiments, we observe a colony of ants build an igloo, receive a telephone call from abrain, discover why ghosts can't whistle, and reveal the largest number in the world. Science has never been so silly.

Look Around You is a spoof science program that hilariously re-creates both the drab, depressing air of 1970s educational television and a bygone world of tedious school science lessons. Each of the 10-minute episodes--or "Modules"--takes the form of a number of surreal and pointless experiments based on a chosen theme ranging from "Water" and "Sulphur" to "Ghosts" and "Brains."

Look Around You's humor lies not only in an absurd take on education and the impenetrable jargon of science, but also in evoking a sense of nostalgia in the viewer. In this respect the series is helped immeasurably by faultless production and attention to detail. Narrated in austere English, using precise scientific terminology, this is a world of scratched film inserts, dubious periodic tables, cheap, synthesized music, giant hairstyles, bulky, teak-finished technology, and a proliferation of DYMO labels. Each show is even prefaced by a few seconds of the "Television for Schools & Colleges" countdown clock. The tutorial format of the series is not without its problems though--it is essentially a single, plotless joke stretched to eight episodes, and there are no characters to speak of, save glimpses of the deadpan and much-maligned lab-technician (cowriter Peter Serafanowicz). Despite these shortcomings, Look Around You is still a refreshingly different comedy, which is so well put together that you can almost smell the Bunsen burners while you watch. --Paul Philpott

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Unique Hilarity July 20, 2010
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Look Around You is one of the most criminally overlooked works of this millennium. How anything this funny could escape international acclaim at near-obnoxious levels is beyond me. This is absurdist comedy at its best, as if Monty Python and Mr. Wizard had a baby, who was maybe dropped on its head. Though the 8 episodes are only 10 minutes long, there are plentiful special features which make this worth your money. Please, please, please buy this. You'll be happier for having seen it, and we'll all be one step closer to season two's DVD release.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious February 16, 2010
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Too hilarious. If you do not enjoy smiling, then I wouldn't recommend this...otherwise, for the rest of us, this is quite possibly one of the funniest series I've personally ever experienced. Real, quality British humor. Great, just great.
One thing though, your dvd player has to have the proper regional encoding or you'll have some problems watching it.
Arrived in great shape, exactly as described.
Definitely recommend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest shows I've ever seen July 20, 2010
What more can I say? This show had me doubled with laughter every minute. From the confusing to the ever-so-slightly dangerously insane, Look Around You presents a very unique genre of comedy in the disguise of a perfectly factual 1970's "Science for Schools" programme. Having been exposed to such boring stuff at school (in the 90's) when these outdated shows often contained lines such as "Perhaps one day we will have electicity in our own homes!" Look Around You provided an utterly brilliant parody. I would recommend this to absolutely anyone. If you buy nothing else this year, buy this. Then next year you can save up for Look Around You 2!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Curiosity May 3, 2006
Look Around You Series One:

This spoof comedy series is so firmly entrenched in its origins - a very small pocket of British television history known as Programmes for Schools, which were TV shows intended to be videotaped and shown in classrooms for educational purposes - that it might be almost impossible for it to be appreciated by anyone outside of the UK, and even for us residents, it's full genius can only be appreciated by those of us around and at school in the 1970's, or awake at night watching those hideous Open University programmes.

But luckily I was one of those people, and I I found "Look Around You" to be hysterical. The dry-as-dust delivery of the presenters and the totally bonkers ideas for educational experiments and scientific reports that populate each segment have to be seen to be believed. Each short segment passes itself off as a serious investigation into some scientific theme or other, and experiments or reports are carried out on screen to supposedly teach the viewer about various scientific facts. Of course, the facts and figures quoted or discovered during the show are all totally and hilariously fictitious, such as discussing what the highest number in the world might be, or setting a maths problem about ladies buying shoes for spiders, Sample experiments vary from the laugh-out-loud crazy to the very subtley skewed, and they include a study of ants building a miniature igloo, opening up a garden pea to extract its brain (yes it has one!), and programming a computer to compose a pop song about a mouse.

The interior studio scenes are all filmed in a clinical and stark lab setting with lots of close-ups, while the outside reports use faux grainy (or sometimes genuine recycled) 1970's stock footage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science can be FUN, and even FUNNY! July 18, 2010
I discovered this series many years ago and imported the UK DVDs to see them all over and over. My 10-year-old son loves them, and the whole family chuckles and laughs so many times while watching that it's a delight to just pop one on at random.

For (ahem) older viewers who may have had the pleasure of short science films in grade school (or worse yet, film-loops), the tone and presentation of the Look Around You shorts is so spot on you may not realize they're completely ridiculous. In fact, it's the seriousness with which these are presented that makes them so awesome. Don't be surprised if you show someone one of these and they think it's real... it's that convincing!

MATHS is my favorite, since I'm a math geek in real life, but they're all enjoyable. This first series is far superior to the second series, so if you're going to get only one, this would be my recommendation!

Sing along to the computer-generated pop hit "Little Mouse," be amazed at the sound-absorbing properties of bumcivilian, and calculate Imhotep's height from a math problem (he's invisible!). Learn how to perform tricks to amaze your friends, like causing a giant pair of scissors to appear in the sky for a brief time!

All these and more await you in this completely hilarious, dead-pan collection of scientific shorts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, good DVD features, slow menu August 22, 2010
Considering all these videos are on YouTube, the only reason you'd want to buy this is to get all the nice goodies that come with the DVD, and are available nowhere else. And most of those are pretty good; the producer commentary is great, though the guest commentary is basically just a pathetic laugh track; there are these CeeFax pages, which are pretty neat and comedic; the rest of the bonus features are either not very memorable or already available on YouTube at a lower video quality, for free.

The one bad thing- the thing I can't stand- is the DVD menu transitions. They're designed to take a very long time, which is funny at first, but the humor fades quickly, leaving annoyance.

I recommend you buy this DVD, though. It's one of those now-I-have-the-complete-experience things.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this is easily the funniest series I have ever seen
IF you have the right sense of humor, this is easily the funniest series I have ever seen. It helps to have some actual scientific background to get all of the jokes.
Published 8 days ago by David R. Farlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen.
Published 14 days ago by M. Teller
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you figured out what we're talking about yet? That's right "Look...
This is solid gold !!!!!!!!!!!
The memories this show brings back are just... man !
Amazingly funny show !
Published 1 month ago by Shakoslovakia
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest science parody ever!
This is a hilarious science show that is done in all seriousness. The format is just like the shows that your teachers made you watch when you were a kid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christina Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and informative look into the wonders of science.
I used this video as a review to study for my Chemistry finals. While the information presented is old fashioned and apparently out of date, the basic principles of science and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by William Glasser
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 1 or Region Free
Can someone PLEASE release Season 2 of this in a Region 1 USA format or Region Free please?
While you're at it release Garth Marenghi's Darkplace,and the Skyland cartoon... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Science.
Sometimes you think you know a thing or two about science. And then sometimes a tv show comes along that just proves you never knew a thing.
This isn't that show. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arthur Dayne
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I received this product very fast. It is of very nice quality and exceeded my expectations. It's a must have!
Published 14 months ago by alyson jaroszewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem of brit com
Having fallen in love with this on Adult Swim, it was high time to get the DVD, since I had long since lost the recordings from my DVR. Read more
Published 15 months ago by dekard
5.0 out of 5 stars Lies about science
I'm not exactly sure if Look Around You is for everybody, and I don't really care. What you're getting is a pitch-perfect parody of 1970s British educational programming. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karl A. Schmidt
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