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Special Features

  • Candid Tales of History
  • Production Anecdotes
  • PBS Controversy
  • Deleted Scenes featuring "The Landlord Speaks" commentary by Armistead Maupin
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal and filming footage
  • Production photo and props gallery
  • "From the Page" including handwritten script pages and correspondence from Armistead Maupin and Nicholas Wright
  • The "28 Barbary Lane" set including architectural blueprints and a video tour
  • Interactive video Q&A with Colin Ferguson, Thomas Gibson, Nina Siemaszko, Whip Hubley, and Paul Hopkins

Product Details

  • Actors: Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Colin Ferguson, Barbara Garrick, Paul Hopkins
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dvd International/Rv
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F0L7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "More Tales of the City" on IMDb

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By edzaf on December 13, 2000
Format: DVD
A must have DVD for any fan of the "Tales of the City" books or mini-series...even if you do not have a DVD player yet! This DVD is hard to come by so grab a copy of it while you can. While some viewers might have some problems with the re-casting of some key roles from the original series (particularly Nina Siemasko replacing Chloe Webb as Mona Ramsey), Armistead Maupin's characters and twisting storylines make it a little easier to accept the new actors. "More Tales" also gives you a chance to see some current TV stars in very different roles -- Thomas Gibson from "Dharma & Greg" and Billy Campbell from "Once And Again." Key holdovers include Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis who, along with Maupin, provide insightful voice-over commentary on this 2-disc DVD set.
An important part to any DVD (or movie) purchase is whether it holds up after repeated viewing and this certainly passes the test. Unfortunately, the original PBS "Tales" is tied up in a legal mess and unavailable on DVD for the forseeable future. Looking forward to "Further Tales" set to air in Spring 2001. It is rare these days for an author to have such creative control over a movie/mini-series project. Maupin's love for these characters (and the actors who play them) is clearly evident. Hopefully, future "Tales" DVDs will have the caring treatment that was put into this set.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Carroll on March 22, 2005
Format: DVD
I thought this series was an overall improvement over the exceptional "Tales of the City", even though different actors play Mona Ramsey, Brian Hawkins, and Michael Tolliver. The change was a little hard to accept at first, particularly with Mona and Michael, as I liked the actors in the first mini-series, but as I watched all the episodes, I got used to the new actors and they did an equally fine job as the ones who originated the roles.

I'm especially glad that Laura Linney continues her role as Mary Ann Singleton, as she is one of my favorite actresses by virtue of her wise choices in picking roles in films that I happen to want to see. She's great in everything I've seen her in thus far, and she nails the character of Mary Ann Singleton in this series. Olympia Dukakis is also another hold over from the original miniseries, which wouldn't be the same without her presence. She simply is Anna Madrigal...elegant and mysterious as the landlord everyone would be lucky to have.

What makes this miniseries an improvement over the first one for me is the brilliant casting choice and performances of the lady who plays Mother Mucca, and Colin Ferguson as the oddly naive Burke Andrew. First, Mother Mucca is a pure delight to watch. She's a crusty old lady with a mouth on her and a wicked wit that just makes you laugh. She doesn't take much from anyone, and even though she's oddly moody and mouthy, you can't help but love her and want to get to know her. She is the one actor who singlehandedly make this series a must watch show. That's not to take away from the rest of the cast, because they all did exceptionally well. This is as fine acting as you'll ever see in any film...and Mother Mucca is the funniest one of the lot.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "iheartcrass" on June 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Ok. The stories of 28 Barbary Lane continue with more laughs, more sex and more mysteries with Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City, a six-part miniseries (COMPLETE SET OF THREE TAPES) follow-up to the highly successful Tales of the City. Picking up where the original left off, Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) is still keeping watch over her tenants Mary Ann (Linney), who finds love with the mysterious Burke (Ferguson), and Michael "Mouse" Tolliver (Hopkins, replacing Marcus D'Amico), who falls hard for the dreamy Dr. Fielding (Campbell). Meanwhile, Mona (Siemaszko replacing Chloe Webb) heads off in search of her birth mother; and Beauchamp (Gibson) deals with his wife Dede's (Garrick) impending motherhood. More Tales is just as enjoyable as the original, and since there is less time introducing the characters, there's more time spent with them and developing them. Tensions about showing nudity and depicting homosexuality, which caused a controversy with the first production, have been lessened (this was made for Showtime, not PBS as the original was), making the sequel more relaxed. As before, the series captures 1970s San Francisco in all its glory, featuring fabulous period details in the clothes, music and fads of the era. It's like reuniting with long-lost old friends!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on January 27, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
MORE TALES fleshes out characterization, answers a few mysteries left over from the original and deepens our understanding of our beloved friends at 28 Barbary Lane as they grow and change. Most striking is Paul Hopkins creation of Mouse. The oriignal actor in the role was delightful and most appealing but Hopkins has something extra - besides his drop-dead gorgeous face - a quiet strength and sensitivity, a radiance, if you will- especially in his near deathbed monologue of a letter to his homophobic parents, proudly and eloquently stating his gay pride. His modulated and carefully controlled voice holds back strong emotion beautifully. Get out the box of kleenex! Dukakis is once again PERFECT as Anna Madrigal. Jackie Burroughs (where do these marvelous character actors come from) should have pulled off an Emmy for her original characterization of an octogenarian whorehouse madam. Warm glows, much love - God, I wish I lived with these people. Hope there are more to come!.
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