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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

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Product Description

MY BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDING enters the world of modern gypsies and travelers, where ancient traditions meet extravagant fashions in extraordinary rite-of-passage celebrations including weddings, communions and christenings.

All 12 episodes of Seasons 1 and 2, plus three one-hour specials, tell intimate stories on an epic scale, laying bare an exotic and unseen community that exists right on our doorstep. Follow the lives of several families as they approach the biggest milestone in a traveler girl s life: her wedding day, a visual spectacle with flamboyant dresses sometimes weighing more than the bride herself. And delve deeper into their lives through births, evictions, divorces and their complex relationship with the non-gypsy community.

Through everyday experiences and family celebrations, learn what makes a thoroughly modern gypsy.

Special Features

  • All three original specials including: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding The Original Film; My Bigger Fatter Gypsy Wedding; My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas


It [MY BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDING] has delivered ratings almost as enormous as the frothy, bejewelled frocks that its subjects wear, provoked massive debate, and, it claims, provided viewers with an insight into a secretive and largely misunderstood community. --Guardian UK

The only thing bigger than the wedding dresses are the TV viewing figures --BBC (The British Broadcasting Corporation)

Product Details

  • Actors: Barbara Flynn, Thelma Madine
  • Directors: Osca Humphreys, Sam Emmery, Daniel Fromm, Morag Tinto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 1, 2013
First things first, the people profiled in the British reality series "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" do not consider themselves to be gypsies. They are travelers and they represent a traditional way of life that seems at odds with modern conventions. Let me make one other thing clear, this documentary series is not a serious look at a different culture. Instead, it is big and brash and designed for voyeuristic appeal. One of the biggest days of a traveler girl's life is their wedding day (although you might be unenthusiastic with how young these brides-to-be usually range). With over-the-top ceremony and garish extravagance, the weddings are spectacular in the most tacky way imaginable. Here's the deal. You either love this type of show or you hate it. There's not a lot of middle ground. American TV is overloaded with reality programs where the audience is virtually asked to laugh at the show's subjects (that is when they are not cringing). It's a huge marketplace, so I'm sure that more people will embrace this show than be put off by it. In fact, the show was so popular, TLC adapted its own variation "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding." The travelers are not politically correct by any standard, but that's the appeal.

This set compiles all of the Gypsy material that you could possibly hope for. While Season One's five episodes deal primarily with weddings (hence the title), the seven episodes in Season Two do start to dig a little deeper as well. But as I said, if you aren't in love with the tackiness (and it can be wildly entertaining), you might just be a little uncomfortable. And just as it seems that the narrative will alight on a serious topic for a moment too long, it's back to another bit of outrageous whimsy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brit on April 15, 2013
This show is definitely either loved or hated as most people don't care too much,as I have discovered, for Travellers. Personally I love this show. The culture is interesting and simply fascinates me. I believe this to be one of those shows where the individual viewer must decide ultimately for themself as to whether or not they love it or find it utter garbage. Like I mentioned before, I love it.
The girls are rather young when they marry which is a point brought up by people who dislike it but in our own modern day culture, girls are getting married and pregnant (sometimes just the latter) at 16 if not younger. At least these girls are raised with high morals of no sex before marriage whatsoever. That's perhaps the biggest thing I believe that would make the show inappropriate to some. Its refreshing though to get an insiders perspective into such a culture based on tradition.
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My favorite "reality tv" series of all time, hands down. I've bought both the Amazon online streaming version and this DVD set, and watch the episodes regularly while I'm doing things around the house.

I'm sure this show doesn't accurately reflect traditional "gypsies" at all, more like a blingier sub-set of the Irish travellers, but they are a riot to watch and I love their accents and crazy outfits. It's a little disturbing to see how young the girls get married, although they do mostly seem to be old beyond their years in terms of understanding household responsibility. There are glimmers of hope for the culture as a very few girls are seen to be continuing their education and learning a skill other than cleaning and child-raising...although some of the girls seem totally happy to be staying at home with their husbands and kids, and I say good for them if they are content! There's a lot to be said for the art of home-making and the traveller women certainly know how to keep a house (or trailer).

The producer chose to bias the 'documentary' style in the travellers' favor for the most part, so you get repeatedly told that there's a lot of prejudice against 'gypsies', but the behavior of particularly the men demonstrates that non-travellers might have a good reason to give them the side-eye. Violence, disregard for law, macho attitudes and the patronizing way they view women makes traveller men easy to dislike in this series, with a few exceptions: Paddy, for all his tough-guy bravado, is really sweet to watch with his wife of many years, Roseanne.
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By jdm on August 11, 2013
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To be clear, I recommend this (set of) DVD(s). It is very interesting, but it is also quite awful. And I mean "awful" both in the traditional sense as well as in the sense of causing one to be full of awe.

Pretending to be a documentary that investigates the world of the English Gypsies and Irish Travelers, it is, in fact, only mildly restrained propaganda on behalf of these same groups. For those who are ignorant of the (English) Gypsy culture, the series is clearly intended to create sympathy for them. The hook is to show young girls parading around in dresses that cost thousands of pounds and weigh up to a couple hundred pounds. But there is so much more.

Gypsy courtship. Gypsy academics. Gypsy personal hygiene (apparently, they buy their "caravans", ie, trailers, without toilets but don't use them even if the trailers have them).

Men are, for various reasons, mostly ignored. Likewise ignored is from where all the money comes to buy the dresses and all the other silly things that go with a Bit Fat Gypsy Wedding. Of course, when one of the men, one who buys a new, fully equipped Audi every 6 months (!), states he's in the "metal recycling" business, you have to wonder...

Note that like most TV shows from the UK, there are no subtitles. Not in general, not for for hard-of-hearing, nor for foreign languages. There are a few English subtitles whenever one of the interviewees speaks a particularly incomprehensible dialect, but there are otherwise none. As a nonresident of the UK, I find this very irritating as many English dialects and even some accents are difficult to understand. There is simply no excuse for not providing this option.
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