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People Like Us: The Complete Series (2009)

Chris Langham , Bill Nighy  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Langham, Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Alexander
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 349 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AS460U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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People Like Us: The Complete Series (DVD)

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Hilarious in its dry, understated, and very British way, People Like Us debuts on DVD more than a decade after its inception, with its two and only seasons (1999 and 2001) on two discs, each containing six roughly 30-minute episodes. In each of these "mockumentaries," interviewer Roy Mallard (Chris Langham, whom we hear but never actually see, save for an occasional limb or the back of his head) talks to and observes various folks--the managing director of a computer company, a young policeman, a couple of lawyers, a pair of airline pilots, a photographer, a vicar, a bank manager, and so on--as they go about their work. Of course, they aren't really "people like us" at all. For one thing, they're actors (mostly unknown to American viewers, with the exception of Bill Nighy, the photographer); for another, they are appallingly dunderheaded and inept, not to mention cluelessly self-important (a prudent exception is the pilots, who are amusing but definitely not incompetent). But they're a flock of Einsteins compared to Mallard. It's not just his narration, which is thinly veiled nonsense ("Rob's voice-over is relatively short, compared to longer ones" he says of an actor on an audition, while another interviewee is "one of the most promising young potential sporting prospects for the tomorrow of the future"). Mallard inevitably inserts himself into his interviews in the most tactless and inappropriate ways, usually with results that are disastrous for all concerned; he's particularly unprofessional and embarrassing in the second set of episodes, in which his squirm-inducing behavior borders on the Larry David-esque. If there's a parallel for the U.S. audience, it might be This Is Spinal Tap, with Mallard as director Marty DiBergi and his various subjects similar to Nigel Tufnel and his mates; as in Tap, the interactions appear to be at least partially improvised, and the subtlety of much of the humor requires that viewers pay close attention, lest some gem of idiocy pass unnoticed. --Sam Graham

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Hilarious July 18, 2009
This 1999 scripted series consists of 12 full frame (wasn't filmed widescreen) episodes, about 30 minutes each. In USA was originally on BBC America. Chris Langham's character (unseen, but heard) interviews people in 12 occupations, featuring famous British actors such as Sarah Alexander, Bill Nighy and David (Dr. Who) Tennant. Unbelievably funny material which can be watched repeatedly. You don't have to be a fan of British humor to enjoy these episodes. Highly recommended for humor and originality.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last available in the US! September 1, 2009
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Those who love great British humor should rejoice at the release of this
fantastic series in the US! Unique fake documentaries with the world's
worst correspondent, who unfailingly upsets and misinterprets and gets in the
way of his subject! Repeated viewings only add to the joy of this wonderful series!
Stop reading and get it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! YES! YES! July 19, 2009
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Do you not know about the greatness that is People Like Us, one of the best comedy shows to come from the UK, though grossly under-seen and semi-forgotten thanks to more popular and similar shows like The Office? You're in for a wonderful surprise. Get this DVD, at $25 for the complete series is a steal. I got mine from the UK, and I paid twice as much which still is a reasonable price for twelve episodes of this great show. Buy it now. NOW. NOW!!!

For fans of: The Office, The Day Today, British shows with subtle, self-deprecating humor (or humour?).

Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny December 8, 2010
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Very droll, very funny. It is not slapstick, it is the use of language that makes it funny. Also, the narrator's voice is a beautiful baritone. Although what he says is silly, he is nice to listen to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Clever Clever February 20, 2010
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This is one of the Smartest, Drollest, Wittiest, Clever, FUNNY videos I have ever had the Pleasure to watch !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GroundBreaking Comedy Series December 22, 2009
This mockumemtary concept of humor was pioneered here and this was the first of its format, and was and is still the funniest TV Series I have seen since the advent of Python in the 60's. The writing is incredible. Langham does a great job of ending every sentence with a tangential noun or verb.. pure genius to listen to and watch. From this sprang the Office and others, but this has never been replicated by anyone else since. You do have to be british I think to truly understand the mockery going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious April 8, 2012
I agree; "People Like Us" is just fantastic dry BritCom humor. The sole under-5-star review just adds to it; the reviewer didn't realize it was a spoof, which just proves how brilliant it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Brit Mockumentary Series February 17, 2014
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If you happen to be lucky enough to catch the very funny Brit mockumentary "Twenty-Twelve", which aired right before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (the premise of the fictional series being about a rather inept and clueless Olympic Planning Committee, trying to get London ready for the Olympics; Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham on "Downton Abbey", got to show his comedy chops by playing the bumbling but likable head of the planning committee), this series was done by the same creator (who also used some of the same actors from this series for "Twenty Twelve", like David Tennant, etc.) and is even funnier; the premise is that a fictional (and mostly unseen) "documentarian" by the great silly name of Roy Mallard is going around profiling individuals in different professions & walks of life: a cop, a real estate agent, a reverend, an actor (played by David Tennant), a mid-life crisis photographer (played by the great Bill Nighy, in my favorite episode of the series), etc., etc.; and in the fine "Office"/Christopher Guest-ian tradition of the best mockumentaries, of course most of the people that he interviews & follows around are hopelessly inept and/or bumbling at their particular chosen fields, but nonetheless still charming and irresistibly likable in their earnest attempts to live up to life's expectations. This is British humor at its best-- dry, subtle & quirky, and worth watching for all the clever little touches that don't have to bash you over the head the way some more heavy-handed comedies do in order to make you laugh. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite
Boring in places. Don't get it just so see Tenant, his segment is very short.
Published 2 months ago by terry m. owen
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be a PEOPLE person too!
If you like dry, dead pan humor you will love PEOPLE LIKE US. Honestly I don't know why American Tv hasn't stolen this idea yet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little to hold interest
Its quite an effort to get thru this. Good moments are far apart. The delivery style puts me to sleep. I will not watch the other disks and give this away soon.
Published 3 months ago by Operafilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Another Bill Nighy movie bought as a gift for my sister. I'm sure she will love it. Fast shipping too.
Published 6 months ago by Mary Ann Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good. Unlike anything else.
Stands up to repeated play. The TV version every bit as good as it was on radio. Every line, action, gesture, and look is not to be missed in comprising the whole of this comic... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emily Canter
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not up to par with other English programs.
Just not up to par with other English programs. It wass a complete disappointment for me to receive and should resell it.
Published 10 months ago by Genice Eichert
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares
This DVD set is so enjoyable, I watch it over and over whenever I need a good genuine laugh. Poor Roy Mallard, I love the running gag of people being surprised about his marital... Read more
Published 15 months ago by zhappychef
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than The Office
I caught the last 3 episodes of Series 2 late one night flipping channels on my cable box, and having (by luck) landing on a local PBS station. Read more
Published 15 months ago by dekard
5.0 out of 5 stars Mockumentary!
This one was a long time coming in being released for purchase. If you love quick witted humor, you might like this series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shannon Cole
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely some good bits
As a die-hard Anglophile, I expect a lot from my Britcom (particularly when the BBC deems it good/popular enough to transcribe it onto a Region 1 DVD). Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Jacoby
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