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Queer As Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection (1999)

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  • Format: Box set, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 473 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G1APC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes with commentary
“What the Folk…?” featurette
U.K. television show interviews
Behind-the-scenes interviews
U.K. trailers for Series 2
Photo galleries
Booklet with notes by series creator and writer Russell T. Davies

Editorial Reviews

“Compelling” —The New York Times
 
“Dynamite drama” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Frank, witty, intelligent” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Considerable complexity, insight, poignancy, and humor” - Los Angeles Times

The original UK television phenomenon that inspired the American remake, this groundbreaking, award-winning series celebrates gay culture—openly, often hilariously, and with no apologies. Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Craig Kelly (Titanic), and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) star. Seen on the Ovation channel. “Compelling”—New York Times. 6 episodes, 5 ¾ hrs (plus 2 hrs of bonus material), 3 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In 1999, TV wunderkind Russell T. Davies (who went on to re-imagine and reinvigorate the Dr Who franchise and its various sequels including Torchwood) presented a truly audacious new show that took the United Kingdom by storm. Taking on Manchester's lively gay scene, "Queer as Folk" startled with its aggressive and unapologetic tone and created one of the most maddening TV antiheroes that you're likely to encounter. Telling the story of best friends Stuart (Aiden Gillen), a consummate player, and Vince (Craig Kelly), his loyal sidekick--the narrative was trailblazing in its frankness and presented an in-your-face and visceral experience. Lives were further complicated when Stuart picked up an underage one night stand (Charlie Hunnam) who soon ingratiated himself into the central relationship. Davies' screenplay uses scathing wit to delineate the complicated bonds of friendship and the responsibilities inherent in sticking with pals who present themselves as virtually unlovable.

But despite becoming a cultural phenomenon, the original "Queer as Folk" never got an official U.S. release. Yes, the show did inspire Showtime's five season hit of the same title. If you watched the American version, the early episodes adhere closely to Davies' vision (although with some of the underage controversy tamped out). But through the years, both fascinating and frustrating, the American version clearly took on its own identity by necessity. But, for my money, if you haven't seen the originator--this is a can't miss proposition. Over ten years ago (before the Showtime series), I purchased the DVDs from the international marketplace. And the experience of watching this show initially is something that I'll never forget--that's how confrontational the show can be.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of editing changes here September 26, 2011
Format:DVD
While the U.K. original of Queer As Folk is far superior to the American remake in my opinion, be warned that this DVD set containes major editing changes from what aired (and was sold on DVD) in the U.K. Some of the sex is trimmed just a bit here and there, but even worse, almost all of the music had to be changed due to copyright issues that are different in the United States. Unfortunately, a big part of the original charm of the series was the dramatic club music showcased so well that they spawned a couple of hit albums. The terrific original songs are gone and have been replaced by inferior generic music due to rights issues (it would have cost too much in royalties so they just replaced the music). This DVD set is pretty much identical to the one that was put out here in America by C1TV a few years ago.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "How The Story Began" July 5, 2011
Format:DVD
In December, 2000 television's Showtime network debut the very first hour long drama that dealt with homosexual issues in a blunt but tasteful fassion. That show was called "Queer as Folk" and ran for a successful five seasons and aired 83 episodes. What many don't know is that the series was actually based on a British series, also called "Queer as Folk", but that was more like a mini-series because it only ran for 8 episodes back in 1999 and then it returned to UK television for 2 more episodes so the writers could wrap things up.

Now the Russell T. Davies' original series comes back to DVD in a complete series set featuring all 10 shows plus a slew of bonuses on 3 dics. What's amazing about the UK series is how closely the writers and producers of the American version followed the plots of the original during its first year on the air. While watching you will have no trouble believing who Brian was based on or Michael for that matter. My only problem with the British version is the dialect, but that passes within moments of the first show.

The bonuses include deleted and extended scenes with commentary, a featurette, interviews, trailers, and a 20 page booklet written by Davies. The episodes here are presented in their beautiful widescreen presentation, have english stereo sound, and english subtitles are included.

Anyone who ever watched the American version needs to watch how it all began with this amazing DVD box set. "The New York Times" calls the show, "Compelling!".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but with minor annoyances October 5, 2011
By maria
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great series. The DVD has lots of deleted scenes which is good and overall i really enjoyed it. My only problem was that they edited the soundtrack and some of the scenes. It wasnt major changes but i had seen the original version before this so i caught them. The worst changes they made were not playing sexy boy and raining men. This really bothered me because these songs were well known to the QAF uk fans. But overall if you love the series and you dont have a regional dvd player to play the original british dvd's purchase this version, the show is still a grate show to own.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell T Davies' Original QAF, Still the Best August 9, 2011
Format:DVD
Using a pun on the Yorkshire phrase, "There's nought queer as folk" -- similar to the Pennsylvania Dutch saying "All the world is queer [odd] except me and thee, and sometimes I think thee is a little queer, also." -- Russell T Davies caused a ruckus in the U.K. overnight with the first episode of his Queer as Folk when an unapologetic, inexperienced, under-the-age-of-consent, gay youth (Charlie Hunnam) finds his way to Canal Street in working-class Manchester -- the equivalent of Christopher Street in NYC -- and charms a predatory gay Lothario (Aidan Gillan) into taking him home for some of the most graphic gay sex ever seen on the telly. Over six original episodes the audience became transfixed by the nuances of gay and lesbian culture unknown to most. Davies went on to resurrect the modern Doctor Who and penned its offshoot, Torchwood, set in his native Cardiff, Wales, with a bisexual hero, Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman).

Season two was limited to only two episodes and ends with the U.K. guys in their Jeep CJ literally, magically transported to the American West as it became known that there would be a U.S. version of QAF to be based in working-class Pittsburgh (but filmed in Canada) on Showtime. (Good as the lengthy U.S. series was, it did not star an underaged schoolboy and lacked the edge of the Davies show.) Also, Hunnam seemed to be wearing a wig in season two which was not becoming.

The U.K. series was originally shown in the U.S., and DVDs distributed at high prices, by a small, gay cable network, making it inaccessible to most. Some of us with multi-region players ordered the box set from the U.K. Like the Robin of Sherwood series, Acorn Media has done the U.S. audience a great service bringing another great, five-star BBC series to the U.S., even if belatedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Queer Maybe???
I think Charlie Hunnam was sexy in a gay part just nas he is many years later in every thing he has done!!!
Published 2 months ago by NanB
5.0 out of 5 stars Price Value,
When I first saw this series from the UK I was hooked. I first got the American version of Queer as Folk the complete series now I finally got the UK original version of Queer as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul D. Terrazas
4.0 out of 5 stars See the original that inspired the NA Version
Set in Manchester it showed on BBC 4 in England. The first surprise is that it lasted only a two seasons. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Garth R. Mailman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but great!
One of the greatest TV-shows I've seen. Fast paced, funny, chocking, not as polished as the US version. Truly entertaining :-)!
Published 5 months ago by Pernilla Omberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
I found this DVD collection to be very funny and it has a good story line. I highly recommend it!
Published 6 months ago by Bookaholic Mama
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show
The Uk version was a great show to watch. Unfortunately there were only 6 episodes in the entire series. However very fun to see.
Published 6 months ago by Roy Thielen
4.0 out of 5 stars great show
Just as great as the US version, Arrived as described. Used just as stated. Would and will order used when available.
Published 8 months ago by Ronald Barker
3.0 out of 5 stars For Once the American version Triumphed
The British version of this TV series, for once, was not as well done as the American version.
The character devlopment was much more comprehensive and thorough in the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kevin Chamberland
4.0 out of 5 stars Video review
I enjoyed watching this video. It was interesting to compare it with the American version. I still like the American version better.
Published 15 months ago by Vintage Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell
This show is not for the squeamish. There are so many random things. It's hilarious. I'm sure it does promote stereotypes, but I love the characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by grithowes
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According to Acorn Media, this release does have subtitles. Unfortunately, there are several issues that make me glad I own a region-free DVD player and purchased the UK version of this set several years ago. According to a review at DVD Verdict:

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