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REGGIE PERRIN, SET 1 (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 341 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WBC43E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As seen on public television

"Finely balanced black comedy" --The Guardian (U.K.)

"Scathing and uproariously funny" --Evening Times (U.K.)

After ten years as a marketing executive for Groomtech Industries, Reggie Perrin is dangerously alienated and frustrated. His boss doesn’t understand him, and his wife pays too little attention to notice. Reggie is left to find his own distractions wherever he can--on his daily commute, in the office, or at home in the suburbs. More often than not, his flights of fancy land him in hot water. But somehow Reggie always manages to extricate himself before disaster hits, preserving the respectable veneer of a successful city businessman . . . for the moment, at least.

This update of the classic British comedy was cowritten by the original series creator, David Nobbs (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), and Simon Nye, the write behind Men Behaving Badly. Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as the often bewildered, sometimes infuriating, but always fascinating Reggie Perrin. Fay Ripley (Cold Feet) costars as Nicola, his long-suffering wife. Includes the complete Series 1 and 2.


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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggie Perrin Falls and Rises Again June 1, 2011
When I heard of a potential remake of the revered show "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin", I wasn't sure what to expect. I wondered if Clunes' performance could rival that of the remarkable Leonard Rossiter, whose original 70's version of Reggie was quite madcap in his nervousness, agitation, and over-the-top fall from the fable of a perfect "working life." And to my amazement, he not only matched the excellent performance of Rossiter, but also gave it a greater edge, in my opinion, of a true midlife crisis tale in the modern era.

From delegating authority to his two bumbling, crawling underlings at Groomtech (who are well-meaning chaps, just a bit ditzy), to his in-office therapist (who is extremely ditzy), and his gorgeous co-worker Jasmine, the character of Perrin finds himself in an area that many of us are familiar with; the trappings of a senseless, moribund office environment, with the gearshift stuck in neutral within a mid-management career. Oh, and his boss Chris Jackson (paying homage to the original 70's boss "C.J."), is pretty much clueless and void of any real ideas or leadership. And in the beginning, Perrin finds himself feeling the same way, but as the series progresses, you'll see his true "out-of-the-box" thinking take hold, and the shows gets funnier with every episode.

In addition to his mundane life at the office, his personal life is just as uninteresting. Without giving away too much of the plot, Perrin finds himself face-to-face with the humdrum boredom of everyday married life, temptations, daydreaming, etc., all portrayed in a very dark, albeit comical level. Same routine, same house, same train rides to work (which are usually late), same dull job. You see where this is going.....and eventually that trend will need to be broken.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Reggie (Martin Clunes-Doc Martin) amid his midlife crisis seems the sane but zany over the series characters. My wife and I laughed out lout, paused till we could regain composure, replayed comical moments that came fast. They could almost slip by the viewer if not paying attention. FAST comedy! Having never seen the 70s version of Perrin, I can only compare the 2009-2010 Reggie Perrin to "Doc Martin". Same lead actor, but different job, different office, same situation of eccentric story associates. New cast but the ongoing humor, a mix of plots and events as provided in the outlandishly funny "Doc Martin" series. There is adult humor and language, more so than found in "Doc Martin," so keep this one for mature minds.

Story begins with Reggie hating his men's body products job at Groomtech. Frustration follows him, explainable after meeting his associates. His suburban wife Nicola (Fay Ripley-`Cold Feet'), teacher, is almost sane. Then comes the Groomtech staff: hard-body sexy Jasmine (Lucy Liemann), Brainstormer brown-noser pair Anthony & Steve, barmy clueless receptionist Vicky (Kerry Howard) with a stunning performance, ego-head-brain-dead Chris the boss (Neil Stuke), not to mention Reggie's mom (Wendy Craig-`The Royal') and Nicola's dad (Geoffrey Whitehead-`Little Dorrit'). The Groomtech wellness nurse, Sue (Susan Earl) is a scream playing a counselor needing therapy. I found the cast excellent, slap-stick funny, absurdity through good lines of fast comedy dialogue enough for all. Joke's in dialogue flow fast, as in "Airplane".
A DVD set to just sit back and enjoy. A non-intellectual humorous experience at the gritty grin level.

12 episodes each about 28 laugh-packed minutes.
SUBTITLES AVAILABLE.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1st Season - Bummer 2nd Season July 1, 2012
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We are Martin Clunes addicts (Saving Grace, Horsepower, William & Mary; Doc Martin especially) so we knew we'd love Reggie Perrin. We were ONLY HALF RIGHT. The original media reviews were a mixed bag. It's now clear why that was.

The first six episodes and series/season are all that we expected: brilliant and uproariously funny. Great characters and situations. We gorged ourselves on them after starting to watch the first episode.

But the second six episodes/season are a big come down. Yes the same story line and characters continue sort of, but the whole second season seems to be searching for some direction while frantically trying to be as funny as the first season. It's as if the writers wrote Reggie for only one season and then had to scramble to put a second season together when it was renewed.

Martin Clunes fans should still enjoy Reggie Perrin.
But after being totally enthralled by the first season, we wound up with an empty deflated feeling after the second season.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious October 2, 2011
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I couldn't stop laughing so had to stop eating lunch while watching this. Clunes is one funny dude!!! I am going to watch all the Clunes DVD I can get my hands on!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel July 29, 2013
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It was not the same as the Rossiter version of course, but I liked the similarities and differences. There were moments of genuine humour, but it was sometimes a bit forced. I would have liked a bit more charcter for Mrs Perrin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing fun September 6, 2013
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If you like Brit comedy, Martin Clunes is a very funny, but dry sort of guy. Loved him in the Doc Martin series, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not really gooid
Published 1 day ago by Rebecca Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for More Comedies Like This
Laugh out loud comedy. I'm an American who enjoys British humor. Martin Clunes is amazing.
Published 1 month ago by Nell Marshburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as Doc Martin!
Published 2 months ago by Shooter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny. Love Martin Clunes
Published 2 months ago by Jane Lewsader
5.0 out of 5 stars laughed so much I cried.
I loved this dvd and can not wait to get set 2. Am a fan of the doc martin series and this is even funnier.
Published 2 months ago by suzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Liked it
Published 2 months ago by Doug Kahler
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Brittish comedy (?)
The darker side of Martin Clunes. Hate laugh tracks.
Published 2 months ago by John A. Duncan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected.
I greatly enjoyed the original Reggie Perrin show, and I'm a big fan of Martin Clunes. But the humor in this series is forced, and the laugh track is obtrusive and most annoying.
Published 3 months ago by D. Gelman
3.0 out of 5 stars Reggie Perrin
This show was ok. I bought this DVD because Ilike Martin Clunes, but I didn't like this show as well as Doc martin or William and Mary.
Published 3 months ago by linkfrink
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggie Perrin
Reggie Perrin is a comedy that follows Reggie at work and at home. The main character has a vivid imagination and one may be tempted to see how he bumps off co-workers in his mind... Read more
Published 4 months ago by hooked on genealogy
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