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  • Actors: Nicholas Hoult, Mike Bailey, Hannah Murray, April Pearson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 425 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G1FL42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Nine episodes on three discs (due to music clearance issues, the final scene of episode 9 has been edited for DVD release)
  • Video diaries
  • Ancillary storylines
  • Music video
  • Trailers

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Skins: Volume 1 (DVD)

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Sex, drugs, yearning, frustration--all the ingredients of adolescence are made freshly vivid in the first series of this topnotch BBC series. Skins follows a gang of British schoolmates, including Tony (Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy), whose alpha-male cockiness starts to curdle into nasty self-absorption, gradually alienating his insecure girlfriend Michelle (April Pearson) and best friend Sid (Mike Bailey); Anwar (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire), who struggles to balance his Muslim faith and his friendship with Maxxie (Mitch Hewer, Brittania High), who's gay; musical prodigy Jal (Larissa Wilson), who resents that her father favors her brothers over her, while Cassie (Hannah Murray) and Chris (Joseph Dempsie) try to escape reality with anorexia and pharmaceuticals. Skins could have been just a catalogue of hot-button issues, but sharp writing, fluid direction, and a charismatic and deeply engaging crew of young actors make this one of the best shows about teenagers ever made. Each episode centers on a different kid--a character who was never more than peripheral or a stereotype in previous episodes suddenly bursts into three dimensions, expanding your grasp of their flailing, hungry world. Divorce and the loose mores of contemporary life have left these kids with few restrictions; watching them slam into problems they're ill-equipped to handle makes for riveting television. Forget the airbrushed, designer-dressed kids of Dawson's Creek or Gossip Girl. Skins is both more real and more exciting. The extra features on Skins - Vol. 1 includes a series of video diaries by the characters that feel a bit forced, but the "ancillary storylines"--mostly deleted scenes--are more enjoyable, particularly a series of interviews with a hapless career counselor. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this show more for young adult age.
Kari Stobert
What I like about skins is each episode is focused on one character and you get to see how they seem things.
Sophia Thomas
Caution, there is adult language, drug use, and there are sexual situations.
Charles E. Wright

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson VINE VOICE on October 10, 2008
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I've been watching TV for as long as I can remember, and I've never seen a show quite like "Skins".

The program centers around a group of teenage friends living in England. They smoke, they drink, they do drugs, they party, they have sex. They do what teenagers around the world do (or more often, especially with the sex part, merely wish they were doing). Pretty standard fare for most teenage dramas, actually, except that since this is British TV, they don't censor everything; you actually get to see bits of the sex, hear lots of the swearing and see quite a bit of naked flesh.

Nothing like a bit of titilation.

But had the show been nothing but titilation, it wouldn't have kept my interest. From the very first episode, I found myself really drawn into the storylines, and coming to like most of the characters. I started to care about them and their lives.

Consider for example the character of Tony. He seems initially to be just a total wanker, but as the show goes you see that he actually has some layers to him, ones he doesn't know are there.

Or consider Anwar, a reasonably devout Muslim who finds himself torn between faith and friendship due to the fact that his best friend, Maxxie, is gay.

Or consider Cassie, an anorexic girl who is falling rapidly in love with Sid, who happens to be in love with Michelle, who happens to be Tony's girlfriend. Who Tony might be in love with the viewer is welcome to guess, though I'm inclined to suspect it's both Michelle and Sid...

Or consider Jal, the sweet young clarinet player. Or Chris, a wonderful young man with more teeth than brain cells. Or Michelle. Or Maxxie. Or Sid. Any of the characters, all the of characters, are fascinating.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Roland on September 19, 2008
Format: DVD
"Skins" is one of the best "teen dramas" in existence, and one of the few for which this label isn't actually an insult. Intelligent, gritty, unpredictable and sporting one of the most likable casts in existence, it's a must-watch, no matter what type of shows you normally like.

BUT the Region 2 DVD editions of First AND Second Seasons are missing about 80% of the original music. It's replaced by cheap "background" songs. And the music is a vital part of what makes "Skins" so special. Without them the DVDs are only worth so much as the extras on them. I really hope the Region 1 edition will have the normal OST. If that's the case, I'm buying it, even though I already have the UK DVDs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DVD Expert on June 22, 2009
Format: DVD
Thanks to BBCA and DVD, I now have the opportunity to catch up with Britain's hit television series, which may be a bit worse for wear as it travels across the ocean.

I was reluctant to purchase Skins on DVD after reading many complaints over the replacement of music due to licensing issues, most notably the final musical sequence in the finale to Season 1.

I have yet to find a definitive source of information to detail the changes, if any, between the original airing of the shows on British television and the recent broadcast on BBCA, but I have thus far been taking great pains to compare the DVD versions of episodes from both Seasons 1 & 2 with those aired on BBCA.

As far as Season 1 is concerned, aside from the first and final episodes, the DVD versions are musically identical to the versions aired on BBCA. Again, I do not know if the BBCA versions are different from the original broadcasts on E4.

In the series opener, Tony wakes, turns on his stereo and works out to Chingy's "Right Thurr", a hip-hop single that has been replaced with a less-than-ideal incidental track on the DVD. Although the song replacement here makes little sense, especially as the scene evolves with Tony's father screaming to compete with the blaring music, it's a minor nitpick and can be overlooked even if it is the opening scene - and, hence, sets the tone - for the series. The real question is whether we believe that Tony would be playing (and working out to) the incidental music on his stereo and if he would use it to distract his father while his sister returns home from being out all night; probably not.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Hale on January 13, 2009
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I watched this show all first season and fell in love with it during the trippy final scene of the season (episode 9). I have recomended it to many friends. Just got the DVD set today and guess what? That scene, THE scene that pushed the show way above the usual. has been edited out for the dvd release! how could they? To see it you'll have to catch a rerun on BBC america. I would have given this 5 stars but with all the editing 3 is all it gets. How dissapointing!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Lentz on January 15, 2009
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Skins is one of my all time favorite shows, but the DVD Series 1 Collection is quite a disappointment. The sound quality is terrible. The sound volume goes up and down through out many scenes. At first I thought it was just a defective disk...but all three disks have the same problem. I had DVRed several episodes from BBC America and compared them to make sure. For instance, in episode 4 where Tony is singing with the choir, you can barely hear his voice at all, but you can hear Abigail singing. On the BBC America version you can can Tony quite clearly. In many other scenes the volume just goes up and down like someone is playing with the volume control on the remote. Just terrible.

The worse thing of all is that they cut the musical scene at the end of episode 9! It was the most important scene to end the first season and was the highlight of the entire series.

I can't express enough how angry I am.
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US Version of Skins season 1
I'm pretty sure it will be unedited, since the episodes are sold on iTunes unedited. The music will be the only thing that won't be the same, the majority of the music you hear when watched on TV will be removed with some other music.
Sep 28, 2008 by John |  See all 7 posts
Series 1 and 2?
Well 30$ is not too much. Most US series are above that. Take for instance "Breaking Bad:" it only had 7 episodes and is going to sell in February for $36. In the UK, Skins Series one sold for $25US, and series 2 for over $30US.

So you have a few choices:
1) Rent it on Netflix when it... Read More
Dec 15, 2008 by G. Nelson |  See all 6 posts
Region
This is the US DVD release of the UK Series. So it's Region 1, NTSC. The only difference is that this copy is released about 9 months behind the UK release, otherwise it's the same.
Dec 15, 2008 by G. Nelson |  See all 3 posts
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