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Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (2003)

Paul Gross , Martha Burns , Peter Wellington  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Gross, Martha Burns, Stephen Ouimette, Susan Coyne, Don McKellar
  • Directors: Peter Wellington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VYCK1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Three exclusive episode commentaries by the stars, writers, and director;
behind-the-scenes featurette;
cast and crew interviews;
backstage footage;
deleted and extended scenes;
photo galleries;
production notes;
song lyrics.

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

"Outrageously entertaining" --NPR

Winner of 13 Gemini Awards and showered with critical acclaim, this darkly comic Canadian series follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe, exposing the high drama, scorching battles, and electrifying thrills that happen behind the scenes.

Paul Gross (Due South) stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festival. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor (Stephen Ouimette), he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager (Mark McKinney), a pretentious guest director (Don McKellar), and his own tempestuous romance with the festival’s leading lady (Martha Burns). The backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst as Geoffrey directs three of Shakespeare’s masterpieces--Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear--one in each season. Guest stars include Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Colm Feore (Chicago), Sarah Polley (Go, The Sweet Hereafter), and renowned Stratford Festival actor William Hutt in one of his last performances.


"A winner: funny, touching" -- E! Online

"Achieves perfect pitch with its mix of dark wit and drama" -- The Washington Post

"One of my all-time favorite television series. Filled with irreverent, hilarious dialogue and heart-felt performances" --

"Sophisticated and cutting yet sincere...A" -- TIME Magazine

4 of 5 stars. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 2007

An exceptionally well crafted, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully smart series. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Backstage masterpiece this one-in-a-million TV show. -- The Phoenix, July 2007

Charming and complex and lovely. -- The New York Times

EW Pick...A -- Entertainment Weekly

Funny, tragic and exhilarating, "Slings" memorably celebrates the nobility of human dreams and the intoxicating impact of live theater. --Newsday, July 2007

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
142 of 143 people found the following review helpful
If anyone had told me several years ago that one of my favorite programs on television would turn out to be a Canadian import about a Shakespearean theater troupe, I would have had my doubts. But Season 1 of "Slings and Arrows" beguiled me. So droll and sophisticated, but with moments of sheer slapstick, I was absolutely enchanted. Detailing the struggles of a failing company amidst the changing artistic climate, "Slings" presented a colorful band of misfits that formed the unlikeliest of families. The writing was so smart, so funny, and the performances spot on--including Paul Gross and Rachel McAdams (two of the more familiar actors for American audiences). It ended in six episodes and I wistfully said good-bye to a near brilliant show. I had no idea there was more to come.

So I was delighted when I heard Season 2 and even Season 3 were on the way. But I was also doubtful. Could they really mine the same material and come up a winner? To my mind, they did that and even more.

Season 2 contained less back story, so it dealt more specifically with the inner struggle of producing theatrical shows. The comic misadventures involved in staging a cursed production of "Macbeth" was definitely the highpoint. It might have been the funniest thing on TV that season, seriously. One subplot about an experimental advertising campaign to lure new traffic to the theater festival is perfection. As someone who has been a season subscriber in the LA theater scene for over ten years, this was particularly hysterical to me--how much truth there was. Season 3 (which added the always appreciated Sarah Polley to the cast) details how the theater adjusts to success. Its humor is dosed with many moments of melancholy.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot recommend this highly enough February 3, 2008
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So few people I know are aware of this wonderful show's existence. My hope is that collecting all three seasons in a single DVD box set could lead to a whole new group of viewers. What impressed me about the series is the way it provided absolutely first-rate popular entertainment in a relatively highbrow context. It is funny. There are romantic another other kinds of relationships that we as viewers come to care deeply about. And we are introduced to a host of fascinating characters. But at the same time there is some remarkably insightful discussion of Shakespeare.

You don't have to love Shakespeare to love this series, but you'll love it all the more if you do. If you don't own copies of HAMLET, MCBETH, and KING LEAR, I would strongly encourage you to order copies of each along with this box set. I reread each play as a result of seeing SLINGS AND ARROWS. I suspect that a substantial number of viewers of the show have done so as well.

The stories revolve around a moderately successful theater festival in a fictitious Canadian town. When Oliver Welles, the revered head of the festival, dies unexpectedly Geoffrey Tennant, a formerly celebrated actor who made his mark there, is asked to return as director. Paul Gross (perhaps best known to those in the United States as the Mounty assigned to Chicago in the fun series DUE SOUTH) absolutely steals the series as Tennant. I've seen a great deal of his work and this is hands down the best thing he has done. Although he steals the show, his real life wife Martha Burns costars as the resident lead actress of the troupe and the former lover of Tennant. The most surprising performance on the show might be that of Mark McKinney, formerly of KIDS IN THE HALL, who does a great job as the festival's business director.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and funny December 11, 2007
One of the most original, brilliant comedy series about theatre ever made, if not THE best. Anyone working within a nonprofit arts organization will recognize everything and everyone involved. It's pitch perfect and very funny. And one lovely thing about it -- it isn't mean spirited, not once.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally something for theatre people April 26, 2008
There have been some wonderful reviews here by non-theatre folk talking to other non-theatre folk in a noble attempt to interest them in this show. God bless 'em. They're right of course. But I want to talk to the 5 theatre people out there who might stumble on this review. Get this DVD set. There has never been anything like this on television and there never will be again. Where the heck did this show come from?? This program is a gift to all of us who have ever labored in love and obscurity in a business that did not want us with damaged people who did love us and whom we loved back.

It captures the angst and the beauty and the ecstasy that performing grants to those courageous enough to risk it all, to put it on the line for a mere idea, a phantom that shimmers in the night and then drifts away on a breath of wind.

Oh, yeah, and it's funny, too, but not in the patronizing manner we usually endure from all that soulless drivel that pollutes the airwaves day after deadly day.

This is appointment TV, my friends. Get the DVDs, get your loved ones together and watch it after a crappy day and you will be renewed. Of course, since you're real theatre people, you'll have to say you hate it because it's TV, but that's OK. I won't tell anyone you wept while Geoffrey was directing a spoiled young actress playing Ophelia as he evokes the pain in the anguished song she sings as she goes mad.

Oh, this is good stuff. There ought to be another star beyond 5 for this one, just for the difficulty factor!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A theatre person must have
I may be biased, but all three seasons are amazing and a must have. The essence of theatre and the theatre community are captured flawlessly and hilariously in every episode.
Published 16 days ago by Eric B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the great shows, period.
Published 25 days ago by Stephen J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, prompt service
Published 1 month ago by donaldelfman
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Gross "have to see"
Oh!! If you liked Paul in Due South you will want this. I was sorry it ended. The supporting cast is fabulous. Check out the colors used in background and on clothing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare in Love!
This is a brilliant series, funny, poignant, and beautifully acted. Paul Gross is simply amazing.
Published 1 month ago by Denise J. Bister
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
outstanding performances and a facile sense of humour.
Published 1 month ago by Dr J Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An Fab!!!
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Disc problem
The series is excellent. But I only watched season 3 as I remembered the 1st two from TV. One of the discs stuttered, hiccuped and stopped, then skipped, so I wonder if this is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arlene Cozzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must have collection for anyone who's worked in the theatrical world
Published 2 months ago by Robert Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, clever writing
Wonderful, clever writing. Fun performances. Watched the whole series as a lead up to this years trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival -- and couldn't have asked for better... Read more
Published 3 months ago by *Auntie L*
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I'd like also to know if there are subtitles. In fact, I WON'T BUY IT before I know that there are.

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