Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
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"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.
"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" -- TVGuide.com
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Three seasons of a Canadian series about a theater company which specializes in Shakespeare (based on the real-life Stratford Festival). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia N. Klingenberg
Totally enjoyed this Canadian broadcast. Some of the episodes are weak and the side story about the financial problems of the theater company is just a drag.Published 1 month ago by Rephael Wenger
Slings and Arrows starts out with two groups of Canadian thespians. One led by Jeffery a passionate but impoverished young man the other Oliver a nearly soulless corporate festival... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Graves
Terrific series. If anybody is insanely thinking of starting up a theatre, see this series! Great cast, terrific acting. And you find out why Rachel McAdams made it big.Published 2 months ago by tolkiengod
I can watch this many times; I find it quite entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Gina L Hitchcock
Splendid three-season Canadian comedy about a theatre group full of delightfully nutty characters. From the dead director who won't quit haunting his successor to the assorted... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stella Fitzgibbons
If you love this series - you'll love it more after buying this...plenty of extras and interviews etc.Published 3 months ago by Andrew Graves
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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.
It is a simple information, very obvious one. They should always make this clear. BTW, today it is a lack of respect not to add subtitles, since there is people who can't ear but would be able to... Read More
Jan 9, 2009 by Everal R. V. Silva | See all 13 posts
The complete collection HAS close captions.
13 days ago by J. R. Girones | See all 4 posts