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Spaced: The Complete Series (2008)

Jessica Hynes , Simon Pegg , Edgar Wright  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Katy Carmichael, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost
  • Directors: Edgar Wright
  • Writers: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg
  • Producers: Gareth Edwards, Humphrey Barclay, Karen Beever, Lisa Clark, Nira Park
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, 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: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 343 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019MFY3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spaced: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 14 episodes plus bonus features on 3 discs.

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It only takes one episode to become very protective of this 1999 British Comedy Award-winning series that put comedy soul mates Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes), as well as Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) on the map. One can only hope a threatened American version is never produced. This is one of those brilliant, off-center, lightning-in-a-bottle creations that gets you so jazzed, you want to turn all your friends on to it. Spaced (actually, Friends might have been a better title; too bad it was taken) stars Pegg and Stevenson as strangers Tim and Daisy, "amiable 20-somethings" who pose as a "professional couple" to rent an apartment. He is a recently-dumped aspiring comic book artist. She is an easily distracted writer. As the series unfolds, their apartment becomes an "island of calm in the ocean of life" as Tim and Daisy form a kind of 21st century family with their similarly misfit friends, including soused landlord Marsha (Julia Deakin), who lives with her teenager daughter (aka "the devil in a A cup," who is heard, but never quite seen), Brian (Mark Heap), an artist who deals in anger, fear, and aggression, Simon's best friend Mark (Frost), a militaristic gun nut, and Daisy's best friend, Twist (Katy Carmichael), a fashion poseur (in the series' penultimate episode, look for a pre-Office Ricky Gervais). Spaced is not so much interested in Tim and Daisy's charade as it is in cramming each episode with pop culture references and obscure in-jokes, and brilliantly realized film and TV homages, ranging from Woody Allen's Manhattan to Pulp Fiction and The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars, especially, looms large in Tim's slacker universe). As with Arrested Development, Spaced benefits from repeat viewings to catch missed bits of business and gags that fly by at a Simpsons-esque rate. This Complete Series set is everything Spaced's fervent following would demand. Each episode is complemented by the original commentaries as well as newly-recorded gabfests that also feature American friends of the show, including Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Quentin Taratinto, Matt Stone, Diablo Cody, and Bill Hader. There are deleted scenes and outtakes, and, best of all, an hour-long 2007 Q&A with Wright and the cast, in which Pegg allows that, had there been a third series (and we can still dream), it would have provided viewers hoping that Tim and Daisy would ultimately get together with "a moment to make every hair of your body stand on end." You will see such a moment if you "skip to the end" of the essential near two-hour series retrospective. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Spaced revolves around two idle twentysomething flatmates - immature skateboarding would-be comic artist Tim (Simon Pegg), and moody, responsibility-shy Daisy (Jessica Stevenson), and their self-induced lack of success in employment, relationships and life in general. Together with their oddball assortment of friends and neighbors, Marsha, Brian, Mike and Twist, they exist in a world perched precariously on the edge of normality.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled by the US release!!! May 28, 2008
By Jen
Format:DVD
This is an AMAZINGLY wonderful show. Genius!
Edgar, Simon and Jess created a program which speaks directly to a specific group of people with whom they share so much in common. If you get the subtle inside jokes, you feel special, if not, you love it anyway because it's just so unique and funny. Spaced lays the foundation for many ongoing jokes (much like Kevin Smith's universe) in subequent Wright/Pegg/Frost films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I own the UK version and will absolutely be buying this release too! Quite frankly, I'll buy anything from Edgar, Simon or Nick!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please please release for the US! June 1, 2006
By J. Paz
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This series (though only two seasons) is brilliant! It is by far my favorite british series -- yes, I'm even including the Office in there. My friend got my hooked on it when I was living over there, and now I'm left spaced-less, which is not a good situation to be in.

Seriously though, the writing and acting is spot on. It often spoofs well known pop culture, and always does so without being over-the-top or cringe worthy like some spoofs. And the originality of the series is unrivaled -- Simon Pegg is brilliant! Be sure to catch his zombie romance spoof, Shaun of the Dead.

Please please please, I beg of the powers to be, bring both seasons of Spaced to the American audience! I'm tired of my friends only seeing Keeping Up Appearances on PBS and saying British comedy isn't that funny -- well they haven't seen Spaced yet...
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of fried gold! May 26, 2008
Format:DVD
If you've never had the opportunity to see Spaced, you're in for a treat. Available for the first time ever in the States on DVD (and a long time coming at that!), this hilarious sit-com delivers all the necessities of an instant cult classic.

The story revolves around Tim and Daisy, two twenty-somethings who, through a spell of bad luck, wind up meeting in a London coffee shop. Both are at the ends of bad relationships, so they decide to move into a flat together, pretending that they are married in order to gain residence. Laced with pop culture references, the series manages to balance their misadventures with their aspirations of becoming successful.

Highly recommended. But just be sure not to call Hawk the Slayer rubbish!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I am really really shocked that this isn't on DVD in the US. I mean REALLY REALLY shocked! What on Earth is going on??? This is right up the alley for 'Shaun' and 'Office' fans. We love 'The Office.' We love 'Shaun of the Dead.' And soon we'll love 'Hot Fuzz.' 'Spaced' is even more American than 'The Office.' It's a great diservice to America that this is not in circulation here! I watched the first series literally TWICE in a ROW! I mean, come-freakin'-on! Bring it on, man!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who loved Shaun of the Dead October 28, 2006
Format:DVD
This program is absolutly amazing, it is by far one of the best written shows I have ever seen. If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead, this DVD set is a must for you, It includes every episode produced, tons of bonus features on each disc, commentary on every episode, and a full length documentary about how this wonderful show came to be.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Too Orange-y For Crows! June 2, 2008
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All I can say is it's about time! Even Big Train and League of Gentlemen made it out here before this. I have the beat up region 2 copies and can't wait to be able to own the complete series with all the lovely, lovely extras. How will I make it until next month?

If you like anything Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done you will love this show. It's brilliant. Just buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 9, 2006
Format:DVD
The TV series is incredible! They have been threatening to put it out in the US for awhile now, and I have been waiting patiently...

This is a very surreal and silly show about two room-mates, their ridiculous acquaintances, and (to a very minor degree) the sexual tension between them. Many scenes are spoofs from movies, TV shows and video games... which makes it a pop culture junkies dream.

Hopefully enough people will see these good reviews and raise a stink and get it produced in the US. If not, you could always try to download them and watch them, but as always consistent recording quality is a problem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a geeky sort that balks at the average sitcom, but when I discovered this gem of a series on YouTube with its witty dialogue, endearing characters, quirky cinematography, and wonderful soundtrack ranging from cool electro/ambient/trip-hop to Japanese Shibuya-kei to Italian porn, it prompted me to buy a region-free DVD player and order it from amazon.co.uk. And after reading the other reviews, I see I'm not the only one who's been inspired to do this! It's utterly original, and it's *that* good.

Why American TV stations have not been airing this since its creation in 1999-2000 baffles my mind. There may be odd references to British things that the average American doesn't "get", but I think too many people underestimate the average Yank's ability to understand, appreciate, and learn from other (pop-)cultures. Too orangey for crows? I think not!

Nothing is dumbed down in Spaced, and this is one of the many things that makes it an uncompromisingly sharp, stellar comedy. The jokes come hard and fast so there's plenty for everyone to laugh at, but there are several levels of comedy/satire/homage-ing going on at the same time which makes it all the more delightful and devotion-inspiring for those that 'get' it. For example, one entire episode is a take off of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and I only realized this the second time I watched it.

The DVD is chock-full of extras, including hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes, trailers, commentary over the episodes, and an "homage-o-meter" you can switch on in the language subtitle options so that you don't miss any of the many geeky pop-culture references! Every time I pop the DVD in, I see another giggleworthy little nugget that I'd missed before.

So spark up a fatty-boom-batty and check your pockets for Jaffa Cakes, because once you pop in the series, it pulls you in to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this series, wish they had made another season. It is funny and very entertaining for all grown up ages.
Published 29 days ago by Sannitizer
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD's were both corrupt so probably the whole batch is the same.
First order the DVD was corrupt so we returned it and ordered a second and this was corrupt to no fault of Amazon we have returned it and requested refund. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Makuch
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on American products.
Probably my own fault for not reading the fine print, but I just purchased a copy of this great show that is not compatible with any DVD player I own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow
The story seemed to drag and it was neither funny nor witty. Too bad considering the cast that was assembled.
Published 3 months ago by LvG
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series
Simon Pegg is great and this is a great series. I lived in north London during the time when the series was set and nodded and laughed with the memories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DC area shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great appetizer for a Cornetto fan!
This series is definitely a must for a fan of any of the Cornetto movies (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz & The World's End). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ronault D. Trowbridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Spaced The Series
This is an interesting series, not at all what I expected. It is well acted, and the stars are believable in their role's I watch it piecemeal. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Old Man "Steve", Nampa, Id.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pegg/Frost masterpiece!
One of my favorite BBC series (Behind Dr. Who and Red Dwarf) with the odd British humor of Simon pegg and Nick Frost along with an assorted medley of strange characters and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Babcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series and reputable company
Got this DVD in the mail quickly and really enjoyed it. Funny creative series! The DVDs were in great shape and the cover had a couple of stickers on it but didnt matter all that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Pegg awesomeness
Very funny, loads of fun. Pure geek awesomeness, with close friends, relationship dynamics, movie references. employment woes and pot smoking. Read more
Published 9 months ago by vicky
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Bonus subtitles?
It was called the Homage-O-meter and is included on the Region 1 version as well.
Jul 29, 2008 by K. McDonough |  See all 3 posts
Music on DVD menu
I want to know similar - the music that plays over the main menu of the season 2 DVD. Plays for a few seconds then breaks with, "Babylon 5's a big pile of ****", then continues. If anyone can name that tune i'd be grateful, though i do wonder if these are Guy Pratt creations, solely... Read more
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When is this DVD going to available in the states?!?!
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