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Summer Heights High

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Summer Heights High (DVD)

In this hilarious series set in a real Australian high school, actor/comedian Chris Lilley stars as three different characters: a vain drama teacher, a self-absorbed boy, and a haughty female exchange student. Hysterical, absurd and frequently shocking, Summer Heights High reveals a world where small issues become huge, social groups are critical, young minds are molded, hopes are shattered and dreams are realized.

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Australian writer/performer Chris Lilley specializes in the comedy of narcissism. All three of his characters in the mockumentary series Summer Heights High are blindly, maddeningly self-absorbed: Mr. G, a drama teacher who writes and directs his own musicals; Ja'mie, a preening 16-year-old from a wealthy private school who views her year at public school as purgatory; and Jonah, a Tongan juvenile delinquent who's been previously expelled from two other schools. The series' 8 episodes follow these three as they seek to find some form of fame and adulation.Mr. G struggles to create a musical about a student who recently died of a drug overdose... only it becomes increasingly about a heroic drama teacher whose dog dies in an accident; Ja'mie desperately wants to stage a formal dance and will lie, bribe, and manipulate to do it; and Jonah wants to do breakdancing with his posse, but he's simply incapable of keeping himself from insulting his teachers and getting into fights with other students. While Mr. G and Ja'mie are blinkered monsters, Jonah verges on tragic, as he stumbles towards increasing self-destruction. The thoroughness of Lilley's creations is impressive, as the comedian loses himself fully in these characters. Still, some viewers may find them more aggravating than funny; just a hint of self-awareness might have made them a little easier to spend time with. But for anyone who connects with Lilley's humor, Summer Heights High will be a feast of juicy, unfiltered, rampaging egomania. --Bret Fetzer



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Special Features

  • All eight episodes on two discs
  • Over 3.5 hours of deleted scenes and outtakes

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Lilley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GXR7A6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer Heights High" on IMDb

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Chris Lilley has done it again. Summer Heights High is his best work yet. This series is about three characters(all played by Lilley) at a high school in Austraila(where the series is based). We meet Jonah, a 13 year old delinquent. Ja'mie, a snobby, downright awful girl who was transfered from a private school. My personal favourite is Mr.G, the drama teacher, whos ego is as large as Aussie itself. This one isnt really for the kids though. Most of the humour will go right over their heads (plus the swearing).

This series is refreshing and new. I'm so glad it FINALLY came to America.
If you cant wait, buy the Region 4 dvd. It will work on some American dvd players.
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I discovered Summer Heights High quite by accident. Someone else turned it on, and not really paying full attention for the first few moments I came to the realization that I was not being subjected to some sappy documentary about kids in school, but headed down the rabbit hole into an insane world dominated by Chris Lilley.

All I can say is that Chris Lily possesses the talents of every one of the Kids in the Hall, Monty Python and the first two seasons of SNL in his little finger. I watched eight episodes in rapid succession, and I'm still desperate for more, more, more!

Mr. Lilly -- wherever you are -- be aware that I am in awe of your talent!
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I'm not Australian and have never been there. I stumbled upon this show by accident and watched all 8 episodes in two days. It's really hilarious and I love how in Australia touchy subjects and foul language aren't censored! It makes things much more real and true to life. I wish there were more episodes but it's more fitting for it to end the way it did. My favorite was Jonah Takalua and his friends, but Mr. G and Ja'mie were hilarious too! I didn't realize Ofa was a girl until episode 3!

This show makes me want to search for more Aussie shows and to visit Australia for vacation. I've heard HBO has picked this up, I'd recommend everyone give it a try. if you guys liked Ali G & Borat you will surely love this!
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High school is a fruitful, feisty and furtive time in our lives. It's something we endure, some thrive, others wither and die, setting a course of their lives. Chris Lilley, comedian, spreads his special take on this time through the "mockumentary" format of his show "Summer Heights High".

What impressed me most about his journey in this show is his creation of three absolutely complete and thorough characters. While they all somehow resemble each other, both in looks and in attitudes, they are extremely diverse, and there are times that you will love these people and hate them as well. His Mr. G, a flamboyant drama teacher who's ego cannot possibly fit in the staff room, puts on the musical of the year, about himself and a dead girl he never knew. Ja'Mie, a popular rich girl from a snobby school, spreads her charm (and lack of it) around the school with her gaggle of girls she's using to be in the popular crowd. And Jonah, a Polynesian student with a learning disability who's teased relentlessly for his race and struggles with culturally insensitive teachers.

Lilley's performance through the show is remarkable as he inhabits and lives in the skins of his people. While designed as a comedy, and certainly rife with many comedic moments, what struck me, as a teacher, was the serious issues he covers and uncovers in these eight all too short episodes. Most impressively, is the character of young Jonah, who never really has a chance to excel between his disability and his lack of adult protagonists in his life, save one teacher who loves him for who he is. That story touched me deeply, and as the series ended, it was his story that resonates. How many Jonahs have we lost in our schools for precisely the same reason?

Daring, risky, and occasionally on the edge between humor and inappropriateness, "Summer Heights High" is quite the show. I would love to see more.
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Fantastic show. I never write reviews for products but I've recommended this show to a few friends now and figured I should help out Australian actor Chris Lilley a little bit here.

I did a little digging after laughing through all 8 episodes and see that Lilley's similar project "We Can Be Heroes" was picked up by ABC in 2005. This guy is a pro and it shows in his work. The show is clever, fresh, and absolutely hilarious.

Due to its originality, it's very hard to draw comparisons to Lilley's work - but I would say if you are a fan of Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and similar programs, you will find Summer Heights High to be well worth your time.
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Really, really funny. Good writing/improv, great performances! Why have so few people heard of this????

It is an odd funny, but when they get it, they REALLY get it! There were even a few really touching moments... and then they get you again!

I had turn on subtitles and Google a few words sometimes because I do not know Australian slang (eg. Povo, Pashing, etc.)

Sadly, the musical numbers in Mr. G's show are better than a lot of musicals I have seen coming out of Broadway lately! At least they are catchy... I caught myself humming one of the songs in the shower the other day! But the show sequences are brilliant... one of the funniest things I have seen on TV in a long time was the dog in the grand finale.

Yes, it is mean... that is why it is funny. Like so many great comedy shows, from South Park to Saturday Night Live, they do not discriminate... EVERYONE gets made fun of. If you are too sensitive to appreciate this type of humor, just skip it. I am gay (one of the big targets in the show), and I think it is hysterical!
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I pucking love this show!!!
I totally agree! :)
Hey does anyone know if this DVD has all the extras and deleted scenes?? I REALLY hope so...
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