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The impact of The Comic Strip's anarchic humor rattled 80s TV, introducing audiences to a new breed of comedic talent. Each show was its own separate story, each more daring and unique than the last.

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  • Actors: Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson, Dawn French, Rik Mayall, Robbie Coltrane
  • Directors: Peter Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, Keith Allen, Adrian Edmondson, Bob Spiers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 1570 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OTGS6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The acting, story development, and great characters all make the series very memorable.
John Hallback
Talk about a veritable who's who from the British comedy scene: Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson....wow.
Ouija
Note on packaging: Discs are double stacked in the fold-out case, which I hated, but it's better than flipper discs!
K. Harris

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Anyone who loves ribald British comedy or wacky parody should appreciate the efforts of the performers from London's Comic Strip Club comedy venue. With their friends and associates, they produced short stand-alone films that have aired for over two decades. "The Complete Collection" brings 39 episodes together. Some are downright hilarious, some are more perplexing. With any anthology series, you will have a variance in the degree to which you will embrace certain stories. For my part, I tend to think the series started rather consistently, but got entirely more hit-or-miss as the years progressed. But it is still fascinating to see how the show evolved in time as it kept up with trends in pop culture and modern entertainment. Many of the cast members from "Absolutely Fabulous" and "The Young Ones" (and many other shows) hailed from The Comic Strip so if you follow British humor, you're likely to see plenty of familiar faces including Jennifer Saunders, Robbie Coltrane, Rik Mayall, Dawn French, Alexei Sayle, Nigel Planer, Keith Allen, Adrian Edmondson, and Peter Richardson.

While this is called the "The Complete Collection," it falls a little short as it does NOT contain the one-off specials from 2005 (Sex Actually) or 2011 (The Hunt for Tony Blair). While I would have wanted these as well, I guess I'll be happy with what I do have.

Disc One (From 1982-83): (1) Five Go Mad In Dorset, (2) WAR, (3) The Beat Generation, (4) Bad News Tour, (5) Summer School, and (6) Five Go Mad on Mescalin.

Disc Two (From 1984): (1) Dirty Movie, (2) Susie, (3) A Fistful of Travellers' Cheques, (4) Gino: Full Story and Pics, and (5) Eddie Monsoon: A Life?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trewthe VINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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Love this show so much i bought an extra copy to have as back-up!This has to be one of my better, most valued dvd purchases.So much fun, especially if you are a Rik Mayall fan like myself.Out of all the episodes a good 90 percent are genius with only a few,,,maybe 2 eps being boring.If you are a fan of The Young Ones,French and Saunders, ABFAB and so on, you will love this set, this is where they all got their start!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Turvey on January 13, 2014
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I think The Comic Strip is the finest television comedy ever made. I've owned the British Region 2 dvds since they were released, and I know and love them. These new Region 1 dvds have SIGNIFIGANTLY different edits of several episodes. Fans: you will want to own both sets.

First of all, "Supergrass" is MUTILATED. It's in "widescreen" which is just a stretched-out picture so everything is flattened! This excellent full-length movie now looks like crap. I can't bring myself to watch it, though it is probably the US VHS version, which I know is different from the R2 dvd release. What a horrible crying shame.

Other than that, the shows on discs 1-5 are exactly the same for Regions 1 and 2, except that some of the R1 episodes include the "bumpers" (stills that say "end of part one" and then "part two"). Some bumpers have cute graphics, others are just words. The bumpers for "Funseekers" are moving shots with dialogue, very short, not included on the R2 dvds.

Disc 6 is where the big changes are. Some are very different than the R2 dvds. The affected shows are: "South Atlantic Raiders" (parts 1 and 2), "GLC", and "Oxford". ("Spaghetti Hoops" looks unchanged to me).

Peter Richardson has been quoted about "tinkering" with editing some episodes to "get more laughs". This is more than "tinkering". There is some extra footage and dialogue, also some scenes are cut, and others are moved around to actually change the narrative. Big differences.

For example: The R1 "SAR" episodes are longer and better than the R2, with more exposition and back story about the main characters; unfortunately, much of the funny footage of the General in his camp has been cut. (Lemmy has nearly disappeared from the R1 version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ouija VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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I've been waiting and waiting for this set to be available for my region, and now it is. Yes, it was well worth the wait. This outstanding set is bursting with the brilliant work known as The Comic Strip Presents. Talk about a veritable who's who from the British comedy scene: Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson....wow. There's not a dud on the set. But my favorite episodes are Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door, Consuela (that Dawn French is something else), Dirty Movie, Five Go Mad in Dorset, and Beat Generation. But for me, Bad News Tour and More Bad News are the real gems. Edmondson, Richardson, Planer and Mayall are a horrible band looking to make it big and failing miserably, and a documentary crew is along for the ride to capture it all on film. I particularly love Saunders' work as Sally Friedman, England's number one "chick" rock journalist.

The "sequel" to Bad News Tour is, of course, More Bad News and that's just what you'll get. More Bad News finds the band broken up and doing their own thing before they're invited to reunite for a "one-off gig at the Flying Horse of all places." The acrimony and silly antics that broke the band up in the first place come back into play again. And I love it.

This is worth every penny.
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It doesn't as that wasn't part of the Comic Strip TV series.
The Young Ones DVD doesn't contain the Young Ones video for Living Doll, or Neil's video of Hole In My Shoe... why would it? So you'll be disappointed I'm afraid.

By the way, this DVD is available on the UK site for around $16. No idea... Read More
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