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The Young Ones: Extra Stoopid Edition (2007)

Rik Mayall , Adrian Edmondson  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 403 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Anything could happen!" declares Rik Mayall, co-writer and co-star of British TV show The Young Ones--and he's right. Though this manic comedy series centered around the petty bickering of four layabouts living in a communal house in London--paranoid, hyperactive new waver Rick (Mayall), dense punk rocker Vyvyan (Adrian "Ade" Edmondson), lugubrious hippied Neil (Nigel Planer), and would-be sharp guy Mike (Christopher Ryan)--at any moment the show could switch to kibbitzing rats or romantic vegetables, or Buddy Holly could be discovered hanging from a parachute in the attic. Bands (as varied as Madness and Motorhead) suddenly appear in their living room and pound out a pop hit. It all seems a bit spastic at first, but the frenzy grows infectious, becoming funnier the more you watch it (in sharp contrast to most sitcoms). The Young Ones aspires to have the elastic energy and surreality of a living cartoon and comes pretty close to the mark. Guest stars include Emma Thompson, Terry Jones of Monty Python, and Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous. --Bret Fetzer

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A mad, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, staggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom, The Young Ones provided the breakthrough for the new generation of aggressive and forthright 'alternative' comedians. With surreal comedic scenarios and a myriad of guest stars including Emma Thompson, and Hugh Laurie, and musical non sequiturs featuring Dexy's Midnight Runners and Motorhead, the style of The Young Ones gave the show its individuality, whi remains cutting edge to this day.

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relax, make stupid noises! December 22, 2007
If you're reading this, you should already know this was the series that turned British television comedy upside down in the early Eighties (granted, parts of it haven't aged so well...). So I'll just get on with reviewing the particulars of this issue of the series on DVD. On one hand, these look like they're remastered - the picture looks sharper and the sound is improved, not to mention better subtitles this time. For anyone who bought the last box, the Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve (featuring Jools Holland, Stewart Copeland and many others) musical segment from "Cash" has been restored, and Neil's "Sound of Silence" bit that he sings in the bathtub in "Nasty" is back in place, so now that scene has its punchline in its original spot. Yet in the scene that immediately follows it in that episode (Rick sneaking into his bedroom), the "teddy-bear sex" shot is now gone. What, is that scene now considered too "offensive" or something? Anyone that's upset by an image like that shouldn't be watching the bloody "Young Ones" in the first place!

The extras? Well, I wish they'd kept the documentary bits from the "Every Stoopid Episode" one on here and just put this new stuff in place of the "Filthy Rich And Catflap" and "Bottom" episodes. At least with the first set, you could see vintage clips of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson on stage. This time around there's not much cast participation in the interviews aside from Alexei Sayle and Nigel Planer.

So, I'm giving this one 4 stars - "right on" to the improved picture and sound, "sod off" to the inferior extras and inexplicable editing-out of a short but pretty funny scene.

I'm sure I echo the sentiments of other "Young Ones" fans when I ask... when is someone going to issue the "Comic Strip Presents" DVD box set in Region 1?!? Not only does it feature many of the cast, writers and crew that worked on "The Young Ones", but it's the only way to get the "Bad News" shows on DVD.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I love the Young Ones, so I decided to buy the latest collection of the entire series. I should have bought the older one, from 2002 ("Every Stoopid Episode"), which has all the same episodes but (from what I hear) much better extras. The extras on this newer edition are impossibly dull. Other than that, awesome show.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius May 19, 2009
The Young Ones was an alternative sitcom that truly changed the way people looked at comedy and the traditional sitcom. It was the true anarchist of TV released at a time when the working classes were close to embarking on a full blown revolution against Thatcher's Britain. The show combined a number of different formats; traditional sitcom, violent slapstick and surrealism to make what some would consider truly bizarre but utterly brilliant. The creation of Rik Mayall, Ben Elton and Lise Mayer this has fast become one of the most well loved sitcoms in BBC history.

Focusing around 4 very different students, The Young Ones each represent the main stereotypes of Thatcherite Britain. Vyvyan (Ade Edmondson), the punk who hates everything authoritarian but reveals a more contradictory side to the tough guy persona. Rick (Rik Mayall), the annoyingly leftist goody two shoes who claims to be against authority until he's faced with it and also, being a massive Cliff Richard fan makes him twice as annoying. Neil (Nigel Planer), the depressed hippy who just talks about love and peace yet doesn't stop going on about how he wants to kill himself. Mike (Christopher Ryan), the gangster of the group who considers himself very much the leader of the group and a bit of a ladies man. Alexei Sayle (Jerzy Balowski), the unpredictable landlord of the boys who comes in and takes on many different tasks that annoy his tenants.

There are many reasons for this programmes success. One is the unique comedy contained within but the other is the plethora of comic minds involved, not just as part of the writing team but those in front of the camera too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than before June 9, 2008
When The Young Ones were on MTV I was in my early teen. Now when I watch them I see and hear things I did not understand at the time. It is even better than before. It's a must have for everyone who ever watched The Young Ones growing up. The comedy is better and the music is just great!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British comedy at its best November 30, 2007
This show is my absolute favorite British comedy. If you have never seen the Young Ones but find yourself laughing at Monty Python, The Black Adder or Absolutely Fabulous, then you are doing a great disservice to yourself. This set includes extras that were (for some reason) left out of the original DVD realease but are added in this set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud June 4, 2009
I bought this for my 18-yr-old daughter (by request.) I wasn't familiar with it, but the kids LOVE it. whenever they watch it i can hear them laughing from the other end of the house!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant British Comedy! March 12, 2008
Rik Mayall is a genius! He is undoubtedly "Bigger than Hitler, Better than Christ!"
I've been watching this Britcom since the 80s and even tho I've seen every episode at least 20 times, I still laugh out loud and continue to catch jokes I may have missed before.
You gotta watch Bottom, too! Simply Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I wanted and more! April 23, 2012
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Got the Young Ones in no time! Discs are wonderful, box is excellent. I've watched each disc almost three times now and worth every penny. Sellers are great, thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for fans of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmunson
Published 23 days ago by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite shows. Off the wall and way ahead of ...
One of my favorite shows. Off the wall and way ahead of it's time. The DVD quality is great. Sound is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heraldo
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite from my younger days...
Watching this show on Sunday nights was a tradition my brother and I shared every week. When we weren't harassing each other, we were laughing our heads off at the antics of Rick,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great experience in all respects!
Published 1 month ago by P.Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
don,t know
Published 1 month ago by gemini
4.0 out of 5 stars Extras suck.
Hilarious. Extras suck.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Published 2 months ago by Thomas J. Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great laughs
Neil and the boys are so stupid they're "brilliant" (so says, Vivian). A subversive British Three Stooges (without the slapstick) crossed with a slum-lord's Faulty Towers.
Published 2 months ago by Terry A. Breeding
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Memories
I used to watch this on MTV back in the 80's. I am so glad it is on DVD. It brings back lots of memories of life in the 80's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Baughn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Young Ones
Love this show! Now my teeneage boys are watching it with me and laughing just as hard. So glad I could get it on DVD.
Published 5 months ago by TheresaM
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Different from Every Stoopid Episode?
It has completely different extras. It has commentary on 2 episodes only from Director Geoff Posner and Producer Paul Jackson on the pilot episode-Demoliton and the last one Summer Holiday. A few interesting behind the scenes tidbits but otherwise not earth shattering. Then there are 3... Read More
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