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Upright Citizens Brigade: Season 1 (1998)

Amy Poehler , Matt Besser  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Del Close
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 222 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RZGHT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Upright Citizens Brigade: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original Pilot Episode
  • Original Live Version of "Little Donny" & "Andrew the Giant Song"

Editorial Reviews

Sketch comedy show revolves around the Upright Citizens Brigade, an underground organization "with no government ties and unlimited resources" dedicated to creating and monitoring chaos from their secure underground base. The show’s sketches depict chaotic or bizarre events in the world, events which are often directly engineered by the UCB. Another defining feature of the show is a series of real-world pranks, which tied in with the show's theme. Usually run at the end of each episode, these hidden-camera pranks feature the cast (as either the central UCB characters or other characters from that day's episode) interacting with real strangers.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check it! November 10, 2003
These people took risks and produced this unusual, exciting and very funny first season. So many laugh out loud moments from strange concepts that come together and really pay off. Every episode is unique. Excellent features as well. The included pilot episode was obviously shot on a smaller budget and some scenes were in front of a live audience which was never the case on the aired episodes. The commentary style varies, for the episodes that include it, from informal "rappin' 'n' riffin'" in front of a live audience that is watching the episodes with them to intimate studio-recorded analysis, but all the commentary is fun and informative. If you are ever in New York City on a Sunday night, come by their theatre and some of the four UCB members and friends will do improv for you. That's like an extra extra feature. The current address and phone number of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is right on the DVD box. If you haven't seen the "Little Donny" episode then your money is well spent for that alone. People really love that episode. So will you.

I don't see the features listed on the Amazon copy so here they are:
-The complete first season: "Bucket of Truth", "Poo Stick", "Saigon Suicide Show", "Power Marketing", "Children's Revolution", "Story of the Toad", "Lady of the Lake", "Time Machine", "Cyborgs", and "The Little Donny Foundation".
-Exclusive commentary for pilot episode and the "Cyborgs" epsiode recorded in front of a live audience at the UCB Theater, followed by a Q & A session.
-Audio commentary for "The Bucket of Truth", "Power Marketing","Time Machine" and "The Little Donny Foundation".
-Alternate audio commentary for "The Little Donny Foundation" episode by Little Donny and his parents.
-UCB pilot episode
-Deleted Scene "Highland Epoxy".
-Original live versions of "Little Donny" and the "Andre the Giant" Song.
-Original UCB Trailers.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UCB is Supercool! December 7, 2003
I'm really partial to give this review, being both a huge fan and a student at the UCB theater, but season one knocked my socks off. It has some of the funniest episodes (Poo Stick, my personal favorite Saigon Suicide Show, Cyborgs...) which can be made even funnier by the (oft-censored) commentary by Besser, Poehler, Roberts and Walsh. After being able to watch the episodes over and over again, I never get sick of them - each time I notice a different refrence that went over my head, and laugh at the same jokes even more. The special features are also very funny, from a live, un-pixelated Little Donny sketch in the theater to the "Andre the Giant Song" - there isn't a weak point on the DVD. So until Seasons Two and Three (which I find even funnier!) comes out, I'll be watching Season One over...and over...and over... and I'll keep on laughing.
NOTE TO FANS/POTENTIAL FANS - Apparently Comedy Central is only releasing the next seasons based on the sales of season one, so buy your copy already, for posterity's sake!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMONG THE BEST SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS EVER MADE November 27, 2003
Normally I wouldn't say this, because it makes me look like an idiot to toot my own horn like this (espescially in an online review), but I've been writing jokes for the Onion for the last 13 years, and the only reason I mention that is so hopefully somebody out there will take my comedy opinions a little more seriously when I say: PLEASE BUY THIS DVD RIGHT NOW. Just so there's no mistaking it: THE UPRIGHT CITIZEN'S BRIGADE created some of the most BRILLIANT, INTELLIGENT, SATIRIC comic work ever to appear on television, combining the best elements of live improv (from which most of these sketches were originally concieved) (and which the UCB and friends are the undisputed masters of, btw) ingenious and complex joke structure, great acting/writing/direction, punk/dada subversive absurdism, highbrow intellectual references and utterly lowbrow silliness, creating a mix that is unlike anything that normally gets aired on the too-often formulaic and boring world of television comedy. It was too unconventional for some and indeed when it aired it went over a lot of people's heads, but that was THEIR fault, not the show's, and the subsequent growing cult appreciation has vindicated the UCB's sketch show as a truly wonderful, rare, and special thing. IF YOU TAKE COMEDY SERIOUSLY as a struggling and underappreciated art form PLEASE SUPPORT THIS DVD so we can all convince Comedy Central that the remaining two seasons deserve future DVD releases (and in my opinion, each season just got better.) The UCB ranks alongside Python, the original SNL, SCTV, The Kids In The Hall and Mr. Show... in other words, it ranks among the best TV comedy programs ever made.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic underrated show, sub par dvd release July 23, 2009
The 2003 dvd release has a listed runtime of 292 minutes while this new 2007 edition has only 220 mins. One wonders what got cut. The '03 original contained several commentaries CC apparently took issue with, as well as the original pilot and deleted scenes. It was fairly stacked with features. Looks like this newer version takes away over an hour of them. Too bad. It's a great show, some of the best sketch comedy ever, just try to find the 2003 version if you can.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homebrewer November 6, 2005
Upright Citizens Brigade features the kind of bizarre scenarios and rampant absurdity rarely seen on television (Since the glorious day's of Monty Python or Kids In The Hall). Here you get two discs that make up Season One (Please release the rest of these episodes).

Disc One
* The Bucket Of Truth (Which has an audio commentary)
* Poo Stick (Which has to be seen)
* Saigon Suicide Show
* Power Marketing (Which has an audio commentary)
* Childrens Revolution
* The Story Of The Toad

Disc Two
* The Lady Of The Lake
* Time Machine (Recorded in front of an live audience at The UCB Theator, followed by an 'Q&A' session)
* Cyborgs (Which has an audio commentary)
* The Little Donnie Foundation (Which has an audio commentary)

You also get an alternate audio commentary for the 'Little Donnie' Episode by Little Donnie and his parents. You get to see The Pilot Episode. Deleted scenes from 'Highland Epoxy'. You also get the Original Live versions of 'Little Donnie' and the 'Andre The Giant' song. There are trailors for The Upright Citizens Brigade also.

It amazes me that four people can do so much (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh). Much Thanks to Comedy Central for bringing us Upright Citizens Brigade. Folks, you owe it to yourself to click on the 'Purchase ASAP' button and hurry up and buy yourself a copy of this wonderful DVD (Oh Yeah, Comedy Central Please Release Season Two). Updated : Sounds like Season 2 is finally coming out on Sept.18th 2007. I know I will be buying me a copy of this DVD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived quickly and in great shape
Published 1 month ago by M. L.
5.0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD!
Way ahead of its time. Some of the most intelligent comedy around. And you can see some comedians back when they were super young.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Norman Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars "Best of" is not the best of.
Why is there no Season 1 available? There is this--labelled "Season 0" Best of...then Season 2. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars hadn't seen this forever!
Pretty basic, just great to see this again. 5 stars if it decoded dolby (it doesn't) or had widescreen as a setting.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars My own fault
Was too excited and didn't notice it was a "best-of" release. My own fault but I just can't support a "best-of" UCB. Breaking up the season mythology is a crime.
Published 19 months ago by Collin T Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Upright Citizens brigade (UCB)
UCB is a great Comedy show from a few years back. it is one of the best sketch comedy shows ever made. i highly recommend any comedy fan buying this show.
Published 22 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars an all-time FAVORITE
One of my favorite tv shows. I just hope that the other seasons (besides 1 & 2) will eventually be released to DVD, as well!
Published on November 26, 2010 by Mary Kate Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 biased
I love UCB as they are my all time fav comedy troupe. If you dont enjoy their work, you are probably entirely too stiffly normal.
Published on November 4, 2010 by W Morningstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is season 3????
I LOVE THIS SHOW.period. Genius, pure genius. There are no words in the english language that could describe how absolutely marvelous this show is. BUT WHERE IS THE THIRD SEASON? Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Robert Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Genius sketch comedy. If you like Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, or Whitest Kids U Know then you can't very well ignore these guys.
Published on May 10, 2009 by C. Sperling
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what's the difference...
It apparently is missing deleted scenes, the unaired pilot, and some commentaries. What I want to know is will season three ever be released?
Jul 16, 2011 by Bob A. Booey |  See all 3 posts
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