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Vicious (2013)

Ian McKellen , Derek Jacobi  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JJRLG7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Follow sharp-tongued partners Freddie and Stuart in this boisterous British sitcom.
Following a rich tradition of British sitcoms known for their broad, boisterous humor, Vicious tells the story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other s throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another. Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Ash, (Iwan Rheon, Game of Thrones) their young, upstairs neighbor.

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...fabulous new sitcom... --mirror.co.uk

...a witty delight. --metro.co.uk,

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't laughed this hard at a TV show in such a long time! This British comedy is in the same vein (sharp, witty, sarcastic) as Absolutely Fabulous. A duo (gay couple) are in a 49 year relationship and one thing that keeps them together is bantering back and forth with witty, sometimes vicious sarcasm...which some old 'queens' are known for. The supporting cast really adds flavor to the superb leading men on this show. If you are open minded enough to enjoy a show with a gay couple as leading characters, you will love this show! If you have issues with gay people, well, I would suggest you just move along.

For some people the sarcasm will be too much, but if you know any gay people, you then know that 'sharp, witty and sarcastic' comments are as gay as a rainbow flag.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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What do you do after you've become world famous for playing Shakespearean roles and classic dramas, played award-winning film roles and been knighted by the Queen? How about starring in a short TV sitcom series with simple premise, small cast and a laugh track? That's what has happened to both SIR Ian McKellen and SIR Derek Jacobi. And the result is this British TV series that began airing in the US this week on PBS and is being released on DVD by PBS Home Video.

As I post this review all the previous reviewers have discussed the broadcast version of the series. I was provided a copy of the DVD by PBS for review and I hope to provide you with info on the DVD and how it differs from the TV version.

First, I should point out that this show was not made for the BBC but rather for the commercial network ITV. The "series" was short - just six episodes (each lasting just 22 minutes) - plus there was a "Christmas Special" (which runs 26 minutes. This, of course allowed for commercials. Per reviews posted of the UK DVD version, the "Christmas Special" was not included on that release. Thankfully it is here; it is the best episode.

The plot of the series is that two outwardly gay men - McKellen and Jacobi - have been living together for nearly half a century and are now in the "cat fighting" period of their relationship. Though you know they really care for each other deep inside, outwardly then speak to each other with snide remarks. The show is the creation of Gary Janetti - who was involved with "The Family Guy" and "Will & Grace" and is filled with lots of often-funny tongue-lashing repartee. With only one exception, all seven episodes take place on the same living room or kitchen set.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I can see why "Vicious" caused some controversy. If you don't like it, the response could be, "Why do you have trouble with a sitcom starring two gays?". If you do like it, other people have written that it has set gay rights back twenty years.

So don't pay attention to the critics. This show is often laugh out loud funny. The humor is broad and pugnacious and frequently, well, vicious. I hate the latter in mean-girl type shows, but this is over-the-top fun. In episode 1, Violet jokes about rape in a way that didn't sit well with me, being a take-back-the-night person. After you get to know Violet better, you understand the joke better.

By the end of the seventh episode, I was fond of Freddie and Stuart, though Freddie would be horrified at the thought. Yes, Freddie, bombastic, vain and acid-tongued. He's played with much glee by Ian McKellan, whose mobile face is almost another actor - it can carry a scene on its own.

Derek Jacobi's Stuart Bixby, one feels, is essentially nicer, and came by his barbed-tongue in self-defense, after 48 years with Freddie. Both of them, at least at home, use the hand gestures and exclamations that are stereotypical of Queens - that's the setting-back-gay-rights part. Except that after you watch this, you see Freddie Thornhill and Stuart Bixby as individuals. Who are gay. And that's the about-time-we-see-this-on-TV part.

"Vicious" was filmed in front of a live audience, so it's real laughter that's obnoxious, not a laugh track. I figured it was filmed on stage because of the impeccable enunciation and delivery of the two stars. They were playing to an audience, with their rolled R's and rolled eyes.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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First, I love the series. Older gay couple who have been together since the Gay 70's! GOOD NEWS! THIS REGION 1 2-DISK SET INCLUDES THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! It has ALL 7 episodes of season 1. I verified this at the shoppbs.org if you want to check for yourself. PBS has a full episode list on it. Buy it and Enjoy! I have seen some negative reviews saying it is too campy! It IS the gay Odd Couple. Love it or leave it! I had a chance to see it on an imported Region 2 disk from the UK. No, the Region 2 disk will not play on a standard US or Canadian DVD player, you need a multi region player and a TV that can handle the different frame rate of video. Search DVD Regions on the net for the DVD Region details. Sadly, the Region 2 SINGLE disk doesn't have the Christmas special only the six regular episodes because the special had not aired in the UK when the single disk was released. Happy Pride!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this show!!! I hope a 2nd season comes out sometime.
Published 1 hour ago by Barbara K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I saw this on wpsu and loved it.
Published 13 hours ago by gwendolyn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series added to my collection - Hope to see more of this series!
Published 3 days ago by Larry Ortt
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not very good
Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly funny
Wickedly funny with a lovely soft center.
Published 3 days ago by Clayton D Crawley
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb cast - greatest actors, of course
HILARIOUS! One laugh after another. Superb cast - greatest actors, of course.
Published 4 days ago by Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicious - very funny and a great watch!
Extremely funny and a good watch!! Can't wait for season two, worth buying!! Also a great gift idea for the holidays!
Published 7 days ago by Angela Hatzileris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting! For all who enjoy English humor- in ...
Brilliant acting!
For all who enjoy English humor- in other words- anyone who appreciates sarcasm and witty dialogue.
Published 8 days ago by Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars All the actors seem to be having a wonderful time.
Just delightful. All the actors seem to be having a wonderful time.
Published 8 days ago by Krissy Benders
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are hilariously funny from start to finish
These guys are hilariously funny from start to finish. They're experience is obvious.
Published 10 days ago by Douglas Rose
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