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Black Books: The Complete Third Series
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In "Manny Comes Home," Black Books' sole employee, the clueless aging hippie Manny, finally has had enough of Bernard's unappreciation, and takes a job at the swanky Goliath Books next door. The episode gets as many chuckles for Manny's fish-out-of-water experience (honestly, Black Books is the only place he can work, probably in all of the British Isles) as for Bernard's flailing and resentment without him. "Up he goes with that little wiggle of his," Bernard sneers as he spies on Manny shelving Gotham books on a ladder, "the wiggle of Judas!" Meanwhile, the sight gags of the deplorable conditions of both Bernard and the shop (mushrooms growing in Bernard's hair; mollusks on a drink glass) are good for that singularly pleasurable combination of cringing and belly-laughing.
The extras include deleted scenes (the cat who plays Mr. Benson is a true rising star); a moody black-and-white short called "Bernard's Letter," in which Bernard composes a snarky response to a manuscript rejection; and loads of great deleted scenes, showing that the cast has as much fun on the set as the viewer does watching them. --A.T. Hurley
- Deleted Scenes
- Bernard's Letter
- Photo Gallery
- Featuring all 6 episodes from Series 3:
- Manny Come Home, Elephants and Hens, Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa, A Little Flutter, Travel Writer, Party
Top Customer Reviews
The opening episode is one of the best of all. A competitor bookshop 'Goliath Books' has opened next door and Manny (Bill Bailey) is now working there. He left 'Black Books' after his hand was burnt by Bernard. Simon Pegg plays the Manager of Goliath books and really adds another dimension to the show. Shame he couldn't have done more. This episode is absolutely brilliant and I must have watched 8 or 9 time now.
The episode 'Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa' contains perhaps the most surreal moment of the entire series when Bernard and Fran go a under a dinner table in a restaurant to pick up a piece of cutlery and there is a whole bar under the table! In case you hadn't worked it out Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa are Manny's parents who come down to visit, much to Bernards disgust.
Sadly there is no commentary on the series 3 disc. The commentaries on series 1 & 2 were almost as good as the shows themselves. However the out-takes and deleted scenes are good, and as whole the DVD easily merits 5 stars.
Somebody really put an effort into the Main Menu page. Its a full clip of people walking by the bookshop. The various menus are displayed in the Bookshop windows. I watched this for several minutes before figuring it out. LOL
There are 6 episodes and specials on one disk.
Out-Takes~~ This turned out to be really good in a different way. It really shows how much the cast enjoy each other and the show.
In an episode where Bernard and Manny write a Children's Book, I laughed so hard, I nearly ejected my spleen.
In the final episode---which is the best ending of a series I've ever seen--- Bernard comes home from a party he's been dragged to and when told that it was fun replies, "The food was cold. The drinks were few. The people were many. It was everything I expected. And less." The episode continues on to complete hysterical drunken mayhem. I kept having to pause the DVD to laugh so I wouldn't miss anything.
I so enjoyed the third series on Netflix that I've bought all three series on Amazon so I can go back and collect the nuggets of comedic gold I missed the first time around.
During uncertain times, the comedy of Dylan Moran is certainly a balm for the soul.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Black Books is a show I will re-watch once or twice a year, so funny and entertaining. Dylan Moran is one f my favorite comedians.Published 2 months ago by Krystal Clifton
If you enjoy British comedy, you will love this collection of misfits!Published 6 months ago by The Expositor
Awesome series, hilarious. The dvd were in perfect conditionPublished 20 months ago by Rosalie Platt
If you like Monty Python or Jim Carrey you'll enjoy this quirky, over-the-top series. I wish there were more of these!Published 21 months ago by Scott Willis