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Black Books: The Complete Third Series

4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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The foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) is back for a third season. Black Books concerns the musings, doings and time-frittering techniques of raddled proprietor Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), his shy, multi-challenged assistant, Manny Bianco (Bill Bailey) and their under achieving friend, Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig). This dubious trio form a family of sorts to protect each other from the realities of modern London, but nothing can protect them from each other.

DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes
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Outtakes
Photo gallery

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The lovably misanthropic Britcom Black Books wrings its laughs out of characters as cynical and crabby as they come. The third series continues to follow the adventures, such as they are, of Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), a bilious bookstore owner who dislikes books and dislikes customers more. The deep-black comedy of the series is built on satire and sarcasm (Moran created the series and is also its chief writer), and no depth is too low to go.

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


Special Features

  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers
  • Bernard's Letter
  • Photo Gallery
  • DVD9
  • Featuring all 6 episodes from Series 3:
  • Manny Come Home, Elephants and Hens, Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa, A Little Flutter, Travel Writer, Party

Product Details

  • Actors: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TSTEPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Books: The Complete Third Series" on IMDb

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By S J Buck on September 14, 2007
Format: DVD
This third series is as good the first two series if not better.
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.
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If your into English humor this is a good investment.

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.

Specials include

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.

Deleted Scenes

Trailers

Bernard's Letter

Photo Gallery
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I think I love this series more than I love the IT Crowd, and that is saying a lot. What can go wrong with a misanthropic book store owner, an abrasive and mostly unemployed female friend, and a loopy former accountant turned manservant? A lot, and it's entirely funny. The comedy trio of Moran, Grieg, and Bailey cannot be beat and the writers and director of the show are amazing. It's just too bad that there are only 3 seasons and 18 shows total. I watch this series in its entirety at least every two years, and it continues to make me laugh every time. If you like dry, wacky British comedy, this is for you. Be careful, though; you might be influenced to drink a bit too much wine.
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You WILL need a region free dvd player to watch it on your TV. Even though the region is USA/Canada it is a DVD9 and when I tried to play it on my DVD player (that is a us dvd player but NOT region free) it played in slow motion and froze repeatedly,
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Black Books 3 is as deliciously funny as the first two seasons. Bernard Black, Fran and Manny are back and they're the same anti-social, insane and bumbling trio we adore from the first seasons. Dylan portrays Bernard Black; a wine-guzzling, cigarette smoking, Irishman, and he plays it so well. All of his mannerisms are hilarious and you never know what he's going to do next. He's definitely my favorite character. I only wish their seasons were longer. Each season has 6 episodes that will still keep you laughing even after you've watched them for the third or fourth time. I know some people just don't get British humor, but this show is entertaining for anyone looking for humor, wit, and a some good old fashioned physical comedy. If you've never seen it, I recommend you see it from the beginning. The first episode of the first season is one of my all-time favorites. And in this third season, my favorite episode would have to be Elephants and Hens in which Bernard and Manny have bet Fran that they can write a children's book in one night and they have another bet that Fran will have an awful time with her friends that same night. Black Books is one of my favorite shows and everyone I've played it for has loved it too.
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Don't waste valuable time reading reviews; just go ahead and get it like you know you're going to. This is our current all-time favorite show, and we watch the episodes over and over. The third series is every bit as good as the previous two, and doesn't get maudlin at the end. I love the lack of sentimentality, the constancy of the characters. Simon Pegg is a brilliant guest star. The only thing that's missing is the commentary, which on the first two discs is like getting double the number of episodes. When the complete box set with third season commentary comes out, I'll be at the front of the line. Sorry, queue.
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The third series of Black Books for me is by far the best of the series, winning legions of fans and winning a BAFTA to boot. Two episodes in particular, no, never mind, I lied: they're all amazing.

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.
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