The Complete Black Books: Season 1-3 Bundle
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Now, I have to say, I am open to enjoying many forms of comedy, but Black Books consistently has me going into seizures of laughter. I don't know why, but the unique and particular TIMING in their shows is the key to my personal HUMOR button. Mind you, I love FAWLTY TOWERS, and I LOVE Eddie IZZARD stand up, but Black Books never fails to throw me into hysterical fits of laughter when the afore-mentioned items have even grown cold.
Black Books touches a sarcasm bone I didn't know existed. Normally I enjoy the standard issue sarcasm and high-brow humor, but Black Books takes all that one step further and even adds a little Simon Pegg and his stark, straight-man-humor--as was so aptly illustrated in Shaun of the Dead-- and integrates that to Black books as well.
Black Books has a little of "everything" in it, as long as the everything is BRITISH humor. And I have to say it tickles my funny bone every single time I watch it. I can't say enough GOOD about BLACK BOOKS. But like all comedy, you have to see it yourself to determine if it is funny to you personally. So try an episode, give it a shot. And make your own determination. Honestly, it's the best $45 I ever spent.
Be forewarned however, that this may not be for everyone. You definitely have to be a little 'out there' to get it. If you like straight-forward comedy such as "Fawlty Towers" or more languid, slow-paced comedy such as "Father Ted", then you may NOT like this, primarily because the entire show is a bit deranged and set in a mad, mad world that is entirely dialog-driven. You MUST be a fan of the written word to 'get' most of the comedy here, and you certainly have to be a bit spaced out to appreciate the finer moments here. Fans of "Little Britain" and the morbid "The League of Gentlemen" will readily fall in love with this show.
On paper, "Black Books" looks rather unremarkable. A self-loathing lunatic book-shop owner hires a fat, squat, balding hippie as his book-assistant. Thats pretty much it. But to watch this highly uninteresting concept take flight and become one of the greatest TV shows ever to grace Planet Earth is a revelation indeed. "Black Books" is a certifiable classic - near flawless in every way, and lead actor Dylan Moran proves that he is a master of comedy, both situational and slapstick.
A true work of art - this is one collection that you need to have in your possession. "Black Books" still remains a 'cult' show that not many people know about. In fact, its nowhere near the huge popularity of "Little Britain", but get it, watch it alone, and savor the spirit of true comedy.
The combination of Bernard's rude, cynical demeanor toward customers and his friends is highly entertaining. Manny has transitioned to the shop from a high-stress regular job and now spends his time minding the shop while taking constant flak from Bernard. A wonderful dark comedy that you cannot find in America...anywhere. There's many great quotes that are instantly memorized thanks to the sheer aptness and unmistakable abusive nature for the moment. The constant wine drinking and smoking by characters is something rather absurd in American culture today, but Dylan Moran (also a writer of the scripts) manages to find many amusing methods to underline the characters' apparent addiction while keeping the show from dwelling on the fact through the episode.
Myself and many friends have fully enjoyed Black Books and plan on a marathon of the show. It's just a shame that, "The Complete Black Books" is only three seasons long. At only 6 episodes per season, it may seem a stretch for the price, but there are extra features available such as trailers for new seasons, outtakes, a few other shorts and additions, and commentary (which sometimes can get annoying and you don't get much that is interesting. The characters just sound like they're talking you through the whole scene with some of their backstage anecdotes). Commentary is the only real drawback for the seasons.
I highly recommend this to the audiences of British comedy.Read more ›
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Series great, DVD quality is horrible. Had to return first one we bought because the disk was corrupted and would only play the first episode and part of the second. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the funniest shows ever made. DVD's arrived safely in good packing.Published 14 months ago by Retagene Hanslik
I love every moment of this show. The sarcasm, the ridiculousness, the hilarity, the British-ness. And it's all in one box for ease of binge-watching. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anna N
Great show but the reason so many are able now is the set is way over priced.Published on July 19, 2014 by Dawn Hetzel
Somewhere in London, there is a tiny indie bookstore run by the rudest and most misanthropic Irishman since Father Jack Hackett. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by E. A Solinas
3 of the funniest folk on the tube. Great writing, no lack of sight gags and the extras are a hoot too.Published on May 15, 2014 by Lindee J. Taha