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Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4

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"Delightfully quirky" --Los Angeles Times
"Absolutely bloody hilarious" --London Evening Standard

He’s surly, tactless, self-centered, and uptight—but he’s the only doctor in town.

The doctor is in--but he’s not happy about it. After developing a crippling fear of blood, hotshot London surgeon Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly) is forced to retrain as a GP and relocate to the charming seaside village of Portwenn. Dour, discourteous, and dismissive, he immediately clashes with Portwenn’s quirky villagers.

In these four complete series, Doc Martin catches the eye of the most beautiful woman in Portwenn (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia), tests the patience of his long-suffering aunt (Stephanie Cole, Tenko), and repeatedly hurts feelings as he heals bodies. Martin Clunes delivers an uproarious lead performance, aided by an outstanding supporting cast, in this award-winning fish-out-of-water comedy.

Series 4 contains graphic medical scenes.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez
  • Directors: Ben Bolt, Ben Gregor, Charles Palmer, Charlie Palmer, Minkie Spiro
  • Writers: Ben Bolt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KVXCB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4" on IMDb

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When I first came across this show on our local PBS station, I was sure I was going to hate it. After all, it was British comedy which meant that, as an American, I'd find it "stuffy" and up tight and wouldn't "get" the humor. Instead, I instantly fell in love with it. The summary above captures the basic premise of the show -- big city surgeon ends up as small town GP. It seems like a one-trick gimmick but, in reality, the series is so much more. It's a gem!

The writing is exceptional and the strength of the show -- the best I've seen on TV, ever. Each DM episode snaps with witty repartee and dialogue that makes you look forward to the next word that comes out of each character's mouth. There are SO MANY memorable lines -- thinking about them later in the day brings a smile to your face. The humor comes from the emotions of life itself (love, hate, jealousy, humiliation) -- rather than British mores or conventions. Thus, whether you're a Brit, American, Canadian, Aussie, whatever, you'll be laughing aloud within five minutes. Note that while DM is primarily comedy (although I'd call it humor), it certainly has its moments of drama and the show transitions from one to another flawlessly.

Without spoiling anything, each "series" has an overarching theme that is developed as a story arc throughout the course of the 6-8 episodes. Within each series and each episode are mini sub-plots involving the patients and locals. It's all neatly wrapped together in the final episode of each season -- or as "neatly" as anything can be where DM is concerned. You'll see . . .

The acting is first-rate and really pulls through the excellent writing. Clunes creates in Doc Martin a character that you hate to love.
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Doc Martin, Series 1-4, is a character-focused comedy/drama like few others. The characters are so well constructed and executed in such a short amount of time that you'll be immersed and concerned with their every activity.

The primary character is, of course, Doctor Martin Ellingham. He has just moved to the hickishly small village of Portwenn from London because of a horrible revulsion at the sight of blood. This wouldn't be a terrible problem except that he was a world-class surgeon.

Now he is reduced to take a lowly position in the sticks with people who seem like hillbillies to him. Each character is presented with general hilarity or heart-cord-strumming drama.

And the Doc has to interact with all of this humor and drama with what can only be considered undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome. He is cantankerous, stand-offish, arrogant and purposefully offensive to the locals. But only because he is superior in thought and deed.

You'll enjoy every last minute.

In Series 1-4, you'll get:

Series 1: 6 episodes
Series 2: 8 episodes + 2-episode-length Christmas special
Series 3: 7 episodes
Series 4: 8 episodes

(Episodes are roughly 45 minutes)

Also note that this is the not the fully complete series -- only the complete series thus far. Series 5 will be showing later this year (2011).
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Why so funny? A surgeon is mentally and physically indisposed at the sight of blood. You will laugh at quirky townsfolk in this serene, beautiful little seaside Cornwall town of Portwenn. Laughter happens with most scenes through 30 episodes of this 9 DVD collection. Often I raise eyebrows to the Mrs (we watched together), she picks up a corner of her mouth, and again we're belly laughing.

We thoroughly enjoyed all stories and weird but lovable characters in this small fishing berg. Doc Martin (Martin Clunes-'Dirty Tricks' 'Demob' 'Lorna Doone') is stern, grumpy, all-business, rude, and shows a heartless bedside manner, adding to the hilarity--as he fails to see any of the villagers' joy and friendliness. The medical conditions he addresses are often as hilarious as the symptom complainants. Mix in romances, mysteries, and even some touching moments. Some of the best British Comedy/Drama ever produced. A photogenic setting backdrop to LOL hilarious activity in a doctor's wee-town life.

About the only thing that compares to this collection of fun-but-wierd characters is...well, Portwenn is a British Mayberry R.F.D. Cornwall corny (filmed in Port Isaac, beautiful quaint fishing port.) Eccentric locals include Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole-'A Bit of a Do' 'Housewife,49' 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day') slightly sane; teacher Louisa (Caroline Cutz-'The Guilty' 'The Vice') worthy of romance; surgery receptionist Pauline (Katherine Parkinson) is outrageously funny wanting a man; Large Jr., Al (Joe Absolom) son of Bert Large (Ian McNeice-'Oliver Twist' 'Rome')plumber turned chef (don't order soup). That's just the short-list of a crazy cast that keeps a tapestry of sub-plots moving fast.
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I was living in Britain when 'Doc Martin' began on ITV1 and I was always missing the new episodes but then ITV3 (I'm speaking about British channels here, if you'll forgive me) began airing repeats and I finally got to watch them and I was instantly hooked. I treated myself to the series 1-4 boxset and I watched them all over the course of 2 days and now I cannot wait for the 5th series. I just moved to America and brought all my "stuffy" British comedy which the American population "doesn't get" (I jest. My American wife and my in-laws find it all hilarious....well...mostly all of it. lol) and Doc Martin is the show i'm currently bombarding them with.

As a Briton. I'm naturally biased for all of the good stuff that's produced there and some of you may be on the fence about viewing this but we do all speak the same language (after a fashion) and I promise you will enjoy the brilliant scripting and acting of this show and it's stars. It's really Top notch!

On a side note, the character of Doc Martin was co-created by Craig Ferguson (Yes, the very same 'Late Late Show' host) for a wonderful 2000 film which he also starred in called 'Saving Grace' Martin Clunes also played the Doc in this movie and it was also filmed in Port Isaac but as you'll notice if you watch that movie and this series that the character was the polar opposite of the Doc Martin we know today and (with no disrespect to Ferguson) his character is much better today. His grumpiness and inability to involve himself with the locals makes him a more like-able person, if that makes any sense, than the one he portrayed in 'Saving Grace' A tribute to Clunes' acting, no less.

So all in all. A terrific series and I'm looking forward to the 5th series that's going to be aired later this year.
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