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Extras: The Complete Series

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Extras Gift Set S1 & S2 (DVD)

The British phenomenon and 2007 Emmy®-winner Ricky Gervais, founder of BBCs original The Office, stars in the hilariously funny series Extras, now available in a Gift Set! Watch the story unfold as Ricky Gervais plays a lowly film extra, Andy Millman, who makes his mark in the background while the stars do their work. This Gift Set is packaged in a slip case that includes both Seasons of the hit series Extras and a 90 minute series finale, never before released on DVD! Extras: The show with big, big stars…and Andy Millman.

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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YI99IW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2007
Format: DVD
A few years back, Ricky Gervais created "The Office," a Dilberty satire on office work. Now, he's created "Extras," a wickedly funny satire on showbiz and acting, both seasons of which are contained here. And the fact that prominent actors appear in it -- as warped versions of themselves -- is just the icing on the comedy cake.

Andy Millman (Gervais) and Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jenson) are film extras -- Andy is embittered by his lack of success and his inept agent (Stephen Merchant, Gervais' work partner), while well-meaning Maggie merely pursues a series of crew members on the films they work in.

The first episode features the two working in a biopic directed by a brusque Ben Stiller ("Would you stop going on about your f**king dead wife?"), and Andy gets himself kicked off the set. Their blunders continue with other stars: Kate Winslet in a nun costume, who teaches Maggie how to talk dirty to her new boyfriend ("I'd love it if you stuck your Willy Wonka in between my Oompa-Loompas!"); Samuel L. Jackson, and Patrick Stewart, who is writing a movie about psychkinesis and naked women.

And in the second season, Andy gets his Big Break -- BBC2 is producing his sitcom "When the Whistle Blows," but they dumb it down until it's popular but critically lambasted. Meanwhile, he and Maggie tangle with a bunch of new celebs -- the arrogant woman-chasing Daniel Radcliffe and Orlando Bloom, self-promoting Chris Martin, a hostile David Bowie, and Andy even stars in a play of Ian McKellen's about gay love (much to his discomfort).

Finally, the Christmas special takes us forward -- Andy has fame and fortune from his sitcom, and Maggie is still struggling at the lowest rungs.
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Don't get me wrong, Extras is incredibly funny and well-written series. But know what you're getting in this set. Each season (there are two seasons total) only has six (6) episodes! Each episode is about 22 minutes long. And yet, the studio, for some odd reason, decided to split the series onto 5 separate discs (3 episodes per disc).

In other words, "The Complete Series" means 13 short episodes total. You do get a plethora of special features, however. But if you think you're getting a week-worth of comedy, you're not.

I give it 4 stars, nonetheless, because Gervais is simply brilliant. The dry British humor and all celebrity guests are simply hilarious. I took a star away just because the series is so short and the studio could have saved a bit of plastic by condensing each season to just one disc. Then have a separate disc for special features.
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Hello, from HBO! We've picked up on the comments here about the EXTRAS gift box set and not being able to get Ricky Gervais' EXTRAS: THE EXTRA SPECIAL SERIES FINALE by itself and we want to apologize for not getting the word out about the finale quicker.
The series finale WILL be available as a stand-alone item as of February 26 (the official announcement went out earlier this week).
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Can't say enough great things about Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's briliiant series "Extras". It is hysterical! I love seeing Stephen in the series he is just as funny as Ricky. They really are great together comically. I wish people would have just rated the series and not rated according to thier complaints about HBO not releasing the DVD's as they'd have preferred. I can understand the frustrations however, aren't these review comments supposed to be about what you think about the content of the DVD? Anyways it's all great and the bonus materials are as funny and enjoyable as the episodes!
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Ah, the Brits. No one else can produce so many successful shows with such unlikable main characters. Consider The Office - The Complete Collection BBC Edition (First And Second Series Plus Special) and Black Adder: The Complete Collector's Set. Neither David Brent nor any of the various Blackadders (with the possible exception of Captain Blackadder), were especially likable, but the shows built around them were very good and very popular.

Enter Ricky Gervais, formerly David Brent, now Andy Millman, would-be TV star. As a character he's very unlikeable and one of those for whom the word "cringeworthy" is coined. He's a character who tries very hard to get ahead, but his own lack of ability and confidence really holds him back.

The character is fascinating to watch. He starts out as an extra, or "background artist", as he puts it. He wants to be more. He wants to have his own TV show on the BBC, but it's hard to just get speaking lines, and his particular personality traits and skills at self-sabotage only serve to make things worse.

Consider, for example, and episode in which our hero is dating a Catholic woman. He's an atheist himself but is lying to her and saying he's a Catholic. This works reasonably well until her priest starts talking to him and he begins what my friend and I call "The Millman Slide", as instead of manning-up and taking responsibility for what he's done, he starts lying even more, and more ineffectively (at one point saying his childhood priest was one Father Michael O'Flatley).
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