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QUEER AS FOLK: THE COMPLETE U.K. COLLECTION
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The original UK television phenomenon that inspired the American remake, this groundbreaking, award-winning series celebrates gay culture—openly, often hilariously, and with no apologies. Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Craig Kelly (Titanic), and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) star. Seen on the Ovation channel. “Compelling”—New York Times. 6 episodes, 5 ¾ hrs (plus 2 hrs of bonus material), 3 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.
“What the Folk…?” featurette
U.K. television show interviews
U.K. trailers for Series 2
Booklet with notes by series creator and writer Russell T. Davies
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But despite becoming a cultural phenomenon, the original "Queer as Folk" never got an official U.S. release. Yes, the show did inspire Showtime's five season hit of the same title. If you watched the American version, the early episodes adhere closely to Davies' vision (although with some of the underage controversy tamped out). But through the years, both fascinating and frustrating, the American version clearly took on its own identity by necessity. But, for my money, if you haven't seen the originator--this is a can't miss proposition. Over ten years ago (before the Showtime series), I purchased the DVDs from the international marketplace. And the experience of watching this show initially is something that I'll never forget--that's how confrontational the show can be.Read more ›
Having scored bootled vhs copies of the show (vh-what?) and then going out to buy the region 2 definitive collection, obviously have a soft spot in my heart for this amazing show. Imagine my surprise when I originally tuned in and heard the most amazing music blaring from every radio, club scene, and car stereo during each episode. Literally was ready to pack my bags and head off to this wunderland that I was SURE had to be waiting for me if i JUST decided to take that chance (how Vince)!
Sadly, something seems to have been lost in translation at some point and almost ALL of the amazing "of the moment" tracks from the late '90s/early '00s britpop heyday have been replaced with generic (substandard, imo) club-thumping instrumentals that wouldn't be played in the worst gay dives. It seems like the ONLY music they kept were for tracks that are tied into specific moments (like a music video on tv, the drag performance at vince's birthday, etc.) which gives you just a TASTE of what the original was chok-a-block full of.
Not sure if this occurred before or after the definitive collection rerelease overseas, but be warned, you'll never know how good you could have had it unless and until you track down original broadcasts of this show.
as for this release, to quote young nathan, "what are you LIKE?"
Season two was limited to only two episodes and ends with the U.K. guys in their Jeep CJ literally, magically transported to the American West as it became known that there would be a U.S. version of QAF to be based in working-class Pittsburgh (but filmed in Canada) on Showtime. (Good as the lengthy U.S. series was, it did not star an underaged schoolboy and lacked the edge of the Davies show.) Also, Hunnam seemed to be wearing a wig in season two which was not becoming.
The U.K. series was originally shown in the U.S., and DVDs distributed at high prices, by a small, gay cable network, making it inaccessible to most. Some of us with multi-region players ordered the box set from the U.K. Like the Robin of Sherwood series, Acorn Media has done the U.S. audience a great service bringing another great, five-star BBC series to the U.S., even if belatedly.
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This was a Christmas gift which the person requested, and I know it was appreciated.Published 7 months ago by Book Carpenter
The first season of the UK version & the American version were the same. I like that however I must admit I love the whole version of the American series.Published 15 months ago by Love To Read
Wanted to get this because I like charlie hunnam. glad it was available to buyPublished 15 months ago by rose
I find the lead characters not particularly attractive and they're acting seems shoddy comparing this to the American version which I find far superior. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ClarityOfMind