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QUEER AS FOLK: THE COMPLETE U.K. COLLECTION

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Editorial Reviews

“Compelling” —The New York Times
 
“Dynamite drama” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Frank, witty, intelligent” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Considerable complexity, insight, poignancy, and humor” - Los Angeles Times

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.

Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes with commentary
“What the Folk…?” featurette
U.K. television show interviews
Behind-the-scenes interviews
U.K. trailers for Series 2
Photo galleries
Booklet with notes by series creator and writer Russell T. Davies

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 473 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G1APC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on July 6, 2011
Format: DVD
In 1999, TV wunderkind Russell T. Davies (who went on to re-imagine and reinvigorate the Dr Who franchise and its various sequels including Torchwood) presented a truly audacious new show that took the United Kingdom by storm. Taking on Manchester's lively gay scene, "Queer as Folk" startled with its aggressive and unapologetic tone and created one of the most maddening TV antiheroes that you're likely to encounter. Telling the story of best friends Stuart (Aiden Gillen), a consummate player, and Vince (Craig Kelly), his loyal sidekick--the narrative was trailblazing in its frankness and presented an in-your-face and visceral experience. Lives were further complicated when Stuart picked up an underage one night stand (Charlie Hunnam) who soon ingratiated himself into the central relationship. Davies' screenplay uses scathing wit to delineate the complicated bonds of friendship and the responsibilities inherent in sticking with pals who present themselves as virtually unlovable.

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.
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While the U.K. original of Queer As Folk is far superior to the American remake in my opinion, be warned that this DVD set containes major editing changes from what aired (and was sold on DVD) in the U.K. Some of the sex is trimmed just a bit here and there, but even worse, almost all of the music had to be changed due to copyright issues that are different in the United States. Unfortunately, a big part of the original charm of the series was the dramatic club music showcased so well that they spawned a couple of hit albums. The terrific original songs are gone and have been replaced by inferior generic music due to rights issues (it would have cost too much in royalties so they just replaced the music). This DVD set is pretty much identical to the one that was put out here in America by C1TV a few years ago.
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It can never be said enough how amazing and ground-breaking it was to watch this show when it first appeared.

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?"
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Using a pun on the Yorkshire phrase, "There's nought queer as folk" -- similar to the Pennsylvania Dutch saying "All the world is queer [odd] except me and thee, and sometimes I think thee is a little queer, also." -- Russell T Davies caused a ruckus in the U.K. overnight with the first episode of his Queer as Folk when an unapologetic, inexperienced, under-the-age-of-consent, gay youth (Charlie Hunnam) finds his way to Canal Street in working-class Manchester -- the equivalent of Christopher Street in NYC -- and charms a predatory gay Lothario (Aidan Gillan) into taking him home for some of the most graphic gay sex ever seen on the telly. Over six original episodes the audience became transfixed by the nuances of gay and lesbian culture unknown to most. Davies went on to resurrect the modern Doctor Who and penned its offshoot, Torchwood, set in his native Cardiff, Wales, with a bisexual hero, Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman).

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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