Skins, Vol. 1
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Skins. A brand new British drama follows a group of raucous teenagers who get high, get drunk, get laid and get up for their A levels. They really grab life by the balls and give it a twirl. Tony (Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy) is the best looking boy in town. His sidekick Sid is less successful with the ladies, much less until bonkers anorexic case Cassie turns up. But Sid's in love with Michelle, the school fittie, who goes out with Tony, of course. Then there's sassy musician Jal, party animal Chris, Maxie and best mate Anwar, who manages to combine the pills, the thrills and the spills with his faith, well sort of.]]>
- Nine episodes on three discs (due to music clearance issues, the final scene of episode 9 has been edited for DVD release)
- Video diaries
- Ancillary storylines
- Music video
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The program centers around a group of teenage friends living in England. They smoke, they drink, they do drugs, they party, they have sex. They do what teenagers around the world do (or more often, especially with the sex part, merely wish they were doing). Pretty standard fare for most teenage dramas, actually, except that since this is British TV, they don't censor everything; you actually get to see bits of the sex, hear lots of the swearing and see quite a bit of naked flesh.
Nothing like a bit of titilation.
But had the show been nothing but titilation, it wouldn't have kept my interest. From the very first episode, I found myself really drawn into the storylines, and coming to like most of the characters. I started to care about them and their lives.
Consider for example the character of Tony. He seems initially to be just a total wanker, but as the show goes you see that he actually has some layers to him, ones he doesn't know are there.
Or consider Anwar, a reasonably devout Muslim who finds himself torn between faith and friendship due to the fact that his best friend, Maxxie, is gay.
Or consider Cassie, an anorexic girl who is falling rapidly in love with Sid, who happens to be in love with Michelle, who happens to be Tony's girlfriend. Who Tony might be in love with the viewer is welcome to guess, though I'm inclined to suspect it's both Michelle and Sid...
Or consider Jal, the sweet young clarinet player. Or Chris, a wonderful young man with more teeth than brain cells. Or Michelle. Or Maxxie. Or Sid. Any of the characters, all the of characters, are fascinating.Read more ›
I was reluctant to purchase Skins on DVD after reading many complaints over the replacement of music due to licensing issues, most notably the final musical sequence in the finale to Season 1.
I have yet to find a definitive source of information to detail the changes, if any, between the original airing of the shows on British television and the recent broadcast on BBCA, but I have thus far been taking great pains to compare the DVD versions of episodes from both Seasons 1 & 2 with those aired on BBCA.
As far as Season 1 is concerned, aside from the first and final episodes, the DVD versions are musically identical to the versions aired on BBCA. Again, I do not know if the BBCA versions are different from the original broadcasts on E4.
In the series opener, Tony wakes, turns on his stereo and works out to Chingy's "Right Thurr", a hip-hop single that has been replaced with a less-than-ideal incidental track on the DVD. Although the song replacement here makes little sense, especially as the scene evolves with Tony's father screaming to compete with the blaring music, it's a minor nitpick and can be overlooked even if it is the opening scene - and, hence, sets the tone - for the series. The real question is whether we believe that Tony would be playing (and working out to) the incidental music on his stereo and if he would use it to distract his father while his sister returns home from being out all night; probably not.Read more ›
BUT the Region 2 DVD editions of First AND Second Seasons are missing about 80% of the original music. It's replaced by cheap "background" songs. And the music is a vital part of what makes "Skins" so special. Without them the DVDs are only worth so much as the extras on them. I really hope the Region 1 edition will have the normal OST. If that's the case, I'm buying it, even though I already have the UK DVDs.
The worse thing of all is that they cut the musical scene at the end of episode 9! It was the most important scene to end the first season and was the highlight of the entire series.
I can't express enough how angry I am.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an incredibly brilliant show. Super well done and much deeper than it seems at firstPublished 6 months ago by Charles
only the first 2 volumes of this show are worth watching because only the first 2 have the original cast and no one beats them! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sydney
My season of one of my favorite British shows, anyone who loves british tv and loves a good and gritty teen drama should watch this.Published 12 months ago by Leah Rogers
Admittedly I wrote that title to get your attention, but not just for the hell of it: two of the central characters in this volume of Skins later went on to play minor but... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Frosty Cold One
WOW! Thrilled that I chose to look into this series. Awesome cast all the way around. The story is funny yea but it has a very real feeling to it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by ~*JONAS*~
My top most favorite show in the world, I love cook. I just wish that Freddie never died and I wish that they showed cook kicking the killer of Freddie's ass. Read morePublished 21 months ago by gabriel wagener