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The Young Ones: Extra Stoopid Edition

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Young Ones,The: Extra Stoopid Edition (DVD)

A mad, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, staggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom, The Young Ones provided the breakthrough for the new generation of aggressive and forthright 'alternative' comedians. With surreal comedic scenarios and a myriad of guest stars including Emma Thompson, and Hugh Laurie, and musical non sequiturs featuring Dexy's Midnight Runners and Motorhead, the style of The Young Ones gave the show its individuality, whi remains cutting edge to this day.

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"Anything could happen!" declares Rik Mayall, co-writer and co-star of British TV show The Young Ones--and he's right. Though this manic comedy series centered around the petty bickering of four layabouts living in a communal house in London--paranoid, hyperactive new waver Rick (Mayall), dense punk rocker Vyvyan (Adrian "Ade" Edmondson), lugubrious hippied Neil (Nigel Planer), and would-be sharp guy Mike (Christopher Ryan)--at any moment the show could switch to kibbitzing rats or romantic vegetables, or Buddy Holly could be discovered hanging from a parachute in the attic. Bands (as varied as Madness and Motorhead) suddenly appear in their living room and pound out a pop hit. It all seems a bit spastic at first, but the frenzy grows infectious, becoming funnier the more you watch it (in sharp contrast to most sitcoms). The Young Ones aspires to have the elastic energy and surreality of a living cartoon and comes pretty close to the mark. Guest stars include Emma Thompson, Terry Jones of Monty Python, and Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 403 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SINSXU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you're reading this, you should already know this was the series that turned British television comedy upside down in the early Eighties (granted, parts of it haven't aged so well...). So I'll just get on with reviewing the particulars of this issue of the series on DVD. On one hand, these look like they're remastered - the picture looks sharper and the sound is improved, not to mention better subtitles this time. For anyone who bought the last box, the Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve (featuring Jools Holland, Stewart Copeland and many others) musical segment from "Cash" has been restored, and Neil's "Sound of Silence" bit that he sings in the bathtub in "Nasty" is back in place, so now that scene has its punchline in its original spot. Yet in the scene that immediately follows it in that episode (Rick sneaking into his bedroom), the "teddy-bear sex" shot is now gone. What, is that scene now considered too "offensive" or something? Anyone that's upset by an image like that shouldn't be watching the bloody "Young Ones" in the first place!

The extras? Well, I wish they'd kept the documentary bits from the "Every Stoopid Episode" one on here and just put this new stuff in place of the "Filthy Rich And Catflap" and "Bottom" episodes. At least with the first set, you could see vintage clips of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson on stage. This time around there's not much cast participation in the interviews aside from Alexei Sayle and Nigel Planer.

So, I'm giving this one 4 stars - "right on" to the improved picture and sound, "sod off" to the inferior extras and inexplicable editing-out of a short but pretty funny scene.

I'm sure I echo the sentiments of other "Young Ones" fans when I ask... when is someone going to issue the "Comic Strip Presents" DVD box set in Region 1?!? Not only does it feature many of the cast, writers and crew that worked on "The Young Ones", but it's the only way to get the "Bad News" shows on DVD.
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I love the Young Ones, so I decided to buy the latest collection of the entire series. I should have bought the older one, from 2002 ("Every Stoopid Episode"), which has all the same episodes but (from what I hear) much better extras. The extras on this newer edition are impossibly dull. Other than that, awesome show.
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When The Young Ones were on MTV I was in my early teen. Now when I watch them I see and hear things I did not understand at the time. It is even better than before. It's a must have for everyone who ever watched The Young Ones growing up. The comedy is better and the music is just great!
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This show is my absolute favorite British comedy. If you have never seen the Young Ones but find yourself laughing at Monty Python, The Black Adder or Absolutely Fabulous, then you are doing a great disservice to yourself. This set includes extras that were (for some reason) left out of the original DVD realease but are added in this set.
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fell in love with this show when I was a teenager when MTV was watchable and not GARBAGE like it is today the only thing I do not like is the extras I was able to find the extras on youtube for free what would have been cool if the BBC incorporated the extras from the first edition of the young ones and added them to this second edition DVD set other than that every disk played great and so was the quality of the shows
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The Young Ones was an alternative sitcom that truly changed the way people looked at comedy and the traditional sitcom. It was the true anarchist of TV released at a time when the working classes were close to embarking on a full blown revolution against Thatcher's Britain. The show combined a number of different formats; traditional sitcom, violent slapstick and surrealism to make what some would consider truly bizarre but utterly brilliant. The creation of Rik Mayall, Ben Elton and Lise Mayer this has fast become one of the most well loved sitcoms in BBC history.

Focusing around 4 very different students, The Young Ones each represent the main stereotypes of Thatcherite Britain. Vyvyan (Ade Edmondson), the punk who hates everything authoritarian but reveals a more contradictory side to the tough guy persona. Rick (Rik Mayall), the annoyingly leftist goody two shoes who claims to be against authority until he's faced with it and also, being a massive Cliff Richard fan makes him twice as annoying. Neil (Nigel Planer), the depressed hippy who just talks about love and peace yet doesn't stop going on about how he wants to kill himself. Mike (Christopher Ryan), the gangster of the group who considers himself very much the leader of the group and a bit of a ladies man. Alexei Sayle (Jerzy Balowski), the unpredictable landlord of the boys who comes in and takes on many different tasks that annoy his tenants.

There are many reasons for this programmes success. One is the unique comedy contained within but the other is the plethora of comic minds involved, not just as part of the writing team but those in front of the camera too.
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What can I say! Its The Young Ones! I used to record the episodes on MTV on Sunday nights for my daughter. She couldn't wait to watch them before school the next morning. Our vocabulary is STILL made up of young phrases!
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