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24 Aug 2004 08:52 AM
    Just wondering what Cluas members consider to be the best tv series. I'm looking to purchase a decent series on dvd as I have a week off from work. I've already gone through all of Sopranos, The Shield, Six Feet Under, Cracker and have just started West Wing. I was looking at maybe The Office, Father Ted, 24 or something else. And does anyone know if a show called 'Oz' is out on region 2 dvd anywhere?
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    24 Aug 2004 09:02 AM
    Im not sure about OZ being out on DVD, but i used to watch quite a lot of it on TG4. Its quite good actually.. My favourite series on DVD would have to be one of Family Guy, Spaced ,Band of Brothers or black books. Band of brothers is on cdwow at the moment for something like 43 euro. Dirt cheap. Black books and spaced are of a similar ilk. With Bill bailey staring in both. Written by the people who brought us Shaun of the undead. Family guy, well what can you say, it pure genius.
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    24 Aug 2004 09:22 AM
    I recently got the blackadder series on dvd. pricey enough at €70 but well worth it. Th Bottom dvd would also be a worthwhile acquisition
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    24 Aug 2004 09:24 AM
    The West Wing is the only series I have ever truly loved to watch and made a point of watching. Since I met the missus, I have also become a passive viewer of 'Sex In The City'. Scary show. Very scary.
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    24 Aug 2004 09:34 AM
    Another great one, also featuring the aforementioned Simon Pegg is the BBC2 scetch show, Big Train. Review: Simon Pegg (Shaun Of The Dead) stars in the best comedy scetch show British TV has seen in years. Big Train steams out of the comedy tunnel as realism meets utter stupidity in a cavalcade of daft sketches performed by high-quality actors in a series of stunning costumes and vast sets reminiscent of the worst excesses of DW Griffith. There are also lots of sketches in offices. Along the way we meet shy policemen, pop stars chasing jockeys, a duck in danger, hens in armed combat, a confused Transport Minister, highly charged sexual politics and casual, though necessary, violence. This mish-mash of random claptrap draws from the pedigree and influence of such series as Father Ted, Spaced, Human Remains and Happiness. The show thrives on the subversion of everyday occurrences, mundane situations and famous faces
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    24 Aug 2004 09:45 AM
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    I recently got the blackadder series on dvd. pricey enough at €70 but well worth it. Th Bottom dvd would also be a worthwhile acquisition
    Blackadder! NOOOOO!!! Its a great show, but I can't watch it anymore. I used to share a house with two other guys who were huge blackadder fans, the blackadder equivalent of trekkies basically. They used to watch videos of every episode over and over and over again until I was driven demented. On top of that they used to quote it all the time, in fact they used to have entire conversations using only Blackadder quotes. I nearly went out of my mind after a while! Listening to people running round the house screaming TEA!!! gets to you after a while. Nowadays if someone mentions blackadder, I have to resist the urge to punch them.....
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    24 Aug 2004 09:47 AM
    I forgot about 'Band Of Brothers'. I have that series and loved it. I started The West Wing last night from the very first episode and am already on the 4th episode, its really good. I don't think anything will beat The Sopranos but always on the look out. My Dad actually mentioned 'Black Adder' to me, not too sure but I'll reserach it a bit more.
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    24 Aug 2004 09:55 AM
    Blackadder...what a programme! One of those "cult" classics we'll remember in years to come. It even had a tragic ending to its last ever episode. If its any consolation Binokular, I have friends who continously quote Tommy Tiernan which is probably worse. I used think he was good, now I hate him!!
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    24 Aug 2004 09:59 AM
    I have to bring in what appears to me to be an overlooked classic - Armstrong and Miller. Anyone ever see the male model episode? (this was before Zoolander) its just the most surreal series ever. One of them is the guy in the Pimms ad. And theres the obvious genius of the league of gentlemen, phoenix nights, a little know UK Gold show called "My Family" (not the family guy, a winner by a mile though in fairness!) is also a work of hillarious situation comedy, really fantastic acting and writing. Of course, theres also fair city which is a fascinating experiment in wasting public money by RTE. It still makes me mad to think that that crap survived while they told Lenihen and Matthews to go away to "the mainland" as those ignorant dopes in rte probably refer to England to sell Fr Ted. Sorry, I'm sure we all feel the same about that one. Hope you can pick a good one for the week off. Sex and the City is hypnotic, it makes the viewer feel clever, which is when you know youre watching tripe for sure. Well thats my theory. Makes me remember why I hate the rich and ignorant. but there are aspects of the show i appreciate.
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    24 Aug 2004 10:15 AM
    Is Armstrong and Miller an Australian series that was on RTE about 4/5 years ago? If its the one I'm thinking of, it was so stupid it was hilarious. I'd defo recommend it. And there's always Little Britain - quite like The League of Gentlemen but imo funnier
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    24 Aug 2004 10:39 AM
    This one is going back a bit, but does anyone remember cult TV series "The Prisoner"? It was originally made in the 60s so its terribly dated but was probably one of the most wonderfully surreal things on TV ever. I remember staying up to watch reruns of it late night on RTE instead of studying for the leaving cert. Oh, and I want that car he used to drive at the start! (a Lotus 7 if you really must know)
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    24 Aug 2004 11:01 AM
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    Sex and the City is hypnotic, it makes the viewer feel clever, which is when you know youre watching tripe for sure.
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    I used to share a house with two other guys who were huge blackadder fans, the blackadder equivalent of trekkies basically. They used to watch videos of every episode over and over and over again until I was driven demented. On top of that they used to quote it all the time, in fact they used to have entire conversations using only Blackadder quotes.
    Pah, you don't know the full horror of the show then. I spent the period 2000-2003 going out on dates with a series of Dublin women who quoted 'Sex In The City back at me as if they were reciting verses of the Koran. These daft plot lines and 'theories' about men. I have a legion of stories but the best one is the following. I am out to dinner with this chick and have just paid the bill when she turns to me and says, "You know, on paper, you have it all. You are this, and that, and you drive this, and you live here, and you do this, and you have good skin. But you aren't my dad. I want to marry my father...Well, not him, but someone like him'. Apparently, there is an episode of the show which features 'the on paper guy'. Utter balls. I hear she is still single. I however, am happily attached.
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    24 Aug 2004 11:14 AM
    I have series 1 and 2 of Oz you can purchase at cdwow its deadly im a huge fan also check out Peter kays Phoenix Nights and alan partrige one word Hilarious!!!!!!!
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    24 Aug 2004 11:22 AM
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    And there's always Little Britain - quite like The League of Gentlemen but imo funnier
    Am I the only person that doesn't like little Britain? I'm sorry, but it's just not funny. Big Train, Phoenix nights and Alan Partridge are all excellent calls though
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    24 Aug 2004 11:36 AM
    The Sopranos if you watch it on DVD is quality and of course my personal favourite is Partridge. Family Guy is a classic and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace which was on channel 4 while back was pant wettingly hilarious
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    24 Aug 2004 11:38 AM
    I checked over at www.cdwow.com and found the first three seasons of Oz. But they are region 1 dvd which I can't watch. I'll keep looking at different one's. But at the moment the fourth season of West Wing is winning the race with probably Fr. Ted or The Office coming behind, need bit more comedy in my collection. Cheers for all suggestions!!!
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    24 Aug 2004 11:54 AM
    Gar this ain't gonna be much use 'cause I don't know what site it's on but there is a site that gives you codes that allow you to unlock your dvd player and play dvds from any region. Does anybody else know where to find this?
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    24 Aug 2004 12:15 PM
    Surely thats only PC DVD-ROM/RW drives? its a small patch that you download to your PC and it overwrites the firmware of your drive but may also render it inoperable. Its not impossible to unlock an actual DVD player, just difficult. I should also point out that its probably illegal in the same way that Playstation 2 mod chips are now illegal (in the UK at least) and just so Eoghan can sleep at night I guess I should add that (moderator social responsibility hat on) Cluas does not condone any form of piracy, illegal software and/or cracking of legally protected encryption codes (social responsibility hat off) Get a multi region DVD player folks, its less hassle, its legal and you can pick them up for the price of DVD box set these days.
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    24 Aug 2004 12:25 PM
    Or I can just wait for them to release it on Region 2 dvd. Cheers for all the info but I wouldn't be interested in getting a chip or modifying my dvd player just for one tv series.
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    24 Aug 2004 12:45 PM
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    Its not impossible to unlock an actual DVD player, just difficult
    A friend of mine got a code off of some web site, followed the instructions and hey presto his machine was regionless. I would be surprised if this was illegal as almost all dvd players have an inbuilt capacity to become regionless. It gives the codes for each major brand of dvd player. You might need a universal controller but it isn't that hard. If only I knew the web site now....
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