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Chef! - The Complete Series Three
Chef - The Complete Series Three
Actors: Lenny Henry, Roger Griffiths, Dave Hill, Lorelei King, Jeff Nuttall
Director: Dewi Humphreys
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2005     2hr 52min

Meet Britain's finest -- and most ill-tempered -- chef, Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry), of the prestigious Le Chateau Anglais restaurant. Each meal is a masterpiece. Just don't ask for salt. Chef Blackstock rules his kitc...  more »

     
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Actors: Lenny Henry, Roger Griffiths, Dave Hill, Lorelei King, Jeff Nuttall
Director: Dewi Humphreys
Creators: Charlie Hanson, Polly McDonald, Geoff Deane
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/30/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 52min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The season that runied Chef!
J. Summerford | 10/22/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The first two seasons of Chef! are absolutely brilliant and some of the most entertaining television one will ever watch. Season three, however, is virtually unwatchable - they changed director, changed from film to video tape, replaced many of the actors and the result is perhaps the fastest downfall of a great series in television history. I would avoid seasons three like the plague but do check out the first two seasons."
Season 3 was, indeed, the show's downfall
Joshua Bozeman | Evansville, Indiana | 05/18/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Chef, as a series overall, is simply brilliant. Henry is a brilliant actor and the character of Blackstock is a joy to watch. The plot is halfway absurd mostly all the time- but it's genius and hilarious.

Unfortunately, season 3 transformed the show into a completely different animal. Season 1 is by far the best- the look, the music between scenes, the storylines, the character development, etc. Season 2 saw the addition of a laugh track which was annoying, but the look of the series stayed the same. We saw some characters go and some new ones pop up. No big deal.

Season 3- first off, they went from shooting the series on film to video. I noticed this the second the first episode of season 3 started on the DVD. I was shocked to see such a wonderful show turned into a full-fledged, shot-on-the-cheap sitcom, instead of the semi-high brow comedy gem it used to be.

This season brought too many character changes...in regards to missing characters, new characters, and odd behavior for the already existant characters. Things got a bit moodier and darker...not as cheery, light, and just not as funny.

Worst of all tho was the look of the film and the music. Season 3 just looks terrible when you got used to a series shot on film. Most people wouldn't imagine the difference this simple (yet major) change can make. It looked like a series of slick, well shot, big budget, short films for 2 seasons...then suddenly went to a cheap-looking sitcom that seemed to be shot on a soundstage somewhere. In 1 and 2, you couldn't help but think they were in an actual kitchen, inside an actual French village, location shots galore...it was real stuff taking place that just happened to be filmed. This image was shot down with season 3, sadly.

I wouldn't say season 3 is terrible. The story gets less funny, the characters do more depressing things (Blackstock's relationship goes down fast)...but, still- you can't help but wonder if this is what did the show in. The series, overall, is still brilliant, it's just sad that season 3 had to taint it the way it did."
Don't bother with Season 3!
Brook B. Petersen | 04/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I had no idea what this was about when I ordered it. I loved it immediately. I loved the look of the filming, the intelligent humor, the acting, the casting. Then, season two changed the kitchen staff, but it was still enjoyable. As soon as I was 3 seconds into season 3, however, I saw some real problems. I had to wonder what in the world was going on! It was totally "STUPID" and the casting was terrible, WAY overboard, and even the main characters were not acting like they had in the first two. It was as if someone had come along in Season 3 and said "I don't like what we've been doing, so I'm throwing it all out the window and am going to do my own thing!"

Season 3 was so terrible, I had to struggle through it, 'hoping' it was going to get better and get back to what it was. It never did, and I was very disappointed.

In time, I may watch Season's 1 and 2 again, but Season 3 has already gone to the "Good Will" box, never to be seen again! (At least not by me!) Shame-shame on whoever made those "show wrecking" decisions. Boo to you.
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Somewhat disappointed in fort worth
W. SHEARINS | Fort Worth, TX | 08/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The first 2 seasons of chef were really amazing, and exciting, however season 3 changed so much. I really didn't like the way the show went
from film to video, and I also don't like the way that the characters changed so much, (we know nothing about these people). I am glad, however, that Everton remains until the end. I was disappointed to see that gareth had sold the restaurant, and was no longer the owner, but I
was glad to see that Janice had left Gareth, because he really paid her no attention...This series was really hard for me to watch, because I hated to see Gareth's life be in the toilet the way that it was...but the last 2 episodes of season 3 were really brilliant. I was so happy to see that Janice was finally pregnant; that She and Gareth got back together."