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The Complete Black Books
The Complete Black Books
Actors: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Rosie Day, Paul Beech
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2007     7hr 13min

Black Books centers around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black (Dylan Moran). Bernard's devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and willful antagonism deepens and enriches both his lif...  more »


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Actors: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Rosie Day, Paul Beech
Creator: Dylan Moran
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/13/2007
Original Release Date: 12/09/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 12/09/2001
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 7hr 13min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 21
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A wonderful series for alcoholic, misanthropic, bibliophiles
Japanzie | JAPAN | 12/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oddly enough, Comedy is the hardest thing for people to agree on.
Now, I have to say, I am open to enjoying many forms of comedy, but Black Books consistently has me going into seizures of laughter. I don't know why, but the unique and particular TIMING in their shows is the key to my personal HUMOR button. Mind you, I love FAWLTY TOWERS, and I LOVE Eddie IZZARD stand up, but Black Books never fails to throw me into hysterical fits of laughter when the afore-mentioned items have even grown cold.
Black Books touches a sarcasm bone I didn't know existed. Normally I enjoy the standard issue sarcasm and high-brow humor, but Black Books takes all that one step further and even adds a little Simon Pegg and his stark, straight-man-humor--as was so aptly illustrated in Shaun of the Dead-- and integrates that to Black books as well.
Black Books has a little of "everything" in it, as long as the everything is BRITISH humor. And I have to say it tickles my funny bone every single time I watch it. I can't say enough GOOD about BLACK BOOKS. But like all comedy, you have to see it yourself to determine if it is funny to you personally. So try an episode, give it a shot. And make your own determination. Honestly, it's the best $45 I ever spent."
Black & Antisocial : The Mastery of a Genre
Cabir Davis | 05/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Watching "Black Books" is the cinematic equivalent of a nonsensical Woody Allen novel - nothing makes much sense, the plot is as dubious as the characters, and the one-liners keep coming at breathless speed. Still, it is this zany, goofy, flat-out bizarreness that makes "Black Books" such an unexpected treat.

Be forewarned however, that this may not be for everyone. You definitely have to be a little 'out there' to get it. If you like straight-forward comedy such as "Fawlty Towers" or more languid, slow-paced comedy such as "Father Ted", then you may NOT like this, primarily because the entire show is a bit deranged and set in a mad, mad world that is entirely dialog-driven. You MUST be a fan of the written word to 'get' most of the comedy here, and you certainly have to be a bit spaced out to appreciate the finer moments here. Fans of "Little Britain" and the morbid "The League of Gentlemen" will readily fall in love with this show.

On paper, "Black Books" looks rather unremarkable. A self-loathing lunatic book-shop owner hires a fat, squat, balding hippie as his book-assistant. Thats pretty much it. But to watch this highly uninteresting concept take flight and become one of the greatest TV shows ever to grace Planet Earth is a revelation indeed. "Black Books" is a certifiable classic - near flawless in every way, and lead actor Dylan Moran proves that he is a master of comedy, both situational and slapstick.

A true work of art - this is one collection that you need to have in your possession. "Black Books" still remains a 'cult' show that not many people know about. In fact, its nowhere near the huge popularity of "Little Britain", but get it, watch it alone, and savor the spirit of true comedy.

Five Stars."
T. Lu | Paris, France | 10/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wish they had sitcoms like this in America. This show is amazingly funny and gets funnier and funnier the more you watch it! I'm so glad that its finally being released on DVD in America."
Classic British wit
D. Reed | Eugene, OR | 12/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bernard Black is a perfectly normal bookstore owner, with the exception of the fact that he hates his customers, not to mention his annoyingly-upbeat sidekick, Manny. Fran keeps the peace, and all sorts of unlikely hijinks ensue. Series 2 slows down a bit on the laughs, but Series 3 is right back up there. If you take your TV seriously, Black Books might be a bit too irreverent or bizarre for you. But if you appreciate dry wit and the absurd, you'll like this show."