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The New Statesman
The New Statesman
Actor: Rik Mayall
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2007     10hr 40min

The hilarious Rik Mayall (The Young Ones, Bottom) stars as the cunning politician Alan B'Stard in this outrageously satirical British TV series. In his ruthless pursuit of power and money, there are no depths to which B'St...  more »

     
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Actor: Rik Mayall
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/26/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1992
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 10hr 40min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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At Last! At Last! At Last! At Last!
silversea86 | Texas | 04/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm so excited I can't stand it! Britcom aficianados (sp?) are in for a special treat. Rik Mayall's vicious and viciously funny New Statesman is finally coming to DVD. If you've only ever seen RM on Young Ones or Bottom, the new character is very different. But there are plenty of trademark Mayall-isms. The propensity for shouting, the sexual morals of a rabid mink in heat, cheating, lying, victimizing the terminally stupid, blackmail, insults so clever and cutting in their wording that you gasp in admiration. The part that hurts? He almost always gets what he wants; he's a winner. Not fair, is it."
SUBTITLES OR CLOSE CAPTIONING WOULD BE HELPFUL
R. Dubrow | Philadelphia | 08/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I WAS VERY HAPPY WHEN I LEARNED THIS FIRST RATE BRITCOM WOULD BE RELEASED, IN ITS ENTIRETY, ON DVD. BUT THE SOUND LEVELS GO UP AND DOWN, AND MUCH OF THE CLEVER DIALOGUE IS LOST DUE TO LOUD SOUND EFFECTS, BACKGROUND NOISE AND MUSIC, AND THE INTRUSIVE LAUGH TRACK. THIS COULD ALL HAVE BEEN ALLEVIATED BY SUBTITLES OR CC - NEITHER OF WHICH IS PROVIDED. A SHAME."
Thank God it's finally in the US!
Edward Novak | 06/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've been to the UK a few times. Last time was in 1993. There I picked up PAL VHS copies of a show called the New Statesman. Never heard of it, but I loved Rik from the Young Ones so I gave it a shot. One of the BEST British comedies never to be shown in the US. A treat for Doctor Who fans is that Pat Troughon's son, David, is one of the co-stars.

Just get it. You won't be sorry."
An all time favorite
T. Hughes | Maryland USA | 09/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I rate this up there with Yes, Minister, & Father Ted as some of the best stuff to come out of Britain. It is just inconcievable that the Right Wing in this country could ever get skewered in the manner they seem to get away with in Britain. My favorite moment has to be when Mayall is with Hugh Laurie & Steven Fry at Mussolini's...or maybe it's when B'stard is shaking down the Nazi he has been protecting for his gold stash...'It wasn't 40,000. It was only 37,000!' Oh, there are so many golden moments!

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