Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Skins - Vol 1|
Actors: Nicholas Hoult, Mike Bailey, Hannah Murray, April Pearson
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Skins. A brand new British drama follows a group of raucous teenagers who get high, get drunk, get laid and get up for their A levels. They really grab life by the balls and give it a twirl. Tony (Nicholas Hoult, About a B... more »
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Come for the nudity, stay for the stories!
C. R. Swanson | Phoenix | 10/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been watching TV for as long as I can remember, and I've never seen a show quite like "Skins".
The program centers around a group of teenage friends living in England. They smoke, they drink, they do drugs, they party, they have sex. They do what teenagers around the world do (or more often, especially with the sex part, merely wish they were doing). Pretty standard fare for most teenage dramas, actually, except that since this is British TV, they don't censor everything; you actually get to see bits of the sex, hear lots of the swearing and see quite a bit of naked flesh.
Nothing like a bit of titilation.
But had the show been nothing but titilation, it wouldn't have kept my interest. From the very first episode, I found myself really drawn into the storylines, and coming to like most of the characters. I started to care about them and their lives.
Consider for example the character of Tony. He seems initially to be just a total wanker, but as the show goes you see that he actually has some layers to him, ones he doesn't know are there.
Or consider Anwar, a reasonably devout Muslim who finds himself torn between faith and friendship due to the fact that his best friend, Maxxie, is gay.
Or consider Cassie, an anorexic girl who is falling rapidly in love with Sid, who happens to be in love with Michelle, who happens to be Tony's girlfriend. Who Tony might be in love with the viewer is welcome to guess, though I'm inclined to suspect it's both Michelle and Sid...
Or consider Jal, the sweet young clarinet player. Or Chris, a wonderful young man with more teeth than brain cells. Or Michelle. Or Maxxie. Or Sid. Any of the characters, all the of characters, are fascinating.
The show isn't without its imperfections, of course. It's a bit exaggerated and unrealistic, but who cares? Most TV is. On the other hand, "Skins" is daring, entertaining, effed-up and wonderfully brilliant! What other show would've given such a "WTF?!" ending to the first series as this one did?
"Skins" isn't for everyone, but I loved it, and can't wait to own it on DVD!
*** UPDATE ***
So amazingly I got the DVDs today, the day before the street date. I won't tell if you won't tell. :) Because of this, I can answer all the questions we've been wondering. Well, most of them, anyhow. I don't know if the music was left intact from the broadcasts cause I never really paid attention.
Anyhow, the DVDs are not the episodes as they were broadcast here in the USA. They are not censored for language or nudity, which is a plus for those of me who like to see these sorts of things as they were intended!
There is one thing that was completely cut out from the DVDs however. At the end of the last episode of series one, there was this very odd, very surreal moment where the cast, more or less in character, were singing Cat Stevens' song "Wild World". Due to copyright issues that entire scene is cut. You get the moments right before and right after, but the scene itself is gone. Happily that's what the YouTube is for and if you go there, you can see the last scene as it was meant to be.
Sadly there's no commentary on the DVDs, but you do get the video diaries and ancillary storylines the Brits got, so that's all good. Overall, a package well worth getting your hands on!"
Amazing show, but what about the DVD?
Roland | 09/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Skins" is one of the best "teen dramas" in existence, and one of the few for which this label isn't actually an insult. Intelligent, gritty, unpredictable and sporting one of the most likable casts in existence, it's a must-watch, no matter what type of shows you normally like.
BUT the Region 2 DVD editions of First AND Second Seasons are missing about 80% of the original music. It's replaced by cheap "background" songs. And the music is a vital part of what makes "Skins" so special. Without them the DVDs are only worth so much as the extras on them. I really hope the Region 1 edition will have the normal OST. If that's the case, I'm buying it, even though I already have the UK DVDs."
What! Missing Final Scene.
Brian W. Hale | 01/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this show all first season and fell in love with it during the trippy final scene of the season (episode 9). I have recomended it to many friends. Just got the DVD set today and guess what? That scene, THE scene that pushed the show way above the usual. has been edited out for the dvd release! how could they? To see it you'll have to catch a rerun on BBC america. I would have given this 5 stars but with all the editing 3 is all it gets. How dissapointing!"
Patrick C. Lentz | Boston MA | 01/16/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Skins is one of my all time favorite shows, but the DVD Series 1 Collection is quite a disappointment. The sound quality is terrible. The sound volume goes up and down through out many scenes. At first I thought it was just a defective disk...but all three disks have the same problem. I had DVRed several episodes from BBC America and compared them to make sure. For instance, in episode 4 where Tony is singing with the choir, you can barely hear his voice at all, but you can hear Abigail singing. On the BBC America version you can can Tony quite clearly. In many other scenes the volume just goes up and down like someone is playing with the volume control on the remote. Just terrible.
The worse thing of all is that they cut the musical scene at the end of episode 9! It was the most important scene to end the first season and was the highlight of the entire series.
I can't express enough how angry I am."