R. Raimond | Lawrence, KS USA | 08/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this first time round growing up in England around 10 years ago. When it was first released on DVD in the UK, I tried to bide my time hoping it would be released over here. It didn't work, however. I caved and bought it once about a year ago in Region 2 format and had to watch on my laptop, and am buying it again in Region 1 format now that it's been released over here--it's that good.
Like many classic comedies some of the sketches fall flat, but when it works, it REALLY works. Of those that immediately spring to mind, Ming the Merciless at home in his suburban townhouse, and The Artist Formely Known as Prince stalking his prey in the African savannah never lose their appeal.
The second season doesn't quite reach the heights of the first, although there are many gems in there too. For a sample, try You Tube, but to witness the entire thing, as intended, you need to buy the DVDs.
Also known as the show that launched Simon Pegg's ("Shaun of the Dead"; "Hot Fuzz") on the world."
Big Train - Comedy Classic
S J Buck | Kent, UK | 11/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Big Train only ran for two series but established itself as one of the funniest shows ever made in a very short space of time. A classic post Python sketch show, that was competing with serious heavyweight comedies in the UK like the The Fast Show and Little Britain, and the end, in my view, was better than both.
The surreal nature of some of the sketches is what makes the show so great. One sketch that always stuck in my mind was the wildlife film with the couple getting on to the roof of their Land Rover as a stampeding 'herd' of Jockey's swept past.. But there were many others just as good and some even more surreal. They were all beautifully acted by a stellar cast. Remember this is a series that had Simon Pegg and Catherine Tate to name but two.
Then of course there was the World Stare Out championships. A truly inspired idea, and to get Barry Davies in to do the commentary with one of the cast was the icing on the cake. How the writers thought that two animated characters staring at each other, in a psuedo sports arena, could be funny is completely beyond me. The fact that they were right, and produced one of the most original pieces of modern comedy is even more to their credit. I wonder how many takes they had to do each time?
If you missed these shows the first or second time round then this double DVD set is worth getting (theres some nice extras), and if you did see the show the first time round you'll know you have to get it!