An Thoroughly Enjoyable British Comedy-Drama!
Tiggah | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Set in Manchester in the late 90s/early 2000s, Cold Feet is a brilliantly written, impeccably acted, and very creatively directed comedy-drama about relationships. In particular, it draws attention to the differences between the sexes, and it does so in some very creative ways. For example, rather than relating the story in strict chronological order, pivotal scenes are often presented through the use of flashback as the characters relate incidents to their friends. In this way the male perspective is hilariously juxtaposed with the female, fantasy is juxtaposed with reality, and so on.
The series chronicles the lives and relationships of three couples. Firstly, there are Adam and Rachel--who aren't actually a couple when we first meet them. With an eye for the ladies, Adam (James Nesbitt--Ballykissangel's Leo) is a flirty, cocky, self-assured system's analyst--whatever that is--who is positively full of himself. Rachel (Helen Baxendale--An Unsuitable Job for a Woman), on the other hand, is overall much more serious and reserved--not to mention mature--than Adam. Adam is so upbeat, good-natured and playfully charming, however, that he brings a lightness into Rachel's life and, despite his inflated ego, it's not hard to see what she sees in him.
Adam's best friend is his mate Pete, an overweight, easy-going bloke from a working-class background whose two favourite pasttimes are watching football and downing a pint at the local pub. He's saved from having the life of a slovenly couch-potato by his marriage to Jenny, a laid-back, fun-loving, vivacious woman who's nobody's fool.
Rachel's best friend is Karen (Hermione Norris--Wire in the Blood), who despite being quite sophisticated with a cultured accent has a bit of a rebel streak. She has a baby and a posh home, but she's far from contented. Part of the problem is her husband David, who is a wealthy, high-flying management consultant. He's an extremely serious, anal-retentive, work-obsessed snob who was, um, born with the Financial Times up his arse (or so it's been said!). Being a connoisseur of fine wine with no interest in football and no noticeable sense of humour, he couldn't have less in common with either Pete or Adam.
This boxed set contains the pilot (1996) and all six 50-minute episodes that comprised the first (of five) series (1998). The first series is the lightest, with the humour often being of the comedy of errors variety. Though it is a very modern series (definitely one for mature audiences--this isn't family entertainment), it's not dirty; and though sex is often at issue, it is neither gratuitous nor drawn out and pornographic.
In conclusion, Cold Feet is a well-acted, well-written, and well-directed series--and that goes for all five series. It is witty, insightful, and funny to the point of being hilarious. In short, it is a thoroughly satisfying show to curl up with--one which becomes more dramatic and increasingly more addictive as the series progresses. Like the best British productions, it is a series that can be watched and rewatched. I personally have seen the first few series so many times that I've lost track; still, I never tired of rewatching it. The element of surprise may be gone with multiple viewings, yet somehow it just doesn't seem to matter. This is, without question, one of my all-time favourite series (of any genre), and it is one which I highly, HIGHLY recommend!
Another smash hit from across the pond!
Travis Goss | Savanna, Illinois United States | 01/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like most fans of this show, I first watched this show on Bravo. During the past few years, I've been hoping that the day would come that it would be available on DVD for us American couch potatoes to add to our video collection.
Now, after all these years, it's finally here! I was absolutely floored when I saw it available on amazon.com. Now, I can watch the first series unedited and uncut, and enjoy it all over again.
Now, I'm patiently waiting for further seasons of the show to become available in the future."
Begins as Comedy, Ends as Soap Opera
BooneBuyer | Boone, NC United States | 12/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love well-written, well-acted shows that make me laugh. Cold Feet began that way, and the first disc of the first season is by far the best. However, the series develops into more soap opera than comedy. Lots of affairs, betrayals & cliffhangers. This pattern continues and intensifies in the rest of the seasons (2-5). If you like soaps, definitely buy this DVD set and the rest in the series. If you prefer comedy, rent the first disc and stop there."
Get all 5 seasons box set from UK
Glory Days Photo | Texas, USA | 07/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Order all 5 seasons from amazon.co.uk for about $60-$70 (recently went through a big price reduction--used to be the equiv of $110 with the exchange rate)(Current exchange rate is about $2 to the pound--so look for the price to be around 30 pounds)
And then look up your current DVD player's model number in a search engine with the words "code free" or "hack code" and then you can find the codes you enter with your remote control to make your dvd player code free.
It is worth it to see all the seasons for a very reasonable price! About $10 per season."