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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde, Roger Sloman
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: July 31 2007
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000085EEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,888 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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He captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide. His movie grossed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide. He's been called the most embarrassing man on the planet. Now the entire Mr. Bean series, the British comic phenomenon created by Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder, Four Weddings and a Funeral), is finally available in one complete package.

Bean, Bean, maniacal nut / The more you watch, you bust a gut! First unleashed in 1989, this sketch series was embraced by PBS viewers in the United States. In the tradition of the great silent clowns, Rowan Atkinson created a character with universal and multi-generational appeal (the sketches have little dialogue and are driven by often ingenious physical comedy). Like Bart Simpson, the resourceful, mischievous, and sometimes malevolent Bean is the inner child incarnate who acts on the impulses polite society normally represses. Atkinson has described Bean as "a 9-year-old boy, with an apparent lack of worldly experience, but an ingenuity that is quite clever in dealing with problems presented to him." These problems include not knowing a single answer on an exam, tactfully disposing of a revolting restaurant meal, changing into his swimsuit at the beach without first removing his pants, and, most hilariously, getting a turkey stuck on his head (a classic bit reprised in the ill-conceived 1997 feature film).

Atkinson has enjoyed some mainstream success stateside. He was the nervous minister ("...your awfully wedded wife") in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the voice of Zazu in The Lion King. But he mainly enjoys cult status among British comedy aficionados as a founding member of Not the Nine O'Clock News and the star of the Black Adder series. Bean is his crowning creation. In addition to all 14 episodes, this generous boxed set contains previously unaired sketches, Comic Relief appearances, and a segment about Bean's creation, which serves as a nifty introduction for the uninitiated. It also contains a preview for the new Mr. Bean cartoon series. This seems redundant. As this collection hilariously demonstrates, Bean is already animated enough. --Donald Liebenson

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This DVD set which proclaims itself to be the "whole" Bean isn't quite what it appears to be. While it does contain, in essence, all 14 episodes of the classic series, many of the episodes are slightly or even significantly EDITED. Two glaring examples are: in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean," the scene of Mr. Bean winning the turkey by guessing it's weight, then throwing it in the back of his car has been CUT. It is NOT here. In "Do-it-Yourself, Mr. Bean," the entire 4-5 minute scene of Bean inside Harrod's trying to take the sale chair away from the old people who get there first has also been CUT. He goes inside... and comes back out with the chair. There is NO scene inside. I would hardly call this the WHOLE Bean. Many other minor segments of him driving have also been cut. All in all, each episode now runs 24-25 minutes instead of the general 27 to 30 minutes. It's a real shame that this set couldn't have been done right, even if it took a fourth disc to do it. I will miss those little moments that are now apparently lost forever. However, what we are left with, edited or not, is still a nice collection... thus, I have to at least give it 3 stars despite my disappointment at it not being truly COMPLETE. I really doubt we will ever see a special "uncut" release, so go ahead and add this set to your collection. The picture's better than ever and the special features are nice but a wee bit minimal. Enough complaining, it's still the best show around... even with his bits and pieces removed.
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...and for an example I will give the "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" ep in which he scams to win a turkey contest and is successful but the scene in its entirity is missing (several minutes) and what you get is a giant turkey suddenly appearing in his kitchen which is, granted, a funny sight gag, but would have made more sense and would have been funnier if you knew the story of how and why he ended up with a giant raw turkey--I admit I haven't watched all the discs yet, but that missing scene to me verified what the other reviewers making the same point have been warning you and I about--I only went ahead and bought the set as I had a unnamed store gift card and used it to purchase this set and therefore no big loss...
As for the humor, unlike what a previous reviewer has stated, the Mr. Bean character is not entirely silent, he talks more often than is stated but in short sentences and in a strained voice not unlike the character he voiced during a "end-of-the-world cult" sketch in "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball"--if you want a comparison, the style of humor owes much to Chaplin or Keaton, but in a modern setting...
In short, excellent humor but sadly incomplete with no complete set anywhere in site--either stick with your VHS copies or take your chances here...
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I love Mr. Bean and have watched every episode several times. I bought the videos ages ago and was thrilled with the idea of a DVD collection, since one of the videos I own is edited. But you know what, the DVD seems even worse. If I wanted to see the edited Mr. Bean I'd watch it on TV along with all the commercials. But I don't. Simply put, if you don't know Mr. Bean you will love this DVD, but if you know him by heart, this collection is going to tick you off.
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I, like many, was worried after hearing a lot of buzz that there were cuts in the DVD set of the Mr. Bean series. I emailed A&E to ask them whether the rumors were true and received this reply:
"We have received numerous emails from viewers like you who believe that our recent release of Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean is missing footage. We discussed these concerns with Rowan Atkinson's team. According to the executive producer of the show, the masters that we received were the official complete versions approved by Rowan Atkinson. The "missing" scenes referred to by fans were extra footage shown on television outside of the United States. We have released this complete series as Rowan Atkinson himself intended it to be viewed."
This still leaves some questions unanswered, such as: since the series is not in fact American at all, how is footage shown "outside of the United States" 'extra,' and not, rather, the original version? However, since they state that the A&E tranfers were approved by Rowan Atkinson, one can only speculate that they can indeed be considered legit; perhaps these are effectively a new cut from the producers of the show. At any rate, my own concerns were largely quashed after reading this, so hopefully this will put things to rest for others as well.
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This collection would receive five stars from me if only A&E hadn't blown it by shipping edited (and thus, undeserving of the title "The Whole Bean") episodes in this package. As such, it receives the minimum one star until they correct this flaw.
Sorry Matt West, but being from Britain doesn't make you an expert on Mr. Bean, regardless of whether it was ITV or BBC that screened these episodes (and who cares?). The simple fact of the matter is that this DVD collection contains edited episodes missing footage that did appear both on the PBS screenings here in the U.S. as well as the first edition of videotapes. There is absolutely no excuse for releasing butchered Mr. Bean episodes on DVD when A&E home video could have released them on exactly the same number of discs in unedited form. The good news is that A&E has corrected their mistakes in the past. When "Pride and Prejudice" was first released on DVD, it was a terrible transfer and the outcry caused A&E to let it go out of print and then release a "Special Edition" with a proper transfer. Pride looks great now and Bean deserves similar treatment.
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