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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 13 2009
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G1FL42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,822 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Skins: Volume 1 (DVD)

Sex, drugs, yearning, frustration--all the ingredients of adolescence are made freshly vivid in the first series of this topnotch BBC series. Skins follows a gang of British schoolmates, including Tony (Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy), whose alpha-male cockiness starts to curdle into nasty self-absorption, gradually alienating his insecure girlfriend Michelle (April Pearson) and best friend Sid (Mike Bailey); Anwar (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire), who struggles to balance his Muslim faith and his friendship with Maxxie (Mitch Hewer, Brittania High), who's gay; musical prodigy Jal (Larissa Wilson), who resents that her father favors her brothers over her, while Cassie (Hannah Murray) and Chris (Joseph Dempsie) try to escape reality with anorexia and pharmaceuticals. Skins could have been just a catalogue of hot-button issues, but sharp writing, fluid direction, and a charismatic and deeply engaging crew of young actors make this one of the best shows about teenagers ever made. Each episode centers on a different kid--a character who was never more than peripheral or a stereotype in previous episodes suddenly bursts into three dimensions, expanding your grasp of their flailing, hungry world. Divorce and the loose mores of contemporary life have left these kids with few restrictions; watching them slam into problems they're ill-equipped to handle makes for riveting television. Forget the airbrushed, designer-dressed kids of Dawson's Creek or Gossip Girl. Skins is both more real and more exciting. The extra features on Skins - Vol. 1 includes a series of video diaries by the characters that feel a bit forced, but the "ancillary storylines"--mostly deleted scenes--are more enjoyable, particularly a series of interviews with a hapless career counselor. --Bret Fetzer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Ramos on Sept. 28 2009
Format: DVD
I'm pretty sure no one will regret watching this show. This is probably one of the most unique and fun tv show about, teenage struggle in our generation, that I've ever watched. Everything about this show is pretty much one hell of a roller coaster ride, it's like being on a drug trip everytime I watch an episode, and it had me craving for more. All of the characters are very believable, and each unquestionably left an impression on me. This first season, I felt like I met new friends just by watching the characters progress in the series. Each episode tells a story about one of the characters, it's almost as if you're experiencing their life with them. I feel like I'm part of the group that these quirky characters bond. Sometimes it's incredibly sad, sometimes it's incredibly wierd, sometimes it's just plain out loud hilarious, and sometimes it's just stunning. I love the soundtrack they have for this show also, like Sigur Ros, The Hives, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, DJ Shadow, and even a version of Cat Steven's Wild World.
Definitely, anyone who watches this show will learn a thing or two, unless you're not an open minded person who completely abhors drugs sex and partying, then maybe it's not for you. But is there not underneath everyone's skin, a little wild child waiting to come out?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Mckay on Jan. 8 2009
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This show is amazing, how to even begin to describe it. It is kind of like HBO version of Degrassi but way better. I couldn't wait for it to be released into Canada so I bought the British region version and have been watching it on my computer. You won't regret this purchase
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I first heard of Skins while reading a biography of Dev Patel, the guy from Slumdog Millionaire. Danny Boyle's daughter was a fan of Skins and she recommended Patel for his movie...

Skins tells the life of a group of teenagers living in Bristol, UK. Nothing much happening there, except their personal lives. Each episode focuses on one character and is named after him/her.

It is much more relatable than Degrassi or Ramdam (for Quebec residents). There is not always a happy ending (Cue to Ramdam: "I'm sorry I borrowed your mp3 player without asking you" "It's ok, I forgive you. You're so my BFF!") and nobody is the biggest Drama Queen/King while being happy go-lucky at the same time (Hi Degrassi).

All the classic teenage issues are there and are not presented in a Disney format: Drug use (a lot), drinking (bis), homosexuality, bisexuality, eating disorders, pregnancy, promiscuity, etc. In all episodes, however, there is one central problem: Family. Most characters have problems within their own family unit, which brings me to the things about Skins that makes it SO much better than other teenage shows. (1) The realism. Nobody is faking happiness because they have to (Saying "I'm fine" five billion times per episode ain't happenin'). They know their lives are difficult and they do not over-dramatize everything. Bye bye Disney! (2) The actors are actual teenagers. After 2 Seasons, there is a new cast. Always. The show is now featuring their Third cast, I think.

Conclusion: If you want a REALISTIC teenage show, forget Degrassi and switch to Skins (but STOP at the finale of Season 2, or you will regret it). I am an adult and I love Skins. Even "professional" critics will agree. Look it up: the First Cast has won a few awards.

PS. I am not a parent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. McCarthy on May 24 2014
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This series is great, it really is.
The characters are well written and acted, the story lines are compelling but not drawn out as is typical for teen drama (only lasting two volumes per generation) but one of the best compliments was the soundtrack and these dvds have been forced to replace allot of the most memorable moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara on May 19 2014
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Watched this when I was in high school. One of the reasons why I love and watch so much british t.v. to this day.
Even my neighbor whose well into her 50's enjoyed the series.
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