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Whose Line Is It Anyway? S1/2

Clive Anderson , Ryan Stiles , Chris Bould , Geraldine Dowd    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Now on DVD by riotous demand, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 & 2 features all 25 hilarious episodes from the show's initial seasons. Host Clive Anderson directs the action - assigning points at random and enduring quips about his disappearing hairline - as players perform preposterous, slapstick antics in games like "Authors," "World's Worst," and "Wrong Theme Tune."

Spanning from 1988 to 1990, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 & 2 teems with rambunctious energy, razor wit, and explosive fun. Keep your thumb on "Rewind," you won't want to miss a second.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Whose Line is it Anyway?" - the U.K. original Jan. 19 2012
Format:DVD
This is the original "Whose Line is it Anyway?".
While it does have some hilarious moments, it lacks
the polish of its American successor, hosted by Drew Carey.
In all, it is just barely worth the purchase price.
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First off, you need to beware if you are a fan of the US version of Whose Line, for this will be your downfall!

Unless you are very okay with UK humor, you will probably find the shows long and slow. We're used to shows now that last 22 minutes, but back in the 88-90's UK, shows were 28 minutes long. 28 minutes may seem kinda long when instead of being timed to the second, playing with props and singing Tina Turner-style... you have 4 straight faced comedians that improvise stories for 10 minutes in the style of Stephen King, Proust and Jane Austen, taking themselves a little more seriously than Colin and Ryan playing "Greatest Hits" with Wayne.

In that sense, you can say the UK's Whose Line, the original, is more intellectual than the US counterpart, perhaps because it came in before and wasn't yet paced to the level of excellence reached by Drew Carey's version... and because it comes from England... somehow it fits exactly what you'd expect older and smarter England to sound like... sorry...

So buy only if your thirst for Whose Line is unquenchable and that you bought all the Warner DVDs, praiying for and mega 20 discs box-set every night and wonder what possible product could fill that indispensable need you have for improv... well until more Drew Carey and company appears on the shelves, try this one. It gets funnier near the end of season 1, on towards season 2.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL (Original) Whose Line... Nov. 26 2006
By Howie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is the one I've been waiting for. The REAL, British, version of Whose Line is it Anyway? While the American version is OK, it's just not quite as good as the real thing. This set should include all 30 episodes from the first 2 seasons which includes 4 compilation episodes and the original Pilot.

The first season introduces regular host Clive Anderson with early regular Whose Liners' Josie Lawrence, Michael McShane, John Sessions, and Tony Slattery with Richard Vranch on music support. You'll also find 4 2nd season episodes with Greg Proops, who appeared in 50 episodes in total, and one with Ryan Stiles who began with this season and went on to be in 75 others across the series 136 total episodes. Colin Mochrie would not appear until season 3. And, thankfully, there is NO Hoedown with Drew Carey to be found in any of the British episodes!

A real treat for fans of British humor and off-the-wall improv type comedy.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the way that it should be done!!!! April 14 2007
By Gene R. Obrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As others have said, I didn't mind the American version but I was let down that it wasn't as funny as the British version that had shown on Comedy Central here in the U.S. The British version is much edgier and more cerebral...while being funnier. I lamented that I wasn't able to get this on DVD until now. While Drew Carey is funny on his show, he wasn't quite the host that Clive Anderson was. Clive Anderson's strength is that he did NOT get involved with the players other than to move the show along. And he certainly did not try to be funnier than his comedic guests.

This is the set to get!!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream come true Nov. 27 2006
By B. Lammey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
You wouldn't believe the vast hordes of people out there who have scurried away old off-air recordings of these first two seasons. They are impossible to see on Comedy Central or BBC America, and even then probably have significant cuts.

There are very dry patches in these first episodes. John Sessions isn't so much "funny ha ha" as he is "WTF!? Who let this guy in?" There are long passages of games that never quite get to the point, and celebrity guests that aren't really cut out for improv (but it's sometimes funny to watch the others mock them as they fail.) These may sound like bad things, but in my opinion it is essential to have a "warts and all" first season to let the show grow and improve.

Once it does find its footing, however, you will again be dazzled by the wit and talent of the guests, mostly taken from the "Comedy Store Players" -- a very diverse group of bizarrely gifted people.

Enjoy!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clearly the beginning stage.... July 5 2007
By Boyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Almost all great shows take a few seasons to really get rolling, and Whose Line is no exception. The British Version of the show is by far superior to the American Version, but you really can't tell from the first two seasons. I'm not sure how the sales for this set have been, but I hope that A&E will release the later seasons of the British Version, which leave the first two seasons in the dust.

Some good moments, but the show clearly isn't in its prime with this set.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony! Tony! Tony! March 26 2007
By konacoffee - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so glad to see these gems released, and on NTSC as well! So many people have never seen the British version which is far funnier IMO. The skits and such varied, I don't think Film and Theater Styles was on the US version. We see some very talented people on the Brit show, Josie Lawrence is funnier than any women on the US version, as is Sandy Toksvig. All the Brits are quick witted with songs and skits. Ryan and Colin are always funny, but I prefer the Brits' humor. Tony Slattery is my personal fave, and I am so glad more Americans like me will see him, and note how cheekily clever he is as well as being a good singer. The overly hammy John Sessions is here in all his in-your-face glory. How I missed Paul's 'What's going on?" looks, and they are here! ( I still like him teamed up with a Tub of Lard, but that's a different show, which hopefully will be released someday). Watch him sweat trying to make up a song. Clive as the host is good, with the constant bald, no-neck jokes the guys throw at him. Sometimes Clive has to cover his face when he's about to lose it when things get out of control. Clive, Sandy, Tony, Josie, Paul, Steven, etc, all about to be rediscovered by a new continent! If you have only seen the US version, please buy this! The humor can be more cerebral (and at times much more naughty) than the US shows, but it's funnier that way. You'll discover a bunch of new friends on this show.
Buy this if you have not seen the British version, you'll probably be join the majority who like it better. And I'm a Yank!
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