We watched this last night. About 15 minutes in we gave up. The person behind the camera was useless. The camera constantly swung back and forward and focussed in and out to the point that I ended up feeling ill with motion sickness. DO NOT WASTE MONEY ON THIS!
(Posted on 12/22/2014)
I have always enjoyed the "The Thick of It", and was very excited when they *finally* released it in Region 1. I got the boxed set from BBC America, and have to say I was incredibly disappointed in what I received. For $85, I got a case of 7 DVD's that made me feel like I bought bootlegs from a shifty guy on the street.
The box contained only DVD's, no documentation, interesting literature, or even an episode guide. The back of the box offers no details as to what is actually contained in the box. The DVD's are cryptic as to their contents, with only a tiny "Season 1" or "Specials" stenciled under the title. I didn't even see the labels the first time I watched, and was rather surprised when I inserted disc 3 and "Specials" started playing instead of Season 3. The DVD menus were equally unhelpful, with nothing in the way of explaining what I was about to watch other than episode number, chapter, or "deleted scenes".
The menu system was a little annoying to navigate, and looked like no effort had been made to make it attractive or presentable. It reminded me of a home movie DVD menu system compiled on a home computer.
The transfer quality seems good, though my comparison is remembered broadcasts and Youtube videos. The actual content is excellent, with a decent amount of extras and commentary. This show is hilarious, and I would recommend the series itself to any fan of British comedy, or those with a passion for politics and intrigue.
To sum it up, if you want the episodes in America, this set is what you'll have to endure. I made the mistake of going to BBC's UK store, and found that they have been selling a sweet (region 2) 1-4 season box set that comes in a large red "despatch box" for only £13.49 (That's about $23), and now feel rather cheated. After waiting years for a region 1 version, and paying an exorbitant price for it, I expected a product that was far superior to what I received.
(Posted on 12/1/2013)