Coupling - The Complete First Season (BBC)

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  1. David Lambert

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    1/21/03 will see the release of the original BBC version of Coupling.
    Note that the "Complete First Season" is just 6 episodes!
    There is a US version that NBC is prepping to replace Friends with, so I expect this will be of high interest to fans of both shows.
     
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    I mentioned this exact release date back in July. [​IMG]
     
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    Is this show shot in widescreen? Even though it's 4:3 on BBC America, people in the shot (especially shots at the pub) are halfway cut out of the picture like they are victims of pan & scan.

    And if it is shot widescreen, will the discs be anamorphic?

    Not bloody likely, methinks...but I must ask.
     
  5. Michael St. Clair

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    Last I heard the second and third series were shot wide for the UK, but the first series was not.

    This info was from discussion boards at BBCA.
     
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    Coupling Series 1 and 2 were both shot widescreen, and are available in anamorphic widescreen on DVD (if you have region 2 PAL playback). I got mine from Amazon.co.uk.

    I was watching a couple of episodes from Season 2 last night, in fact. This is an incredibly well-written show... and did you notice that the writer and producer are named... Steve and Sue?

    "Where are you going?"
    "It's up to you..."

    - Steve

    P.S.: I can't wait to see series 3 over here...it's showing in the U.K. right now.
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    I just got back from a business trip in London and while I was there I discovered this incredibly funny show. I was thinking of purchasing the UK discs but if they are coming to the US I will wait.
     
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    Anyone know which will have the correct speed, the PAL or NTSC versions? I think many British television shows are shot at 25fps. If that's the case here, then I will get the PAL disc.

    Jeff
     
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    According to BBCAmericaShop.com, the R1 DVD release of Coupling S1 will be Widescreen.

    The BBC has been very good about releasing newer shows, such as Absolutely Fabulous S4, on DVD in 16x9 anamorphic. There is no reason to think that this release will be any different.
     
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    Coupling was shot on video, meaning that there is no PAL speed up.
     
  11. Travis Kolesar

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    Thanks for the info. This is a must have. I like Friends quite a bit but really prefer Coupling after seeing it on a flight to London. I was overjoyed when BBC America was picked up by my cable company so I could watch the rest of this series. I just hope this isn't too hard to find around here come January.
     
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    There is some good info over at BBC America's on-line
    shop, which includes a cover shot of the US
    version of the first season of Coupling.
    http://www.bbcamericashop.com/defaul...d=1666&mdm=DVD
    Indeed, it will be available here, 1/21/2003
    in widescreen, per the specs listed at BBC America.
    Mark
     
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    Actually, James, the "featurette" appears to be a rehash of one of the supplements on the Series 2 BBC release...

    - Steve
     
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    Steve-
    Could you give us a run down of the features on the
    Region 2 DVDs of the Season 1 and 2 set?
    I checked with amazon.co.uk, but they don't mention
    any, and one customer, while raving about the show
    stated it had no extra features.
    I am in a quandry as to whether to go ahead and buy
    the R2 version, or wait for the R1 version, and any
    information you could provide will help. [​IMG]
    Mark
     
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    James - the R2 discs aren't released by the BBC, they're released by VCI.

    The first disc doesn't have any extras on it. Some retailers list some, but they didn't appear on the final disc.

    The second series (a two-disc set) has an interview with writer Steven Moffatt, and interview with actor Jack Davenport and "Behind the Scenes", which is mainly about a photo' shoot.

    Both discs have 16:9-enhanced 1.78:1 ratio transfers.
     
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    I really dislike that BBCAmerica cover art...
     
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    While I don't hate the BBC Amercia cover art, I muc prefer
    the R2 cover design, as it is more reflective of the
    show...I guess I like to think it is an ensemble show.
    I'll just be glad to put less wear-and-tear on my
    region free player. [​IMG]
    Here's hoping those original "tentative" February
    plans to release Series 2 in R1 pan out.
    Mark
     
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    I am PSYCHED for this great show! I don't have cable, but I've seen tapes friends have made off BBC America.

    I have very low expectations for the NBC "remake". I'm sure it will be watered down enough that the only comparison will be the title.
     

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