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Coupling - The Complete First Season (BBC)


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#1 of 63 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted October 22 2002 - 09:54 PM

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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#2 of 63 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted October 23 2002 - 02:07 AM

I mentioned this exact release date back in July. Posted Image

#3 of 63 OFFLINE   BrianB

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Posted October 23 2002 - 02:11 AM

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Note that the "Complete First Season" is just 6 episodes!

Just to be clear, that's perfectly normal for UK television shows. We go for short sharp & sweet instead of long & bloated Posted Image
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#4 of 63 OFFLINE   Brian Kaz

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Posted October 23 2002 - 02:43 AM

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 of 63 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted October 23 2002 - 02:57 AM

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.

#6 of 63 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 23 2002 - 04:01 AM

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?

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

#7 of 63 OFFLINE   Adam Buchsbaum

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Posted October 23 2002 - 01:23 PM

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.

#8 of 63 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

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Posted October 23 2002 - 04:19 PM

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.

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#9 of 63 OFFLINE   Andrew D F

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Posted October 23 2002 - 04:59 PM

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.

#10 of 63 OFFLINE   Julian Lalor

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Posted October 23 2002 - 06:38 PM

Coupling was shot on video, meaning that there is no PAL speed up.

#11 of 63 OFFLINE   Travis Kolesar

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Posted October 23 2002 - 10:37 PM

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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#12 of 63 OFFLINE   Mark Walker

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Posted October 26 2002 - 07:45 PM

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.bbcameric....d=1666&mdm=DVD

Indeed, it will be available here, 1/21/2003
in widescreen, per the specs listed at BBC America.


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#13 of 63 OFFLINE   James Reader

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Posted October 26 2002 - 08:41 PM

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Behind the Scenes interviews
Special behind the scenes featurette, "The Photo Shoot," with the cast shooting the DVD cover
Cast Bios


It's amazing isn't it. Once again a version with more supplements are released in America, while the BBC releases a bare-bones disc in the UK.
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#14 of 63 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 27 2002 - 03:41 AM

Actually, James, the "featurette" appears to be a rehash of one of the supplements on the Series 2 BBC release...

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#15 of 63 OFFLINE   Mark Walker

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Posted October 27 2002 - 08:15 AM

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. Posted Image

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#16 of 63 OFFLINE   JulianK

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Posted October 27 2002 - 10:13 AM

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.

#17 of 63 OFFLINE   Cynthia

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Posted October 27 2002 - 10:22 AM

I really dislike that BBCAmerica cover art...

#18 of 63 OFFLINE   Mark Walker

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Posted October 27 2002 - 09:45 PM

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. Posted Image

Here's hoping those original "tentative" February
plans to release Series 2 in R1 pan out.


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#19 of 63 OFFLINE   James Reader

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Posted October 28 2002 - 09:04 AM

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James - the R2 discs aren't released by the BBC, they're released by VCI.


Julian, I've just watched the latest episode of Coupling on the BBC and at the end there was an advert for the DVD and Videos.

I find it hard to believe the BBC would be allowed to advertise another company's product. Have the rules about BBC promotions been relaxed recently?
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Posted October 28 2002 - 09:12 AM

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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