DVDs in Review #38 - The Green Wing: 8 Disc Collector's Edition

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Created by Victoria Pile

Tamsin Greig as Dr. Caroline Todd
Sally Bretton as Kim Alabaster
Lucinda Raikes as Karen Ball
Oliver Chris as Boyce
Olivia Colman as Harriet Schulenburg
Michelle Gomez as Sue White
Pippa Haywood as Joanna Clore
Mark Heap as Dr. Alan Statham
Katie Lyons as Naughty Rachel
Stephen Mangan as Dr. Guillaume 'Guy' Valerie Secretan
Julian Rhind-Tutt as Dr. 'Mac' Macartney
Karl Theobald as Dr. Martin Dear
and Sarah Alexander as Dr. Angela Hunter

The Show:

The Green Wing is a British hospital comedy show that ran for two series plus a special to finish it off, best described as a sketch show in a hospital the show blends a mix of surreal, crude and situational humour, without touching too heavily on the medical nature of the setting. The comedy is universal and most of it could be applied to any other sit-com, it's comedy in a hospital rather than hospital comedy.

The cast runs very much as a who's who of great British comedy, we have alumni from classic shows like Spaced, Coupling, The Book Group, The Office, The Brittas Empire and Black Books. People with superb comic acting skills who are able to sell the lines and even improvise some classics themselves. Michelle Gomez's turn as Sue White includes some amazingly funny improvisations. In particular this classic:

"Do you want to have sex with me? I mean, do you want to just have, do you want to just f**k me now? Do you wanna do that? Do you wanna just get your c**k out and f**k me now? How about that, yeah? Shall we, here... on the table? Yeah, how about whopping it up my ass, what about that Mr. Secretan? Not Doctor... but Mister. Yeah? One above Doctor, how about that yeah? Mr. Secretan whopping up the staff liaison's ass."

And if you're not aware of the type of humour the Green Wing provides, you are now.

In between all of these moments which I refuse to call 'zany and madcap' on principle The Green Wing also provides a degree of continuity, events happen both inside the individual "sketches" and outside of them, propelling situations forward and providing new events for evolving comedy.

It's a great show that blends hospital soap with comedy and the completely bizarre. The casts are all very talented and comfortable in their roles, bringing a level of quality that's not often achieved on television. The show looks, sounds and feels good.

The Other Stuff:

The Collector's Edition of the Green Wing contains 8 discs that are mounted in a fold out book that is then housed inside a cardboard dust cover. The cardboard really is of the highest quality with a metallic gloss finish that can't really be expressed via photographs. Also included is a high quality booklet that has stills from the show and each disc has it's own individual picture

There is a decent selection of extras for each series of the show and they break down as follows:

Series 1:
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary on episodes 1,2,5 and 9
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Cast & Crew Blogs

Series 2:
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary on episodes 4, 6 and 8
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Deleted Scenes
Alternative Ending
Audio Commentary
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

There is also an eighth disc that contains previously unreleased material:
Green Wing - The Phenomenon Documentary
Deleted Scenes
Green Wing Music

The Details:
Running Time: 1,024 mins (212 for extras)
Soundtrack: English Stereo
Subtitles: English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colour: PAL
Region: 2

This snippy little item can be yours for the low, low price of £23.89 from sendit. But both HMV and Play have prices that are just £1.10 higher. This is 2.3 ppm which is very, very respectable for a UK show boxed set. They normally clock in around the 4 - 5 ppm mark.

The Final Word:

The Green Wing is a great show that's worth watching and this set is the best way to do it, while the words hospital and comedy might have one thinking "Scrubs rip-off" that couldn't be further from the truth, the shows are very different beasts. Right now this set is highly affordable and will provide a full nineteen hours worth of enjoyment (including extras).

One final piece of advice with regards to this series, in my personal experience The Green Wing is the kind of show that gets "borrowed" by your father and not returned. This means that one, you shouldn't lend it out because people aren't going to want to give it back and two, my dad gives his personal thumbs up to this show through his actions. And we all know that actions speak louder than words.


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