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Reggie Perrin: Set 1

Release Year:   2009
Studio:   Acorn Media
Format:   Colour; NTSC
Rated:   Not Rated
# of Discs/Episodes:   2 / 12
Running Time:   341 m
DVD Release Date:   July 19, 2011

Creator:   David Nobbs
Screenwriters:   David Nobbs, Simon Nye
Directors:   Tristram Shapeero, Dominic Brigstocke
Actors:   Martin Clunes, Fay Ripley, Lucy Liemann
DVD Features:   Series 1 behind-the-scenes photo gallery; SDH subtitles
E: Top Picks Rating:   8/10   Partial nudity; some strong language.

Acorn Media Write-up: 
After ten years as a marketing executive for Groomtech Industries, Reggie Perrin is dangerously alienated and frustrated. His boss doesn’t understand him, and his wife pays too little attention to notice. Reggie is left to find his own distractions wherever he can–on his daily commute, in the office, or at home in the suburbs. More often than not, his flights of fancy land him in hot water. But somehow Reggie always manages to extricate himself before disaster hits, preserving the respectable veneer of a successful city businessman . . . for the moment, at least.

Rhiannon Benedict Review: 
A good script in Martin Clunes’ hands is sure-fire comedy gold. An episode of REGGIE PERRIN will light up your day. Clunes’ dry wit is a perfect match for the classic satire with which REGGIE PERRIN is simply teeming.

An update of the classic British series “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”, it’s important to distinguish the two. Although REGGIE PERRIN is co-written by the original series creator, David Nobbs, the two are vastly different.

While the original is frequently howlingly funny, it veers into very, very black comedy. In fact, I’m not sure I should call it black comedy because it does tip over the edge from funny to disturbing occasionally. Leonard Rossiter certainly qualifies as a full-on genius in that series, deftly handling any and all material thrown to him, but at times it’s just all a bit too much to stomach. Some things just can’t (or shouldn’t) be funny.

It seems, however, that a few lessons have since been learned. The scripts Martin Clunes gets to work with are consistently, laugh-out-loud funny. In this 2009 rendition, poor old Reggie is permitted to dip his toes in the mucky waters of black comedy (occasionally wading in a trifle deeper), but spends most of his time up on the beach, kicking sand in everyone’s face with gusto – side-splittingly funny.

REGGIE PERRIN the remake is well worth another look. You’ll want to keep your remote nearby – some gags you’ll just have to rewind and watch over and over and over.

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