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People Like Us – The Complete Series (1999/BBC DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



Willy Smax is a Music Video director you may not have heard of, but you have likely seen his work.  Besides memorable clips for Eurythmics (It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back), Missionary Man, King & Queen of America), Swing Out Sister (Surrender) and Blur (Bang), he has participated in TV projects even less familiar to U.S. audiences.  People Like Us (1999) is a mockumentary series that gives a good approximation of the serious British documentary approach and even though they get it right, the series stretches out a bit.


He is one of several directors of the 12 episodes in this Complete Series set and I give all involved credit for even coming up with this many shows, but unless you find the approach very funny, it will play out very quickly and early so this is an acquired taste.  It compares well to (the recently reviewed) Graham Kennedy’s Coast To Coast, a send-up of news programs I recently looked at in that it is of the school of “straight-faced” comedy and even more so than a U.S. counterpart might, even if it were serious.  For a change of pace, you might want to try it out just the same.  Otherwise, skip it.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1 image is a little soft, like it was shot in digital High Definition and has some shaky camerawork that is not as bad as most shows, but still too much.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple and clear, sometimes purposely imitating location audio at times.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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