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 Queer As Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection


  Review by Suzanne 11/4/11

I watched the American version of this show on Showtime, and I was a huge fan of the show. I've seen a few episodes of the UK one, and I enjoyed it, so I'm very glad to get the DVD of the complete set!

It's very different in some ways, than the American version. The UK version concentrates on three main characters: Stuart, Vince, and Nathan (in the US they were called Brian, Michael, and Justin). The US version went on for many more years and had more characters. They took two of the minor characters of the UK version and expanded them. So to compare them is not really fair because you can't compare a two-year show and a 5-year show. They have different challenges for the actors and writers.

At any rate, this UK show is very good, and it's written by one of my favorite writers, Russell T. Davies. I loved his shows "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood", so I'm glad to be able to watch something else he wrote.

It's hard for us in the US to imagine that "Queer As Folk" would be shown on "regular TV" in the UK. Here in the US it was only show on the pay cable channel Showtime, which regularly shows lots of R-rated movies. For straight people who are not used to seeing gay sex, it was quite shocking and difficult to get used to, even on Showtime. I say that without any prejudiced...we're just not used to it. After a while, you do get used to it, though. And in the UK version, the young boy is 15, not 17. They would never do that here, which is probably why they changed it to 17 in the US version.

I loved the extras on the DVD set. I only wish there were more. There are lots of deleted and extended scenes, and commentary. They have a featurette "What the Folk...?" which discusses the show and was clearly done after it had been on the air for a while. There are also some interviews from UK T.V. that happened right before and after the show premiered. Those were fascinating to see. There are also photo galleries, which are a slide-show-type of thing. Finally, the DVD set comes with a 20-page booklet with photos, and notes by Russell T. Davies. It is a great set to have.

Give this set to any fan of the US series or of great television (especially if they are liberal). They will enjoy it!

More Information:

Groundbreaking U.K. drama that inspired Showtime’s popular remake;
Created and written by Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood);
Includes more than two hours of previously unavailable bonus features


The Original U.K. Series
On DVD September 27, 2011

"Compelling"—The New York Times
"Dynamite drama"—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Frank, witty, intelligent"—Los Angeles Times

Silver Spring, MD —Hailed by critics as witty, daring, and unapologetic, the four-time BAFTA-nominated drama and inspiration for Showtime’s popular remake, Queer as Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection arrives to DVD from Acorn Media on September 27, 2011. Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Identity) stars as an unrepentant rake, wreaking havoc in Manchester’s gay scene in this groundbreaking series created and written by BAFTA and Hugo Award-winner Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Grand) and co-starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Children of Men). Produced in 1999-2000 and broadcast on the Ovation Channel in 2010, Queer As Folk celebrates gay culture while tackling universal themes of friendship, love, and self-acceptance. The 3-disc set includes all of Series 1 and 2, along with 131 min. of previously unavailable bonus materials, including deleted and extended scenes with commentary, “What The Folk…?” featurette, behind-the-scenes interviews, a 20-page booklet by the series’ creator, and more ($49.99,

Stuart Alan Jones (Aidan Gillen) is a rich, handsome rake, commanding Manchester’s gay scene with his devil-may-care confidence and potent sexual charisma. His shy best friend, Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly, Titanic), harbors a not-so-secret crush on Stuart and frequently gets stuck cleaning up his messes. When Stuart has a tryst with teenager Nathan (Charlie Hunnam)—newly out of the closet and bursting with excitement—the one-night stand changes their lives in unexpected ways.

This captivating series became a television phenomenon in the U.K. and inspired the long-running American remake on Showtime (2000-2005). Nominated for four BAFTAs (including best actor) and winner of a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding TV drama, Queer As Folk shines with “considerable complexity, insight, poignancy, and humor” (Los Angeles Times).

Bonus Features: Deleted and extended scenes with commentary (44 min.); “What the Folk…?” featurette (46 min.); U.K. television show interviews (15 min.), behind-the-scenes interviews (7 min.), U.K. trailers for Series 2 (4 min.); photo galleries; and a 20-page booklet with notes by series creator and writer Russell T. Davies.

Street Date: Sept. 27, 2011 SRP: $49.99 DVD 3-Disc Set: 6 episodes – Approx. 342 min., plus 131 min. bonus – British drama - SDH subtitles
Contains nudity, strong language, and sexual situations

Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media U.S. distributes distinctive home video releases to the North American market with a special focus on the best of British television. 2011 releases include Upstairs, Downstairs: 40th Anniversary Edition; U.S. debuts of must-see new series Garrow’s Law, Vera, Reggie Perrin, Wired, Identity, and Single-Handed; more episodes from New Tricks, Doc Martin, Murphy’s Law, Marple, Poirot, George Gently, Murdoch Mysteries, Midsomer Murders; as well as the Blu-ray of Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition; and acclaimed documentaries from our Athena line. Acorn’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or

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