Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: Unknown
Number of discs: 3
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: BBC Worldwide
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
Run Time: 433 minutes
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars (67 customer reviews)
All 18 episodes from the series are available in a three-disc set. 7 1/4 hrs. total. **18 episodes on 3 discs. 7 1/4 hrs.**
Sitcom set in a small, independent bookshop in London, Black Books, with quite a few links to the even more culty Spaced, with most of the stars taking guest roles in this one, too.
Owner and nihilist Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) is forced to hire unrepentant and hopeless bearded optimist Manny (Bill Bailey) both by his best friend Fran (Tamsin Greig) and his own utter hopelessness with accounts (which leads to amazing levels of transference activity up to and including baffling some Jehovah's Witnesses by actually inviting them in for a chat).
Black Books employs a strain of black humour that seems to have been joined up with an often surreal form of farce helping to give it that repeat watchability most sitcoms strain at. And I think it also helps that even though Bernard Black is one of the screen's most glorious drunks (and foremost hater of his own customers), the three main protagonists have a childish air that carries them through. I don't mean immature, but the three tend to qualities of openness and lack of impulse control and common sense that you could really see them as toddlers – just watch Bernard's childish glee as he rings and rings and rings Manny's phone after he's told it causes him pain.