Men Behaving Badly

Series 3

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Details At A Glance

Category Comedy Main Menu Animation & Audio 
Year Released 1994
Running Time
(not 174 as stated in packaging)
RSDL/Flipper Dual Layer
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Director Martin Dennis

Warner Vision
Starring Neil Morrissey 
Martin Clunes 
Leslie Ash 
Caroline Quentin
Case Transparent Amaray
RPI $39.95 Music Alan Lisk

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital 2.0
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision ? Smoking Yes
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement Yes, mildly
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Series 3 of Men Behaving Badly sees the character of Tony (Neil Morrissey) really hit his stride, and the latter few episodes of this series are the funniest episodes yet. The series starts off somewhat introspectively and downbeat, but this is reversed soon enough. All of our beloved and core characters are here, with none of the unnecessary trimmings which bloated Series 2 slightly. Of particular note is that all of these episodes run for around 5 minutes longer than previous episodes of Men Behaving Badly.

    This particular compilation of episodes comprises the entire Series 3 of Men Behaving Badly. The episodes that make up this DVD are;

    1. Lovers (28:40). Gary boastfully claims that he has had at least 50 lovers before Dorothy and is forced to back up his exaggerated claim with hard evidence, which he attempts to do in his own inimitable way.

    2. Bed (28:12). During a particularly stormy night, Gary wants sex with Deborah, but all she wants is an antacid which she makes Gary go through hell to get. The same night, Tony is cajoled by Deborah into fixing a noisy, flapping fence which is stopping her from getting to sleep, and she uses all of her feminine wiles to make him do it. Needless to say, there is not much sleep that night for anyone, but not for the reasons that Gary and Tony hope for.

    3. Casualties (29:09). Deborah is depressed, and decides to sell her upstairs flat and travel to Asia. Both Gary and Tony desperately try to convince her not to sell, including scaring off potential buyers. Gary's constant lying gets him into significant trouble with Dorothy.

    4. Weekend (28:33). Tony gets a new job as a bartender at the local off-licence, hoping that it will impress Deborah, which it doesn't. Gary is cajoled into a weekend away in the country with Dorothy in order to rekindle their flagging passion, but if anything, it has the opposite effect, much to Gary's surprise.

    5. Cleaning Lady (29:09). Gary and Tony are made to employ a cleaning lady by Dorothy, and they both end up attracted to her. Tony gets a new career as a male model, still trying to impress Deborah.

    6. Marriage (29:01). A drunken Gary proposes to Dorothy in the funniest episode of the series, and then tries desperately to get out it, with often hilarious results. Meanwhile, Tony bugs Deborah's flat in an attempt to get her to break up with her current boyfriend, Ray.

Transfer Quality


    Just as Men Behaving Badly Series 2 was a step up in quality from Men Behaving Badly Series 1, so too Series 3 is a step up in quality from Series 2.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is sharp and clear in the main, with plenty of fine detail visible in both the foreground and the background of shots. Shadow detail is markedly better in this series than in previous series, particularly important since the first two episodes take place in relatively low lighting conditions. There is no low level noise to mar the blackness of the blacks in the image.

    The colours were nicely rendered without ever being stand-out in quality.

    There were no significant MPEG artefacts seen. There was some mild aliasing occasionally in venetian blinds, but certainly not at a level to be at all concerned about, and I noted no video artefacts or dropouts at all.

    This disc is Dual Layered, but no layer change was detected during any of the episodes, so it seems as if the layer change sensibly separates episodes from each other.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There is only the one audio track on this DVD, English Dolby Digital 2.0. There is nothing at all fancy about this audio track because there was nothing fancy about it to begin with. It simply does the job that it was intended to do - make you laugh. Once again, the audio quality is improved over that of the Series 2 DVD.

    The dialogue is always easy to hear, and there are no audio sync problems.

    There is a small amount of music in a couple of the episodes of this series, unlike previous series, all credited to Alan Lisk. It is functional music without being particularly remarkable.

    There was no activity in the surround channels, and the stereo presence of this soundtrack is limited to the music and the audience laughter. There was one directional vocal cue during Episode 4 (Weekend), but if anything it was distracting since it was so unexpected after the strictly monaural dialogue which preceded it. The subwoofer helped the music along a little but otherwise did little except stand in the corner and laugh at the on-screen antics.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    There are only a limited number of extras on this DVD, but the ones that are there are excellent, and are presented extremely appropriately.


    The main menu features some very appropriate, and appropriately amateurish, animation and audio enhancement. It is different to the animation presented on previous series DVDs, and is equally funny and appropriate to the series.

    You are able to select each individual episode from the main menu, which then leads to a chapter submenu for each episode. This is a tad cumbersome, and an option to play all 6 episodes sequentially would have been appreciated.


    A series of relatively simple trivia questions lead to 4 separate groups of outtakes. These are both funny and appropriate. The relatively simple trivia is a nicely appropriate way of accessing these outtakes. I noted a few digital videotape dropouts in a couple of the outtakes, but this most certainly did not detract from their general hilarity.

R4 vs R1

    This DVD is not available in Region 1.


    Men Behaving Badly-Series 3 is a nicely-presented DVD of a great comedy series.

    The video quality is quite good.

    The audio quality is acceptable.

    The extras are limited in quantity but very good in quality and thematic appropriateness.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
6th September 2000

Review Equipment
DVD Marantz DV-3100,  using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer