There's a reason to laugh again
Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:03 a.m.
There's reason to laugh again.
Curb Your Enthusiasm:
The Complete First Season
Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines
Distributor: HBO Video
Year of Release: 2004
Audio: English (2.0 channels), French (2.0 channels)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Extras: HBO Comedy Special - Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Commentary ("The Pants Tent" episode only)
HBO has been known for swaying television viewers from network television to watch great shows like The Sopranos and Sex in the City. Curb Your Enthusiasm is no exception.
The show's main attraction is Larry David who plays himself in a show about.nothing. All right, that's not entirely true, since each episode does seem to have some sort of theme. But, if the Seinfeld comparison strikes you at all, it is because of no mistake.
David was a writer and co-creator of NBC's classic series Seinfeld. The same neurosis and wacky situations are there in both series. Curb Your Enthusiasm is more of a show about a man thinking out loud and not being shy about saying what he wants. David has his own set of rules for life and he expects others to follow them.
Packaging television series on DVD has become a very big money maker. Great shows like The Simpsons, The X-Files and CSI have found homes in the world of DVD. Even shows that didn't quite last too long, like Futurama, The Family Guy and The Tick have returned to life thanks to these video collections. In fact, the sales of the DVD's and the popularity of the show on syndicated television have given The Family Guy a chance to live again with brand new episodes coming soon.
This Curb Your Enthusiasm collection contains all 10 episodes of the first season, as well as the hour long HBO special that spawned the series shortly after.
Standout episodes include "The Pants Tent" and "The Group." In the former, we find David in a situation all men have experienced to some degree. He gets into a bit of trouble thanks to a little extra lump of material in the lap of his pants that appears to be something else to a lady friend of his.
In the latter episode, David ends up at an incest survivors group where he makes up a story about his uncle molesting him just because he had nothing else to say. This little action creates more trouble for him than he could ever have anticipated.
The 10 episodes and the one hour special is spread out over two discs with a running time of about 360 minutes.
The video quality is as good as a television series on DVD gets and in full frame, since the show is filmed that way.
The only complaint one might have about this collection is, "Where are the special features?"
Apart from the hour long special and commentary for the first episode there aren't any. A bit disappointing since the unscripted show must have some hilarious out takes that could have been placed on this DVD collection.
Also, why have a commentary for only one episode? It doesn't make sense. The commentary for the first episode is done by Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines and producer Robert B. Weide. The commentary is great, funny and insightful, which begs the question more of why the other episodes weren't given the same treatment.
Overall, this is a must-have for any fan of the show. And for those who are new to the series, this collection is a great place to start. Despite the lack of special features, the show is so great you might not even miss them at all.
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