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Clear History (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EHJC9AE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Starring HBO favorite Larry David, Clear History is a new HBO Films presentation, also starring Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, and J.B. Smoove. The comedy follows Nathan Flomm (David), a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company, who, after a petty argument with his boss, gives up his 10 percent of the shares. The company then goes on to make billions of dollars, leaving Nathan publicly humiliated and his life destroyed. Ten years later, he's changed his name and moved to a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. All is well - until something from his past threatens the new life he's made for himself. Directed by Greg Mottola, Clear History is written by Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, and executive produced by Greg Mottola, Bradley Thomas, Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer.

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Format: DVD
When I heard that Larry David from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" was headlining the HBO production "Clear History," I was interested to see if he could expand his acting chops and develop a character not based on himself. The furthest he has ever ventured away from playing Larry David (not counting joke cameos such as The Three Stooges nun) was Woody Allen's "Whatever Works," but that really wasn't much of a stretch either. Any thoughts about a transformative performance were quickly dispelled in the first few minutes of this broad comedy. Sharing a screenplay credit, Larry David has once again written for his go-to character of Larry David. If you like this character, and I do, there are quite a few laughs to be had in this flight of fancy. If it's not your thing, however, I'd definitely take a pass. "Clear History," though, does wisely populate the cast with a number of game actors that really sell the piece from Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, Amy Ryan, Eva Mendes, Danny McBride, Phillip Baker Hall and "Enthusiasm" alum J.B. Smoove. Each is great, really, but this still rests on David's shoulders.

As "Clear History" opens ten years in the past, we meet David as the unorthodox creative type in a start-up company about to unleash an electronic automobile. David can't get past the proposed name for the new car and in a fit of apoplexy decides to leave the company selling his shares back to owner Hamm. Of course, the car is a huge success and David becomes an American whipping boy and national punchline as the man who forfeited a billion dollar windfall. Having to stat life anew, we fast forward to present day and a tranquil life in Martha's Vineyard. Under an assumed identity, David is scraping by as a personal assistant but is surrounded by love and happiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on December 2, 2013
Format: DVD
Nathan (Larry David) works for Electron Motors, an up and coming electric car company. When the owner (Bill Hader) decides to name the car "Howard" Nathan objects and quits the company. When the "Howard" becomes the next greatest innovation, Nathan become the brunt of national humor. Nathan changes his name to go live a quiet life on Martha's Vineyard...until his former boss decides to live there too.

The comedy was light and the Chicago music was heavy. I enjoyed some of the initial humor, but as the film went on some of the fresh humor became stale as they ran out of new ways to make fun of Nathan's neat compulsion. Howard inadvertently becomes a nemesis to Jaspar (J.B. Smoove) a bit that I liked. The film was able to tie together bits and pieces, i.e. circle around, something I expect in good writing. The problem was that the jokes were not that good and the sexual humor wasn't that funny.

Works as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Sex talk.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave VINE VOICE on November 21, 2013
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Very Funny!

If Steve Martin had not already made "The Jerk", it would have made a great title for this movie even though Larry David plays the part of a jerk with a brain. I would expect that some viewers would find Larry David's jerk to be so annoying that it would spoil the film, but I would also expect that most viewers would see this for the great comedy it is. The range of comedy runs from clever irony to stooge slapstick. I enjoy watching comedies with others because it seems to add to the enjoyment, but I watched this one at home by myself and still laughed aloud. Supporting characters were also very funny and were a surprise in some instances.

I recommend this for all who have a sense of humor.
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Format: Blu-ray
"You can't name a car Howard!" Nathan (David) is an ad executive who is the best at what he does. After getting into a fight over what to name a new model of car with his boss Will (Hamm) he quits. When the car hits big and makes everyone involved with it very very rich Nathan moves and changes his name. Ten years later, he is content and happy with his new life in Martha's Vinyard. When Will moves to the Vinyard Nathan begins to think of ways to get him to leave. His best idea is to blow up his house. First and foremost this movie is hilarious. But like I have said before I have a specific style of humor that I love. The humor in this one is very Seinfeld like, which makes sense since 4 of the 4 writers wrote for Seinfeld. There are long tirades and running jokes about which car should back up on a one lane road, the placement of electrical outlets and the band Chicago. I laughed a lot throughout. Overall, if you like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm you will love this movie. I highly recommend this. I give it an A.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. lacy on January 12, 2014
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First of all, we (my husband and I) have been longtime fans of Larry David. We've seen all of the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes over the seasons and really appreciate David's sharp sense of humor.

I'm also a Jane Austen fan and you might say, "What does Jane Austen and Larry David have in common?" To which I would say, they have both successfully turned their keen sense of observation of their social surroundings and culture into highly entertaining stories (books in the late Ms. Austen's case and TV shows and movies from David).

There are few comedians or comedies (either TV shows or movies) that have made me laugh so hard that my abs hurt or I have to stand up and walk out of the room to regain my breath; David's shows and now, this movie, "Clear History," have done just that.

It was also a lot of fun watching Jon Hamm (of Mad Men) "ham it up" (sorry, couldn't resist) as Larry's former and somewhat narcissistic business partner. Kate Hudson does a great job as Hamm's movie wife and the misfit group of newfound friends that Larry's character finds after re-inventing his life all do an amazing job at making us believe they are real people and not just acting out their parts.

The story is unique - which of course is why it's part of HBO productions because major studios are almost always too 'afraid' to try anything unique and only give us the same old re-cycled stories over and over ad nauseam.

Like the part fictional part real character that David portrays of himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm, he once again plays the grown up version of Charlie Brown in Clear History in a way that no other comedian has quite achieved.
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