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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete First Season (DVD)

He's got it all, a loving wife, good friends, a successful career, a good home... What could go wrong for Larry David? CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM stars "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David as himself in an unsparing, cinema verite depiction of his life. Featuring real life celebrities playing themselves, the episodes are improvised by the actors from storylines by David.

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Like its fellow HBO series Sex and the City, this half-hour comedy broke some TV rules and went from critics' darling to an award-winning series in three years. Curb Your Enthusiasm is the brainchild of star-creator Larry David who co-created Seinfeld and was the basis for the easily rattled George Costanza (who was played by Jason Alexander). Like George, David has a tendency to speak too much, blow things out of proportion, and, most often, fail in the end (and often liking it that way). David's new show is also like its predecessor: it's about "nothing" except following the day-to-day ramblings of a sometime writer and comic (this time in L.A.). Eternal questions stemming from universal daily dilemmas are honed to perfect comedic absurdity. A notable exception is the show is only scripted by plot; much of the action is improvised. The first season starts with a one-hour mockumentary following David's return to stand-up for the first time in years; the other 10 episodes follow a more traditional sit-com setup.

David plays "himself" (as does his friend, Richard Lewis) although his manager and wife are played by comedians Jeff Garlin and Cheryl Hines. Although this first season is a comedic gem, one can't take more than an episode or two at a time--it's acidic, biting comedy. The episodes are often built like a house of cards, which the irritable David will surely collapse by the end. Like another caustic TV character, Dabney Colman's Buffalo Bill (1983-84), Larry David is not for everybody. --Doug Thomas



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Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, and Bob Weide on Episode #1 Interviews: Exclusive 30 minute interview with Larry David, conducted by Bob Costas. TV Special: The one hour comedy special, "Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm"Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, and Bob Weide on Episode #1 Interviews: Exclusive 30 minute interview with Larry David, conducted by Bob Costas. TV Special: The one hour comedy special, "Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm"Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, and Bob Weide on Episode #1 Interviews: Exclusive 30 minute interview with Larry David, conducted by Bob Costas. TV Special: The one hour comedy special, "Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm"Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, and Bob Weide on Episode #1 Interviews: Exclusive 30 minute interview with Larry David, conducted by Bob Costas. TV Special: The one hour comedy special, "Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm"

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  • Actors: Jason Alexander, Linda Bates (II), Mark Beltzman, Cynthia Caponera, Larry Charles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E2PVR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Bell on March 10, 2006
Format: DVD
At first I was like "um...no," but then I continued watching because I rented the disks from Netflix and then I ended up laughing my ass off. This is a weird comedy show. The timing is really strange, because it is improvised apparently. Now I can't get enough of the show. Larry David is just so...inappropriate sometimes it makes you die laughing. And the cast is just great too. They all play it off like pros. I have ordered the series now and can't wait to watch them all again. One episode was so funny I had to watch it like four times in a row. Maybe that says something strange about my creepy life that I'm watching Larry David so much, but c'est la vie! My advice is to watch the entire first season and see if it doesn't sink into your skin. Larry David's humor is not for everyone, but if you are smart and kind of dorky sometimes with a wicked sense of humor you should like this.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By READ&LISTEN on April 26, 2006
Format: DVD
I just finished watching the season finale of the fourth season and I must say I am going to miss this show. In the past few months I have watched all four seasons and this is the ONLY television show that almost every time leaves me with a huge laugh at the end. This show is intelligent and so brilliantly simple and complex at the same time. Do yourself a favor, WATCH this show, comprised of people who are at the top of their craft!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2004
Format: DVD
Of course when people think of the word "Seinfeld" they think of either the Emmy award winning Show, or the stand-up comedian. The average Joe doesn't ever add Larry David to that mix. Considering how Larry David is the Co-Creator of "Seinfeld" that in itself is a crime. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the exact opposite...after watching so much as one episode of this brilliant show, Larry David is the only thing you can think about. In essence, this show is primarily the ongoing saga of "A show about nothing". The twist is that Larry has decided to make himself the lead role, and nobody could even come close to doing it better.
Larry represents what all of us feel at certain times in our lives. He is simply a person trying to live his life without problems, yet his mouth and his day to day communications with society prevent him from ever coming close to achieving his goal. Almost every episode begins innocent, and by the end the average viewer feels just as lost and victimized as Larry does. When I say victimized, I simply mean that Larry ain't perfect...but neither is the world he lives in.
For example, in the first episode Larry comments to his wife Cheryl(played by Cheryl Hines) that his pants "Bunch up" in a rather peculiar way when he sits down. That simple observation alone sparks a series of downward spirals which eventually leave Larry completely unable to explain what is in fact(more times than not) the truth.
There are times when watching this show that you can't help but cringe because you know what will end up being Larry's downfall. But it is the eventual downfall and events that transpire that keep you watching(and laughing).
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lobsta Johnson on August 22, 2002
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If you can stand Seinfeld with no language restrictions, this show is insanely great. Larry David is a genius, and doesn't fear making himself look like a totally self-centered and horrid person. The fact that his character is "Larry David, the Creator of Seinfeld" in the show wonderfully blurs the line between reality and fiction.
When you see this show, you will realize that the greatest part of the Seinfeld show was from the mind of Larry David. This alone makes the show fascinating to watch.
There are wonderful recurring cameos by Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Richard Lewis, and a host of others.
There is a significant level of discomfort watching this show, and you might even find yourself yelling at the TV as Larry David digs himself into ever deeper holes through his habit of obfuscation and dissassembly. The hilarious thing is that his intentions are generally good, but the result is disastrous. It's wonderful that he never really learns why people end up despising him so much. If he did, he wouldn't get into so much trouble and the show wouldn't be nearly as funny.
The humor is very REAL, despite coming from rather outlandish circumstances at times. If you have any appreciation of existential humor, you MUST see this show. It is a true treasure of modern comedy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Mullins on December 2, 2004
Format: DVD
Without handheld cameras, low production values and a lot of adlibbing, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has the look of a cross between reality-TV, your uncle's home movies and high budget porn. Adding to the strange "real life" quality of the show is that the star/creator Larry David plays a character named Larry David and the show is littered with appearances by the likes of Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all playing "themselves" (or people in alternative realities who look like them and have the same life histories).

In another show about nothing, "Curb" focuses on the daily life of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David and maintains many of the qualities of the groundbreaking comedy. Each episode builds its own plot, with a revolving door of supporting players. But the show is its star, Larry David. Fans (or loathers) of George Costanza will see similarities between the fictitious George and the man who created him. Like George, the neurotic Larry obsesses over events that do not go well, over-analyzes everything, and often is the chief saboteur in destroying his ambitious plans. Most episodes end with Larry coming face to face with the most disastrous consequences of his conniving ways.

"Curb" is not for everyone, as many of the plots grow from distasteful subject matter and in the Dadaistic sense, challenge conventions and cultural norms for comedy. Stories are built from incest survivors groups, pants that make Larry appear constantly aroused and the season's most shocking moment, an obituary typo for a "beloved aunt" in which the "a" is replaced by the worst letter possible for that situation (think about it if you must).
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