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Enlightened: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Laura Dern , Diane Ladd  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Luke Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EPYZD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Enlightened: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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  • 4 Audio Commentaries with Laura Dern, Mike White, Diane Ladd and more!

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Enlightened centers on Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), a 40-year-old woman who returns home to California after a month’s stay at a holistic treatment facility, a result of having a mental breakdown at work triggered by her self-destructive ways. Amy returns to her old life with a new cultivated approach and perspective, which includes daily meditation and exhorting the power of self-help and inner healing. Though Amy wants to be an “agent of change” in the world, the people who know her best are skeptical of her latest intentions. Also stars Luke Wilson, and Diane Ladd.

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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
One of the lowest rated programs on HBO's 2011 roster, "Enlightened" (created by stars Mike White and Laura Dern) was both fascinatingly unpredictable and practically impossible to describe succinctly. It's closest cousins are probably the Showtime line-up of wacky female-centric comedies--such as Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Weeds, and United States of Tara. But that comparison is mostly about tone and viewpoint as "Enlightened" has a distinctly unique voice that is unlike anything else on the TV landscape. Some episodes play rather seriously, others highlight slapstick mayhem, while others are incisive and filled with awkward humor. Is it a comedy? Certainly. Is it dramatic? You bet. Is it one of the most pointed character studies on TV? Absolutely, and this, more than anything else, is "Enlightened" strongest asset. Spiritual enlightenment and striving to create a more perfect world are usually topics handled with a startling lack of subtlety in comedy. They are almost always the punchline to a more cynical type of humor. And yet, while Laura Dern's Amy is a frustratingly flawed protagonist, her search for meaning is amazingly sensitive and real.

Credit for the show's success sits squarely on its screenplays and its performances. Therefore, writers and stars Laura Dern and Mike White really must be given accolades for the show's impressive creative arc. I've been a fan of White's since the bizarrely intriguing "Chuck and Buck" (I, also, might be the only person on the planet that laments the early death of his before-its-time nighttime soap opera "Pasadena"). He's found a real collaborator and muse in Dern, who turns in one of the season's most underrated performances as the complex central character.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet and Beautiful Desperation February 1, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I randomly caught the first few minutes of this show when switching between channels and it immediately dawned on me to set up my DVR for the season. I'm so happy I did, with a virtually perfect performance by Laura Dern, it seems apparent why she was so passionate about the show being made she produced it herself. The portrayal of a central character who, to me anyway, sends the viewer in between moments of complete admiration and love for the character to moments of complete horror and complete discomfort. Casting a character who causes such varied states of emotion in a view is risky at best, as evidenced by the lackluster ratings of the show, but Dern's much deserved Golden Globe win may give this understated and ultimately beautiful show the second chance it deserves. I'll sure as hell be there for season two.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Lead character Amy Jellicoe is played by Laura Dern, a 40-year-old career woman who finds herself enlightened after a month's stay at a holistic treatment facility. This means she has become the ultimate self help person who verges on the evangelical as she wants to improve the world while still being employed in corporate America. This leads to positively cringe worthy scenes which Laura Dern does beautifully. My favorite one was a baby shower she attended for a coworker. When it became time for her to toast the baby shower mother to be, Amy launches into a plea for them all to join together for a Mexican mother on the news who is being deported back to Mexico while her children are left behind in California. The other women look like deer frozen in the headlights as they listen to her. She is absolutely clueless as to how out inappropriate this speech was for someone else's joyous occasion.

This would be an easy character to hate except that Dern gives her many layers. She now has been forced to work with the nerd division down in the basement of her company. There she makes her first friend post treatment and he is someone she would have never even spoken to before this. This is also the co-creator of the show, Mike White.

I have known enlightened people like Amy and they make me as uneasy as this show. This is a good thing. It is amazing that this show made it onto tv as it is very thought provoking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like opening a present February 14, 2013
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Being a fan of Office Space, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Arrested Development, stories about mundane every day life I tuned expecting a couple laughs. Other HBO comedies like Kenny Powers and Bored To Death left me flat (loved Flight Of The Conchords), and I was looking for a new comedy. Within minutes I was sucked in, the beautiful unforgettable writing, the music, the acting, intriguing story lines, celebration of humanity all entranced me. I look forward to every episode (including her quirky gorgeous outfits), often crying for unknown reasons, but always left with a renewed outlook. It is a series I proudly support, no misogyny, no violence, yet powerful. As the engine of the show, Amy is courageous and unflappable, self doubting, and self involved, "Let's turn the tables on THEM". It's not a show you can lightly tune in, it leaves you questioning as well as hopeful.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series- this will blow you away January 27, 2012
Format:DVD
I LOVE this series- it's my hands down favorite show! It is written so well and the mood of the series is wonderful- I cannot wait for more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of the lowest rated programs on HBO's 2011 roster, "Enlightened" (created by stars Mike White and Laura Dern) was both fascinatingly unpredictable and practically impossible to describe succinctly. It's closest cousins are probably the Showtime line-up of wacky female-centric comedies--such as Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Weeds, and United States of Tara. But that comparison is mostly about tone and viewpoint as "Enlightened" has a distinctly unique voice that is unlike anything else on the TV landscape. Some episodes play rather seriously, others highlight slapstick mayhem, while others are incisive and filled with awkward humor. Is it a comedy? Certainly. Is it dramatic? You bet. Is it one of the most pointed character studies on TV? Absolutely, and this, more than anything else, is "Enlightened" strongest asset. Spiritual enlightenment and striving to create a more perfect world are usually topics handled with a startling lack of subtlety in comedy. They are almost always the punchline to a more cynical type of humor. And yet, while Laura Dern's Amy is a frustratingly flawed protagonist, her search for meaning is amazingly sensitive and real.

Credit for the show's success sits squarely on its screenplays and its performances. Therefore, writers and stars Laura Dern and Mike White really must be given accolades for the show's impressive creative arc. I've been a fan of White's since the bizarrely intriguing "Chuck and Buck" (I, also, might be the only person on the planet that laments the early death of his before-its-time nighttime soap opera "Pasadena"). He's found a real collaborator and muse in Dern, who turns in one of the season's most underrated performances as the complex central character.
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Very bleeding heart liberal concept but entertaining non the less. If anything, it shows how crazy and over the top uber liberals can be. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy this slow pace yet dedicated show that allows political ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm totally hooked!
Published 1 day ago by Kelly Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The acting is great. The plot is slow and dark.
Published 1 day ago by Tom Shorewood
1.0 out of 5 stars One star
I watched both season during a marathon session. Once I start a show it has to be really bad to not watch all the episodes. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mende
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 days ago by Michele Salters
5.0 out of 5 stars Started well, faded a little in the middle of ...
Started well, faded a little in the middle of first season then totally redeemed itself as they expored the other characters. Second season was outstanding.
Published 2 days ago by stephen Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars I was Enlightened.
Excellent writing, acting, production. Though the focus is different, I felt the same way about Enlightened as I did about Breaking Bad . Read more
Published 2 days ago by rgerson
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for about six episodes but the after awhile the ...
Fun for about six episodes but the after awhile the main character became irritating. You wanted to shake her and say get it together; at a certain point I stopped liking her.
Published 3 days ago by scoflaw
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