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Get a Life - Vol. 1 (1990)

Chris Elliott , David Mirkin  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Elliott
  • Directors: David Mirkin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003PE9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Get a Life - Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes Four Episodes: Prettiest Week Of My Life, Bored Straight, Spewey And Me and Girlfriend 2000
  • Added extras including added laugh tracks

Editorial Reviews

Here are the surreal, twisted, violent, hilarious misadventures of Chris Peterson: a 30-year-old paperboy with an ever-decreasing grasp on reality. Starring Chris Elliott (Eagleheart), Executive Produced by David Mirkin (The Simpsons) and created by Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick and David Mirkin, Get A Life has earned a rabid cult following. Co-starring Bob Elliott, Robin Riker, Elinor Donahue, Sam Robards and Brian Doyle-Murray.

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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certain sauces give me a rash. January 14, 2004
_Get a Life_ might just be my favorite show ever, but I'm not going to shell out for these discs with a mere 4 episodes.
Issue a complete set, and I'll advance order it the second I hear about it.
And while you're at it, include a commentary track for each episode by Chris Peterson and Gus Borden. Thanks.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Anti-Sitcom ever! February 22, 2005
It's safe to say that without Chris Elliott's GET A LIFE, we probably would never have seen the success of the Farrelly Brothers or ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. GET A LIFE set new frontiers in TV comedy by taking the standard sitcom format and turning it on its head.

The premise was simple: a 30-year-old paperboy still lived at home with his rather less-than-concerned parents (played by Elinor Donahue and Chris' real-life father, Bob Elliott) who tolerated him as best they could while he got into one mess after another.

But this was no LEAVE IT TO BEAVER. Whereas most sitcoms would take such a premise and turn it into a formulaic, feel-good giggle-fest, GET A LIFE dared to make its lead character into a bizarre man-child who could never see how truly ridiculous his inane behavior was to others. He lived in his own self-contained world where he was the coolest and hippest guy on the planet. What saved the character from being either a creep or the butt of everyone's joke was his underlying naivete and childlike innocence, which, in the end, was often enough to help him (barely) triumph over the evil forces in his neighborhood.

Embodied perfectly by Chris Elliott, the indestructible "Chris Peterson" was a brilliant sitcom creation who managed to last two seasons on Fox. But that was only half the story. The other great thing about GET A LIFE was how the series took standard-issue sitcom plots and twisted them into deranged new forms. This was like the TWIN PEAKS of sitcoms in the way it constantly challenged the boundaries of both good taste and common sense in order to get a reaction from its stunned audience. The humor ran the gamut from low-brow to madcap to surreal. In the 2nd Season, almost every episode ended with Chris getting killed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious but NOT ENOUGH November 24, 2003
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There is nothing funnier than Chris Elliott on this DVD but a mere 4 episodes is a joke. Please provide more and you're likely to get more buyers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars barebones dvd of a hysterical but cancelled sitcom October 25, 2003
Chris Elliott is a real loser -- a paperboy who lives in his parents' garage and .... well, isn't that enough? Each week for almost a month he'd get himself into some silly predicament because his vision of the world was so weirdly skewed. Like scratching $60 together so he can enroll in the Pretty Boy Modelling School, or falling in love with the woman who runs over him, or finding the most disgusting alien ever to set foot in our atmosphere. The supporting cast is great, and the scripts are quite funny.
There is absolutely nothing extra here except one longish uncut scene. You may also view the episodes with the original audio or without a laugh track.
It's great to see this very funny though short-lived sitcom available on dvd.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This DVD offers a rare opportunity to some of us; the diehard fans of this sitcom, which appeared on Fox Network in late 1980s and 1990s. This is one of the few funniest TV comedies ever created that did not succeed in TV ratings because it was not aired on a major network. This show is about a 30 year old paperboy who never grows up in every sense of the word. He lives with his retired parents and run into all kinds of zany, sometime off-beat antics that provides entertainment to young and old. It was quite disappointing to many of us that it did not reappear in reruns, but this DVD offers a rare opportunity to view four episodes. The Prettiest Week of my Life is hilarious. Spewey & Me is a grotesque episode that producers could have spared the fans from seeing it; you feel like puking to see Chris drink body-exudates of an alien, and at the end he cuts it open and eat the cooked meat. This is gruesome to say the least for a sitcom. The producers could have sold better and funnier episodes of the show; let us hope the success of this DVD may persuade producers to of the show to market all episodes, and a DVD with 12 episodes are made available to all the fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best show ever March 24, 2000
I've waited along time to see Get A Life reruns and finally it's here. Chris Elliot was way ahead of his time. I feel if this show was out now it would be one of the highest rated shows on T.V. This DvD doesn't have much in extras but who needs them when you have 4 great episodes. I wish there was more. I want all 35 hopefully Rhino will release more.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh� My� God! April 10, 2000
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I didn't remember many of the details about "Get A Life" when it was on TV - just that Chris Elliott was a major looser as a 30-year-old paper boy living in a garage. And that it was one of the funniest shows I'd seen in a long time. So, I ordered the DVD, hoping to recapture the guilty enjoyment of a twisted comedy that I remembered.
All I can say is: Girlfriend 2000. Oh... My... God! THAT'S what was so funny about the show! The episode opens with Chris on his bike, getting plowed down by an SUV. He ends up falling in love with the driver after she re-sets his mangled legs and repairs his totaled bike on the spot, and sets out on a stalking spree. Animotion's "Obsession" playing while he follows her around is pure brilliance. This is the forth episode, and it's about here where Elliot really finds his character.
The other three are very good as well, especially "Spewy and Me" which features a projectile-vomiting alien. All through the show he's throwing up, and it just gets funnier and funnier! Please Rhino, PLEASE may we have another?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's worth the cost but you have to like lots of silly humor
I remember this from TV. Somehow, my memories of the show are funnier than the series. It's worth the cost but you have to like lots of silly humor.
Published 11 days ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Great slacker comedy, but get the complete series.
I like Chris Elliot a lot, and this show was a favorite of mine in the early 90's. I bought the VHS copy because I wasn't sure if the DVD's at the time were worth it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Torino
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
Got this as a gift for my brother. He used to love this show and really liked getting it. The quality was great; just like when it played on TV.
Published 4 months ago by Jamie
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously sucky
What a disappointment.
I was seriously excited about getting thinking it would be like 20somethin episodes, but Nope, it was only 4 freakin eps, and they all looked super... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lumpy Fatso
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not get what I wanted
The volume only had four episodes and not the full season as I expected. For a half hour show the whole season could have been on the disk.
Published 11 months ago by Barry L. Geib
2.0 out of 5 stars Chris Elliot Fans BEWARE
Chris Elliot is one of the funniest men on the planet! His appearances on the Everybody Loves Raymond series were marvelous, so I ordered this seeking more laughs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris Thomlinson III
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Elliott is a funny dude.
This is a dumb compilation of random episodes, however. I mean, the episodes are great, but like what the hell man?
Published 14 months ago by Jerk
3.0 out of 5 stars Walk down goofy memory lane
I loved the episodes on this DVD. But after each episode was over I had to start over from the beginning. You couldn't just go to the next episode. That was annoying.
Published 16 months ago by Mo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not "First Season"
Read the details - this may say "Vol. 1" but it isn't season 1. There are only four episodes on the DVD.
Published 17 months ago by Ginger
3.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I really wanted to like this series; my memory was more positive than the actual product. It was not worth the money.
Published 18 months ago by L. Lindisch
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