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Portlandia Blu-ray/DVD (2011)

4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carrie Brownstein, Kyle Maclachlan, Steve Buscemi, Aimee Mann, Selma Blair, Heather Graham Fred Armisen
  • Format: NTSC, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIDEO SERV
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OZJ430
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Portlandia Blu-ray/DVD" on IMDb

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Portlandia is IFC's hit sketch comedy series created, written by, and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist). The show is driven by a series of hilarious character-based shorts all of which take place in ""Portlandia"", the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon where 90s culture reigns supreme and political correctness is all the rage. Armisen and Brownstein play an array of colorful and unique characters in these six hilarious episodes

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'm going to be cautious in my rating for IFC's "Portlandia" due to the divisive nature of the show's reception. I know a lot of people who sampled the show during its six episode Season One run, and the consensus seemed to be split right down the middle. Some called the show hilarious, while some found it a belabored missed opportunity. Almost nobody was left standing in the middle. Obviously, if you already love or hate the show, nothing in any review is going to change your mind. My commentary is mainly focused on new viewers who might be thinking about trying the program out. I might suggest you try to catch an episode on IFC (they rerun frequently) or even on Amazon Instant Video if you don't have that network on your cable provider. I can understand why some would really connect with the show's ideology but I can also see why some would be less enthused by its meandering presentation. For myself, I did love the premise of the show but oftentimes thought sketches needed to be tightened up.

The Good: "Portlandia," first and foremost, starts with a fantastic idea. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have created a comedy that speaks to a very specific portion of the population. In a perfect recreation of indie hipster angst, the show skewers a world in which people are consumed by political correctness. The beauty of "Portlandia" is that it both embraces the self-importance, superiority, and silliness of this extreme sect while poking gentle fun with it. It really is spot-on in showcasing this dichotomy and Portland stands as an ideal muse for illustrating this too cool for school mentality. The self-aware characters (Armisen and Browstein play a stable of recurring bits) are so proper, in fact, they are often undone by trying to be idealized models of this elevated consciousness.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest most creative show ever! January 20, 2012
By truview
Format:DVD
My wife and I stumbled on this show a few nights ago on NetFlix.
OMG! We could not stop laughing at how funny and unique the show is laid out.
The acting, humor and creativity flows so good together.
We are now ordering the DVD because we fell in love with this show.
I hope the producers, writers etc continue these series, they're great!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so September 29, 2012
Format:DVD
If I didn't live in Portland, I might not watch this as regularly as I do. It's okay. The quality wavers between a notch above and a notch below most contemporary sketch comedy, though the characters are generally well done -- caricatures that are right on target. Armisen is good in his roles, while Brownstein is less so. The main shortcoming of the program is the shortcoming shared by most current-day comedy: An emphasis on the situation itself rather than on specific quanta of humor. Fifty years ago, the basic unit of comedy was the joke. Optimum execution of the joke put a premium on delivery and timing. Today, however, the joke has largely died out, replaced with the overall situation as that-which-is-to-be-considered-funny. This shift in focus has changed humor from a well-defined verbal/mental exercise to an amorphous display which the audience is to perceive as funny. As a result, delivery and timing are neglected. Moreover, if it's the situation itself which is presumed to be funny, then the corollary is that more of the situation is going to be more funny. All this is a roundabout and perhaps clumsy way of saying that many of the skits just aren't that humorous or witty to begin with, and that they sometimes go on far too long. Too often, the vibe of the show is, "Watch us because we're funny," rather than really being funny. Still, it's diverting enough most of the time. I do still watch it, after all.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I'm going to be cautious in my rating for IFC's "Portlandia" due to the divisive nature of the show's reception. I know a lot of people who sampled the show during its six episode Season One run, and the consensus seemed to be split right down the middle. Some called the show hilarious, while some found it a belabored missed opportunity. Almost nobody was left standing in the middle. Obviously, if you already love or hate the show, nothing in any review is going to change your mind. My commentary is mainly focused on new viewers who might be thinking about trying the program out. I might suggest you try to catch an episode on IFC (they rerun frequently) for free, but also on Amazon Instant Video if you don't have that network on your cable provider. I can understand why some would really connect with the show's ideology but I can also see why some would be less enthused by its meandering presentation. For myself, I did love the premise of the show but oftentimes thought sketches needed to be tightened up.

The Good: "Portlandia," first and foremost, starts with a fantastic idea. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have created a comedy that speaks to a very specific portion of the population. In a perfect recreation of indie hipster angst, the show skewers a world in which people are consumed by political correctness. The beauty of "Portlandia" is that it both embraces the self-importance, superiority, and silliness of this extreme sect while poking gentle fun with it. It really is spot-on in showcasing this dichotomy and Portland stands as an ideal muse for illustrating this too cool for school mentality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars OFF THE WALL!!!
You have to have a different sense of humor for this series. I really enjoyed it... what a couple of nuts the characters are... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Lisa A French
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show.....
I bought this for some folks overseas who can't get it. It's funny, quirky and good natured. I hope the humor translates well and that they find it as amusing as I do.
Published 13 days ago by bkcrzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Portlandia
Bought this out of curiosity after reading about it. My college son loved it and wants to buy all the rest of the seasons. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Polka Dot
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay funny.
It's okay funny. But I've got to keep watching. Just to see what happens next. You will too. Weird huh!!!
Published 16 days ago by Sherry Bahr
5.0 out of 5 stars Portlandia is perfect
Totally brilliant, hilarious, fast-paced. Love this show. Fred Armisen is so funny in every sketch, and the writing is original and different from anything I've ever seen.
Published 25 days ago by A. M. Mcpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars The view from Vantucky
Soo on the mark and hilarious. We who live above Porlandia love it from a distance. This series is great!!
Published 29 days ago by RedSonja
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously funny!!
Seriously funny, I know that is a dichotomy, but it's absolutely true. If you have a quirky sense of humor you'll love it, some of you may not understand it, I'm sorry for you.
Published 1 month ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars wtf is a headline?
I am from the pac northwest and it is exactley my kind of humor. They are both perfect for these parts!
Published 1 month ago by robert breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great satire!!! I actually live in Portland, Oregon.
I live in Portland, Oregon!!! Of course Portlandia is a satire, but the show depicts the weird stuff here really well. Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Hiram B
2.0 out of 5 stars underwhelming sketch comedy.
This show is a sorry footnote in the history of sketch comedy.Bland,uncreative and at times extremely boring. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nelson Ortiz
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