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Comeback, The: The Complete First Season (DVD)

(HBO Comedy Series) Ten years ago she was TV's "It" girl. Now It's a different story. For Valerie Cherish, no price is too high to pay for clinging to the television spotlight. Lisa Kudrow stars as Valerie Cherish, a former B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to star in a reality television show called The Comeback.

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How wickedly ironic--and delicious--that Lisa Kudrow's single season of The Comeback provided the talented actress with enough meat for her to be nominated for an Emmy--after the show was canceled by HBO. Kudrow went for the Anti-Phoebe role after the demise of Friends, demonstrating her spectacular acting chops and range of comic abilities. The show centered on Kudrow's playing an actress, once the ingénue of the moment, trying ever more desperately to get back into the limelight. The vehicle of choice: a reality "series" that follows Kudrow's Valerie Cherish into scenarios with the deck more than stacked against her. Kudrow's acid delivery and willingness to show Valerie's raw pain, ambition, and obsequiousness make for engrossing and poignant, if squirm-inducing, viewing. Valerie's fond memory of being on Leno: when a fellow guest's monkey unexpectedly relieves himself on her head. "It was a real water-cooler moment," she says, desperately spinning. "And you know, this was Leno's first year. So it was a real important show for him too!" The boxed set includes all 13 episodes and some yummy extras, including a new "interview" with Valerie Cherish, an appearance by Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars, and backstage dish with series creators Kudrow and Michael Patrick King. The series, though short-lived demonstrates why Kudrow is one of our most talented actresses; here's hoping for a succession of more Comebacks. --A.T. Hurley


Special Features

Additional Scenes: Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars Audio Commentary: with Valerie Cherish, plus commentaries with creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow Interviews: Valerie After the Laughter: An exclusive interview with the beloved actress Interviews: Valerie?s DVD Interview Other: Valerie Backstage at Dancing with the Stars Additional Scenes: Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars Audio Commentary: with Valerie Cherish, plus commentaries with creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow Interviews: Valerie After the Laughter: An exclusive interview with the beloved actress Interviews: Valerie?s DVD Interview Other: Valerie Backstage at Dancing with the Stars Additional Scenes: Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars Audio Commentary: with Valerie Cherish, plus commentaries with creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow Interviews: Valerie After the Laughter: An exclusive interview with the beloved actress Interviews: Valerie?s DVD Interview Other: Valerie Backstage at Dancing with the Stars Additional Scenes: Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars Audio Commentary: with Valerie Cherish, plus commentaries with creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow Interviews: Valerie After the Laughter: An exclusive interview with the beloved actress Interviews: Valerie?s DVD Interview Other: Valerie Backstage at Dancing with the Stars

Product Details

  • Actors: Lisa Kudrow, Malin Akerman, Robert Bagnell, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris
  • Producers: Lisa Kudrow, Michael Patrick King, Dan Bucatinsky, John Melfi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (872 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL7CB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By melodygoddess on June 11, 2006
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Perhaps the Producer, Michael Patrick King from Sex and The City and Lisa Kudrow, star from Friends were really expensive to get for HBO, since those shows were so big. However, those shows were made for the masses. Perhaps HBO was expecting another block buster ratings giant. It sounded like it, when they chose not to renew this show, saying the numbers weren't there and they didn't have any resources to put into promoting it further.

However, The Comeback was more of a niche show; subtle, intelligent, willing to embrace pain, humiliation in a point blank fashion. Willing to embrace phases we tend to avoid: those difficult moments in life when somebody says something in which you are not quite sure how to respond, socially awkward situations. A series this intelligent and insightful can only appeal to a few. The great masses prefer simple minded fair to distract them or prefer to see lots of things exploding with lots of pyrotechnics kind of like Homer and Bart Simpson, who are caricatures of "Everyman" on the Street".

But as Valerie (Lisa's character says in one episode); Reality TV is becoming "Coliseum mentality" and that she doesn't do coliseums. Valerie feared her show would not fare well in such a world. This thought proved to be prophetic.

Lisa Kudrow graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Biology. She's an extremely intelligent woman although you might not think so with all the ditzy characters she has played like Phoebe and the Romy and Michelle HS Reunion character.

In The Comeback however, as the main character and as Executive Producer, her intelligence is allowed free rein, as she is allowed to fully develop this Valerie character into a lightning rod for all manner of ridiculous situations...
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M. Colford on July 7, 2006
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In Lida Kudrow's short-lived HBO series "The Comeback" we are forced to watch former "it-girl" Valerie Cherish as she embarks on a comeback, playing a Mrs. Roper-style character in a jiggly comedy while appearing in her own reality TV show, The Comeback. It all strikes a little too close to home for television celebs, I think, and Kudrow isn't afraid to go to those uncomfortable places making us cringe even as we laugh. At the beginning of the series we're laughing at Valerie and her obvious attempts to make herself look good in the eyes of her fans from the past. By the time the first season wrapped, we were with her every step of the way, rooting for her triumph and feeling her pain. I'm so glad we're going to get this show on DVD... now if we can just have a second season?
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By E.J. Disfarmer on May 16, 2006
Format: DVD
FInally, HBO is doing right by "The Comeback" - one of the most hilarious shows ever to grace the TV screen and one which was criminally cancelled after only one season - with a double disk DVD. From tvshowsondvd.com:

The 2 disc set will include all 13 episodes from season 1, along with commentaries on 6 episodes, Valerie's DVD interview, and footage of Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars. Episodes on the set include:

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Disc 1

<LI>The Comeback (Pilot) - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Bonds with the Cast - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy

<LI>Valerie Demands Dignity

<LI>Valerie Saves the Show

<LI>Valerie Gets a Very Special Episode

Disc 2

<LI>Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs

<LI>Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover

<LI>Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Shines Under Stress

<LI>Valerie Does Another Classic Leno - Audio Commentary

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jon Huff on August 2, 2006
Format: DVD
It really saddens me that this series was so painfully ignored or misinterpeted by viewers. It's by far one of the funniest half-hours produced for television. It's just too bad that HBO didn't have the nerve to keep it going. That being said, I don't feel too sad for the show. In one season, Valerie undergoes a pretty amazing arc. The last episode is a perfect end to the series. I would have loved to see more, but its a great package in and of itself.

I think the humor is something you either get or don't get. It's pretty subtle most of the time. Lisa Kudrow can send me into a fit of laughter with one twinge of her face in a reaction shot. It took me a few episodes to get into it, but once I did I was hooked completely.

As some reviews have commented, there are times you don't know how to react. Valerie can bring out so many reactions. You feel sorry for her and want her to win, you're annoyed by her pretensions, laugh at her obliviousness, and warmed by the fact that she really is a good person at the heart of it all. She's such a complete character that Lisa Kudrow dissapears. I never once thought of Phoebe. It's great that "Valerie" does some commentary tracks. They are frequently as hilarious as the episodes themselves.

Kudrow is also helped by an amazing cast. Mickey is a great supporting character, always there with a great throwaway line, her husband is the perfect straight man to the absurdity of Valerie's existance, and special note must be made of Pauly G. He's got to be one of the best villains ever. He's so frustrating that you just have to cheer when... well, that'd be telling. It's a great moment.
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