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The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series (1110)

Garry Shandling , Rip Torn , Todd Holland  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, Janeane Garofalo, Wallace Langham
  • Directors: Todd Holland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 17
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 2800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Introduction by Garry Shandling

All-New Deleted Scenes

All-New Outtakes (bloopers)

Garry Lectures At USC

60-Page Collector's Book featuring essays from Howard Rosenberg and Jeffrey Tambor

The Making Of The Larry Sanders Show: Feature-Length Documentary

Garry Shandling And Judd Apatow On "The Writer's Process"

Interviews With Cast

Garry Shandling's Personal Visits With Guest Stars Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld And Carol Burnett

Commentaries by Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Peter Tolan and Todd Holland

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Product Description

Live on tape, from Hollywood, its The Larry Sanders Show

The Complete Series: 89 Original Episodes on 17 Discs

At long last, Garry Shandling s comedy series about the twisted inner workings of a late-night talk show, and its host, comes to DVD. All of it.

Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) is a neurotic late-night talk show host flanked by Artie (Rip Torn), his caustic, foul-mouthed producer, and Hey Now Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor), his hopelessly insecure, ethically inept sidekick. Off-air it is all train wrecks and egos, but when the lights go down and the theme music kicks in, you get late-night Entertainment Inc. at its finest.

The Larry Sanders Show raised the bar for fearless, acerbic Hollywood satire. The innovative use of both video and film to distinguish on-air events from real-life happenings, displaying the jarring dynamic between the on-camera poise of Larry and his backstage neurosis, was brutally fascinating. And in the company of a patronizing, combative staff and a parade of A-list guests, more than game for putting their own celebrity in the crosshairs, you had a backstage pass to a Hollywood that was shockingly raw and hilarious.

Also starring Linda Doucett, Janeane Garofalo (24), Penny Johnson (24), Wallace Langham (CSI), Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show, Breaking Bad), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), Scott Thompson (Kids In The Hall), and written and produced by Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), The Larry Sanders Show was the hippest TV show . . . probably ever. Late-night would never be the same again.

The Larry Sanders Show is "how good television could be." So proclaims Ricky Gervais in the definitive documentary "The Making of The Larry Sanders Show" included in this 17-disc boxed set that would be essential even without the prodigious bonus features. After the welcome but woefully inadequate Season One and Not Just the Best of…. sets, this long-overdue complete collection takes full measure of the groundbreaking series TV Guide listed 38th (just behind The X-Files and ahead of The Rockford Files) among the top 50 TV series of all time. One could only imagine the exquisite ego-pierced pique that Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling), the angst-ridden, neurotic, and self-absorbed late-night talk show host, would exhibit upon learning of that ranking. It was Larry, in one of the series' most memorable episodes, who went to desperate lengths to get Ben Stiller bumped so he could take Stiller's place on People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive list. The bracingly funny and show business savvy Larry Sanders Show set the stage for later classics of discomfort television Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, and Extras with its unflinching documentary style that captured the raw personalities and the chaotic process behind the production of a late-night talk show. How real did this show seem? To this day when I watch The Daily Show, I still harbor some resentment toward Jon Stewart, who in the series is tapped by the network to be Larry's replacement. The talent in front of and behind the cameras is staggering. The seamless ensemble includes Emmy® winner Rip Torn as Artie, Larry's old school producer; Jeffrey Tambor as clueless sidekick (and "poor deluded bastard") Hank "Hey Now" Kingsley; Penny Johnson as Larry's indispensable secretary Beverly; Janeane Garofalo at her deadpan best as talent booker Paula (followed by 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub); Jeremy Piven as cocksure head writer Jerry (followed by Wallace Langham); and Scott Thompson as Hank's sensitive assistant. The writers included Peter Tolan (Rescue Me), Jon Vitti (The Simpsons), Adam Resnick (Late Night with David Letterman), Steven Levitan (Modern Family), Paul Simms (NewsRadio), and Judd Apatow (you know). Adding to the verisimilitude are the scores of celebrity guest stars (David Duchovny, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone, and Roseanne are standouts) who sportingly tweak their personas. The topical jokes and pop culture references are necessarily dated, but some have a longer shelf life than others. When one particular joke bombs, Larry recovers with, "And Conan O'Brien thinks this is going to be easy." One doesn't have to be a Hollywood insider to fully appreciate The Larry Sanders Show. This is a workplace comedy whose portrayals of ego clashes, petty jealousies, and bureaucratic B.S. will be relatable to anyone who's ever worked in an office. Among the highlights of the bonus features are intimate, hilarious, and, in the case of Linda Doucett--who portrayed Hank's New Agey assistant Darlene, and was at the time Shandling's girlfriend--achingly personal interviews. The Larry Sanders Show never earned an Emmy for best comedy series. As Larry insincerely remarks at one point, "I prefer to let the work speak for itself." Here's the work. It speaks volumes. --Donald Liebenson

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! June 6, 2010
Finally! I have already pre-ordered The Complete Series. The Complete First Season and Not Just The Best Of The Larry Sanders Show are already in my collection, and I have enjoyed those sets over and over and over again. The First Season has an enteraining interview with Garry Shandling, and Not Just The Best includes amazing, personal, informative, funny and long visits between Shandling and his friends Carol Burnett, Tom Petty, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, John Stewart, Sharon Stone and others. The first two collections are thus definitely worth having. The forthcoming Complete Series will give us all a chance to enjoy the episodes we haven't seen in decades. I can't wait to see Hank confess to Larry's ex wife, after spending a night in a hotel room together, that he emptied the mini-bar and that he will reimburse her. Such situations, sublime and tears-down-your-face-funny, were the result of patient character development and a deep understanding of the human condition. Garry Shandling created the most intelligent comedy series ever. Every writer, every director and every actor responded to his concept and made The Larry Sanders Show a timeless masterpeice. Whatever the reasons were for delaying this release, I am grateful they no longer exist.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray Now June 15, 2010
Hank Kingsley is probably the most completely realized, wonderfully written and ultimately hilarious comedy character on any U.S. or British show within the past 30 years. Cynical,vulnerable,venal,egotistical,craven yet strangely likeable, Jeffrey Tambors great portrayal of the cruise ship compere made good provides so many of the shows brilliant scenes.

Comparisons with 'Curb' have always baffled me,the Larry Sanders show is so far out on its own as to defy comparison with anything subsequently produced.Garry Shandling continues to provide laughs,as he appears to have been pre-embalmed to save time post mortem.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus Features August 28, 2010
By max
According to Shout Factory, it looks like the extras that were on "Season One" and "Not Just The Best Of..." will be included on this set:

The Complete Introduction With Garry Shandling
All-New Deleted Scenes
All-New Outtakes
Garry Lectures At USC
60-Page Collector's Book
The Making Of The Larry Sanders Show: Feature-Length Documentary
Garry Shandling And Judd Apatow On "The Writer's Process"
Extended Interviews With Cast
Garry Shandling's Personal Visits With Guest Stars Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld And Carol Burnett
And Much More!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars terrible video quality February 21, 2011
By diskeed
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong, I'll very happy the entire series has finally been released, but Shout Factory did a horrendous job of video transfer. Images are VERY grainy, looks fine on a 20" tv, terrible on a larger 40"+ tv. This has nothing to do with the age of the show (less than 20 yrs) as prior non-Shout Factory releases of the Larry Sanders show -- both the original 1st season (not the Shout Factory re-release) and Not Just the Best had far superior image quality and looked just fine on a larger 40"+ tv. Both were released by Sony Pictures and that is the difference. In short, good to have the set available and overall nice content, but Shout Factory did an embarrassing job when it comes to video quality.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Now! June 1, 2010
By CCon99
At long last, the complete Larry Sanders series shall be mine! I've been waiting many many years for this one. It is by far the greatest bar none comedy series ever created on pay or commercial television. A must own.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Flipping! March 23, 2011
In 1992, Garry Shandling forged a brand new TV format: the show-behind-the-show. "The Larry Sanders Show" became an instant hit - especially with the A-listers. Following the DNA of The Larry Sanders Show, you find such respected descendants as: Beggars and Choosers, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and 30 Rock (which incidentally, with 17 nominations, was the first to break the Sanders show's record of 16 Emmy noms.)

The reason any of this matters is because I just watched the entire series, every single show, in one long marathon. The box set arrived on Friday and I watched each episode in order over a four-day marathon. Last night was the final episode and what a killer. I'd forgotten how good this series was - and how Shandling walked away from it while it was still at the top. Yes, Seinfeld owes a great deal to Garry Shandling.

After seeing all of the episodes again, what really grabs me (aside from the great writing) is the list of MEGA stars who were willing to play the worst possible cartoon version of themselves. It's amazing that they would do that, but I think it speaks volumes about the trust they had in Garry Shandling. Another reason to buy this package is for all the talented guest stars who have left us far too soon. Phil Hartman. John Ritter. Gene Siskel. Chris Farley. Bruno Kirby. Warren Zevon.

The Larry Sanders Show box set is filled with terrific extras such as new interviews, fly on the wall conversations, audio commentaries and revealing self-analysis Post-it notes from Garry Shandling himself. If you're a fan of The Larry Sanders Show, this is a must-have. If you're a fan of the inside-the-show genre, this is a must-see. If you're a fan of intelligent humour - which means you're as desperate as I am for something watchable on TV, then by all means, introduce yourself to The Larry Sanders Show. (You're welcome.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good
Published 12 days ago by Cx
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Value. Good Servive. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Bozopol1
5.0 out of 5 stars Best television show ever
Best television show ever! DVD set does a great job of assembling the series and giving you plenty of extras. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Eric Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Larry Sanders! One of a kind.
Published 3 months ago by BIZBOPPER
4.0 out of 5 stars My second favorite show of all time
My second favorite show of all time, and it's all in one place. Color me happy. Why the deducted star? Same reason as many others: the picture quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Woelfle
4.0 out of 5 stars Concept show and ground-breaking
Great show in terms of being ground-breaking and influential on subsequent sitcoms. Interesting concept show in terms of dry humour and behind-the-scenes storylines. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nomis
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic show!
This show was revolutionary in concept and execution. Some of the scenes are very grainy, but in watching the commentaries on some episodes, the director explained that they... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Field
5.0 out of 5 stars As wonderful as we remembered it
Efficient, fast delivery, well packaged (no damage) and now that we're watching it - a great series. Especially welcome because the first time round we missed the first 2 series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars fast shipping,excellent condition and good price..
i ordered this set on new years eve,it came 2 days later.while other sites had this for $150/170$ and ebay had this set used for 125$
amazon was the cheapest. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DAWN WARNER
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful show
Gary Shandling is terrific in this original, creative talk show format. It is original and will keep you coming back for more.
Published 9 months ago by Kathy Kimtis
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Oct 30, 2010 by Sluster House |  See all 3 posts
Possible disc fault - season 4, disc 2
I've got the same problem on the same disc. Returning for refund. Don't wanna get another bad one.
Jan 4, 2011 by Michael Priggen |  See all 7 posts
Why didn't HBO release this set?
From what I've read elsewhere, Shandling was very impressed with how Shout! Factory handled the It's Gary Shandling's Show DVD release and was happy for them to do this set. I also suspect it's because Shout! Factory ponied up the dough for the music clearances, which Sony seemed reluctant to do... Read More
Nov 28, 2010 by Sean Brady |  See all 3 posts
What about individual series?
I suspect they'll stagger the individual series releases.
Nov 26, 2010 by Sean Brady |  See all 2 posts
How long before we get a Gold Box deal on this?
I knew it would happen! $59.99!

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