Anything But Love - Volume 1, Season 1 & 2
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- Commentary by Actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis on the pilot
- "All About 'Anything but Love'" Featurette
- "Stories from the Set" Featurette
- 28 episodes on three discs
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And yet, that was the point - although never catching on enough with audiences, in spite of a revolving door of cast changes with the surrounding players, the heart of the series was the affinity that Curtis and Lewis had for each other as Hannah Miller and Marty Gold, and doubtless why the movie actress and tortured comic joined up to do the show in the first place. In interviews over the years, the actors have always reflected kindly on the show, for although the writing wasn't as strong as others, the affection they shared for each other seemed more grounded, rang truer. Where on "Cheers" Sam and Diane's heat burned bright then quickly fizzled, Hannah and Marty's romance shown with light, dimly at first and brighter as it went - the coupling seemed even more compelling after the consumation. For me, Hannah and Marty had the relationship I found more intriguing - intelligent, respectful and comfortable. The show was at least as interesting after they got together, if not more so.
Sure, the courtship was set in a workplace comedy centered around a Chicago magazine, but at its core this was a story of a romance. The writers seemed to soften Lewis' stand-up persona to make him an effective romantic lead, and Curtis' rapport with him validates the writing.
Although the show's writing wasn't as strong as some comedically, it could be very insightful and touching - and certainly funnier than many others of its era.Read more ›
The setup is simple. These too people are attracted to each other but won't admit it because they work together. Love will not bloom until the third season, but the first two are still great.
Lewis and Curtis do not hog the spotlight. They allow the other characters to shine. Ann Magnuson is a standout as the editor of the magazine, and Holly Fulger is very funny as Curtis' needy best friend.
The dvds also include a documentary about the series, and commentary on the pilot with Curtis & Lewis. It's obvious everyone connected with the show loved it. Many episodes were directed by David Trainer, who directed every episode of That 70's Show.
Richard Lewis gets to do his stand-up shtick and plays the neurotic guy to the hilt. Marty is jaded and cynical and this acts as a nice contrast to Hannah's peppy enthusiasm. She's just happy to be working in a job she truly loves. As she demonstrated with a film like A Fish Called Wanda, Curtis has a knack for comedy, displaying crackerjack timing with Lewis while also being adept at physical humour as well. The writing is top notch - sharp, crisp dialogue that snaps and pops with sarcastic one-liners courtesy of Lewis in contrast to Curtis' unflappable optimism. The writers hit the right beats on a consistent basis and the cast does a great job of delivering them.
Watching Curtis and Lewis in Anything But Love is like going back in time. He sports the big hair look from the 1980s (that has not aged well) while Curtis adopts a mousy look that downplays her natural sexiness that she normally exudes. Thankfully, they would tweak her look in the second season. There is also undeniable chemistry between Curtis and Lewis that is constantly evident, like in a scene from the "Deadline" episode where they dance to a cheesy romantic song.Read more ›
The audio tracks from jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis are worth it as well... except should of been done on more episodes.
It's interesting to see the change from the early episodes to a rewrite of the intro and story a bit, didnt' recall the early version of the show. They had a certain something together the main two actors and it was what made the show work.
Now, where are the remaining seasons ? This came out in 2006, it's 2014, and they still are not released. Guessing the sales weren't as great as they wanted on this set. Well if in doubt get a copy it's fun to watch.
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I loved this series. I bought the DVD for seasons 1 & 2 some time ago but the last season has never been released. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Max Reichert
I have Never seen discs that scratch so easily and being double sided doesn't help,I wouldn't order again unless it was on single sided discs.Published 5 months ago by Gregory The Man
The only problem was some of the episodes listed were not there - why???Published 10 months ago by Valerie Heidell
Watching again a long-forgotten beloved series was indeed a treat.
Can anyone point me to a DVD or DVDs of the last seasons?
This to me, by far is one of the better purchases that I've made on Amazon!!!!!!!! I was so excited to see that this was available that I couldn't order it fast enough!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Musij
Have watched this season a few times sinced it was purchased & thoroughly enjoyed it. Laughed a lot! Arrived in great condition.Published 16 months ago by G. Amico
I like this show. Started out a little rough, but they pulled it together. One disc has already gone bad. Read morePublished 20 months ago by David T
I loved it.It brings you back to nostalgia of the 80s and also was very funny and entertaining.Richard Lewis and Jamie Curtis are great together.Published 20 months ago by Clare Rogan
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