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Get A Life: The Complete Series

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Product Description

Finally! All 35 Uncut Episodes of the Ultimate Anti-Sitcom on Five Easy-to-Eat DVDs!

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.

Includes all 35 uncut episodes plus all-new bonus features with the cast and crew. . . It’s like a nightmare come true!


Get A Life’s unavailability has only fueled its legend, but this painstakingly thorough release justifies the hype --AV Club, September 19th, 2012

This is one of the best produced releases that I’ve reviewed in recent years. It really has everything that a die-hard or new fan of the show would want. There are entertaining commentaries on every episode that have some interesting behind-the-scenes details on the production of the show. --Sitcoms Online, 9/17/12

After spending the last few days blazing through the entire series, I was pleased to find they remain every bit as funny as ever...The audio commentary on the pilot episode Terror on the Hell Loop 2000 is one the best DVD extras of the year...I can state with authority that Get A Life: The Complete Series is the DVD event of the year. ... They jokingly call it the Un-Special Non-Anniversary Edition, but this is a very special release for a pretty crazy show. --Movie Metropolis, 9/12/12

Special Features

A Conversation With Executive Producer/Co-creator David Mirkin And Writer/Producers Steve Pepoon And Jace Richdale

Get A Life 2012 Featurette With James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow And Peter Chernin

Special Commentary With Psychologist Dr. Wendy Walsh Analyzing Chris Peterson’s Mental Issues

Alternate Audio Version Without Laugh Track On Select Episodes

Commentaries On Every Episode

Paleyfest 2000! Featuring David Mirkin, Elinor Donahue, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robin Riker, Charlie Kaufman, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Pepoon And Jace Richdale

And More!

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Elliot, Robin Riker, Bob Elliot
  • Directors: David Mirkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSNVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 20, 2012
There is little doubt that many of today's slacker comedies owe a debt of gratitude to the great Chris Elliott and "Get A Life." Referred to as the anti-sitcom during its two season (1990-92) run on FOX, the show seemed ahead of its time for network TV (thank goodness for the early years of the fledgling FOX) and would more likely be produced for cable these days. Bold, ridiculous, yet strangely identifiable--you never quite knew where Elliott and his cohorts were going to take you in a given episode. The sensibilities of "Get A Life" were definitely off-kilter and rarely have I so willingly followed a protagonist that showcased an ever diminishing grasp on the real world. The beauty of this show, which defied categorization, was its unpredictability. Many of the episodes concluded with violent and/or perplexing life or death situations and we weren't always guaranteed a survivor, something we wouldn't see again until South Park's Kenny made repeatedly dying fashionable.

Both seasons of all 35 episodes are being compiled in this 5 disc DVD set. The collection boasts a variety of extras:

Essay by TV Critic Tom Shales
Interviews with Co-Creator David Mirkin and Writers Jace Richdale and Steve Pepoon
Panel Interview By Cast and Creators At Paleyfest 2000
Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
Deleted Scenes on Select Episodes
Alternate Audio on Select Episodes (without laugh track)

If you've never seen "Get A Life," Elliott (coming off his successful guest spots on Letterman's Late Show) created what would become his signature role. As a 30 year old paperboy living at home with his parents, he had big dreams, big ideas, and an indefatigable cluelessness.
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"Wow, those jacks are really giving me indigestion!'
"They made you eat Jacks?"
"No... but they're in me."

I could riff hilarious bits from this series all day. But I'll spare you.

This is it! All 35 episodes with the original music, not the mass produced limited syndication episodes that appeared on USA network. Thanks to music rights, those had regurgitated fill in music, which just made my skin crawl. The theme song "Stand" is back, "Hey There Georgie Girl", "Obsession", etc. Just ONE of the many reasons I am so happy with this release. Why couldn't the producers of WKRP do the same? Worth the extra $$$! Most of the episodes, mercifully, are presented with the option to play without a laugh track. (Like you need to be reminded that this is humor?) All episodes have commentary by Mirkin.

If you don't know "Get A Life" but are a fan of Chris Elliot, then where the heck have you been? This is one of Chris Elliot's crowning achievements! A seminal surrealist non-sitcom sitcom that really breaks all the rules. ALL OF THEM. The main character is unapologetically rude, ridiculously stupid and likably unlikable(?!?). I particularly like the second and final season. They must have been told they were being cancelled and they said what the heck, and cut loose with the writing. <Spoiler> Chris must die at the end of every episode that season, and it's hilarious. Gus, his landlord played by Brian Doyle Murray, made the perfect heavy/straightman! Gus is as violently stupid as Chris, only slightly less socially obtuse! They are perfect together!. Priceless!

UPDATE! I've now watched the first four discs, this series just keeps getting better and better.
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I begrudgingly recommend this, only because as of this writing, this is the only way you can watch the complete "Get a Life," which is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Other reviewers have done a fine job selling the content of this show. I've frequently laughed to myself recalling scenes ever since it went off the air when I was in 9th grade, and it's nice to finally have the opportunity to watch shows again and catch many jokes that I missed (or might have been over my head) the first time around.

Nevertheless, I felt the need to write a review because while many have noted that the video quality is subpar, they fail to convey how truly awful it is. The first indicator that the QC at Sony is nonexistant was when I first opened the jewel case and one of the cheap plastic pegs that's suppoesed to hold the thing together popped right off. That was a minor annoyance, but the major flaw of this set is that the video quality is inexcusable. This doesn't look like an old VHS tape, which is about what I was expecting and willing to accept based on other reviews. Rather, it appears as though someone set up a VCR on the planet Neptune and and is transmitting "Get a Life" episodes to Earth, and solar flares are creating interference.

Clearly there was something wrong with the equipment used to transfer the video from tape to digital and no one noticed or admitted the error before pressing all the DVDs, or maybe they figured fans of "Get a Life" wouldn't care. Well, this fan does care. I hope there's a second run to correct this and Sony offers a free exchange to all of us who were duped into purchasing this; but in the meantime, you're stuck with atrocious video quality, worse than any DVD you've ever seen.
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