The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series
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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.
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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.
The Complete Introduction With Garry Shandling
All-New Deleted Scenes
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!
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.)
Well, a few of the previous reviews on the new/2015 (Mill Creek set) pretty much cover the rather cheap looking case and poor video quality. (bear in mind the source material - this is never going to be close to HD reference quality, lol)
That said, as the owner of the previous, 27 disc, Shout edition, (unfortunately lost the box, book and several discs to water damage and mold) my interest is primarily on the differences between the two sets.
As previously mentioned, there are none of the bonus features that were contained on the Shout set, the discs are in paper sleeves as opposed to thin cases with hubs, and doesn't contain the booklet. For the price difference none of those should be a significant concern. (and aren't to me)
Video quality does indeed suffer from cramming 2-3x as many episodes on each disc compared to the Shout set. That said, while definition and clarity are noticeably degraded, it is not a huge difference. Otherwise it frankly appears to be the same transfer.
Based on the above, for <24 bucks I was pretty much convinced this would be an adequate replacement for my damaged Shout set. (as much as I love Larry Sanders I'm not paying 100 bucks to replace what I paid that much or more for several years ago)
Here's the problem. (as reviewer Nom De Plum pointed out, but with more detail here) there is an inexcusable problem on disc 4. (Season Three, Disc 1) And there may be similar problems on other discs, I just focused on S1E01 on S3Disc1.
S3E04 "The Gift Episode" is actually S3E05 "People's Choice". S3E05 "People's Choice" is actually S1E07 "Hank's Contract".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The trope of a comedy show within a show, I think at the time was groundbreaking. Viewing the entire series after Shandling's recent and unexpected demise added a obvious... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Boris
Funny, funny, funny and at times poignant, thanks to the writing of Shandling and the performances of he, Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor. Read morePublished 19 days ago by A Reader
Watched this in England and absolutely loved it. RIP Garry. You are sorely missed.Published 1 month ago by Baljit S. Grewal
A great series that reminds me what a loss the comedic community has endured.Published 1 month ago by T. Kolovchevich
Great price and a great show. But the quality is a bit lacking.Published 1 month ago by Erik E. Swanson