- Actors: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams
- Directors: Various
- Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 9
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: May 19, 2015
- Run Time: 2118 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00V5JEJ1Q
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Larry Sanders Show - The Complete Series
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HEY NOW! All 88 Episodes on 9-Discs!
Live on tape, from Hollywood, it's The Larry Sanders Show... the greatest TV show about a TV show ever! This series raised the bar with its brutally smart comedy and innovative use of both video and film to distinguish on-air events from the real world backstage.
Garry Shandling stars as Larry Sanders, a neurotic late-night talk show host flanked by his foul-mouthed producer Artie (Rip Torn), and his bumbling sidekick Hank (Jeffrey Tambor), who are all train wrecks and ego off-air, but late-night's finest when the lights are on. With an amazing supporting cast and packed with celebrity guest stars, the series was written and produced by Shandling, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), where every episode is full of hilarious laughs, so start watching now, and No Flipping.
Starring: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, Janeane Garofalo, Penny Johnson, Wallace Langham, Scott Thompson, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Guest Stars Include: David Spade, William Shatner, Carol Burnett, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Michael Richards, Robin Williams, George Forman, Peter Falk, Richard Simmons, Bob Saget, Kathy Ireland, Helen Hunt, Alec Baldwin, Phil Hartman, David Letterman, Hugh Hefner, Roseanne Barr, Jay Leno, George Segal, Adam Sandler, Alex Trebek, John Ritter, Jason Alexander, French Stewart, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Walker, Rita Moreno, Bob Odenkirk, George Wendt, Shadoe Stevens, Sharon Stone, Julianne Phillips, Lisa Edelstein, David Paymer, Dave Thomas, Bobcat Goldthwait, Regis Philbin, Rob Reiner, Richard Belzer, Pauly Shore and Many More!
What Have You Done For Me Lately?
The Spider's Episode
The New Producer Episode
The Flirt Episode
Out of the Loop
The Talk Show Episode
The Warmth Episode
A Brush With (The Elbow Of) Greatness
The 'Hey Now' Episode
Life Behind Larry
Larry Loses Interest
The Performance Artist
The Grand Opening
New York Or LA
You're Having My Baby
Would You Do Me a Favor?
The Gift Episode
Hank's Night in the Sun
The Mr. Sharon Stone Show
Like No Business I Know
Larry Loses a Friend
Doubt of the Benefit
The Fourteenth Floor
Next Stop Bottom
End of the Season
Hank's New Assistant
Arthur After Hours
Hank's Sex Tape
Brother, Can You Spare 1.2 Million?
Conflict of Interest
I Was a Teenage Lesbian
Larry's Big Idea
Beverly and the Prop Job
Larry's on Vacation
Everybody Loves Larry
My Name Is Asher Kingsley
Where Is the Love?
Ellen, or Isn't She?
The New Writer
Make a Wish
Artie and Angie and Hank and Hercules
Pain Equals Funny
Larry's New Love
The Beginning of the End
As My Career Lay Dying
Pilots and Pens Lost
I Buried Sid
Just the Perfect Blendship
Putting the 'Gay' Back in Litigation
The most deliciously biting satire in TV history --Ray Richmond, Variety
The funniest and most poisonously accurate TV show about a TV show in history --Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly
One of the funniest, smartest comedies ever --Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times
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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". Things get back to normal at S3E07 "Hank's Night in the Sun". (misspelled "Hawk's" on the DVD episode menu)
One missing episode, one repeated episode (two seasons later) is unacceptable. (again, there may well be more)
For that reason and that reason alone I give this set 1 star and urge everyone to be aware of this! (if you're ok with this, and the possibility of more similar issues, and aren't terribly interested in the Shout extras and superior packaging, then by all means if you can get this for around 20 bucks go for it!)
update 1 - Ok, seems Mill Creek is aware of this issue (well, there are a few posts on their Facebook about missing/mislabeled episode/s - quite vague and unclear which episode/s and or disc/s are being referred to, at least from the posts I saw going back about a month)
I've emailed them for details and a replacement of (at least Disc 4) and will advise if I hear back from them in a timely manner. Otherwise, returning the set.
update 2 - reply from Mill Creek. Says IF there are replacement disc/s they will send them.. returning the set until corrections are confirmed... "Thank you for contacting Mill Creek Entertainment regarding your issues with The Larry Sanders Show complete series DVD. We wish to apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of these issues. Your e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate parties for further review. In the event there are replacement discs issued for these issues, please provide us with your mailing address and either a copy of your receipt or a photo of your DVD set. Thank you for your patience with this matter and for your patronage."
The show is a brilliant mockumentary, in the vein of This is Spinal Tap. You have to pay close attention, because even the small details, such as "live from tape" or the sign with "Larry Sanders - Host", are all part of the parody. Some of the episodes, particular early ones, are somewhat uneven, but even the mediocre episodes are still quite funny. The viewer gets the sense that much of what is portrayed is not very far from the truth, but it is done in a way that makes you laugh.
The ensemble cast is brilliant. In fact, much of the humor is provided not by Larry, but by his surrounding cast, such as his producer Artie (played by Rip Torn) and his Ed McMahon-like sidekick Hank (played by Jeffrey Tambor). Artie is a ruthless producer who knows how to keep everyone happy while keeping the show running. Artie has the best lines, by far. Tambor's portrayal of Kingsley as someone who constantly lives in the shadow of Larry Sanders is also excellent.
This boxed set includes a booklet and bonus material, including deleted scenes, on the DVDs. My main gripe is about the ridiculously bad video quality. I have rented and viewed many HBO shows and movies on DVD and have never seen such horrible video quality until this boxed set. Heck, I bet VHS recordings of the show probably look better than the quality of the DVDs in this set. The show deserves a much better transfer. However, because there are no special effects, CGI, etc., the poor video quality is tolerable because of the great job done by the actors and writers of the show. Highly reccomended.
I am giving this 4-stars because it's the entire series of an excellent show for under 30 bucks. Took a star off because of video quality that I don't find too distracting.
There are more episodes put onto each disc than most other series I have seen. Video quality is downgraded to accomplish this. I'm ok with that given that the original material is not HD. Better than VHS, maybe not quite to DVD quality.
Mine does not have the episode mis-ordering problem described by earlier reviews.