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Silicon Valley (2014/HBO Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: B+

Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butt-head) is a pretty clever writer/ producer and that really shows in HBO's new series Silicon Valley. The story focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. What's interesting is that Judge himself has a degree in psychics and went to Silicon Valley in the late '80s but quit because he didn't like the culture there. Who would have known that so many years later, he would come up with this concept. The show plays off with high production value, incredible comedic performances, and a Social Network-style flare.

The show stars Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, T.J. Miller, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Matt Ross and Christopher Evan Welch.

Richard Hendriks (Middleditch) is a shy, reclusive programmer who works at a large internet company called Hooli. He is also developing a music app called Pied Piper in a live-in startup business incubator run by entrepreneur Erlich Bachman (Miller). After a rocky post-TED elevator pitch of Pied Piper to venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Welch), Hendriks also shows his work to a pair of programmers at Hooli who mock him. Within hours, however, Hooli executive Donald "Jared" Dunn (Woods) and Gregory's assistant Monica (Crew) discover that the app contains a revolutionary data compression algorithm. Hooli CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) proposes a $4 million buy-out of Pied Piper, while Peter Gregory offers a $200,000 investment for 5% ownership in the company, an offer that would result in an equivalent valuation for the company. This led Gavin to increase his offer to $10 Million. With encouragement from Monica and the support of Bachman, Hendriks chooses Gregory's offer. He hires the residents of the incubator, except for his friend Big Head (Josh Brener), to become the Pied Piper team.

The 8 episode first season of Silicon Valley looks better than ever with its 1080p high definition transfer 1.78:1 widescreen. The audio sounds near perfect for a joke-based show with a crisp, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track in English, French, and Spanish.

Extras include:

Making Silicon Valley: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Silicon Valley

Tech Crunch: Disrupt!: Find out how Silicon Valley created their own Tech Crunch: Disrupt! conference

The Hacker Hostel: Take a tour through the Pied Piper headquarters

8 Audio Commentaries with Mike Judge, Alec Berg, T.J. Miller and many more

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