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The Comeback: Limited Series (2005, 2014/HBO DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C+ Episodes: C+

Lisa Kudrow's HBO series The Comeback debuts in its 21 Episode entirety on DVD from HBO entertainment featuring the first and second seasons of the show (a third season has been greenlit). The series initially follows Valerie Cherish (Kudrow), a veteran sitcom actress (sound familiar?) who has been out of the spotlight for more than a decade as she attempts in 2005 to return to the industry that made her famous with often hilarious results. Valerie lands a role on a new network sitcom called Room and Bored, but struggles with the matter of being an aging, non-influential performer in an increasingly youthful Hollywood, while her every move on and off the set is being documented for a companion reality show.

Season Two takes place in 2014, where she is cast as a fictionalized version of herself in an HBO series entitled Seeing Red, which chronicles the career of the sitcom writer/producer who tormented her nine years earlier. A documentary film crew captures her second career resurgence as it threatens to destroy her personal life. The show also stars the beautiful Malin Akerman, Robert Bagnell, and Laura Silverman. Expect some cameos of interest throughout as well.

Season 1 episodes include The Comeback, Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts, Valerie Bonds With The Cast, Valerie Stands up For Aunt Sassy, Valerie Demands Dignity, Valerie Saves The Show, Valerie Gets A Special Episode, Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs, Valerie Hangs With The Cool Kids, Valerie Gets A Magazine Cover, Valerie Stands Out On The Red Carpet, Valerie Shines Under Stress, and Valerie Does Another Classic Leno.

Season 2 episodes include Valerie Makes a Pilot, Valerie Tries To Get Yesterday Back, Valerie Is Brought To Her Knees, Valerie Saves The Show, Valerie Is Taken Seriously, Valerie Cooks In The Desert, Valerie Faces The Critics, and Valerie Gets What She Really Wants.

Presented on DVD with an anamorphic 1.78 X 1 widescreen transfer and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital Track, the show looks as good as it can on the DVD format but doesn't quite catch the clarity of Blu-ray. Sound is well-recorded and mixed enough with the time gap between the two seasons not bad.

Extras include Season 2 Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, and a Featurette: Valerie Backstage at Dancing With The Stars.

If you enjoy peeking in the lives of would see celebrities in Hollywood, then I would definitely suggest this comedy series. While aimed more towards an older audience, there are many quotable moments and interesting cameos that add to the show's realism.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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