The Complete First Season/Girls:
The Complete Sixth & Final Season
(2017/all HBO Blu-ray sets)
B+/B+/B Sound: B+/B+/B Extras: B/B/B- Episodes: B/B/B-
HBO had a few shows not do as well as usual, press outlets went
overboard in saying the network was in some kind of trouble. This
was as silly as it was wrong, very much so, as the following shows
Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas
unites Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley for the
new murder mystery from HBO, Big
(2017). Based on the New York Times Bestselling novel by Liane
Moriarty, the show manages to keep you guessing throughout and is
very easy to get sucked into.
cast also includes Alexander Skarsgard, Emmy-nominee Laura Dern (who
has really made an impressive comeback lately), Adam Scott, Zoe
Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling. Big
is written for television and created by David E. Kelley (seven-time
Emmy winner for Picket
in Monterey, California, the series centers around three very
different Mothers all with very different home lives and become
friends in an unlikely circumstance. When a young girl has marks on
her neck at school a child is blamed. After this several other
things unravel, ultimately resulting in murder. The scariest aspect
is that anything in this show could easily become reality.
Dead, Serious Mothering, Living The Dream, Push Comes To Shove, Once
Bitten, Burning Love,
Get What You Need.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen ratio of 1.78:1 and a
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track, the presentation on disc
is an improvement over the original television broadcast. There are
lots of close-ups through where facial detail is on point. The image
has a very cinematic look and is beautifully photographed and
Digital UV copy is also included.
Big Little Lies"
piece featuring never-before-seen cast interviews
acting and filmmaking here is on point and up to HBO's high
The Complete First Season
Apatow's new HBO comedy series centers around the world of stand up
comedy through the eyes of comedian Pete Holmes. While struggling to
make a name for himself on stage (inspired by his true life story),
Pete comes home to find out that his young wife (Lauren Lapkus) has
cheated on him with another man. Now out on the road, Pete is forced
to focus on his struggling career of stand-up comedy in modern New
the way he crosses paths with Arte Lange, T.J. Miller, George Basil
and other comedians who help him gain experience and learn life
lessons. Similar to the other TV show about stand up comedy, Louie,
the show has equal parts funny and equal parts drama.
comedy heavyweights who also guest star in Season
include Jim Norton (Louie),
Hannibal Burress (Broad
and George Basil (Flaked).
episodes span two Blu-ray discs and include Arte
Lange, The Road, Yard Sale, Barking, Parents, Warm-Up, Julie,
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and
an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track the
presentation is a bit better than the original broadcast. The
lighting and image is pretty natural throughout and not very
stylized, so the show has a feeling that it is happening in the
normal world. Also included is a digital UV copy.
Star Fan Club
- Pete Holmes talks about his experience working with comedians Artie
Lange, T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, and Sarah Silverman, all of whom
guest starred in Season 1 of Crashing.
- Enjoy the comedy stylings of T.J. Miller, Aparna Nancherla, and
Pete Holmes as they perform their hysterical scenes from Season 1.
- Get the hilarious lowdown on Crashing
with star Pete Holmes and executive producer Judd Apatow.
Art of Crashing
- Hear what it takes to make it in the comedy business from Pete
Holmes and his comic cohorts in this behind-the-scenes featurette.
you're a fan of Funny
and Apatow's other work, you may want to check this series out.
The Complete Sixth & Final Season
one Apatow-produced show begins, another ends with the Sixth
& Final Season
Lena Dunham's often funny and even groundbreaking comedy series about
womanhood, friendship, family, love, sex, embarrassment and crazy
moments. If you are not up to speed on the show, here's the links to
our coverage of all the previous seasons...
the show has zero fear over the top, gross, even inappropriate
moments of humor, situations and madness, which leads to as many hits
as it does misses. Unlike the animated series' unique trip through
the worlds of pop culture and Americana gone insane, Girls
has to stick with its characters and has done a great job on that
count for the most part. However, last season showed the series was
starting to run out of steam and ideas, as well as becoming
overlapping and a bit repetitive. Thus, it was no surprise this
would be the last season.
first few episodes lag like the previous season, then the show shifts
back into where it worked best to begin with and the makers are able
to bring all the characters and subplots (including a few that
strained/strain the honesty and credibility the show announced from
its pilot it would never do) together to end it on an amusing, even
totally-new situational note. Needless to say you can believe the
cast because they had amazing chemistry off the bat and to avoid any
possible spoilers, I will not list the episode titles.
I'm glad the show ended on a better note than it looked like it might
otherwise and fans can be relived it did not end on a really bad
note, which it could have after the worst of the prior season. Just
give this season a chance to get warmed up.
1080p 1.78 X 1 image and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 tracks
on each show look as good as the other series to me, but I am not as
overly impressed by playback performance as my colleague is.
However, I would add that Girls is one of the very vest HD-video shot
TV series to date without looking phony, tampered with, degraded or
styled in a way that says 'lame' to the viewer. That is more of a
victory than you might think and assures the makers that the show
will hold up visually for a very very long time.
pieces are joined by Digital Copy of cyber and other iTunes devices
of the shows, while last Blu-ray also offers Favorite Moments
featurettes, extended final episode, audio commentary on that episode
by Dunham, Apatow and co-producer Jenni Konner and a two-part
retrospective on the history, success and end of the series.
to see it end, but it is an accomplished work that will hold up and
everyone involved can be proud of. I cannot say that about most of
the TV shows of late in a glut of some shows that are truly horrible,
some of which somehow have an audience. Girls
is at least a minor classic in TV history and should be really
seriously thought of in the same tradition of important milestones
Mary Tyler Moore Show,
Hartman, Mary Hartman
and even the better parts of Laverne
is that special.
James Lockhart & Nicholas Sheffo (Girls)