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Pulling – The Complete First Season (2008/MPI DVD)


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



In the international wasteland that is TV, some good shows still get made and one of the most pleasant surprises of late is Pulling, a comedy from England that is easily the smartest, funniest female-cast comedy since Absolutely Fabulous, but with a drama/realism edge that makes it different.  However, that does not damper the comedy and I give the writers credit for getting so much character development of the three female leads in the space of so few episodes.  That is six hour-long shows making up this Complete First Season.


We meet three female friends who are at crossroads in their lives.  Donna (series co-creator Sharon Horgan) leaves her fiancée when she feels the marriage would be a total failure.  With nowhere to go, she moves in with two of her best friends in Louise (Rebekah Staton) whose main focus in life is getting a man and Karen (Tanya Franks) who is an alcoholic school teacher.  Can three women share an apartment without driving each other crazy?


Well, if these six shows are any indication, I can’t wait to find out.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little weak, but instead of the transfer being the culprit; it is more likely from putting six hour-long shows one disc straining things.  Still, this is a well-shot show and watchable just the same, but I would like to see this on Blu-ray.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mixes on all the episodes are well recorded, edited and clean enough, with some Pro Logic surrounds, but nothing substantial.  Extras include two cast/crew interview pieces, deleted scenes, audio commentary on two episodes and a behind-the-scenes featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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