LOUIE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

THE PLOT THUS FAR

From the uproariously unrestrained mind of comedian Louis C.K. comes the year’s most outrageously original comedy! As a newly-divorced, well-meaning father raising two young daughters, Louie struggles to cope with his strenuous mid-life shake-up, and his stand-up comedy provides a gleefully warped reflection of his hectic, everyday reality. There are disastrous first dates, indecent proposals, high school bullies, booze-addled play dates—and more. Featuring stellar guest stars such as Matthew Broderick and Ricky Gervais, Louie is unfiltered, off-kilter, and hilarious!WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Louie” is the first show I’ve come across that I absolutely refuse to let myself wait for DVD to see. It’s the first show that I don’t sit down to watch with the sole anticipation of having it either cheer me up with comedy or shock me with dramatic twists. ‘Louie’ is simply something I watch because it feels like I’m gaining life experience from it, which is impressive considering Louis C.K., or at least the Louie character’s self-proclaimed life goals are to raise his kids and hold his title as World’s Best Masturbator.

It’s also impressive considering that I, and I’m sure many viewers, have already experienced nearly every situation this show covers, from being forced out of the house with no plans to being on a date with someone who thinks less of you for doing the right thing despite saying that he/she valued righteousness. So what’s to gain from reliving these unpleasant situations every Tuesday evening?  Great shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm bank on this question by allowing the main character to vengefully act on his everyday irritations only to have it bite him in the ass by the episode’s end. It’s a winning formula because the audience always comes out unscathed. ‘Louie’ makes that show look like it’s playing too safe

The supporting players are all sensational and equally genuine. His friends, cohorts, and sociopath side kicks are marvelously candid and natural. Together they have some of the most entertaining, informative and enlightened discussions on life’s more sensitive subjects. And they do it while exchanging great dick jokes. Pamela Adlon, who played his tough, often stressed working wife on the old HBO show, joins him again but now as a more crass and disillusioned fellow single parent. And the recurring visits of Ricky Gervais’ maniacally demented doctor are sublimely outrageous, positively some of the most excruciatingly intense laughter I’ve ever experienced.

The Blu-Ray comes packaged with a DVD copy of the complete first season. There’s a ton of deleted and extended scenes, plus commentaries on each episode. The best thing is the FOX Movie Channel featurette that helps to show off how Louis CK went through writing each episode. The level of detail in each episode is pretty damn amazing and allows for quite the new series. The A/V Quality is amazing for a release like this, but I just wish the video wasn’t so flat. A 1080p mix only really impresses when there’s a competent cinematographer shooting the material. Oh well, it’s still worth a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!
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