THE PLOT THUS FAR
The Hippest TV Show…Probably Ever!
Seasons One and Two of Garry Shandling’s comedy hit series about the twisted inner workings of a late-night talk show and its host is now available in one hilarious collection!
Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) is a neurotic late-night talk show host flanked by Artie (Rip Torn), his caustic, foul-mouthed producer, and “Hey Now” Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor), his attention-thirsty sidekick. Off-air it’s all train wrecks and egos, but when the lights go down and the theme music kicks in, you get late-night at its finest.
Guest Stars Include: David Spade, William Shatner, Carol Burnett, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Michael Richards, Robin Williams, George Forman, Peter Falk, Richard Simmons, Bob Saget, Kathy Ireland, Helen Hunt, Alec Baldwin, Phil Hartman, David Letterman, Hugh Hefner, Roseanne, Jay Leno, George Segal, Adam Sandler, Alex Trebek, John Ritter, Warren Zevon, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Chris Farley and Many More!
What Have You Done For Me Lately?
The Spider’s Episode
The New Producer Episode
The Flirt Episode
Out of the Loop
The Talk Show Episode
The Warmth Episode
A Brush With (The Elbow Of) Greatness
The ‘Hey Now’ Episode
Life Behind Larry
Larry Loses Interest
The Performance Artist
The Grand Opening
New York Or LA
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Larry Sanders Show” came out in the haze that followed “Kids in the Hall” disappearing from HBO. I had like the older Garry Shandling Show that aired on Showtime. But, was I ever going to like this? This show was so straight-laced in comparison, but you had Rip Torn. I’ve always been a Rip Torn fan and I appreciate the guy’s work in a way that people geek out over Danny Trejo. But, what about the DVD on-hand today?
Garry Shandling is always a strong lead comedian. But, there’s something about pointed satire that seems to elude him. The discs are loaded to the brim with the first two seasons spread across two discs. As such, the picture quality dips up and down at times. It’s nothing major, but it will piss off the video snobs. I seem to remember that Shout put out a better collection a few years back. If possible, I’d hunt down for better image quality. If you’re looking for a bargain, then this is the better deal.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past standard definition compilations. The Dolby track is a pretty flat stereo mix. Nothing ever hits the back channels. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 06/24/2014