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Party Down - Season 1 [DVD]

Adam Scott , Ken Marino , Fred Savage , Bryan Gordon    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr
  • Directors: Fred Savage, Bryan Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076KQI8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

As employees of the L.A. catering company Party Down, these misfits mingle with guests at everything from sweet sixteen parties to the most lavish Hollywood soirees. Follow these engaging wannabes as they wait on guests while waiting on something better to come along.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Have you seen a celebration scene in a movie and wondered what it was like for the catering team at the event? No? Not surprising as catering and hilarity aren't usually associated.

Revolving door of tremendous one-and-done characters keeps the show fresh, because it's always about the party. Even each team member provides a different kind of humour. Don brings the cringe, Henry has his deadpan sarcasm, Kyle and Roman have their jock vs. geek dynamic, etc. They're all struggling actors / comedians / writers hoping their `real' careers take off

Jane Lynch mysteriously disappears for the last 2 episodes and gets replaced by Jennifer Coolidge, which is like trading in a Bentley for a pair of tramp's shoes. Even she can't drag this show down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great comedy series 23 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
A really innovative idea for a comedy series, I came across 'Party Down' from absolutely nowhere after a friend's recommendation. Simply put, each episode is a different party that the Party Down team are catering for and every episode really is great. Personal highlights for me were Adam Scott as the main protagonist Henry, and Ken Marino as the cringe-worthy team manager Ron Donald. An honourable mention goes to Jane Lynch, simply because she's a great actress.

If you're looking for a comedy series that is funny and just plain different to other things out there right now, then you can't do much better than 'Party Down'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catering for lovers of smart comedy 10 Jan 2012
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Criminally overlooked in the UK so far, 'Party Down' is one of the funniest shows to come out of America in recent years. The show centers around the 'Party Down' catering team, as they work a series of events from pornographic awards ceremonies, to bitchy sweet sixteen parties, and perhaps most memorably, the party of a shady Eastern European criminal acquitted for murder, in a brilliant cameo from Steven Weber. The show is excellently written, full of witty one liners, awkwardly hilarious scenarios (mostly at the expense of Ken Marino's scattershot, but lovable 'team leader' Ron Donald), and comedic revelations. Perhaps the best facet of Season 1 though, is the superbly wrought romance between the beautiful Lizzy Kaplan's (Tru Calling) sarcastic but sweet Casey, and the show's protagonist, Henry. The mixture of funny and genuinely moving moments in the show is a pretty perfect one, and means that 'Party Down' never lacks either laughs, or a bit of heart to counterbalance them.

There are a few fallbacks to the show, however. The characters take a few episodes to become multi-dimensional, and it takes a while for Ron Donald (and his dream of opening a 'Super Crackers' franchise) to get going. That said, the opening episodes are still good fun, and well worth watching. Secondly, and more notably - the show was clearly rushing to replace the departing Jane Lynch, and her replacement, Jennifer Coolidge, is woeful as the irritating Bobbie; though thankfully a drunken Ron in his underpants more than makes up for her dreadful turn in the season finale. On the whole, 'Party Down' is an intelliigent, funny, and likeably low-key comedy which will appeal particularly to fans of shows like 'The Office (US)' and 'Arrested Development'; and despite a few misfires along the way, contains some of the best characters and most quotable dialogue of any recent US comedy series'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the 18 rating 23 May 2014
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If you're here from Parks & Rec you need to know that this is a harsher place. The characters are all broken people one way or another. Adam Scott's role as Henry has parallels to his Parks & Rec character but while he maintains some dignity, he is a lot more world-weary here and uses drugs to get by. Don't expect sexual references to be quietly toned down here either. At times it is uncomfortable to watch and I don't find myself laughing much. It is pretty compelling though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An average party at best 6 Mar 2014
By Randsta
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I brought this product as I heard it was really good however I was slightly disappointed as I didn't feel it lived up to this hype - Not much happens and the funny stuff is all pretty subtle - there are a few lol moments but they are few and faw between. The characters are not great even - Jane Lynch is good but randomly missing for the last two episode (presumably had a better offer - Glee) as I can see she is not in series 2. Adam Scott who I liked from Parks and Rec plays the same gormless character from parks and rec .....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are we having fun yet? 22 Jan 2014
By antom
Format:DVD
Party Down is an absolute gem of a show - a great cast with a lot of faces that you'll recognise from other places & a truely smart premise to bring them together. I'm just hoping they'll get around to releasing a Region 2 DVD of the 2nd Season.
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