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  • Serial [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Serial [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019UGYCI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Orinoco Womble on 13 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was really pleased to find this movie on DVD. Anyone who remembers the fads of the 70s (jogging, consciousness-raising groups, writing your own wedding vows, open marriages, disco dancing) will find plenty to laugh at in this film. Those who weren't around then will learn something about why the US is the way it is today. This is "the Me Generation", the grandparents of Generation Y. The only disappointment is that there are no English subtitles available, which surprised me. I'm used to captions for the hearing impaired being available on most Region 1 discs, and as I *am* old enough to remember the 70s, subtitles would have been nice.
There was a bit of a communications breakdown between Amazon and the seller re: delivery times. Amazon said 5-10 business days, while the seller said 4-6 weeks. As there was no tracking info, this was confusing. Fortunately it arrived somewhere in the middle of the 2 estimates.
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The original book had so many detailed funny scenes that could not be transferred into the film. Nevertheless it is quite funny.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
From the land of fruits and nuts.......... 28 Jun. 2001
By tmp - Published on
Great movie about life in Marin county in the late seventies. Martin Mull just wants to lead a normal, middle-class life. His wife (Tuesday Weld) and friends won't let him. They try to drag him into every fad and fashion of the 70's and early 80's, from drugs and free sex to wacky "therapists" and cults. Very funny and prescient movie, with very good performances, and great lines- especially from the supporting cast.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
An obscure movie everyone should see 7 Jun. 2005
By Robert Dumas - Published on
It's about life in Marin County, California in the late 1970s. All the hippies have grown up and are so desperately trying to convince themselves that they're still hip that they've become a horrible parody of themselves, living in a world of pop psychobabble, open marriages and narcissism. In the center of all of this is Harvey Holroyd (Martin Mull) and his wife Kate (Tuesday Weld). Harvey is the sane man in an insane world, normal by every standard, but Kate is caught up in all the lunacy and keeps trying to drag him into the bizarro-world.

Don't let the movie's late-70's look fool you; it is absolutely *hysterical*. Look for Tommy Smothers as a "priest" (though in what church, I've no idea) who thinks everything is beautiful and Christopher Lee as a hard-ass businessman during the week who has a secret about what he does on weekends. There are so many plot twists, you'll never keep up with them all, but the whole movie is a laugh riot from start to finish. Be aware; this is a hard movie to find, but if you have an opportunity to get it, do not pass it up.

I suppose it's even funnier for me because my own parents were living out in San Francisco in the early 1970s and they say the film depicts almost exactly how people out there actually were. I've a hard time seeing my dad (who'd just gotten out of the Marines) and my mom (a strict Catholic and a Navy nurse) living in such a mad place.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great spoof of new age awareness! 18 May 2001
By Jon W. Backstrom - Published on
Martin Mull stars in this comedy about upper-middle class life in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The movie is a good adaptation of the book by the same name and pokes fun at the "mellow speak" and new age fads of the late 70's. Contains lots of funny dialog you'll be quoting back to your friends, just like a Monty Python skit.
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Yet another 5-star film with a 1-star remastering. Boo! Hiss! 28 July 2008
By D. Hartley - Published on
Format: DVD
Methinks the previous reviewers did not actually SCREEN Paramount's DVD reissue of "Serial"? Otherwise, I don't think they would actually be THANKING the studio for releasing this bootleg quality abomination.

Don't get me wrong-I love this film; it's a precursor to Michael Tolkin's 1994 satire, "The New Age", a similarly savage send up of California trendies (another great film still M.I.A. on DVD, BTW). But... as for the disc quality?

Gosh, where shall I start?

1. OK, fine-"1:78 wide screen", but DEFINITELY not anamorphic.
2. Horribly tattered print; no better than my studio released VHS copy.
3. Muffled audio; turning it up and/or trying to adjust EQ doesn't help.

I wasn't expecting the Criterion treatment, but come on-this film has enough of a cult following to warrant a little more respect to those who are eager to plunk down their hard-earned cash. Inexcusable, after waiting so many years for this sly satire to appear on DVD, simply inexcusable. Caveat emptor, my friends.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Yuppie Parody 5 Oct. 2002
By N. Fletcher - Published on
Just over the Golden Gate from San Francisco lies the county of Marin with it's artistic atmosphere where, if you have enough money, you can be an artist too! Brilliant parody of the lifestyles of the "ME" generation.
This is a dated comedy about a time when the Moonies, Pop Therapy Encounter Groups and Sex Clubs made up the wave of recovery in the post-Vietnam era of selfishness.
Extremely funny, well timed comedy. It does, however, require an appreciation of good writing and subtle humor.
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