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The Larry Sanders Show - Complete [DVD] [1992]

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  • Actors: Garry Shandling, Wallace Langham, Jeffrey Tambor, Penny Johnson, Janeane Garofalo
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 15
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Mediumrare
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 2034 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JESNWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

At long last, Garry Shandling's comedy series about the twisted inner workings of a latenight talk show and its host comes to DVD. All of it. It raised the bar for fearless, acerbic Hollywood satire displaying the jarring dynamic between the on-camera poise of Larry and his backstage neurosis, making for brutally fascinating viewing. The Larry Sanders Show (1992-98) was, alongside Seinfeld, one of the great cult successes of 1990's American TV with a parade of 'A' list guests including Janeane Garofalo (24), Courtney Cox (Friends), Wallace Langham (CSI), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), Robin Williams (Good Morning Vietnam). Written and produced by Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Judd Apatow (Superbad), The Larry Sanders Show was the hippest TV show...probably ever.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Walker on 22 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
When LARRY SANDERS was first shown on BBC2 in the 90s, I have to admit that I didn't "get it". I knew the show was critically praised and had won numerous awards, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else seemed to. Cut to 10 years later and an older me picked up the first season on DVD, in another attempt at giving this praised show a whirl.

WHAT A REVELATION!

I discovered that not only had the show's subtleties had been lost on my younger self, but also, unlike something like Friends, this isn't a show that you can jump into the middle of an episode... You need to see it from the beginning in order to fully appreciate it. Throwaway lines and simple glances become hilarious when you've followed the entire story, and understand the what the character is going through or really thinking.

On top that, I realised something else: This show isn't a angry satire of the entertainment industry. I mean, it IS a satire in some ways, but that's not the primary aim of the show. I also used to think that the main jokes of the show were supposed to come from the appearance of "real life" celebrities lampooning their public persona. And that those moments were just sandwiched between a satirical portrayal of how narcissistic and neurotic celebrities could be (as shown by the character of Larry Sanders himself). But I was totally wrong:

The real focus of the show is the central characters.

It's about them, their flaws, and how funny those flaws are. The fact that it's set on a talk show is just a secondary consideration; It's really nothing more than a wonderfully unique setting for a sitcom with lots of opportunities for interesting things to happen (like blurring the lines between fact and fiction).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By standian on 14 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There should be more stars available for items like this - absolute genius - probably the best show ever made. I got a multi region DVD player and Amazon vouchers for Christmas solely to buy and play this - best presents ever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2011
Format: DVD
Priceless stuff of course but it would have been even more enjoyable if Medium Rare had gone the extra mile and given the UK the same package as the US: 17 discs and a 60 page booklet. Hey there, now, whatever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarkP on 10 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was really pleased when Seasons I and II came out with the promise of all to follow. I said my fingers were firmly crossed in my review of Season 1. So several months later - there was no sign of season 3 and the full set was released.

As it is in my view the best sitcom I have seen I had to buy the full set. I do feel manipulated into having paid good money for seasons 1 and 2 first though so the 5 star rating is for the show itself.

All sitcoms we now see that are grounded in "reality" situations with no laughter track owe a huge debt to this show.

The characters are well formed, they all act in character and are a bunch of very flawed and mostly, once you get to know them, very likeable (though sometimes infuriating) people. The standard of acting is very, very high for a sitcom - Rip Torn as Artie (producer) and Jeffrey Tambor as Hank (sidekick), particularly so. Gary Shandling as Larry (chat show host) performs very well to keep up with these two as the three main characters.

The celebrity guests send themselves up beautifully, with major highlights in later series featuring David Duchovny and in the final episode of the last series, Jim Carrey with an epic performance.

It all comes over as a very believable take on media celebrity and the artificial environment of the chat show.

Starting a few years after Seinfeld but finishing in the same year this is truly groundbreaking and has aged very well.

It mixes video-tape footage of the staged chat show shot in front of a live audience, with behind the scenes footage shot on film - an effective process to help differentiate the two.

I cannot recommend this show highly enough. EXCEPT .... In this Region 2 version you get no Extras at all. Just the shows.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Dave Heel on 26 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It pains me to give the long awaited Larry Sanders box set only two stars, as this really should rate alongside the Seinfeld release
CHECK ITEM DESCRIPTION!!!! I pre-ordered the UK release in February, the Amazon page linking in to various reviews and the American release. Thus expecting extra features, deleted scenes, etc, booklet etc.
NO - having got my pre-order today, the UK release is just the episodes that's it.
For any true fans that want all the extra stuff that they've been waiting on for years, pay the extra to get the American version and pop it in your multi region player. Very disapointed with Amazon, I'm now going to have to pay an extra twenty/thirty pound to get the product I thought I was getting.
Still one of the greatest TV shows ever - just a shame the way the release has been handled.
No flipping...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jojo Allen on 27 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
I loved this show when it was originally debuted on HBO.
I was sorry when it ended.
I have bought and watched various bootleg versions of the complete series during the period where Shandling and his ex business partners were squabbling about whatever, holding the official release of the show up for a long time.
The first one or two seasons came out and then a few years later a sort of 'best of' compilation, with, I must say, some excellent extras, was offered to the public.
Now, the complete series is available in a boxed set and it's a wonderful thing.
This must be the fourth time I've seen this show in it's entirety, including the first time, week by week for 6 years, and it's just as brilliant today as it always was.
Ricky Gervais says he owes a great deal to the The Larry Sanders Show in developing his brand of comedy and he's right on the money there.
It spawned a whole new hand held camera, documentary style of 'real' comedy.
If you're a television fan and somehow missed this groundbreaking show (although I can hardly see how that's possible), you MUST see it!
If you've watched it before, it holds up to repeated viewing, believe me.
Watch it again!
The extras and deleted scenes in the boxed set are terrific.
Much of it might be repeated from the anthology set I mentioned - I haven't actually gone through and checked - but it adds even more depth to the series to be able to watch them in chronological order as relates to each episode.
You hear it all the time and about some of the worst shows, but The Larry Sanders Show is probably the best comedy ever produced.
Funny people like Gervais, Larry David, David Letterman and Christopher Guest and so many more think so too.
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