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by • December 18, 2012 • Blu-Ray, ReviewComments (0)2

Blu-ray Review: GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Studio: HBO Pictures
MSRP: $49.99, but Amazon has it for $25.99.
Running Time: 300 minutes

What’s Going On?

Official Synopsis:

From writer/director/actor Lena Dunham and comedy veterans Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, this scripted half-hour series focuses on a group of women in their early twenties in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering. Two years out of liberal arts school, Hannah (Dunham) believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, though she has yet to complete her memoir – she has to live it first. But when her parents cut her off financially without warning, her New York life becomes a series of humiliating challenges. Further complicating things for Hannah is her unrequited passion for eccentric actor/woodworker Adam, with whom she occasionally has sex, at least when he can be bothered to respond to her text messages. As the harsh reality of rent and bills looms, Hannah leans on her very put-together best friend and roommate Marnie, who has a real job at an art gallery and an even realer boyfriend, neither of which she can admit she might not love. Meanwhile, their gorgeous British friend Jessa, who has travelled to as many different countries as she’s had “lovers,” appears in the city and moves in with Shoshanna, her naive younger cousin. Over the course of Season 1’s ten episodes, the four girls try to figure out what they want – from life, from boys, from themselves and each other. The answers aren’t always clear or easy, but the search is profoundly relatable and infinitely amusing.

Who’s In It:

 Lena Dunham
 Zosia Mamet
 Jemma Kirke
 Allison Williams
 Adam Driver

If You Like…:

HBO shows, this is just as edgy as a lot of their programming. Lena Dunham is a star in the making and this is a great example to be exposed to her brand of genius.

Special Features:

  • A Conversation With The Girls
  • A Conversation With Lena Dunham And Judd Apatow
  • Inside The Episodes
  • 5 Audio Commentaries With Cast And Crew
  • The Making Of Girls
  • Deleted And Extended Scenes
  • Cast Auditions
  • Table Reads
  • Fresh Air Interview With Lena Dunham

The Technical Gist:

Video
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

The Verdict:

This is a show that exhibits some unprecedented genius at times, and at others, some questionable stupidity. It’s mildly reminiscent of Seinfeld in that it’s almost a show about nothing, but has great performances and tons of emerging new talent. It’s also not as insanely priced as a lot of HBO blu-ray releases. BUY IT

 

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