Seinfeld

Seinfeld

Seasons 1 & 2

DVD - 2004
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Nothing? Seinfeld is a show about everything! It's about the appeal of the posse and coma etiquette. It's about importing and exporting. It's about sneaking a peek, and seeing the baby. It's about this, that, and the other. TV Guide ranked Seinfeld the best TV series of all time. It has become the master of its syndication domain. Its most devoted fans can quote each episode chapter and verse; their absorption of each scene's minutiae anything but a trivial pursuit. With such fervent devotion to the show, and demand for its DVD release, series creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David could have easily just OK'd a bare-bones set containing nothing but the episodes. Not that there would have been anything wrong with that, but instead, the creative team came together to create extensive and encyclopedic features that make this four-disc set buy-worthy. The candid and revealing audio commentaries and interviews, deleted scenes and original episode promos, and optional "Notes About Nothing" pop-ups are as irresistible as a Drake's coffee cake. It's always fun and instructive to return to the humble beginnings of a series that became a pop culture benchmark. Here are Kramer's first not-so-grand entrance, Jerry's first contemptuous "Hello, Newman," and Elaine's first "Get Out!" shove. But what is most revelatory about these episodes from the first two seasons is what Jason Alexander, during his commentary for the episode "The Revenge," calls a "sweet quality" that somehow redeems these characters' more base instincts. Consider the scene in which Jerry gives a freshly unemployed George some career guidance, or Jerry and Elaine's palpably affectionate banter throughout. The "Inside Look" episode intros offer fascinating insights into this singular show that subverted sitcom convention with such now-classic episodes as "The Chinese Restaurant," in which Jerry, George, and Elaine wait in vain for a table. We learn, for example, why movie tough guy Lawrence Tierney, who guest starred in "The Jacket," never reprised his role as Elaine's father. All of this, of course, is yadda yadda yadda to Seinfeld fans, whose patience for the show's DVD debut has been amply rewarded. As Elaine screams in the third-season episode, "The Subway," "It's not nothing, it's something!"
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2004]
ISBN: 9781404957466
1404957464
Branch Call Number: PN1992.8.C66 S441
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 437 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Cherones, Tom
Seinfeld, Jerry

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BridgettM
Jan 26, 2017

Brilliant writing, some great performances and hilarious all around

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britprincess1ajax
May 06, 2016

An incredibly brief 5-episode debut, the juggernaut series SEINFELD came from humble origins. With those five season one episodes (one of the smallest sitcom orders in television history) and then the inclusion of the second season, not only does the show establish the personalities of New York comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his schlubby best friend George Costanza, ex-girlfriend turned buddy-with-boobs Elaine Benes, and invasive kooky neighbour Kramer, but SEINFELD looked into the relateable elements of reality that affected all people, like the regrets in apartment hunting, the obligatory nature of old friendships, confusion whether an outing is romantic or platonic, and forgetting to ask the name of someone you just met. This was the show about nothing that catapulted its way to the top of the best of all-time television rankings. Considering how quickly they cultivated their awful but likeable quartet and steered them straight toward chaos just for the laughs, I'm not surprised of the success of this little show that could. It fast became one of my favourites, as it is for millions. I highly recommend the first and second seasons of SEINFELD.

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StopHarperNow
Jul 18, 2015

What can you say about this amazing series which hasn't already been said? Seinfeld is the end product of an unlikely group of people being in the right place and at the right time to produce some of TV's most magical moments. Larry David and Gerry Seinfeld did not even consider themselves to be writers, but in spite of their misgivings they created one of the all-time funniest sitcoms in TV history. Just like the Beatles this type of chemistry only happens once in a blue moon. And there were many occasions where the Seinfeld Chronicles almost met an untimely demise. Fortunately it survived all the trials and tribulations and managed to survive much longer than even its creators imagined. Since I've watched all the episodes many times over already, I picked this up to watch the extras and it was well worth it especially if you want an inside look at how comic genius Larry David put together such an amazing show out of virtually "nothing". As a side note: if you are looking for more great comedy by Larry David please consider Curb Your Enthusiasm. You won't be disappointed. As for Seinfeld, I give it a well-deserved five stars.

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uzebdrumz
Dec 06, 2014

My favourite Seinfeld episode is the one where Jerry & George are in Jerry's apartment, then Kramer bursts in & says something funny - that's a good one. George=Larry (watch Curb Your Enthusiasm). btw...the second button literally makes or breaks a shirt.

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britprincess1ajax
May 06, 2016

"On my block, a lot of people walk their dogs, and I always see them walking along with their little poop bags, which, to me, is just the lowest function of human life. If aliens are watching this through telescopes, they're gonna think the dogs are the leaders."

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britprincess1ajax
May 06, 2016

"Why does moisture ruin leather? I don't get this. Aren't cows outside most of the time?"

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britprincess1ajax
May 06, 2016

"Women know what men want. Men know what men want. What do we want? We want women! It's the only thing we know for sure. We want women! How do we get women? Oh, we don't know that. The next step after that, we have no idea. This is why you see men honking car horns, yelling from construction sites . . . These are the best ideas we've had so far."

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britprincess1ajax
May 06, 2016

"What evidence is there that cats are so smart, anyway? Huh? What do they do? Because they're clean? I am sorry. My Uncle Pete showers four times a day and he can't count to ten. So don't give me hygiene."

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