Seinfeld is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of American sitcoms, and this long-delayed box set goes a long way in demonstrating why. From the first episode of the first season, it hit the ground running with its collection of oddball New Yorkers: Theres stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who plays himself; Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), his pushy ex-girlfriend; his neurotic loser of a best friend George (Jason Alexander); and Jerrys wacky neighbour Kramer (Michael Richards). Co-written and co-created by Seinfeld and Larry David (who later went on to... plumb greater depths of misanthropy with Curb Your Enthusiasm), it revolutionised American sitcoms with its cynical and mature comedy, and its ability to find comic gems in the most mundane situations (one classic episode is set entirely in a mall car-park). Seinfeld was, as all involved frequently admitted, a show about nothing. But this extras-laden collection--which features extensive cast and creator commentaries, deleted scenes, trivia tracks, outtakes, interviews and more--is most definitely something. --Ted Kord [show more]
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, with the former starring as a fictionalized version of himself, are the two men responsible for the conception of this Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning American sitcom. They pitched Seinfeld as a "show about nothing". Nearly every single episode is based on a real life experience by one of the writers.
The show revolves mainly around four characters. Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian; George Costanza, Jerry's best friend since high school; Elaine Benes, Jerry's ex-girlfriend and still close friend; and finally Cosmo Kramer, Jerry's friend and "crazy neighbour".
The Seinfeld Series 1-3 boxset comes with 8 DVDs all with episodes from the first trio of seasons which initially aired on NBC. Other than the episodes, on the DVDs are many, many extras. These include commentaries by the cast and writers of the show, through selected episodes; deleted scenes, and "Notes about Nothing" which is text shown at the bottom of every running episode which informs you of many interesting facts about the series and the episode being watched at the time. Other extras included are "How It Began", an hour-long look at how the creators came up with the idea and how it emerged as one of the best sitcoms ever created; Bloopers, and an interesting look at the hilarious character, Cosmo Kramer played by Michael Richards.
Episodes to look out for in the first three seasons are: "The Chinese Restaurant", "The Pony Remark", "The Parking Garage", and "The Subway".
I would recommend this boxset in a heartbeat, whether you are a fan or haven't seen the show before. It's great value for money, especially with the number of extras that come with the set, but most importantly it is hilarious and you really should see one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
If you've never seen Seinfeld, this is the place to start. All 40 episodes from the first three seasons are included to fully introduce you to Jerry Seinfeld, George his college friend, Kramer his wacky neighbour and his recent girlfriend, Elaine.
Both versions of the pilot are included and the amount of extras is unbelievable in this 8-disk box-set.
Highly recommended for those new to the series and for those that wish to revisit it after watching on TV.
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