Freaks & Geeks - The Compete Series (Blu-Ray)
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Created by writer-comedian Paul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow (The Larry Sanders Show), Freaks and Geeks followed the Weir siblings--former math whiz Lindsay (Linda Cardellini of the Scooby-Doo feature films and ER) and her younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley)--as they navigated the perils and pleasures of a Michigan high school circa 1980. What separated Freaks and Geeks from most other scholastic series was its brutal honesty--Lindsay and Sam, as well as their friends and parents, were given very human personas that showed failure, malice, indecision, and moments of great clarity. Likewise, the plotlines rarely offered pat solutions to the characters' conflicts--the show unfolded in a naturalistic manner, which was a welcome respite for viewers tired of flashy high school dramas. When combined with its smart dialogue and winning performances (the cast included SCTV veteran Joe Flaherty and Spider-Man star James Franco, as well as the sublime and criminally underrecognized Martin Starr and Seth Rogen as Sam's pal Bill and dry-witted Ken, respectively), the show became a haven for fans of quality television, if only for a brief period of time.
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17.4 x 13.6 x 1.7 cm; 190 Grams
- Media Format : PAL, Blu-ray
- Run time : 18 hours
- Release date : 20 October 2021
- Studio : ViaVision
- ASIN : B09CF1KT6L
- Number of discs : 5
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The extras on the dvd are great fun, with 2 commentaries on nearly each episode. Mostly entertaining, sometimes informative, and it's great that all the cast members were available to take part.
The talent have since gone on to do Good Things (Forgetting Sarah Marshall / How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segel, ER's Linda Cardellini, Superbad/Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, etc.); here they are perfectly cast, pre-fame, as disenchanted high schoolers trying to work out who they're going to be. Follow Lindsay Weir, her younger brother Sam, and their Freak and Geek friends through 18 episodes of perfectly pitched teenage awkwardness - each one chock full of dark wit, pathos and just the right amount of nostalgia.
Well worth adding to your DVD collection.
The characters never get tiresome, although some of them are a little annoying this is just part of the brilliance of the show as it reflects real life. Plus the actors are great; it was an open-audition for the show so professional actors as well as amateurs will have auditioned, and so they got the best of what was out there.
The storylines in the series are very creative but not too outlandish (but I have to say the one disappointing episode for me was the school mascot/Lindsay and Nick breakup)and so, although it is just set in everyday school life, you never get bored with what's going on.
Finally, of course the script just makes the show. Each character is consistent, and if you re-watch the series you realise just how much they grow throughout. Although it is not described as a comedy series, it is funnier than many of the sitcoms around today, with some hilarious (sometimes subtle, sometimes outrageous) moments.
A perfect TV show, definately buy it!