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Enlightened: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres franais)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: Jan. 8 2013
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004EPYZD0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,835 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Enlightened: The Complete First Season (BD)

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I agree 100% with the top-rated Amazon.com review ("An Uncharacteristic HBO Dramedy..."); it describes this wonderful series to a tee and far better than I could possibly hope to replicate. I'd give this one (both seasons) 10 stars if I could.
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too bad this was cancelled only after seasons.... very 'enlightening show' the acting and the premise were great. very enjoyable, and human.
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Finding the main character a bit tedious, although it is well acted and written. Laura Dern gives a marvelous performance, but I have no sympathy for her character.
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We purchased the first and second season of Enlightened. From our perspective this was a waste of money. We watched the first five episodes of season one and concluded that this program lacked plausible characters, very poor writing, and mediocre acting. It seems the whole theme is to portray the interactions of individuals with major personality flaws. So you have a show which consists of basically all the characters with various levels of charter flaws interacting in random directions.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa07880b4) out of 5 stars 1,981 reviews
155 of 165 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01f4a5c) out of 5 stars An Uncharacteristic HBO Dramedy That Features One Of TV's Most Complex And Underrated Performances Dec 30 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
One of the lowest rated programs on HBO's 2011 roster, "Enlightened" (created by stars Mike White and Laura Dern) was both fascinatingly unpredictable and practically impossible to describe succinctly. It's closest cousins are probably the Showtime line-up of wacky female-centric comedies--such as Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Weeds, and United States of Tara. But that comparison is mostly about tone and viewpoint as "Enlightened" has a distinctly unique voice that is unlike anything else on the TV landscape. Some episodes play rather seriously, others highlight slapstick mayhem, while others are incisive and filled with awkward humor. Is it a comedy? Certainly. Is it dramatic? You bet. Is it one of the most pointed character studies on TV? Absolutely, and this, more than anything else, is "Enlightened" strongest asset. Spiritual enlightenment and striving to create a more perfect world are usually topics handled with a startling lack of subtlety in comedy. They are almost always the punchline to a more cynical type of humor. And yet, while Laura Dern's Amy is a frustratingly flawed protagonist, her search for meaning is amazingly sensitive and real.

Credit for the show's success sits squarely on its screenplays and its performances. Therefore, writers and stars Laura Dern and Mike White really must be given accolades for the show's impressive creative arc. I've been a fan of White's since the bizarrely intriguing "Chuck and Buck" (I, also, might be the only person on the planet that laments the early death of his before-its-time nighttime soap opera "Pasadena"). He's found a real collaborator and muse in Dern, who turns in one of the season's most underrated performances as the complex central character. The ten episode season begins as Dern experiences a break-down at work, and after a retreat, attempts to rebuild her life into something much more meaningful. However, it's hard to remain Zen as the career she knew no longer has a place for her. Struggling in a new department (with co-worker White) Dern is also trying to rebuild her difficult relationship with her mother (Dern's real life mom Diane Ladd) and reform her troubled ex-husband (Luke Wilson). She yearns to really make a difference, both on those she cares for and on the world in general. But she can be so single-minded and so selfish, the struggle to enlightenment and goodness never runs smoothly.

The primary source of "Enlightened" comedy is that Dern truly is an appalling employee. She is such a mess, seemingly without realizing her shortcomings, because she's always looking at the bigger picture. Part of the show's genius is that it allows Dern to come off as thoroughly unlikable (or flat out wrong) in many instances. But it also makes you understand her quest and constant struggle. Truly memorable moments of the series include Dern going on a job interview (spectacularly written!) only to realize it doesn't pay enough to live on and an episode dedicated to Ladd's character. Dern is a revelation, White is dead-pan perfection, and Ladd and Wilson offer exemplary support. I was never less than fascinated to see where "Enlightened" would go. I presumed it would conclude after one season due to the low ratings, but when the show picked up Golden Globe nods for Best comedy and Best Actress--HBO greenlit a second season. The show has also featured prominently in many year-end "Best of Television" critics' lists.

"Enlightened," in the long run, may not be a show for everyone. You really have to appreciate it as a character study as much as a comedy. If you're expecting big laughs, the show may not always meet your needs. It can be painfully funny, but it can also be painfully real. I hope more people pick up on the show, it deserves a wider audience. About 4 1/2 stars. KGHarris, 12/11.
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01f4e64) out of 5 stars A subtle, breathing, emotional masterpiece March 1 2013
By E. Bigger - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew nothing about this show until I heard Mike White and Laura Dern on NPR's radio show "Fresh Air." Mike White (writer, creator, and actor playing "Tyler") described how the idea of the show came from his own breakdown during a stressful period working on another TV show. He spoke thoughtfully about his connection with Eastern religion and philosophy (striking given his father's involvement in fundamentalist Christianity as a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, and his subsequent evolution into a gay rights activist), and about the challenge of becoming an agent for change. I liked his honest and self-aware answers to Terri's questions, as well as Laura's zeal for playing a complex and visionary female character, so I was curious enough to check out "Enlightened."

Strangely enough, I watched episode 2 first, not the pilot, and absolutely fell in love (I think the pilot, while not bad, is one of the weaker episodes, so please don't judge the whole series based on it alone). This is a challenging but deeply moving show, which was like catnip for someone who is easily bored by predictable, feel-good characters and storylines bearing little semblance to reality. I devoured the rest of the episodes, and promptly purchased the season 1 DVD as soon as it was released. It is absolutely wonderful, and by far the best DVD purchase I have made in years. There are short segments with Mike White explaining his thoughts about each episode, as well as episode commentaries. My favorite episode and commentary is #9, "Consider Helen." Hearing Laura Dern (who plays Amy) and her real-life mother Diane Ladd (who plays Amy's mother Helen) reminiscing about their own very different relationship, while discussing the relationship of their fictional characters, was an absolute treat. They could both teach master classes in acting, with incredibly rich and nuanced performances in all of the episodes. Mike White is wonderful as Tyler, Timm Sharp is hilariously douche-y as Dougie, and Luke Wilson manages to evoke even more pathos as Levi than he did in as Richie in The Royal Tenenbaums.

While Enlightened doesn't have the easy impact of graphic sex and violence in Girls, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Mad Men, and other highly regarded shows, it achieves the much more difficult task of using the simple tools of words, emotions, and relationships to portray the desperate loneliness of contemporary American society better than any other TV show I've seen. And it does this with a protagonist whom you want to strangle half the time, for being so self-absorbed, socially tone-deaf, and irritating. But what Mike White does, better than anyone else on TV right now, is to show you the secret humanity shining from the hidden depths of each loser, ghost, and lost soul. I can't think of another show that has a more emotional, resonant effect on me, and I say with all seriousness that it's better than pretty much anything else on TV right now (sadly overlooked by most, given its shamefully low viewer numbers). It's among the greatest works of art I've experienced. If you're an introvert, then you'll definitely "get it."

P.S. Season 2 is even better, and I eagerly look forward to purchasing that DVD when it's released.
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01f4c6c) out of 5 stars Quiet and Beautiful Desperation Feb. 1 2012
By Mark McLaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I randomly caught the first few minutes of this show when switching between channels and it immediately dawned on me to set up my DVR for the season. I'm so happy I did, with a virtually perfect performance by Laura Dern, it seems apparent why she was so passionate about the show being made she produced it herself. The portrayal of a central character who, to me anyway, sends the viewer in between moments of complete admiration and love for the character to moments of complete horror and complete discomfort. Casting a character who causes such varied states of emotion in a view is risky at best, as evidenced by the lackluster ratings of the show, but Dern's much deserved Golden Globe win may give this understated and ultimately beautiful show the second chance it deserves. I'll sure as hell be there for season two.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05b4288) out of 5 stars Like opening a present Feb. 14 2013
By furball - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a fan of Office Space, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Arrested Development, stories about mundane every day life I tuned expecting a couple laughs. Other HBO comedies like Kenny Powers and Bored To Death left me flat (loved Flight Of The Conchords), and I was looking for a new comedy. Within minutes I was sucked in, the beautiful unforgettable writing, the music, the acting, intriguing story lines, celebration of humanity all entranced me. I look forward to every episode (including her quirky gorgeous outfits), often crying for unknown reasons, but always left with a renewed outlook. It is a series I proudly support, no misogyny, no violence, yet powerful. As the engine of the show, Amy is courageous and unflappable, self doubting, and self involved, "Let's turn the tables on THEM". It's not a show you can lightly tune in, it leaves you questioning as well as hopeful.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05b42ac) out of 5 stars A gem for the underdog July 14 2012
By A. Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is an immensely entertaining and moving show that feels far more expansive than its 28 minutes per episode. It features hilarious attempts to squelch rage alongside a sincere overture at making changes in life. I watched three or four episodes at a time and am thankful HBO renewed it for a second season.

A woman has a very public breakdown in corporate culture and comes back from a holistic retreat, renewed and aglow with good intentions.

From afar, I thought "Enlightened" would be a one-trick pony, mining the world of self-help and New Age hippy-dippiness for cringe-inducing comedy--I think part of the undeserved low ratings for this show can be attributed to the title. But, in fact, it's a very generous show. No one is reduced to a caricature, least of all Laura Dern's Amy, and the comedy comes not from a cringe factor but from the discrepancy in her intention and end result. Yes, at one moment Amy looks, on paper, like a crazy stalker with poor impulse control, but really we know she just wants to talk and unfortunately happens to be a bad driver. It is absurd and real all at once, and very easy to watch. Sometimes Amy is hapless and over the top in her efforts at sunny optimism, but she's no fool and doesn't remain a joke to her former colleagues for long, as underlying it all, she speaks the truth.

Dern is wonderful and there's a rich supporting cast. I especially like her tender but infrequent relationship with her ex-husband Levi (Luke Wilson). They have a simple but heartbreaking backstory. And then there is her work situation, which I could not enjoy more. She's been demoted to the bowels of her company to do some sort of processing or data entry work with other sad sacks like Mike White under the purview of a juvenile, testosterone-addled boss. There is one scene where she is about to get called in, perhaps to be fired, and she goes from person to person, trying to discern what it is they do down there. I could watch it 10 times. This show is definitely a gem for anyone who's ever identified with the underdog.