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Get a Life V.#2

Chris Elliott , Bob Elliott    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Why buy a collection of episodes from a TV series that lasted a mere two low-rated seasons? Because Get a Life was so far ahead of its time, TV still hasn't completely caught up yet. Chris Elliott, TV's original jackass, stars as Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old paperboy who still lives with his bathrobed and perpetually embarrassed parents (the venerable Bob Elliott and Elinor Donahue, who was "Princess" on Father Knows Best). The first slacker sitcom subverts conventions with its unapologetically obnoxious and delusional lead character in this well-chosen quartet of episodes. Chris auditions for a local theatre production, "Zoo Animals on Wheels." In "Married," he meets, marries, cheats on, and divorces a model all in one day. He is a fish out of water in "The Big City," and a man stuck with his father in a two-man sub lodged in his own bathtub in "Neptune 2000." Since its 1992 cancellation, Get a Life has taken on a life of its own, its legend perhaps enhanced by the fact that it has not been widely syndicated. For devoted fans, this collection is the next best thing to a Get a Life reunion (don't hold your breath). --Donald Liebenson

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4.0 out of 5 stars "different" -- not for every taste... May 29 2003
When it first aired, ´¿Get a Life´¿ was a major break from what was considered an ´¿acceptable´¿ format for TV comedy. The principal character -- Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old newsboy who lives with his parents -- was weirdly asocial, perhaps even psychotic -- with no redeeming qualities. He looked ´¿good´¿ only in comparison with his antagonists, who were usually even more obnoxious than he.
How do you write comedy when the protagonist is so cut-off from the conventions of normal thought and behavior that the other characters´¿ reactions are little more than exasperated confusion? The answer is, ´¿with great difficulty.´¿ It´¿s like trying to assemble a wooden structure without nails. It´¿s hard to get laughs through character interaction when the main character doesn´¿t interact in any ´¿normal´¿ way with the other characters.
About all you can do is mine Chris Elliot´¿s innate weirdness. So not only is ´¿Get a Life´¿ weird -- it's weird merely for the sake of being weird. The writers aren´¿t worried whether the stories make sense, either practically or psychologically, because Chris Peterson neither worries nor makes sense. What other sitcom has ever shown a dummy of the main character being repeatedly run over by cars?
Clearly, ´¿Get a Life´¿ is a show about style, not content. In trying to be different from other sitcoms, the producers painted themselves into a corner that´¿s hard to maneuver in.
The reaction of some reviewers -- that ´¿Get a Life´¿ isn´¿t as funny as they remembered ´¿ isn´¿t surprising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show; Lousy DVD Sept. 25 2002
This show was the best show on TV. It was like a live action cartoon -- it was funny, silly, wacky AND intelligent and satirical. It was the total opposite of all the cookie cutter sitcoms out there that make you laugh, make you cry, and then push a moral or a happy ending on you each week -- which is why only a small group of people actually understood it and enjoyed it.
The show itself gets a 5 star rating, but as for the DVD:
1.) The picture quality on my 12 year old VHS tapes is better than the DVD. The DVD looks like it was filmed through cheesecloth. 40 year old shows like The Prisoner and the Avengers look great on DVD, why can't this younger show?
2.) Only four episodes on a disc?? Rip off. Again.
3.) Bonus Features: Weak. Interview w/ the Producer/Director David Mirkin and a Cast Filmography (WOW!). At least they didn't list "Interactive Menu" as a Bonus Feature ... or did they?
4.) Rhino pushed the release date out at least twice on this one. What's the problem with getting these out???
Rhino should release all the episodes, in order, all at once, in a 2 or 3 disk box set. This is such a pain. I'm glad I still have my VHS tapes.
Anyhow, if you can get by the picture quality, and you truly have a sense of humor you will love watching this show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Funny Show Sept. 20 2002
As a fan of the series when it was originally on the air, I was very excited to see the show being released onto tape and DVD. Watching the DVD, "Get A Life" is even better than I remember. If you need one reason to pick up this DVD, "Zoo Animals on Wheels" is it. This is one of the funniest things I have ever witnessed in my life. Ever. You just need to trust me on this one. If the concept of a famous play based upon animals in roller skates singing horrible songs is not funny, then I don't know what is. The three other episodes are quite funny as well, but each has its weak points. Since the descriptions for the others have been posted, there is no need for me to do so. I will tell you that this show is not for all. You need to have a certain sense of humor to truly appreciate what it brings to the table. If you have ever seen the show and enjoyed it, or if you find comedies where you don't have to think, I highly recommend "Get A Life". You will not be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Get a Life and bring out season sets! Sept. 5 2002
"Get A Life" was one of the weirdest and most dementedly funny sitcoms I ever saw. It ran on Fox from September 1990 to March 1992 and totaled 35 episodes. So why oh why are they releasing 4 episode DVDs? Anyone who is going to buy a 4 episode DVD of this show is going to buy a complete season DVD set. So where is it? Anyway, fans will be pleased with "Get A Life" being released at all, but if and when the complete season 1 DVD set comes out, getting these 4 episode discs will have been a waste of money. Some people might say that a complete "Get A Life" set will never come out, but I can't remember how many times I have read that there will be no "South Park" complete season sets and now the first season is due out in November! Don't get me wrong, the contents on this "Get a Life, vol. 2" disc will be funny and deranged, but 4 episodes? What's the point? There is only 35 episodes! 22 of them make up the first season. "Mad About You" also has 22 episodes in it's first season and that's being released in October on 2 discs! How about giving "Get A Life" the same treatment and pleasing the mentally disturbed people, like myself who love this show! I'm putting my vote in for the complete collection on DVD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sitcom You Like to Watch Again & Again
This DVD offers a rare opportunity to some of us; the diehard fans of this sitcom, which appeared on Fox Network in late 1980s and 1990s. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Rama Rao
5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS!
Chris Elliott is one of the side-split-n-ist funny guys around!
ZOO ANIMALS ON WHEELS is BRILLIANT!!! and oddly enough, if it were a REAL show... Read more
Published on April 18 2003 by Sandi Strehlau
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
Volume 2 is actually better than Volume 1. There is a well-made interview with the producer and he explained a large number of the questions I've always had about the series and... Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Roger S.
5.0 out of 5 stars The show is great the DVD is weak
This show is a blast I recorded every episode back when it was on tv. I only hoped that one day I could have them on DVD. Why do they just have a handful of random episodes on it? Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoever's Listening. We want more Get a Life on video!
I have Volumes 1 and 2, and have ordered the latest release of this silly 90s TV show, but I must have more. Come on producers, stop teasing us. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Vol. 1
The whole "Get a life" series is awesome, they need to come out with more volumes, better yet, they just need to come out with the whole series on dvd, that would be the... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002 by Adam Teschke
4.0 out of 5 stars Why can't they just release a box set? !!!
I bought this because there is no other viable alternative on DVD. While I enjoyed the four episodes and the bonus interview was nice, this is no replacement for a complete... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002 by Kevin Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST>>>SHOW>>>EVER
Seriously, this show was unintelligent, childish, unreal and completly and utterly ignorant. Worst show ever....EVER. DO NOT BUY THIS GO**amn DVD.
Published on Sept. 22 2002 by Seth Ellsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the good episodes?
It seems that the episodes of "Get a Life" are being released in a manner such that the poorer episodes are released first to guarantee people will buy the entire set. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Five simple words...
I'm giving this DVD 4 stars simply for lack of extras. There's a short interview with David Mirkin, but not much else. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by prognaut
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