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House of Lies season 1 gives viewers an intelligent, sometimes perverse, and always wonderfully witty world to explore. And what is this world about? Why, management consulting, of course! You know the one. It’s that mysterious white collar career with duties that are impossible to pin down, and difficult to explain without using words like “manipulation” and “scheming”. Honestly. Blair Waldorf would have been damn good at this.
But the cast we do have is pretty great, and we don’t need any fictional characters to help stock it. In fact, the first reason I got interested in this series was seeing the cast – which includes Don Cheadle (enormously talented, we all know that), Kristen Bell (one of America’s greatest sweetheart treasures along with Kristin Chenoweth), Ben Schwartz (hilarious and full of swagger) plus the unquestionably talented Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Glynn Turman and Donis Leonard Jr.
Perfection in the first season didn’t happen, as some plotlines seemed destined for no where, and many dramatic moments didn’t really land in the intended satisfying sweet spot. I expressed my dismay for this bit of “off-ness” in some reviews as the show aired, yet ultimately left the series by being very glad I’d stuck around. Showtime pretty much always offers something substantially worth watching. What they served with House of Lies is a nice little slice of intriguing entertainment.
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House of Lies Season 1 DVD Extras
The House of Lies season 1 special features could have been more stimulating. What you get is a few interviews, then character featurettes, commentary, cast bios and photos. I think we can all agree that bios and photos as a special feature are always laughable. We can get all of that online, right? Right. It would have been nice to have a gag reel! But we still got one other thing to get excited about, and that’s the commentary.
There are two tracks for commentary, and they have Cheadle, Lawson, Schwartz along with Matthew Carnahan (writer) and Jessika Borsiczky (executive producer). But, how do you find the House of Lies commentary tracks? Not in the special features section, no siree. You’ll want to go through this formula: Setup > Audio to select track > Episode Selection > Episode.
House of Lies DVD Review Summary
Though every episode wasn’t solid, this season of the series ultimately was. Why? Because it’s a hell of a lot of fun. And there was too much talent put into this for it not to be tangible for viewers. As always, Showtime is a risk-taking network that let’s its’ series explore unusual avenues that are entertaining. The episodes are short and easy to re-watch and find some new nugget (whether a joke or a concept) each time.
House of Lies – The First Season DVD Official Description
Based on the best-selling book “House of Lies” by Martin Kihn, HOUSE OF LIES takes viewers into the captivating world of management consulting where nothing is off limits. Delve into the fascinating world of HOUSE OF LIES with exclusive episode commentary with the hit show’s actors, writer and executive producer. With an all-star ensemble cast including Don Cheadle, who was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy for his role, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Glynn Turman and Donis Leonard, Jr. and Glynn Turman, HOUSE OF LIES takes a scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant Marty Kaan (Cheadle), who is never above using any means necessary to get his way with – and for – his clients. By his side is Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Bell), a razor-sharp, Ivy League graduate who, along with her competitive co-workers, strives to maintain the firm’s flawless image. Marty’s life is just as complicated outside the office: filled with an acerbic ex-wife, a psychoanalyst father and a cross-dressing son, Marty struggles to keep it all together. The HOUSE OF LIES: THE FIRST SEASON DVD will be available as a 2-disc set including all 12 episodes of the show’s acclaimed first season. The collection is presented in widescreen 16:9 with English 5.1 Surround, Spanish 2.0 Stereo, and English subtitles. It is not rated, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $46.99 U.S. The total running time is approximately 347 minutes.
House of Lies Season 1 is currently available on DVD.
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