Larry David plays Larry David, so thorough a narcissistic curmudgeon that he would be completely and utterly loathsome were it not for his unerring propensity to bring disaster down upon his head. Once again, we see him grump from episode to episode, never failing to make the worst possible decision at the worst possible moment in every social situation. A case in point: he dings another character’s car, gives the guy money to get the car fixed. Instead, the money goes to the man’s daughter,…and Larry deduces that it financed breast enhancement. Cue a scene on the beach guaranteed to have you hiding in shame behind the couch.
This is, of course, comedy designed to make you writhe. And writhe one does. It’s an acquired taste (I can watch disembowelments without batting an eye, but Larry’s social faux pas are simply too horrifying to contemplate), but there is no denying that it is done expertly.
The last time I checked out a release in this series, the sound quality was actually quite depressing. This is a distinct improvement. The dialogue now remains clear – the buzz that plagued Season 1 is gone. There are even some rather nice surround effects when called for (such as the crackling of a beach fire in Episode 9).
The picture, on the other hand, is pretty grim. The grain and pixelation are severe, and the image is soft. One has the sense of watching the show with bleary, sleep-deprived eyes. The colours are fine, but the overall look is a bit muddy, especially in the night sequences. Watchable, certainly, but not with any great pleasure.
Two featurettes are here: “The History of Curb… So Far” and “The History of Curb… Even Further.” These are decent efforts, rather more interesting than most of their ilk. Apart from an episode index, that’s it.
If you’re reading this review, you probably already love the show, and don’t need to be sold on it. The picture quality, it must be said, though, is poor.
Special Features List
- 2 Featurettes
- Episode Index