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 Hung: The Complete First Season

  Review by Suzanne 6/30/10

I didn't expect to like this show that much. I thought it would be like "Weeds", only with sex instead of drugs. It's nothing like it, though.  Hung is about a desperate and broke man who decides to become a gigolo because he feels he has no other skills or anything going for him.  It's very relevant to the times, since so many people are desperate and broke, looking for second careers and losing their homes.

It's mostly about lonely, desperate people who find friends and a future in unlikely places.  Although it seems outrageous in the subject matter, the characters and story are very realistic in many ways. It has humor, but it's not silly. It's not a farce.  The people are very real, like average people.

Thomas Jane plays the main character, Ray, who used to be a popular football hero in high school. His life has not gone the way he thought it would, and now he's divorced and has lost almost everything. He's in a job that doesn't pay well, that he's not too fond of, and his kids have moved out after his house almost burns down.  Jane is not what I'd call a great actor, but he is very good in this role.  He and his new friend Tanya are very likable, and the show focuses a lot on their friendship and how it develops.  Anne Heche is very good at his bitchy ex-wife. It's a multi-dimensional role, though, so she is more than just a bitch. 

The first episode of the season was so intriguing that I felt like I was watching a really good movie. I kept watching, even as the hour grew late.  The show sucks you in to these characters and their lives.

Even though it's about prostitution, it doesn't have as much sex or nudity as I would expect. It has some, of course, but less, I would say, than "True Blood".  A lot of the show is about male-female relationships, not just sex, and female sexuality, and how men and women treat each other. It's very interesting in that way.

It's also very funny, but again it's realistic. The humor arises from real situations.  I enjoy it a lot and look forward to more.

The DVD has three main features. One discusses the show in general, just as this review has. The actors, producers, writers etc. talk about the show. Another feature discusses the female characters in the show.  There is also a funny video sequence where they shoot a personal ad for Ray. Of course there are the usual audio commentaries as well.

This show is definitely not for children. Any adult should enjoy it, though. I would advise you to buy or rent it!

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 "HBO's best new comedy" - The New York Times

HUNGSM: The Complete First Season

HBO(r) Breakout Hit Exclusively On DVD and Blu-rayTM Disc from HBO Home Entertainment(r) On June 22, 2010

SD and BD Versions Packed with Bonus Content Including Two Featurettes, Commentaries and More!

New York, N.Y., March 8, 2010 - HungSM, an undeniably offbeat breakout hit embraced by fans and critics alike, makes its DVD and Blu-ray Disc debut when HungSM: The Complete First Season hits stores on June 22, 2010 from HBO Home Entertainment(r). Streeting just weeks before the second season premiere on HBO, the two-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets include all 10 episodes from the first season, with bonus SD and BD content for the suggested retail price of $39.98 and $49.99 respectively.

Called "wryly funny" by Daily Variety and "a smart social satire" by USA Today, Hung follows the travails of Ray Drecker, a former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach. In dire straits and facing tough times, Drecker decides to take advantage of his one extraordinary, God-given gift that sets him apart from most men. With a little help from Tanya, a former-acquaintance-turned-pimp, Drecker sails into unchartered waters, trying to balance the demands of everyday life with the ups and downs of a venture about which he knows next to nothing - but which he may be uniquely qualified to exploit.

Filled with insightful bonus materials in both the Standard Definition and Blu-ray Disc versions (with 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio), the special features allow fans to explore Drecker's new "career" path a little deeper. Features include:

* "About Hung" - behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, including interviews with cast and crew.

* "The Women of Hung" - an examination into the complex relationships between Ray Drecker and the women in his life.

* Tanya's creative personal ads that market Ray as a high-end "happiness consultant."

* Three audio commentaries with series creators/executive producers Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin and writer Brett C. Leonard.

The series stars Thomas Jane (The Punisher, *61 from HBO) as Ray Drecker and Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) as Ray's unlikely business partner, Tanya Skagle, both of whom received Golden Globe(r) nominations for their roles; Anne Heche (Men in Trees) as Ray's ex-wife, Jessica Haxon; Eddie Jemison (Ocean's Thirteen) as Jessica's successful husband Ronnie; Sianoa Smit-McPhee (As the Bell Rings) as Ray's daughter Darby; and Charlie Saxton (The Lovely Bones) as Ray's son Damon. Hung was created by Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson, who along with Alexander Payne, Michael Rosenberg, John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern executive produce the show.

Marketing Campaign

HungSM: The Complete First Season will be supported by a national promotional and publicity campaign.

HungSM: The Complete First Season

DVD & Blu-ray Disc

Street Date: June 22, 2010

Order Date: May 18, 2010

Rating: TV-MA

Runtime: Approx. 350 minutes (including bonus features)

Price: $39.98 SD SRP

Price: $49.99 BD SRP

About HBO Home Entertainment(r)

In its 25 years in operation, HBO Home Entertainment has earned a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in the DVD industry as well as the digital technology and internet frontiers. The first company to successfully release full-length TV series in the DVD format, HBO Home Entertainment created a new category for consumers with titles like Sex and the City(r), The Sopranos(r), Band of Brothers(r) (which remains the #1 selling TV-on-DVD since its release in 2002), and the most recent hit True Blood(r). In addition, HBO Home Entertainment's catalog contains theatrical features such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of the top 10 selling DVDs of all time. The company was also the first in the world to release television programming in the new Blu-ray high-definition format in 2006. It was also one of the first in the video industry to use the Internet to expand its marketing beyond traditional vehicles and to revolutionize DVD packaging with the creation of releases that have won multiple awards including a recent DVD Critics Award for The Sopranos(r): The Complete Series - a first for television. In addition, the division utilizes innovative manufacturing-on-demand technology to broaden its number of releases and sells digital versions of its titles via the Internet. Today, HBO Home Entertainment's reach has grown to over 70 countries around the world, bringing HBO branded entertainment to a global audience.


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