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'Curb Your Enthusiasm: Complete Seventh Season'
(Larry David, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / HBO)

Overview: Larry David is back in Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Seventh Season, and this time, he has a little help from his friends! Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards come together for the moment everyone has been waiting for – the Seinfeld reunion show!

DVD Verdict: YES! The wait is (finally) over - Larry David is back! In Season 7, Larry contemplates his future with an ailing Loretta, and decides on a novel approach to winning back Cheryl. In addition to Larry finding himself embroiled in usual cauldron of self-made crises, he orchestrates a reunion with the entire cast of Seinfeld!

Indeed, there are just so many funny things this season that any reviewer could write a small book about the joys of Season 7. We open with his girlfriend having breast cancer and Larry's wanting to end the relationship. Somehow he manages to find a therapist who ends up blaming him for the cancer!

We revisit his mother's death via her tombstone and Larry even manages to get the tombstone cutter mad at him. He becomes persona non grata at his country club after killing another member by making him mad and the guy had high blood pressure (which explodes), all over the inanity of playing through, or not, in golf.

He wears women's underwear as an alibi for Suzie's husband when she finds panties in his glove compartment. He and Richard Lewis seriously come unhinged together again--Lewis and David have a friendship which thrives on maximum antagonism and misunderstanding. Then there is the biggest thing going on in Season 7: Larry decides to put on a Seinfeld reunion.

He does so as only Larry could where you see the reunion coming together behind the scenes. You are not left out of anything in the entire process. The major thing you discover doing this is how much of Seinfeld was Larry--tons. When George (Jason Alexander) and Larry come together, it is clear that George WAS Larry. They are mirrors of one another, willing to obsess and argue over any minutiae.

This may be the best season yet of this show. I hope Larry David keeps doing it. It is a breath of fresh air among the comedic mediocrity that is the usual tv fare. [CI] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

“The Seinfeld Reunion: It Could Only Happen on Curb…” – Find out how the Seinfeld story arc came about from Curb and Seinfeld cast members who talk about the much-anticipated reunion.
“Rebuilding the Seinfeld Sets” – Production designers, set decorators, and more discuss what it was like to bring Seinfeld back to life by resurrecting the sets and modernizing them for 2009.
“Larry David as George Costanza” – Jason Alexander coaches Larry on how to play George, a character that was originally based on Larry himself.
“A Seinfeld Moment on Curb: Interview with Larry David and the Seinfeld Cast” – Interview featuring Larry, Jerry, Julia, Jason and Michael talking about what it was like to reunite again after eleven years.

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