Hung: The Complete First Season (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
HBO || NR - 315 minutes - $49.99 || June 22, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-06-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Colette Burson & Dmitry Lipkin (created by)
Cast: Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Eddie Jemison, Anne Heche


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode Commentaries
  • 4 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"Hung" is much like an HBO show from a few season before, "John from Cincinnati", where it starts off really good, but by the end of the season you're unsure how it could continue on for a second season.

Ray (Jane) is single father of twin teenagers living in his deceased parents home (surrounded by McMansions). Things are not going well for him. He coaches a High School Basketball team that constantly loses, his kids are unattractive and outcasts, his ex-wife lives the good life with the High School nerd, and a fire erupts in his living room forcing him to live in a tent until he can repair the damage. But all is not lost. Why you might ask? Being Ray is hung. Yeah, he has a huge dick. Surprised? Nahh, you really shouldn't be at this point given the shows name. So what does any self-respecting guy who needs money do? He whores himself out for money. But things don't go very well for him so he teams up with an overeager girl he had a one night stand with, Tanya (Adams), and they come up with some creative ways to get Ray laid and some money in their pockets.

Initially I really dug the first few episodes, but slowly each episode felt like exactly the same formula. Yeah, we get, Ray has a huge dick and wants to get paid to sleep with women. But why is he sleeping with really attractive women? While we do see him get with older, uglier women, he tends to sleep with the same hot women that wouldn't have any problem picking up a guy at a bar (even given their age, they would easily be considered 'Milfs' or 'Cougars').

The kids. Oh boy. This has been a raging debate on the internet, but when you think about it, it's pretty damn funny. Ray and his ex-wife met in High School: The football star and the prom queen. One might think their children would be good looking, but alas, they are overweight and easily some of the worst looking child actors I've ever seen in a TV Show. I can't imagine how that casting call went, but could they at least be semi-attractive? And why are they so bad at acting? I hope they are written out of the Second Season because they bring nothing to the show, and their subplots throughout the season really start to grate.

So why would I initially say the show is going to be a tough sale for a second season? Because unlike HBO's other 30 minute comedies ("Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Bored to Death"), each season typically has an arc to it, but each episode could also be considered very well self contained. "Hung" is not like that. It requires you to watch each episode in order to understand the plot and get to the eventual end of the Season which is hardly a surprise nor does it leave anyone on the edge on their seats.

So what went wrong? Each episode is more or less the same plot - Ray needs money and has (or tires to) sex with different women to accomplish that. Nothing really changes from episode to episode, but you still need to watch every single one of them to push the plot just a little bit. What it ultimately feels like is that the show was canceled, and it just ended on a random episode. This is far from the truth, with a Second Season starting soon, but you just feel empty when the Season ends and there is nothing to push you to continue watching when it comes back 9 months later.

I still - even with all the negatives - see some hope in the show.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

"Hung" comes in a unique case. Not only does it have a Velcro'ed Slip Cover, but the Digipak comes out of the bottom of the case. I really don't understand the Velcro part as the Slip Cover is shrink-wrapped so you would never know unless you bought it (typically a Velcro-ed Slip is done to attract potential buyers). Seems very much like a Season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on DVD which I always hated.

Audio Commentaries on the following Episodes:
"Pilot" with Series Creators Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin
"The Pickle Jar" Series Creators with Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin
"You Cum Just Right" with Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin and Writer Brett Leonard

About Hung (10 Minutes) - A very typical making-of which details the journey Ray has during the season. Some behind the scenes bits and an interesting interview with Thomas Jane.

Women of Hung (7 Minutes) - As a young adult male, the women of "Hung" are pretty darn good looking. And (thankfully), they all show their goodies throughout the season (I'm convinced this is the only reason the show was renewed) and this discussed how strong the women of the show are.

Ray and Tanya's Personal Ads (2 Minutes) - These seem like small little promo's HBO might run randomly between a the end of a movie and the start of a new one to gain interest in the show. Cute, but not required viewing.

Worth nothing is that the Discs has a great feature like "Lost" does on Blu-ray - put in Disc 1 and hit the 'Play All Episodes', and when you are done with all the Episodes on Disc 1 and put in Disc 2, it starts playing right away. No Menus! Other studios need to get on this now.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

"Hung" presents all 10 episodes in 1.78:1(MPEG) on 2, 50GB Discs. Who says Detroit can't be a good looking city? While I've seen HBO do far better work on their hour long shows ("True Blood"), it's hard to complain about the quality. Ample of amount of grain is present and Detroit (for the most part) looks very green.

HBO (Warner) has included English 5.1 DTS MA Tracks for this release. Just like the Picture Quality, this is hardly "True Blood" material, but the 5.1 track keeps nearly everything front and center with a few key noises/audio coming from the rears. At this point in Blu-rays lifespan, it's pretty darn average for a Comedy show.



.::OVERALL::.

"Hung" is an interesting show that never really hits the HBO Quality I've been used to for so many years. It has the potential to grow into a better show, but I'm not holding much hope in that. Still, I breezed through all 10 episodes in two days and both myself and girlfriend enjoyed it enough to watch season two, but we may just wait for the Blu-ray release instead of watching it live. I'm a bit surprised to see this given the Blu-ray treatment, but hey, I won't argue! Not only that, HBO is bringing this and other HBO Comedies to Blu-ray at pretty low prices.