DVD Review: The Kominsky Method: The Complete First Season

THE KOMINSKY METHOD stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin and centers on the life of acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) and his long-time agent and best friend Norman Newlander (Arkin), as they deal with the ups and downs of growing older while living in youth-obsessed Los Angeles. Created and executive produced by Chuck Lorre, the series also stars Nancy Travis, Sarah Baker and Lisa Edelstein. The first season of The Kominsky Method is written by Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins and David Javerbaum. The Kominsky Method is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Sandy Kominsky’s life didn’t turn out the way he’d planned. His dream of having a successful acting career was slowly and inexorably replaced with the reality of being a mere acting coach. As played by Michael Douglas, Sandy is now dealing with the even harsher reality of being an old man in a youth-obsessed culture. Clinging to his best friend and long-time agent Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin), the two men are forced to confront loneliness, health issues, the loss of loved ones, financial calamity, grown-up children with grown-up problems, and estrangement from a world that is undergoing constant and rapid change. The Kominsky Method shifts quickly from laughter to tears, and back again to laughter. It is a story of friendship. A story of life.

The first season of The Kominksy Method deals with the loss of Norman’s wife and it’s his old friend Sandy who’s there for him. Sandy is an acting coach and Norman is his agent who’s pretty much retired. These two havn’t been getting along very well but this death ends up bringing the two old friends back together. Sandy also gets some news from his doctor that he might have prostate cancer but he handles it well and goes on with his daily routine that includes dating and teaching his students.

What happens is, Norman is having a really hard time moving on after his wife passes away and it gets a little sorrisome when the thought of suicide surfaces. Of course, it doesn’t get too dark and this thought of suicide is countered by some laughs thanks to the relationship between these two characters. Sandy also gets in some hot water with the IRS and has to swallow his pride when he has to ask his old friend for help. Once again, this serious situation is countered by more laughs created by these two seniors who continously go back and forth with each other no matter what the situation calls for.

The packaging comes with a slipcase. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and specs. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with short synopsis and air dates. The DVD disc also includes some etched artwork and series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed the first season of The Kominsky Method that has paired up these two Hollywood legends and the chemistry is present and it’s what drives this situational senior citizen comedy. As funny as things get there is a serious side that surfaces at times but thankfully things are never allowed to get too dark for these likable characters. As great as Douglas and Arkin are together, they’re complimented nicely by an ensemble cast and a number of cameos that show up in each episode. Veteran writer-producer Chuck Lorre has been behind so many great comedies over the years and this Netflix original series is a good one that’s geared more towards the older audience even though anybody can sit down and watch this one and get some laughs out of it. The Kominsky Method will be available on DVD on November 19th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 1 Disc / 8 Episodes / 207 Minutes

  1. Chapter 1: An Actor Avoids
  2. Chapter 2: An Agent Grieves
  3. Chapter 3: A Prostate Enlarges
  4. Chapter 4: A Kegel Squeaks
  5. Chapter 5: An Agent Crowns
  6. Chapter 6: A Daughter Detoxes
  7. Chapter 7: A String is Attached
  8. Chapter 8: A Widow Approaches

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: N/A

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