The Kominsky Method Season 1 DVD review

Nov 18, 2019- Permalink

Chuck Lorre has been very successful in comedy, bringing us laughs with The Big Bang Theory, Mom, and Two and a Half Men. He recently brought The Kominsky Method to Netflix and it won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, while star Michael Douglas won Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy. You can now bring all eight episodes of the first season home with you as Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has released them on DVD, while Warner Archive will have the first season available on Blu-ray. It’s also available via a digital code purchase. I had a chance to look at the DVD set, and as Warner Bros are sticklers for disclaimers, please note that while WBHE provided us with a copy of the DVD to review, the opinions below are my own.

Douglas stars as Sandy Kominsky, an actor whose brief fling with fame morphed into a career as a respected acting coach. His best friend and agent, Norman Newlander, is played by Alan Arkin. The main cast is rounded out by Sarah Baker as Mindy, Sandy’s daughter and business partner and Nancy Travis, a recently divorced woman who decides to take classes with Sandy. Danny DeVito, Susan Sullivan and Ann-Margret are among the familiar faces who pop up in the series.

The episodes are funny and poignant, looking at aging and death, funeral plans and dating, churros and bonsai plants. Douglas and Arkin play well off of each other whether the scene is comedic or dramatic and their performances are so strong that sometimes the rest of the cast is in their shadows.

The eight episodes are presented in a 2:1 aspect ratio and the soundtrack is Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are available in English SDH and French.

If you want to see Douglas and Arkin present a masterclass in both comedy and drama, then you’ll want to add The Kominsky Method Season 1 to your collection.