Undeclared - The Complete Series

Undeclared - The Complete Series

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Director: Greg Mottola

Cast: Greg Mottola, Judd Apatow, Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam

     
 

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
After helping create the lauded but short-lived high school series Freaks and Geeks, producer Judd Apatow graduated to college life with this hilarious sitcom set in a fictional California university. Undeclared is mainly seen through the eyes of Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel), a lanky kid trying to shed the geek image that followed him throughout high school. Sharing his suite in the freshman dorm are roommate Lloyd (Charlie Hunnam), a blond British chick magnet; sarcastic business major Ron (Freaks and Geeks' Seth Rogen, who was also a writer for the show); and Marshall (Timm Sharp), a spacey music student. Across the hall are sexpot Rachel (Monica Keena) and Lizzie (Carla Gallo), whom Steven falls for immediately after a one-night stand. Complicating matters, Steven's father, Hal (folk singer Loudon Wainwright III), is newly divorced, newly unemployed, and visiting his son far too frequently. Although it doesn’t reach for Freaks and Geeks' poignancy, Undeclared has its share of touching moments and dark humor in between stories about keg parties, girlfriends, financial aid, fraternity hazing rituals, final exams, and all the other things that make college so special. Standout episodes include "Eric Visits," in which Steven's post-coital glow quickly fades with the appearance of Lizzie's obsessed long-distance boyfriend (Jason Segel, another F&G alumnus, in a hilarious, cringe-worthy performance). The gang's first credit cards lead to trouble in "Addicts," with guest star Will Ferrell as a speed-abusing townie who writes term papers for a fee. Adam Sandler visits the dorm after a concert appearance in "The Assistant," where things don't go as planned. And while fraternity life initially beckons to Steven in the two-part "Rush and Pledge" and "Hell Week," he comes to realize that the president (Samm Levine, yet another F&G grad to feature here) is basically a sadist. You would think a show this funny and so in tune with campus life would catch on, but Undeclared didn’t even make it all the way through the 2001-2 season, leaving the air in March with an extra episode still in the can. This set makes the case for inclusion on the ’02 Dean's List, including cast and crew commentaries on every episode, a Loudon Wainwright concert, and outtakes that are genuinely worth watching (don't miss Ferrell's many improvs from "Addicts"). Of course, the unaired "God Visits" is here as well. Somewhere in America there's bound to be a college class called Sitcoms 101, and Undeclared should be required viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
UPC:
0826663124590
Rating:
TV-14
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:15:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The complete series - 17 episodes, including an unaired episode and a bonus director's cut; 18 audio commentaries with directors, writers and the entire cast; Bonus footage on every disc - including deleted scenes, auditions, outtakes, rehearsals and extended takes; 28-page booklet with behind-the-scenes photos and an introduction to each episode by its writer; Loudon Wainwright Live: a never-before-seen concert with the legendary folk singer who plays Steven's dad, Hal; Museum of Television & Radio Q&A: recorded days before the show was canceled, the cast, producers and crew speak out candidly; "Lloyd's Rampage," an unproduced script for the second season that never was

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