Entourage: The Complete Series
In 2008, sitting alone in a Pennsylvania hotel room, I saw the HBO series "Entourage" for the first time. Having no clue what was going on, I still watched the 20-minute show out of sheer curiosity and an attraction to its mostly all-male cast, yet never saw another viewing of it.
Flash forward to late 2012 and "Entourage: The Complete Series" is being released on DVD and it’s time to put life on hold to watch all 96 episodes of the antithesis of "Sex and the City."
Loosely based on actor/executive producer Mark Walberg’s adventures as an actor, "Entourage" sets out exactly to do what its premise promises. A ripping satire on the movie and entertainment industry, the shows follows around hot actor Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his experiences trying to get film roles and score chicks. His entourage of male friends (Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, and Jerry Ferrara) rides on Vince’s coattails and lives vicariously through him.
Jeremy Piven has the key role as Vince’s agent and his manic and deadpan delivery won him a Golden Globe. In one of the series’ highlight episodes titled "The Scene," Vince is considering taking on a gay role, much to the chagrin of his friends and agent. The reactions to Vince playing gay further cement the fact that "Entourage" was the straightest and most testosterone-filled show of its time.
The series comes in an attractive 18 disc case, filled with pictures of the cast from each season. Special features are overabundant and are included for every season. Audio commentaries and behind the scenes are featured prominently but the best are interviews conducted by Mark Walberg. Season three has many on-set location interviews in Las Vegas and a bittersweet look at the entire "Entourage" series can be seen on the final season’s special features.