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“Silicon Valley” Has Comical Punch

Ever wonder how techno nerds get their ideas, develop the products and get them to market? “Silicon Valley”, a comedy series about the topic, has released their 4th season on home video.  The HBO Mike Judge co-created sitcom turns the industry upside down with a lot of guffaws, some insane moments and a dirty deal or two or three.  Now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the series was nominated for this year’s Best Comedy Series, Writer and Best Director Emmys.

The fourth season has brought the Pied Piper company a chance at getting a video chat app called “PiperChat” for the market, but funding is badly needed.  The app can bring a large number of chatters to your phone at one time with each person in on a closed chat group. Think Facebook with face to face iPhones. But, there’s a lot of hurdles to jump in order to cross this finish line.

 

Zach Woods, TJ Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Kumail Nanjiani, Jimmy O Yang in SILICON VALLEY

With each of the main characters fumbling the ball over self-serving reasons, not much is getting accomplished. Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) is still CEO of Hooli (for the moment), Erlich Bachman (T. J. Miller) still owns 10 percent of Pied Piper, and Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani) had just received the promotion of his life.  Erlich Bachman (T. J. Miller) has made a play to get involved in Jian-Yang’s (Jimmy O. Yang) new app and Richard has picked up a new business partner Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) who has a new strategy for internet use.

 

Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks and Zach Woods as Donald “Jared” Dunn in SILICON VALLEY

It’s all insane stuff as the major players find their way through a huge maze in season four.  “Silicon Valley” becomes very addictive, especially when there’s no TV ads to slow you down and there’s the miracle of Rewind and Pause.  The script is lively, interesting and has a lot of comical punch.  Once you are acquainted with the central characters (and that’s what the rewind button is for) you’ll find yourself rooting for some, swearing at others, marvel at their ideas or just plain laughing at their idiosyncrasies.

 

T. J. Miller as Erlich Bachman and Josh Brener as Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti in SILICON VALLEY

“Silicon Valley” has been rated by the Television Content Rating System (“TCRS”) as TV-MA for mature viewers. The series contains rude language (a lot), sexual innuendos and a copious amount of drug use. In addition to the ten episodes in Season Four there’s some cool deleted scenes that are fun to watch. But, not until you have finished the 300 minutes of story of course.  And if you are female, you certainly have to watch how dumb some men can be when it comes to the work place, relationships and business.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: A cool way to enjoy the inside of the computer/social media tech industry, nerd or not. 

Specifications and additional video information:

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, T. J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Amanda Crew, Zach Woods, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, Jimmy O. Yang, Stephen Tobolowsky, Chris Diamantopoulos, Chris Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Chiou, with Emily Chang.    Created by: Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.   TV Rating: TV-MA, language, drug use,    Genre: Comedy   Running Time: 300 min.    Video Release Date: September 12, 2015    Original TV Series Release Dates: April 23 through June 25, 2017.    Language: English (changeable to Spanish).   Reviewed Format: DVD (also available on Blu-ray).   Audio: Digital 5.1Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.79:1.   Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Portuguese (Brazil).   Number of Discs: 1 Disc, +Digital HD.   Distributed by: HBO Home Entertainment.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com

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