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Lena Dunham's acclaimed HBO series debuts on Blu-ray, and - well, you're going to have to find out for yourself....
HBO / 300 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: December 11, 2012
Here's the deal with Girls: the term is utilized heavily and often in any form of movie and TV criticism, but you'll either love it or you'll hate it. Star Lena Dunham has become the it girl of the moment, ready to accept Emmy Awards, signing book deals, being photographed for fancy magazine - this star and creator of Girls presently sits at the top of the heap. She's made it.
And while it sounds like b.s., I want to make known that I have friends and colleagues who admire what Dunham is doing with Girls. These are viewers who reject soundly the dum-dum humor of American Pie movies, but relish the awkward scenarios at hands in this HBO series. For those on its wavelength, Girls offers a warts-and-all view of youth colliding with adulthood, and Dunham as its shining star represents its slippery spirit.
But enough beating around the bush: I hated Girls: The Complete First Season. Dunham's sensibilities were on full-tilt display in her feature, Tiny Furniture, and she treads similar territory here with what feels to this meager writer like nails on chalkboard. This HBO TV-on-BD set is technically magnificent and comes with an outrageously informative collection of bonuses, so if you've read enough about the show that you want to give it a shot, this high-def compilation is absolutely the way to go - just realize that Girls will likely lump you into heavily 'pro' or 'con' territory early on. Brace yourself.