The latest season of, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the HBO sitcom from “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, has finally arrived on DVD, and though it can’t equal the sustained brilliance of the “Seinfeld” reunion of the previous season, it still delivers plenty of deliciously uncomfortable laughs.

The latest season of, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the HBO sitcom from “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, has finally arrived on DVD, and though it can’t equal the sustained brilliance of the “Seinfeld” reunion of the previous season, it still delivers plenty of deliciously uncomfortable laughs.


This time around, Larry moves to New York City, and, in typical Larry style, it’s because he’s trying to avoid a Los Angeles charity event run by his annoying nemesis, Matt Tessler (a hilarious Michael McKean). Once in New York, Larry does his best to accidentally alienate the entire Big Apple, butting heads with Ricky Gervais, Michael J. Fox, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and various other Manhattan denizens. And, of course, he continues to get in trouble with his buddy Jeff (Jeff Garlin), fight with Jeff’s wife, Susie (Susie Essman) and, best of all, hang out with his L.A. housemate Leon (J.B. Smoove), who shows up midway through in one of the season’s funniest scenes.


Truth is though, many of the episodes ramble along, and while they’re amusing, they’re not exactly prime “Curb.” But late in the season, Larry runs into disgraced Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, of all people, and manages to deliver a show that not only brings the laughs, it offers Buckner a shot at heroic redemption. The last thing I ever want “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to be is heartwarming, but seeing Bucker make a crucial catch after all these years of lingering disgrace was oddly touching and absolutely hilarious. 


Besides the original 10 episodes, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” set includes an amusing tour of New York conducted by Leon and, a long panel discussion featuring Larry, Garlin, Essman and Cheryl Hines (who plays Larry’s ex, Cheryl). It’s a surprisingly revealing — and very funny — look at how this strange, sardonic little show gets put together.


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As usual, the fine folks at Warner Archives (warnerarchive.com) have been digging through the ruins of movie history and coming up with some fun, forgotten cinematic artifacts. Here are three of their latest DVDs, all available via the website: 


“Is My Face Red?”: This 1932 newspaper picture stars Ricardo Cortez (Real name? Jacob Krantz!) as a gossip columnist who stumbles onto a speakeasy murder. No great surprises here, but it zips along as only an early 1930s newspaper picture can. Robert Armstrong plays a rival columnist in this movie, but in just a year he’d be playing a movie producer sailing to a mysterious island to capture a certain giant ape. 


“The Phantom of Crestwood”: Another Ricardo Cortez feature — and how often do you hear that phrase in 2012? This film was part of what passed for a multimedia event in 1932: “The Phantom of Crestwood” (the movie) finished the story that began in “The Phantom of Crestwood” (the radio drama), with audiences forced to pay at the box office to hear how the mystery was solved. Otherwise, it’s your standard old dark house thriller, with a surprisingly creepy death mask offering the most memorable moments.


“Lucky Devils: As a movie fan, I found this 1933 film the most interesting of the three. It’s a wild-and-woolly action picture focusing on a group of devil-may-care stuntmen led by Bill Boyd (before he became famous as Hopalong Cassidy). There’s not a whole lot of plot, but there are some crazy stunts, all performed by desperate men trying to earn a few bucks in the early days of the Great Depression. What with all the special effects, insurance contracts and, well, common sense, you just don’t see this sort of thing anymore — thankfully.