Entourage: Season 6 [Blu-Ray]

Entourage: Season 6 [Blu-Ray]
Six seasons in, you'd think HBO's Entourage would have run out of gas. The premise (A-list movie star shares his Hollywood highs-and-lows with childhood buddies) is thin, the pleasures are few (mild nudity, wild parties and other such so-called "lifestyle porn") and it's got the worst theme song on cable television. Still, against all odds, Vinnie Chase and his boys manage not only to survive, but flourish. Despite its limited appeal, Entourage has aged fairly well, as demonstrated by syndicated re-runs and the recent announcement that the show's producers were trying to parlay its success into a feature film. Season six is one of the stronger, likely because it deals explicitly with its characters growing into their own. No longer content to understand themselves in relation to Vince (Adrian Grenier), the rest of the entourage work to develop their lives. While the improbable relationship between Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Sopranos starlet Jamie-Lynn Sigler continues to spur his independence, careerist Eric (Kevin Connolly) moves out of the gang's Hollywood frat house to pursue a life of independence. Meanwhile, cast favourite Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) continues to walk the tightrope of TV celebrity, managing to bungle up every opportunity handed to him. With his friends leaving the nest, Vince commits to a little personal growth ― watching him try and get his driver's license or get hassled by Matt Damon to do some aid work (check this set's bonus features for a look at Vince trying to make his heart bleed for a fake charity) provide some of the season's funniest moments. Elsewhere, Vince's manic agent Ari (Jeremy Piven) plans a hostile takeover of his mentor's firm, all while trying to manage incompetence at his own. There's a lot going on, as usual, and as douche-y as it may seem, at times, it's all pretty enjoyable. The special features don't amount to much, apart from a brief look at the third episode's Ferrari racing scene and a redundant recap of the whole season. (Warner)