Show Review: When Louie premiered in 2010 I was excited. I am a fan of Louis C.K.’s comedy but had mixed feelings about his HBO show Lucky Louie. I was interested to see what he would do when he had more control over his own show and I have not been disappointed.
Louie follows a semi-autobiographical version of Louis C.K as he navigates single-life, fatherhood and the life of a comic.
The second season of Louie has my favorite episode of the show and one of my all-time favorite sitcom episodes, “Duckling”, which follows Louie as he goes on a USO tour in Afghanistan unaware that his daughter has packed a baby duck in his luggage to keep him safe.
If you haven’t seen the first season you aren’t missing out on important plot pieces as each episode is almost like a stand-alone short film (sometimes 2 or 3 separate vignettes within an episode).
5 out of 5 stars
Video Quality: The video quality of Louie is great. I didn’t notice any negative digital artifacts or haloing. Night scenes are usually difficult to capture because of the amount of darkness which can be compressed too much by the camera or the Blu-Ray compression. The Second Season of Louie features lots of night scenes and luckily features no squashing of the black levels in the shadows.
While you won’t grab this movie to show off a new TV, the Blu-Ray presents it well. It’s not horrible looking, it’s just obvious that Louis C.K. has other priorities.
4 ½ out of 5 Stars
Audio Quality: The audio quality of Louie is just as accurate but unimpressive. All of the dialogue is captured clearly and you are never wondering what is being said (even though Louie mumbles a lot). That being said, your surround channels will not be given much of a workout as there is rarely anything in the sound design that goes beyond the front speakers.
4 out of 5 Stars
Commentary Tracks on Select Episodes: There are commentary tracks on the first few episodes and it feels like he started doing commentaries for all of the episodes and either ran out of time or interest in it. They are still pretty funny.
The only special feature on the discs are commentaries on a handful of episodes. While the commentary tracks featuring Louis C.K. are great and very informative, there is just not a lot of bonus stuff here, sadly.
2 out of 5 Stars
Overall: Your interest in the show is probably entirely dependent on your thoughts about Louis C.K. His comedy can take a few episode to get used to because of his honesty and vulgarity but once you do you will probably have a good time. There aren’t a whole lot of special features here that increase the value of the Blu-Ray but the show is so good that it doesn’t really matter.
4 ½ out of 5 Stars