Home Cheap Entertainment 10 Things I Hate About You (Volume One) – DVD Review

1. The show tries to stay true to the original movie, and mostly succeeds.
2. Lindsey Shaw was attractive until I discovered she was from Nebraska.
3. There are times I actually did laugh, which is surprising considering I’m not the demographic.
4. However, the pop culture references do get to be a little much.
5. Meaghan Martin is still underage, and still more attractive than Lindsey Shaw only because she’s not from Nebraska.
6. Ethan Peck should have taken acting lessons from grandpa Gregory, and the only I reason I know those two are related is because Wikipedia says so.
7. Kyle Kaplan has some talent, he just needs to hone his timing.
8. Michael Braun is decent, but never quite recaptures that lovable ’80′s doofus.
9. Fans of the movie will be pleased with this adaptation, and everyone else might be pleasantly surprised with it.
10. Seriously, Lindsey Shaw was attractive until I discovered she was from Nebraska.

6 out of 10

The Video

Also surprising is that the 1.78:1 widescreen presentation actually looks fairly well. Compression is minimal, and is really the only complaint to be launched against it. Colors were bright and vivid, with black levels handled decently well. Suffice it to say, it impressed me.

8 out of 10

The Audio

Dolby Digital 5.1 is present here and it’s actually a decent track. Music, which is prominent in this series, is handled very well and dialogue came in crisp and clear. It may not be demo material, but it’s hardly a terrible track by any stretch.

8 out of 10

Extras

Disc One features a commentary on the pilot with Lindsey Shaw, Larry Miller, and developer/writer/director Carter Covington, and film director Gil Junger. It’s fairly decent and covers all the regular bases with production information and enthusiasm for the show itself.

Another commentary is featured on the episode “Light My Fire” with writer/executive producer Robin Schiff, Dana Davis, Nicholas Braun and Ethan Peck. Of the two tracks, this one is more lively and considerably better as Braun leads the discussion on how the actors are in comparison to their characters, working with everyone, and the future of the show.

Next is the pilot episode to the other release from ABC Family, “Make It Or Break It”. You can read my brief recollection here.

The twelve minute “10 Things I Hate vs. 10 Things I Love” is next and is the cast and crew rather lightheartedly discussing high school, dating, parties, and everything else unimportant a growing high schooler needs. Big graphic words also make appearances here.

Bloopers follow, and running around two minutes these are actually pretty enjoyable.

The features wrap-up with “Backstage Pass” and for three minutes is Lindsey Shaw and Meaghan Martin showing off the various sets and describing the show. It’s nothing bad, just more fluff, and really harmless.

This is one of those sets where the features feel like they’re there just to be there and won’t really serve any purpose outside of the two commentary tracks. Sometimes that’s all you need, if the “South Park” sets are anything to go by. Fans of the show will enjoy them, and that’s really all that matters in the end.

5 out of 10

Overall

Rebirthed for television, this new “10 Things I Hate About You” is slightly better than expected considering the network and the audience. There’s problems with it to be sure, but in the end the show is as harmless as they come. The DVD boasts solid picture and audio, as well as two decent commentaries and pure fluff for other special features. Fans should buy, but I don’t think I can recommend this to anyone who’s not in high school or prefers more serious stuff. Perhaps if one of the stars wasn’t from Nebraska, I’d like it more.

DVD Overall Rating – 6 out of 10

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