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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Glee: Season 1, Volume 1 DVD Review

Glee: Season 1, Volume 1 DVD Review

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Synopsis: Give a cheer for TV’s hottest, funniest and most talked-about new series when “Glee” Season 1: Road To Sectionalsdebuts on DVD December 29 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Filled with beloved characters and sensational musical numbers, “Glee” Season 1: Road To Sectionals is an electrifying, pitch-perfect winner.  William McKinley High School once had a champion glee club, but now they are floundering.  That is when an idealistic Spanish teacher (Matthew Morrison, Music & Lyrics) takes up their cause, vowing to transform the rag-tag group of singers and dancers into champions.

From Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee” also stars Jane Lynch (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Jessalyn Gilsig (“Nip/Tuck”) and a slew of talented newcomers including Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer.  Featuring the first 13 episodes, “Glee” Season 1: Road To Sectionals DVD will also include the Director’s cut of the pilot episode; exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes; audition videos from the talented cast and the hit music topping the charts at iTunes such as cast versions of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” Heart’s “Alone,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” CĂ©line Dion’s “Taking Chances,” Rihanna’s “Take A Bow,” Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name,” Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows,” Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”.  “Glee” Season 1: Road To Sectionals will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.98 U.S/$49.98 Canada. Prebook date is December 2.

DVD Content: (Catalog #2264367)
Disc One
    •    Episodes
        o    Pilot – Director’s Cut
        o    Showmance
        o    Acafellas
        o    Preggers
Disc Two
    •    Episodes
        o    The Rhodes not Taken
        o    Vitamin D
        o    Throwdown!
        o    Mash-Up
Disc Three
    •    Episodes
        o    Wheels
        o    Ballads
        o    Hairography
Disc Four
    •    Episodes
        o    Mattress
        o    Sectionals
        o    Special Features

Review: I saw the previews for Glee all summer and I wasn't quite sure it would be my cup of tea.  I don't generally get into happy things.  I know that sounds gloomy, but its true.  Honestly this show appeared a bit too happy go lucky for me.  I decided to try it out with an open mind, though.  What did I find?  I found a show that has a surface of..well....Glee, but underneath there is a stream dark humor and an almost sly and coy jab at itself.

Jane Lynch is weird.  Thats just a fact..and we love her for it.  She always plays a twisted role, whether it be on Boston Legal as a sexual surrogate or the store manager in the 40 year old virgin, she is always entertaining.  When I saw that she was in the show, it gave me hope.  You don't hire Jane Lynch unless you want a darker tone to your gleeful cast.  She's always blunt, ackward and disturbing...this show is no different.  While the musical numbers are very campy, the show does deal with some relevant social issues like homophobia, drugs, bullying etc.  The show has lots of rivalry and viciousness that keeps the drama alive and definately entertaining.

This set is the first volume of the season.  Fox opted to give the show nine more episodes for 2010 to add to season one given the popularity of the show.  They are planning on releasing the complete season one still in late spring, but if you can't wait for that, this would be a great fix.  Also, if you are behind on the show and coming in late in the game like I am...well, this is perfect for you to get caught right up!


Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars