Joey's Makeup Transformation
Based on the engaging original movie comes the hilarious TV comedy that is a hit with fans and critics across the nation. Experience the lumps and laughter of sibling rivalry with the ABC Family original series 10 Things I Hate About You...!
Meet Kat and Bianca, two very different sisters who have their own unique views on high school life and teenage love. Kat is a feisty, smart student activist who wants to stand out; and Bianca is a sweet social butterfly who just wants to fit in. Things get a lot more complicated, however when Kat meets the mysterious Patrick Verana.
Now, complete the series critcs call "wickedly funny, smart and sweet" with the final ten episodes of this off-the-wall fun family comedy!
The second half of the first season premiered on ABC Family on March 29, 2010. The series is based on the based on the 1999 film of the same name, originally based on the Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew. Starring in the series are Lindsey Shaw as Katherine "Kat" Stratford, Meaghan Jette Martin as Bianca Stratford, Larry Miller as Dr. Walter Stratford, Ethan Peck as Patrick Verona, Nicholas Braun as Cameron James and Dana Davis as Chastity Church. Recurring characters include Chris Zylka as Joey Donner, Kyle Kaplan as Michael Bernstein, Ally Maki as Dawn, Jolene Purdy as Mandella, Suzy Nakamura as Principal Holland, Leslie Grossman as Ms. Darlene Tharpe, Barret Swatek Ms. Somers, Jack Salvatore, Jr. as Brad, Justin Lee as Charlie Woo, Cody McMains as Keith, Ashley Jackson as Tabitha Cook,
Benjamin Stone as William "Blank" Blankenship and Allie Gonino as Michelle. In April 2010, the show was canceled due to low ratings. The final two episodes aired on May 24, 2010.
After leaving school without permission, Kat and Patrick are caught and suspended in "Da Repercussions." Walter insists Kat invite Patrick over for dinner, hoping to scare Patrick away in "Don't Trust Me." Both Kat and Bianca have dinner dates with their boyfriends in "Great Expectations." Kat starts to protest for Meatless Mondays and with the assistance of a new British student named William "Blank" Blankenship, it is put into action in "Meat is Murder." The Padua High Talent Show is here in "The Winner Takes It All." Kat is worried about Patrick’s odd behavior and recruits Cameron to help her spy on him in "Too Much Information." Rachel Hunter appears as herself. When Bianca and Joey seek a second couple for a double date, she decides to set up Cameron and Dawn in "Just One Kiss." Kat and Patrick consider taking their relationship to the next level but backfires when Patrick accidentally insults Kat in "Changes." The girls find out Walter is dating their guidance counselor, Darlene Tharpe, in "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Chastity decides to make Bianca vice head cheerleader, but to hide this fact from Michelle and the other girls, they and Dawn stage a fake fight at the cheerleaders' annual car wash in "Revolution." Episode summaries courtesy of Wikipedia.
All of the episodes appear to be unedited, with running times of 21-22 minutes. Note that the total running times listed on the packaging and discs are incorrect. Here are the 10 episodes that are included on Volume Two, including the original airdates and run times:
11. Da Repercussions (03/29/10) (22:20)
12. Don't Trust Me (04/05/10) (21:53)
13. Great Expectations (04/12/10) (21:37)
14. Meat is Murder (04/19/10) (21:51)
15. The Winner Takes It All (04/26/10) (22:22)
16. Too Much Information (05/03/10) (21:57)
17. Just One Kiss (05/10/10) (21:57)
18. Changes (05/17/10) (21:52)
19. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (05/24/10) (21:52)
20. Revolution (05/24/10) (21:57)
The 3-disc set comes in a clear plastic snap case, just like the first volume. There is no outer carboard sleeve used this time. The front cover has the same photo of Meaghan Jette Martin and Lindsey Shaw standing back to back, with Ethan Peck on a motorcyle in the background. A light blue and white background is used. The show logo is in white, pink and lime green in the top right. There are four small rectangular photos from the episodes on the back of the case. A synopsis of the set, a listing of the bonus features and the DVD specs are provided. There are eight more photos of the cast from the episodes inside the case. The episodes are listed by disc number and the bonus features are listed on Disc 3. There is a plastic holder in the center that holds Discs 1 and 2, while Disc 3 is held in an embbed holder on the back of the case. Each of the discs has a light blue background with the show logo. Disc 1 has episodes 11-14 and features Martin and Shaw. Disc 2 contains episodes 15-18 and a photo of Peck on his motorcycle. Disc 3 rounds out the set with episodes 19-20 and has a cropped version of the artwork photo of Martin, Shaw and Peck. No episode guide or promotional booklets are included.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are colorful and easy to navigate. When you first insert Disc 1, there are some previews for Greek - Chapter Five - The Complete Third Season, The Middle Man - The Complete Series, Melissa and Joey - Season One - Part One, and Parker Lewis Can't Lose - The Complete First Season on DVD that you can play or skip. The main menus begin with an animated show logo that leads to a static logo. There are a series of headshots of the cast members that rotate in boxes on the right side of the screen. The show's theme song plays in the background before it loops. There are options for Play All and Episodes at the bottom of the screen. When you select Episodes, it takes you to a sub-menu where the episode titles are listed vertically in white text. A darkened version of the logo moves across the screen in the background. There is a light blue bar next to the episode you highlight that turns a darker blue upon your selection. A Bonus option is included on Disc 3. No Set Up menu is included this time, as there are no subtitles available on this volume. There are chapter stops within the episodes at the appropriate places, but there are no separate scene selection menus.
Video and Audio Quality:
This was a single camera comedy that was shot without a studio audience. These episodes just aired in March-May 2010, so they look outstanding. They are presented in their original widescreen (1.78:1) format - enchanced for 16x9 televisions. The picture is very sharp and colorful. There are many outdoor and on location scenes, while the rest are shot on stage sets. There are no closing logos except for one that notes that it is an original ABC Family Production.
The audio is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound track. It sounds great and has no problems. I noticed that the composer of the theme music and score is Richard Gibbs. He also did the music for the movie in 1999, so it may sound familiar to you. There are quite a few songs used in the episodes as listed on various online episode guides. Nothing is on the packaging to indicate that any of the music had to be changed, so hopefully everything is on the DVD as it was originally aired on ABC Family. Since this is a single camera comedy, there is no studio audience. They didn't add a laugh track. Unfortunately, this release doesn't include any subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired, French or Spanish like the first volume.
There are a few special features found on Disc 3. They include a rap video, 2 extended scenes and a short behind the scenes video. Unfortunately, there are no audio commentaries or interviews on this release. This is really no surprise, since the show was canceled in April 2010.
Kat and Cameron's Rap Video (1:49) - A short video featuring Kat and Cameron.
The Biggest Poser: Extended Scene 1 (2:20) - An extended scene with the photographer and Joey for the "Too Much Information" episode.
The Biggest Poser: Extended Scene 2 (1:02) - An extended scene in a hot tub.
The Biggest Poser: Joey's Make-Up Transformation (2:44) - A behind the scenes video with Joey Donner.
It's nice to see Shout! Factory release the final 10 episodes of the series. Since the last episode aired in May 2010, I don't think it was a given that there would be a second volume available. This was a pretty funny and entertaining show. If you enjoyed the movie, you probably would like the TV series. It was pretty surprising to see this show canceled after only 20 episodes. They started with the highest rated 30-minute comedy premiere in ABC history at the time, but I guess they couldn't sustain those ratings. There seemed to a good core group of fans and the reviews were favorable. I think they were hurt by the long break between the end of the first half to the start of the second half of 10 episodes. There was over a 6 month break between new episodes, so I think they lost a lot of momentum they were building the first half of the season. This second volume doesn't have as many special features as the first volume, but it's still a pretty decent release. You probably would want to complete the series. Please note that this is a Shout! Select exclusive, so it's not sold in stores and only available online via their online store. You may also be able to find it on Amazon.com or on eBay.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
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