2 Audio Commentaries by the Cast and Crew
Based on the original hit movie comes the hilarious comedy that is a hit with fans and critics across
the nation. Experience the ultimate 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 Verona.
Relive all 10 episodes, complete with exciting bonus features. 10 Things I Hate About You is a witty
and fun family comedy with something for everyone!
Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:
10 Things I Hate About You premiered on ABC Family on July 7, 2009. The pilot scored 1.60 million viewers,
a record for a 30-minute comedy debut on the network. 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 Kat Stratford, Meaghan Jette Martin as Bianca Stratford, Larry Miller as Dr. Walter Stratford, Ethan Peck as Patrick Verona, Nicholas Braun as Cameron Jones and Dana Davis as Chastity Church.
Here are the 10 episodes that are included on Volume One:
1. Pilot (07/07/09)
2. I Want You To Want Me (07/14/09)
3. Won't Get Fooled Again (07/21/09)
4. Don't Give A Damn About My Bad Reputation (07/28/09)
5. Don't Give Up (08/04/09)
6. You Can't Always Get What You Want (08/11/09)
7. Light My Fire (08/18/09)
8. Dance Little Sister (08/25/09)
9. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) (09/01/09)
10. Don't Leave Me Like This (09/08/09)
Recurring characters include Kyle Kaplan as Michael Bernstein, Ally Maki as Dawn, Chris Zylka as Joey Donner, Jolene Purdy as Mandella, Suzy Nakamura as Principal Holland, Jack Salvatore, Jr. as Brad, Justin Lee as Charlie Woo and Ashley Jackson as Tabitha Cook.
The 2-disc set comes in a clear plastic case with an outer carboard sleeve. The front cover
has Meaghan Jette Martin and Lindsey Shaw standing back to back with Ethan Peck on a motorcycle in the background. There are four small rectangular photos from the episodes on the back of the cardboard box and plastic case. A synopsis of the set, a listing of the bonus features and the DVD specs are listed. Meaghan and Lindsey are featured on the spine of the case. There is a posed photo of the five main teen
actors on the left side inside the case and five smaller publicity photos and still images from
the episodes on the right side. The episodes are listed by disc and the Bonus Features are noted as well.
There is a plastic holder in the center that holds Disc 1, while Disc 2 is held in an embedded holder on the back of the case. Each disc has a green background with the show logo centered at the top. Disc 1 has episodes 1-6 and features Lindsey and Ethan. Disc 2 holds episodes 7-10 and has Dana, Meaghan and Nicholas on it. There are three booklets that promote some other Blu-ray and DVD releases by ABC Studios and Make It or Break It on ABC Family.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are colorful and easy to navigate. When you first insert Disc 1, there are some previews
for When in Rome, Make It or Break It and Gary Unmarred Season 1 on DVD which you can play or skip.
The main menus have a blue background with the instrumental ending theme playing. There is one large rectangular box in the center of the screen that has various video clips. Then there are four smaller boxes that pop up that have even more video clips. The pink, white and lime green show logo is centered at the top of the screen. Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up and Sneak Peeks (only on Disc 1) options are found at the bottom of the screen. There is a pink bar next to the option that you highlight that turns
lime green upon your selection. The sub-menus feature various instrumental music cues from the show and
different still images or video clips on them. When you select Episode Selection, it takes you to a menu
where there are still images from each episode. There is a pink border around the episode you highlight that
turns geen upon your selection. The Set Up menu allows you to turn on the English for the Hearing Impaired,
French or Spaish subtitles. Additional trailers and promos can be played from the Sneak Peeks menu. The bulk of the special features can be found on Disc 2. There are chapter stops within the episodes at the appropriate places, but there are no separate scene selection menus.
Video and Audio Quality:
This is a single camera comedy shot without a studio audience. These episodes just aired in July-September 2009, 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.
The pilot episode was filmed at Verdugo Hills High School in Sylmar, California. All of the episodes appear to be unedited with running times of 21-22 minutes. The pilot episode ran a bit longer at 27 minutes, 3 seconds. 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. Subtitles are available in English for the Hearing Impaired, French and Spanish.
Here are the original airdates and runtimes:
1. Pilot (07/07/09) (27:03)
2. I Want You To Want Me (07/14/09) (21:25)
3. Won't Get Fooled Again (07/21/09) (21:52)
4. Don't Give A Damn About My Bad Reputation (07/28/09) (21:51)
5. Don't Give Up (08/04/09) (21:50)
6. You Can't Always Get What You Want (08/11/09) (21:52)
7. Light My Fire (08/18/09) (21:56)
8. Dance Little Sister (08/25/09) (21:42)
9. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) (09/01/09) (22:17)
10. Don't Leave Me Like This (09/08/09) (21:44)
There is a nice mix of special features that die-hard and new fans of the show should enjoy.
Two audio commentaries by the cast and crew, bloopers, a tour of the set with Meaghan and Lindsey,
a featurette with many of the cast and crew and the Make It or Break It pilot episode are included.
Pilot Episode Commentary with Lindsey Shaw, Larry Miller, Director Gil Junger and Executive Producer/Writer Carter Covington - They give their general observations about the pilot. They talk about the high school that they filmed at which was used in at least 2 other movies. This is more of them just watching the episode
and not many technical details. Interestingly, Gil Junger also directed the movie but they don't talk
about the similarities/differences between the two.
"Make It or Break It" Pilot Episode - Volume One of the ABC Family series will also be available on DVD on January 12
10 Things I Hate vs. 10 Things I Love (12:26) - The cast answers crazy questions forming their own
10 things list. Lindsey Shaw, Dana Davis, Meaghan Jette Martin, Ethan Peck, Nicholas Braun, Carter Covington
and Larry Miller are interviewed. They talk about their characters, the cast, high school, dating,
parties, the popular crowd, Shakespeare and Life on Set. Good for information on the cast but not really any specific information on the episodes
Bloopers (2:24) - A montage of bloopers with some instrumental music played in the background.
Backstge Pass (3:38) - Go behind the scenes with Meaghan and Lindsey. They give a short tour
of the sets, including the courtyard. They are interviewed and talk about working together. This
could have been a lot more in-depth.
Light My Fire Audio Commentary with Dana Davis, Nick Braun, Ethan Peck and Executive Producer Robin
Schiff - Unfortunately, Meagahn Jette Martin wasn't on either of the commentaries. This commentary track
features their observations about the episode and some behind the scenes details. You can tell that the
cast and crew like working together.
I had watched the 1999 movie that was a breakout success for Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger a few
years ago after Ledger's tragic death, but this was the first time I had seen the TV series. While they've made some minor tweaks to the characters, the general premise of the show is the same. The show is clearly geared towards the tween/teen crowd with the fashion, music and pop culture references. Meaghan Jette Martin and Lindsey Shaw have some good chemistry as the sisters. The rest of the supporting cast play their roles well.
Larry Miller is the only cast member to appear in both the movie and TV series. He's very funny in
both as the over-protective dad. Some other connections with the movie are the same director (Gil Junger) and composer (Richard Gibbs). Don't forget that
the original cult classic movie recently had a 10th Anniversary Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray release.
Overall, this is a pretty decent set for a fun family comedy. It's nice that ABC Family has developed some popular original programming in recent years. Fans of the show may have well wanted a few more audio commentaries and in-depth featurettes, but this should tide them over until new episodes are airing. The final 10 episodes of season 1 are expected to air sometime in the spring on ABC Family.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
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