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Boy Meets World - The Complete First Season


TITLE: BOY MEETS WORLD - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004 (Buena Vista Home Video)
color/approx. 525 min.
MSRP: $49.99
Number of discs: 3
Number of episodes: 23 (counting bonus episode from season 4)
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special features: Audio Commentaries on “Cory’s Alternative Friends,” “Class Pre-Union,” “Boy Meets Girl” and “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow;” Bonus episode from season four: “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.”


Introduction:

The boys are back!!! The ABC sitcom Boy Meets World is coming to DVD after over 10 years since making its debut! The sitcom aired on ABC’s popular Friday night TGIF block from 1993-2000. It featured the world according to an 11 year old boy. He went to school, had a best friend and he loved the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. His name is Cory Matthews. As you watch this show through the years, you will notice how Cory and his friends grow. They look very different by the last season.

The season one cast features Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, Rider Strong as Shawn Patrick Hunter, William Daniels as Mr. Feeny, Will Friedle as Eric Matthews, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, Lee Noris as Stuart Minkus, Lily Nicksay as Morgan Matthews and William Russ as Alan Matthews. Danielle Fishel as Topanga Lawrence was a recurring guest star. She appeared in 14 episodes.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable season one episodes includes: “Pilot,” “Cory’s Alternative Friends,” “Grandma Was a Rolling Stone,” “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” and “Boy Meets Girl.” Boy Meets World also had some familiar faces guest starring, some include: Nikki Cox (“Killer Bees”), Rue McClanahan & Keri Russell (“Grandma Was a Rolling Stone”), Jim Abbott (“Class Pre-Union”), Kathy Ireland & Kelly Packard (“Model Family”), and Jason Marsden (multiple episodes).


Packaging:

The packaging on this set is nice. The box cover is a maroon color with a large photo of Cory’s face in a yellow background, surrounding him are headshots of Topanga (which doesn’t look like her from season one) in a sky blue background, Shawn in a dark blue background, and Eric in a purple background. The Boy Meets World logo is in a white background and blue font, with a baseball in the ‘o’ in Boy and a globe in the ‘o’ in World. The famous yellow paper airplane is going through the logo. There is also a little sticker saying, “Series 10th Anniversary.” The case cover is the same but has different photos. It has four photos from season one – one of Cory and his parents, then Cory & Mr. Feeny, Cory & Shawn, and Cory & Eric. So as you can tell, Cory must be the ‘boy’ in Boy Meets World. The back of the box has three photos from season one on the left side, on the right side there is a synopsis of season one and the DVD itself. Bonus features and specifications are listed in a small notebook paper style photo. A photo from the season four bonus episode is also shown. They look so much older on that. The back of the case has a nice large color photo of Cory and Shawn showing their muscles.

Now inside the case we go! When you open the case, you will see a large notebook paper style with small season one photos. There is also a message from Michael Jacobs on why he thinks Boy Meets World was so special. When you fold the case one more time, you get to the discs! There is also an episode list right on the case, which indicate which episodes are on what disc; a photo of the Matthews family in season one with Mr. Feeny & Shawn is shown to the right of that.

The discs are all maroon color, like the box cover. Disc one has a photo of Cory and mentions it has episodes 1-7. Disc two has a photo of Shawn and mentions it has episodes 8-15. Disc three has a photo of Topanga and mentions it has episodes 16-22 and the bonus episode from season four, “Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow.”


Menu Design and Navigation:

When you pop-in disc one on your DVD player, you get the famous FBI Warning of course, the Buena Vista Home Entertainment logo, and then some previews automatically play of Buena Vista/Touchstone movies and shows. After that you get to the menu screen! The theme song is playing in the background. It loops, so it keeps playing over and over again if you don’t want to choose something really quick. The menu screen has the same logo as the box and case cover, but there are rotating photos right above the logo popping-up. The options on the menu screen are: Episode Selection, Set-up, Bonus Features, and Sneak Peek (only in disc one, the other discs do not have this), and Play All. When you select ‘Episode Selection,’ you get to a sub-menu listing the episodes on the disc, with the episode number in a baseball, followed by a photo from the episode, and episode title. The pointer selection is two pencils. When you go to Set-up, the options are: Captions, Return to Episode, Register Your DVD, and Main Menu. You all know what they are except for probably Register Your DVD. That is a neat feature. If you put the DVD on your DVD-ROM drive on your computer, you can register it and could get updates and technical support, in case anything goes wrong. The Sneak Peek is only available on disc one and it also plays automatically before the menu screen comes on disc one. You can skip chapters to get out of that, though. In case you do want to watch, there are trailers for: The Incredibles, Home on the Range, Around the World in 80 Days, Young Black Stallions, Alias Season 3, Felicity, Boy Meets World on ABC Family Channel, and Popular.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is amazing. It is very good. Although the series is only about 11 years old, I was still quite impressed. The audio is decent, too. I didn’t find any flaws in that. The episodes do have chapters, so you can get to a particular scene faster. There are no scene selections, but that doesn’t matter since there are chapters. The original opening credits are also present, like it is on ABC Family Channel. Disney Channel and local syndication for some reason doesn’t/didn’t show that. I noticed in episode one, before the ending credits the bumper saying “Boy Meets World Will Be Right Back” is also in tact. The tag scenes are also present. The episodes are unedited and shown how they were on ABC in its original run. Fans will be happy, of course.


Special Features:

Now let’s go to the special features. There have been conflicting reports on what is actually on this set. Bloopers, deleted scenes, featurettes were all reported on this set, but they are NOT on the set. On this set they ONLY have four episodes with audio commentaries and a bonus episode from season four. The first audio commentary is on “Cory’s Alternative Friends,” which is located on disc one. That is the first episode with Topanga. Commentary is from Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle, Danielle Fishel and creator/executive producer Michael Jacobs. They are all together watching the episode. It is so neat on what they say. They provide lots of info and facts that most people do not know. Did you know that someone else was supposed to play Topanga? And that she was in this episode, too? Now you do! You can find more about that, when you listen to the audio commentary for this episode. You can turn on the audio commentary for this episode by going to the Bonus Features option on the main menu.

The second audio commentary is on disc two. The episode “Class Pre-Union” is the episode being commented on. The same people from the last commentary are also commenting on this. At first no one could remember what this episode is about. Find out how they remembered when you listen yourself! The third and fourth commentaries are on disc three. The episodes, “Boy Meets Girl” and “Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow,” which is from season four. The same people from the first two commentaries are commenting, but they also got Matthew Lawrence for some reason for these two. He played Jack Hunter, but didn’t appear until season five, so it’s odd that he is commenting. Maybe that is good news because maybe they plan on releasing all the episodes on DVD eventually.

The bonus episode, as I stated before, is from season four, “Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow.” The car opening credits are featured. They comment on that and tell us they hated that opening. I don’t blame them. I personally thought the season one credits were the best for the series.


Final Comments:

I think the set is good. I hope people are not disappointed that the special features that were rumored are not on this set. Maybe they will be in future releases. I personally like season one the best. Could it be because Minkus is just so nerdy like Steve Urkel? Season two will be coming out on DVD after this Thanksgiving, so buy this DVD as soon as you can so you can buy that, too before Mr. Feeny gives you detention!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.7/5
Audio quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.7/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 08/06/04

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