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Living Single - The Complete First Season


TITLE: LIVING SINGLE - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/1993-1994
MSRP: $29.98
Number of discs: 4
Number of episodes: 27
Running Time: Approx 567 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: 13 minutes and 3 seconds
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
Closed Captioned
Special Features: Retrospective featurette: "How Ya Livin'?: Season One of Living Single"


Introduction:

We are living ... single ... in a 90's kind of world... is how we are first greeted to four closenit but very different friends, smart and sassy Khadijah James (Queen Latifah), self-absorbed Regine Hunter (Kim Fields), hard-nosed attorney Maxine Shaw (Erika Alexander), and the sweet but naive Synclaire (Kim Coles). Enjoy all 27 Season One episodes of the comedy series about four fly women living large and living single.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes include "Judging by the Cover" in which Regine's newest beau turns out to be married; "I'll Take Your Man," in which Regine and Max fight over a man; "Full Court Press," in which Khadijah is involved in a car accident and is taken to court; "Living Single... With Children," in which Regine is left in charge of her latest beau's young daughter; "Quttin' Time," in which a frustrated Synclaire quits Flavor magazine; "The Naked Truth," in which Overton and Kyle bicker with each other and Overton moves in with the girls; "Crappy Birthday," in which the girls and the guys go to Atlantic City for Khadijah's birthday; "Burglar in the House," in which the girls' apartment is robbed; "Friends Like These," in which Khadijah's opportunistic friend from college visits; "Who's The Boss?," in which a sick Khadijah allows Synclaire to take over operations at Flavor; and "What's Next?," in which Max and Kyle wake up naked together...

Some notable guest appearances include: Freda Payne ("I'll Take Your Man"), Thomas Mikal Ford ("Whose Date is it Anyway?"), Cress Williams ("Just Friends?"), Isabel Sanford ("Quittin' Time"), Ed McMahon ("Crappy Birthday"), Flip Wilson ("Crappy Birthday"), Nia Long ("Love Takes a Holiday"), Cree Summer ("Love Thy Neighbor"), Charnele Brown ("Friends Like These"), Arsenio Hall ("Friends Like These"), Adam Lazarre-White ("Love is a Many Splintered Thing"), Mark Curry ("A Tale of Two Tattles"), and Richard Gant ("What's Next?").


Packaging:

The packaging is a fold-out set. The cover art features the four main characters in a season one cast shot, pasted in front of the city skyline. The inside case features the same overall design as well as a list of episodes and which discs they are on. There are four discs in the set and each one features a different headshot of one of the main characters. Disc 1 features Khadijah and episodes 1-7, Disc 2 features Regine and episodes 8-14, Disc 3 features Max and episodes 15-21 while Disc 4 features Synclaire and episodes 22-27 plus the bonus feature.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu design is very sleek and simple. It features a purple-ized shot of some buildings plus a photo of the four girls. There are three selections on the menu you can choose from (there are four on disc four). The first is the popular "Play" (play all) option that plays all the episodes on that disc. The second selection is "Episodes," which takes you to a list of the episodes on that disc to choose from. The third selection is "Languages" which lets you choose English for spoken language or English, French and Spanish for the subtitles. On disc four, there is a fourth selection, bonus feature, which takes you the bonus feature(s) available on the set. A shortened version of the theme song loops continuously while on the main menu.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is extremely good--fantastic colors and vibrant sound. Nothing much to even say on it; it's great. Each episode contains chapter skips (except on the special feature) and appears to be unedited, but I can't be 100% certain.

Disc 1
1. Judging By The Cover (22:48)
2. I'll Take Your Man (22:51)
3. Whose Date Is It Anyway? (22:49)
4. A Kiss Before Lying (22:51)
5. In The Black Is Beautiful (22:50)
6. Great Expectations (22:51)
7. Full Court Press (22:50)

Disc 2
8. Living Single... with Children (22:52)
9. Just Friends? (22:51)
10. Quittin' Time (22:50)
11. The Naked Truth (22:50)
12. Crappy Birthday (22:51)
13. Love Takes a Holiday (22:48)
14. Burglar in the House (22:50)

Disc 3
15. Living Kringle (22:53)
16. Fatal Distraction (22:21)
17. The Hand that Robs the Cradle (22:49)
18. Love Thy Neighbor, Part 1 (22:20)
19. Mystery Date, Part 2 (22:00)
20. Hot Fun in the Wintertime (22:06)
21. Friends Like These (22:22)

Disc 4
22. Who's The Boss? (22:52)
23. Five Card Stud (22:45)
24. Love is a Many Splintered Thing (22:41)
25. A Tale of Two Tattles (22:49)
26. She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother (22:21)
27. What's Next? (22:53)
Special Feature - "How Ya Livin'?: Season One of Living Single" (13:03)


Special Features:

* Retrospective Featurette: "How Ya Livin'?: Season One of Living Single" (approx. 13:03 minutes)

What a nice bonus feature! I have to admit I was surprised to find out this was more than a clip fest. Although it IS full of clips from Season 1, it features awesome intercuts of interviews with most of the cast (Kim Fields, Kim Coles, T.C. Carson, Erika Alexander & John Henton) and the people behind the scenes (creator Yvette Lee Bowser). It is basically what the name says, a retrospective. The cast and crew talk about the series inception and about the show, and season one in general. It's a very nice inclusion and I'm glad it was included!


Final Comments:

Wow, what a great set. First of all, the bonus feature was a really good inclusion. But I do think Warner should of at least mentioned somewhere on the box that it featured interviews with the cast. I just assumed it was another all-clip fest featuring moments from the first season. The episodes are in great condition. Warner did a great job on the design of the box as well as the menu screen. Very nice and it fits the series well. I definitely encourage all fans to go out and get this set! Good job, Warner.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Naviation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

--Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 02/20/06

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