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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The First Season


TITLE: SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH - THE FIRST SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007 (CBS DVD/Paramount)
Color / 1996-97
MSRP: $42.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 526 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

As it says on the box art, "Everyone's life could use a touch of magic" and that is so true! Finally, the popular ABC comedy, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" is available on DVD from CBS DVD/Paramount! Fans are going to be thrilled at this. The series debuted on ABC (over 10 years ago...wow!), leading off the TGIF block. The series stars Melissa Joan Hart as teenage witch Sabrina Spellman, Beth Broderick as Aunt Zelda, Caroline Rhea as Aunt Hilda and Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem the cat. Also starring are Nate Richert as Harvey, Jenna Leigh Green as Libby, Michelle Beaudoin as Jenny and Paul Feig as Mr. Poole.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes include "Pilot" in which Sabrina is told about her magical powers on her sixteenth birthday. "Bundt Friday" is the one in which Sabrina forces Libby to tell the truth for a change. "The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie" is the one in which Sabrina baby-sits a cranky toddler. "Halloween Story" in which Sabrina clones herself to be in two places at once. "Third Aunt from the Sun" is the one in which Raquel Welch guest stars as Sabrina's Aunt Vesta. "A Girl and Her Cat" in which on Christmas Eve, Salem is taken home by a young boy who refuses to give him up. "Trial by Fury" in which Sabrina's aunt casts a spell of revenge on a math teacher who humiliates Sabrina during a test. "Sabrina Through the Looking Glass" in which Sabrina, hoping to escape her life, steps into a mirror, but gets trapped in her own bad mood where everything is negative. "Mars Attacks" in which Sabrina goes to Mars on Spring Break and forgets about Harvey back on earth. "As Westbridge Turns" in which, after Sabrina becomes bored with her life, Hilda casts a spell that turns all of Westbridge into a melodramatic soap opera. "The Crucible" in which on a field trip to Salem, all the students are told to act like townsfolk from the past. Then Sabrina's worst fear comes true -- she is accused of being a witch! Finally, "Troll Bride" is the one in which Sabrina is tricked into marrying a troll.

Memorable guest stars this season include Penn and Teller, Randy Travis, Eddie Cibrian (Invasion), Milo Ventimiglia, Emily Hart, Sally Jessy Raphael, Brian Austin Green (90210), Raquel Welch, Andrew Keegen, Donald Faison (Scrubs), Coolio, Ed Begley Jr., Jack Wagner, Brady Anderson, David Chokachi, Dann Florek, Bill Fagerbakke, Donna D'Errico, John Loprieno and Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle).


Packaging:

The main box is a snap case (like regular movies) and is a design that CBS/Paramount seems to have adapted for its future releases, such as Family Ties, Bosom Buddies and Girlfriends. It is nice & compact and I really like it. The main art features Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina with Salem the cat. The back of the box features a nice description of the series as well as another photo of Hart and some episode pictures. There are four discs. Inside the case is a list of episodes, a description of the episode, the original airdate of the episode and the discs they are located.

The discs themselves are silver in color and feature the show logo along with what episodes are on that disc. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6. Disc 2 contains episodes 7-12. Disc 3 contains episodes 13-18. Disc 4 contains episodes 19-24.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is very simple. It starts up right away and features a picture on the left hand side of the screen, such as on Disc 1, it uses the same picture of Hart that is used on the back of the box. The menu itself is simple, as I said, and features a "Play All" option and a list of the episodes.


Video and Audio Quality:

The audio is in fine quality, as is the video. In fact, the video is REALLY good. The colors are very crisp and bright and it looks fantastic. Unfortunately, there is supposedly some editing going on in the episodes. The back of the box says, "Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions. Some music has been changed for this home entertainment version." I really cannot say for sure, as I just do not know what, if anything was edited out or replaced. Like Family Ties S1, I suspect CBS DVD has edited a scene or two because of music issues. If any die-hard fan is reading and knows where a scene with music was in an episode this season, please let us know and we can check the DVD. We have no original airings to compare with. The run-times DO vary a LOT. Interesting that all of the episodes on Disc 4 have a runtime of 22:00 minutes or more and most of the episodes run less than that on other discs.

DISC 1
1- Pilot (21:35)
2- Bundt Friday (21:56)
3- The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie (22:00)
4- Terrible Things (21:49)
5- A Halloween Story (21:55)
6- Dream Date (21:54)

DISC 2
7- Third Aunt from the Sun (21:55)
8- Magic Joel (21:56)
9- Geek Like Me (21:56)
10- Sweet and Sour Victory (21:55)
11- A Girl and Her Cat (21:45)
12- Trial by Fury (21:55)

DISC 3
13- Jenny's Non-Dream (21:56)
14- Sabrina Through The Looking Glass (21:59)
15- Hilda and Zelda: The Teenage Years (21:54)
16- Mars Attracts (22:00)
17- First Kiss (21:55)
18- Sweet Charity (21:55)

DISC 4
19- Cat Showdown (22:03)
20- Meeting Dad's Girlfriend (22:01)
21- As Westbridge Turns (22:03)
22- The Great Mistake (22:00)
23- The Crucible (22:01)
24- Troll Bride (22:00)


Special Features:

There are no extras on this set, which is a shame. I am sure Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick would have been more than happy to record commentary or a special featurette. Bloopers probably do exist, too. CBS DVD/Paramount is disappointing in this regard.


Final Comments:

Once again, CBS/Paramount does a decent job with this release, though fans will be a little disappointed at the supposed edits (although I think most are possibly music related) and the lack of special features. In addition, the steep price of 43 dollars (though you can get it cheaper) is a bit much to pay for a bare bones set with no extras! If you are a fan of the show, I definitely encourage you to pick it up, but it is an expensive set. What a shame. Other than that, I myself am glad to have it on DVD and cannot wait for the next six releases! This show is the new generation Bewitched.


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 02/27/07

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