TITLE: SISTER, SISTER - THE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008 (CBS DVD)
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: 277 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: None
You really ARE seeing double! Sister, Sister is finally on DVD in a two-disc set from CBS DVD that features the first 12 episodes of the series. The series stars real life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, playing two girls named (oddly enough) Tia and Tamera that notice that they are very much alike. Through some poking and prodding, they discover they actually were twins that were separated at birth. They were adopted by Lisa and Ray (Jackee Harry and Tim Reid), two people that are just not meant for each other--except of course when, by the miracle of a sitcom idea, they all end up living together under one big roof!
The series began as a midseason replacement on ABC in 1994, and ran for several seasons (although it moved to the now defunct The WB in the second season) and had plenty of fans back then, and still has some dedicated fans to this day. It’s mostly just a fun sitcom about a blended family trying to make it together. Can they make it? Find out by watching!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The series begins with “The Meeting,” where we get the back-story about how the “family” all came together. In “First Dates,” the girls agree to not attend a school dance unless both have dates... or at least one agrees to it. The girls (unintentionally) have a coed sleepover in “Slumber Party.” Tamera helps Tia by pretending to be her during a test in “Cheater, Cheater.” The girls get lost while riding the bus in “Out Alone.”
Tamera scratches Ray’s car in “Car Trouble,” but will he find out? Ray takes the girls to Chicago for their birthday, but the joke is on him when he has to share a hotel room with Lisa. The girls are determined to break up Ray’s new relationship in “Love Strikes” as they fear it’ll break them up. The girls are determined to get concert tickets by any means necessary in “The Concert.” Lisa’s mother is in town in “Mothers and Other Strangers,” and asks Ray to pretend to be her husband. Will it work?
There are twelve episodes total on this set, though some online episode guides say there are thirteen. I don’t know what the discrepancy is, but I’m sure we’ll see the “missing” 13th episode on a future set, probably on season two.
The packaging for the set is basically kind of boring, but definitely functional. All we have is an Amaray style case that holds two discs. We have Tia and Tamera on the front of the case, and inside we have the two discs with non-existent artwork, aside from a gray show logo (standard CBS DVD disc design). Underneath the discs, there are episode descriptions, with original airdates. Each disc contains six episodes.
Menu Design and Navigation:
Menus? What menus? You get a main menu that lists every episode and has a Play All option. There is a cast photo in the background. And that is IT. There are no scene selection menus, but every episode does have chapters placed at all of the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality are of the standard and basic quality we’d hope for--in other words, fine, but nothing impressive. Still, the picture quality could have stood to be a LITTLE bit clearer, and the audio was a tad bit low at times. All of the episodes have closed-captioning available.
The set does, however, have that obnoxious disclaimer about edits and music being changed. And I found some very obvious music changes (songs being replaced with sound-alikes) almost immediately on the set. There is no telling what else is edited on the set, because runtimes aren’t really that consistent throughout. That could be normal, or it could be an indication of something missing.
“The Meeting” (22:46)
“First Dates” (23:24)
“Slumber Party” (23:23)
“Cheater, Cheater” (23:07)
“Wedding Bells & Box Boys” (23:26)
“Out Alone” (22:54)
“The Pimple” (23:22)
“Car Trouble” (22:38)
“The Birthday” (22:47)
“Love Strikes” (23:15)
“The Concert” (23:27)
“Mothers & Other Strangers” (22:50)
Unfortunately, there are no special features at all on the set. I’m sure the entire cast would love to be part of some newly produced special features, so I don’t know why they didn’t try to get them in on some.
Wow! Looking back at this, I’m finding the series is much more enjoyable than I ever remember it being (that often happens as I watch DVDs). Admittedly, a series like this would never make it onto a real network like ABC, CBS, or NBC these days, and actually it couldn’t even survive on ABC back when it aired. But it does have that charm that an offbeat series often has. Even if you can’t get into the main plots with Tia and Tamera (which are better than I remember), the interactions between Jackee Harry and Tim Reid are always fun to watch. Hopefully more seasons are on the way, and hopefully with some special features next time! But until then, you can get your first twelve adventures of Tia and Tamera with this set.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/15/08
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