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That Girl - Season One


TITLE: THAT GIRL - SEASON ONE


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006 (Shout! Factory)
Color
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: approx. 840 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx 60 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Original That Girl Pilot Episode, That Show... That Woman... The Creation of That Girl with Marlo Thomas, That Girl Promos, That Girl In New York with Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky, Audio Commentaries with Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky


Introduction:

Before "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and before "Murphy Brown," there was THAT GIRL! "That Girl", which ran on ABC from 1966 through 1971, starred Marlo Thomas as aspiring actress Ann Marie and followed her adventures in New York with boyfriend Donald Hollinger (played by Ted Bessell) and her parents (played by Lew Parker and Rosemary DeCamp). The show became very popular and landed Marlo Thomas with four Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award. All 30 episodes from the first season along with rare bonus footage and interviews are included here, for the first time on DVD.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some notable episodes include "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There" in which we are introduced to Ann and Donald, how they meet and how Ann gets a part in a commercial to be filmed at Don's office building. "Good Bye, Hello, Good Bye" in which Ann Marie leaves Brewster, New York to live in New York City against her protective father's wishes. "Anatomy of a Blunder," in which Ann brings Donald home to meet her parents and everything that can go wrong for Don, does. "Help Wanted" in which Don reluctantly hires Ann as his secretary. "Soap Gets In Your Eye," in which Ann's success as a villain on a soap opera coincides with her first meeting with Don's mother who thinks Ann is just like the evil character she plays. "What Are Your Intentions," is the one where Ann and Don reveal to her parents they are actually dating other people. There are these episodes and so many more!

Some notable guest stars this season include Dabney Coleman, Bernie Kopell, Herb Edelman, George Carlin, Howard Morton, Rob Reiner, Paul Lynde, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O'Connor, Jerry Van Dyke, Teri Garr, and Alejandro Rey.


Packaging:

The main cover art features a large photo of Marlo Thomas in character as Ann Marie. The logo of the show is plastered on top and a simple multicolored striped background is used. The back of the box features a few color photos from the series as well as the list of bonus features available. The design used is a flip fold case. When you pull out the flip fold, it's another colorful arrangement with lots of different colors used (lime green, sky blue, light purples and pinks and oranges.) When you flip open the case you get an immediate listing of episodes and what disc they are on. Open those further and there are the colorful discs. The first disc is light purple in color and features a drawing of Marlo Thomas (the discs are all the same, except different colors are used) and features episodes 1-4 along with the entire bonus features. Disc 2 is lime green in color and holds episodes 5-10. Disc 3 is orange in color and holds episodes 11-16. Disc 4 is light blue in color and holds episodes 17-23. And Disc 5 is yellow in color and holds episodes 24-30. Oh, and to add, inside the case is a mini brochure for the series that contains a long essay from Marlo Thomas as well as one from author Stephen Cole (who wrote "That Book About That Girl"). Also included are episode descriptions.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is animated and features quick cutout shots of Ann Marie and Don before settling into the main design. It features a rotating sunflower along a colored background (such as orange) with a picture of Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie on the side. Next to her is the list of menus available. First up is "Play All" which lets you play all of the episodes on a disc. The next selection is "The Episodes," which you select and go to another screen with a list of the episodes (and if commentary is available, you can select it underneath the episode. The last selection is "Bonus Features" which takes you to another screen to select all the bonus features available. Throughout every menu the "That Girl" theme is playing and when it's done it loops.


Video and Audio Quality:

To be honest, the video quality is far more superior than I originally thought it would be. The unaired pilot episode is gray-ish in color and not the best quality, but the rest of the series is stunning in color. Of course, the color is "faded" and darker than by today's standards, but the quality is great. The audio itself is a step up above older series releases and nothing bad can be said about it.

All episodes will generally run between approx. 25 and 26 minutes (so yes - they are uncut episodes). Each episode has the chapter skip option available.


Special Features:

* Original That Girl Pilot Episode (approx. 25:21 minutes)
The story itself is similar to Episode #11 ("What's In a Name?") but different actors are playing Ann's parents and Donald is known here as Don Blue Sky, Ann's agent/boyfriend. Several of the shots were lifted intact and used in the later episode.

* That Show... That Woman... The Creation of That Girl with Marlo Thomas (approx. 24:27 minutes)
Marlo Thomas discusses the creation and production of "That Girl" in a newly recorded interview. (A MUST SEE!)

* That Girl Promos (approx. 2:02 minutes)
Basically what it says - original ABC promos of the series.

* That Girl in New York with Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky (approx. 9:25 minutes)
Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky narrate a collection of rarely seen outtakes and raw footage shot on location in New York, which include some of the more iconic shots from "That Girl's" opening sequence.

* Audio Commentaries with Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky
Commentaries by Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky can be found on the following episodes: #2 "Goodbye, Hello, Good Bye," #5 "Anatomy of a Blunder," #11 "What's In a Name?," and #23 "What Are Your Intentions?"


Final Comments:

I am in heaven. What a wonderful release from Shout! Factory. Every special feature you could want on any given series is right here in this set (except bloopers). Promos, interviews, commentary... you name it and this has it! After a slew of less than stellar releases by some studios, Shout! has truly impressed me with this set. I became an even bigger fan than I was of this series and it's a must have for any fan of this show. I just can't praise Shout! enough for a truly great release. I want ... THAT GIRL on DVD and you should too, so go out and grab this set the first chance you get!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 04/17/06

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