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The Drew Carey Show - Television Favorites


TITLE: THE DREW CAREY SHOW - TELEVISION FAVORITES


Info:

DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
(Was Released to Best Buy on December 13, 2005)
Color
MSRP: $9.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 6
Running Time: Approx. 131 minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

The cutting-edge humor and shrewd insights about life in workaday Cleveland that Drew Carey brought to his stand-up routines found a much (much!) larger audience in “The Drew Carey Show”, the innovative comedy series that ran nine laugh-packed seasons.

For fans of Drew Carey, this set is an important release. It’s been made known that Warner is more cautious about releasing shows that there may not be a strong market for. As such, this limited-scope Television Favorites release will help serve as a barometer for interest in season’s sets. So, here is your chance to help the series out by buying a best-of type set with six excellent episodes from various seasons. And if nothing else, buy the set for Craig Ferguson. He doesn’t make much money, you know… (Sorry if no one gets that: you have to watch his show [12:37 AM on CBS!] to understand that one)

The Drew Carey Show stars Drew Carey as…uh…Drew, Diedrich Bader as Oswald, Christa Miller as Kate and Ryan Stiles as Lewis, along with Kathy Kinney as Mimi and Craig Ferguson as Mr. Wick.


Episodes Included:

(Episode Details Courtesy TV.com)

#1 “Pilot” (Season 1)
Guest Stars: Alaina Reed (Cred: Alaina Reed Hall) (“227”)
Drew's best friend Kate breaks up with her live-in boyfriend, who then fires her from her job as receptionist at his body shop. She pleads with Drew to hire her at Winfred-Louder, but he insists that he isn't supposed to give jobs to his friends. While conducting interviews for an opening in the cosmetics department, Drew meets Mimi Bobeck, a very hostile woman who wears a ton of make-up.

#18 “Playing the Unified Field” (Season 1)
Guest Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”, “Freaky Friday”)
Despite his protests, Lisa tells Drew that she is going to start seeing other people. She urges him to do the same. He asks out his hard-living barber, Sue. She takes him to a strip club (to meet her mother), and forces him to defend her honor to a pair of guys twice his size at the Warsaw. Worst of all, she takes a liking to Mimi and offers to do her hair. Drew fears that he will not survive much longer.

#23 “We’ll Remember Always, Evaluation Day” (Season 2)
Drew and Lisa begin arguing on a regular basis. She gets jealous when he turns down a date with her so that he can go clothes shopping with Kate. The Winfred-Louder staff sucks up to Drew as he completes the annual performance evaluations. Mimi gets a hold of some of the evaluations, and is surprised that he made some critical remarks about Lisa. He tries to hide this from Lisa, but she discovers the truth and becomes furious.

#37 “Drew Blows His Promotion (Season 2)
Lewis and Oswald plan their annual series of pranks for Drew's birthday, and tease Kate about her inability to keep up with them. Drew volunteers to update Winfred-Louder's training films. He hopes to impress the board and gain a promotion to regional director of personnel.

#72 “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (Season 3)
Lewis brings Drew and Oswald together and gets them to patch things up. Kate tries to come up with a way to tell Oswald that she isn't in love with him and wants to call off the wedding.

#94: DrugCo (Season 4)
Lewis is a finalist for a promotion to head of the janitorial department at DrugCo. Oswald insists on keeping a tanning bed that Kate's uncle in Ireland recently sent them as a belated wedding present. Drew discovers that Speedy is losing his vision because of cataracts.


Packaging:

The packaging is an Amaray movie-style case made of clear plastic. The front cover features the Drew Carey logo in white text in front of a pair of boxes (“The” over the blue box, and “Drew Carey Show” over the red box), with a photo of the main cast (Drew, Oswald, Lewis, Kate, Mimi, Mr. Wick) inside a TV set. This cast photo is “framed” by a television set that looks like it’s from the mid 80s with a power button as well as volume and channel up and down buttons. The back cover has a photo of Drew peeking around from around the edge of the cover, while Mimi makes arm gestures towards the tagline (“Working-Class Zeroes, Comedy Heroes!) and episode information box. There is a short summary of the set, and the episodes are listed as well. Inside the case, there is an additional large photo of the six cast members being suspended over some relatively badly-drawn water while making a pose. I really can’t describe any of these poses well with words ­- you’ve just got to see it for yourself. The episode titles with the writing and directing credits are listed on the left side. I think it would have been nice for them to include short summaries of the episodes as well as the guest stars and original airdates, but oh well. The single disc features a photo of Drew Carey in front of a red background, with the show logo at the top.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the first version of Moon Over Parma playing in the background. Honestly, this music choice bothers me, as I honestly thought Cleveland Rocks was just superior as a theme. 5 O’Clock World was a good theme too. I just did NOT like Moon Over Parma. The main menu background is a shot of Drew adjusting his glasses and smiling in the foreground, with the main cast in the background with the show logo. There are 3 options on the menu: Play, Episodes, and Languages. Play All is self-explanatory. When you select Episodes, it takes you to a sub-menu which has a photo strip running across the center, with Mimi and Mr. Wick standing in front of the strip, and Drew once again peeking around the edge. The episode titles are listed vertically. When you highlight an episode, it has a little green triangle appear beside it. The languages option gives you the option of choosing English, Spanish, or French subtitles. The languages sub-menu also has a vertical photo strip, with Drew standing beside it squinting towards the camera, Lewis in front of him making the “shhh!” motion, and Oswald off to the side surfing.


Video and Audio Quality:

Chapter stops at each scene. Audio is a standard Dolby Digital 2.0 track. It’s just…audio. There’s nothing wrong with it, but you won’t be blown away. It’s just good.

Then there’s the video. The pilot video is blurry and the colors seem off. In the 2nd though 4th episodes of the set, the video has improved, but the video still seems “soft.” Episode 5 seems fine and episode six looks great.

Runtimes are over the place. If the episodes weren’t so spread out, it would be easier for me to time them against known syndication versions. #37 ESPECIALLY looks suspect. Episode 23’s runtime looks shorter, but the first 2:21 is an extended rendition of "5 O’Olock World," so I somehow doubt it’s a cut. At 23 minutes, I doubt #18 is. #1, #72, and #94 I honestly just don’t know about.

#1 “Pilot” 22:16
#18 “Playing the Unified Field” 22:54
#23 “We’ll Remember Always, Evaluation Day” 22:29
#37 “Drew Blows His Promotion” 21:09
#72 “My Best Friend’s Wedding” 22:07
#94 “DrugCo” 22:01


Special Features:

No special features on this set. Just the 6 episodes are included. If they do make season sets for this show, one can only begin to imagine the possible special features for a show like Drew Carey.


Final Comments:

I hope this show gets season sets, I really do. And if you do, then buy this set ­ suspicious runtimes aside. This set WILL make a big difference in whether we see season sets, so go out and buy it, if you haven’t already. And remember, Cleveland Rocks!


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

Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by Seth on 02/26/2006

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