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The Nanny - The Complete First Season


TITLE: THE NANNY - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005 (Sony Pictures Television)
Color
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: approx. 515 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles; Closed captioned and English for the language
Special Features: Audio Commentaries from Fran Drescher and "The Making of The Nanny" - a retrospective with the cast on the first season (approx. 20 minutes)


Introduction:

Oy Vey! Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima and Renee Taylor star in this hilarious sitcom about the nanny with the face of a star and a voice from Queens. Fran Fine is a down on her luck New Yorker who finds herself hired for a job she never applied for! Now she's a nanny and when this blue-collar girl moves in with a blue-blood, widowed Broadway producer and his three children, hilarious situations ensue. All 22 Season One episodes of THE NANNY are now available on DVD! This three disc set includes several bonus features such as commentary and a retrospective with the cast on the first season!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Of course, the first episode is probably one of the most memorable episodes from THE NANNY's run. Some more memorable episodes include "Imgainary Friend" in which Gracie's imaginary friend Imogene worries Fran and Maxwell, so they cut down on her therapy. "The Show Must Goes On" in which Fran takes on directing Gracie's school play and all is going well until Maxwell butts in and tries to take over. "The Family Plumbing" is the episode in which, when Fran mistakenly bursts in on Maxwell taking a shower. "Deep Throat" in which Fran takes Gracie for a checkup but finds out Fran is the one who needs her tonsils removed. In "Schlepped Away" the Sheffield’s and Fran get trapped in Sylvia's apartment during a snowstorm. In "The Gym Teacher" Fran helps Maggie pass her gymnastics class and goes toe-to-toe with the teacher. In "Ode to Barbra Joan" CC's father arrives for a visit and takes an instant liking to Fran, and when CC avoids her father, he asks Fran to go to a Streisand concert. In "Frannie's Choice" Fran's ex, Danny, is now available and intent on getting her back. In the season finale, "I Don't Remember Mama", it's Mother's Day and Maxwell tries hard to avoid all mention of the subject so the children won't be upset; Gracie and Fran enter a Mother/Daughter beauty pageant.


Packaging:

The packaging is designed like your normal TV show releases. There are two individual cases in the box that include the three discs available for this set. The cover features a solo shot of Fran Drescher as Fran Fine and includes a drawing of the New York skyline and bordered by animal print. The back of the box has virtually the same design, just a little different in the way it is laid out. The individual cases are different than the cover. The first case has a read background with an animal print border and a picture of the cast from season 1, with Fran in a pose and the family (plus CC and Niles) in a bathtub. On the second case, it's the same design but has a white background and the entire cast (minus Niles) on the cover. The back of each case has episode descriptions and titles. Now for the discs themselves, all three discs are animal print (like on the box) and simply have the show logo as well as the disc number and the episodes on that disc. The first case holds discs one and two and Disc One has episodes 1-8 while Disc Two has episodes 9-16. The second case holds Disc Three, which has episodes 17-22 on it as well as "The Nanny Retrospective" special featurette.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is animated (ala "THE NANNY" opening sequence) and shows an animated Fran walking from the Bridal Shop to the Sheffield's door and then the menu options appear. There is a continuous loop of music (although it's not the theme song). There are several different menu options. There is a "Play All" selection, a "Subtitles" selection (you can choose French or Spanish), an "Episode Selection" menu and a "Previews" selection button that lists various upcoming (or already out) releases from Sony. Included are Bewitched (TV), King of Queens and The Partridge Family. And on Disc Three there is a "Special Features" selection.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is top notch; crisp and very, very good; a really great picture and great color. The audio is also very good. Nice and audible without having to turn up your television set any higher than normal. There are chapter skips for each episode and each episode runs approx. 23-24 minutes in length.


Special Features:

Although there aren't many included, the special features that are included are a nice addition. There is Audio Commentary by star Fran Drescher on episode 1 ("Pilot"), episode 7 ("Imaginary Friend") and episode 22 ("I Don't Remember Mama"). "The Making of The Nanny" featurette includes clips from Season One and intercuts with brand new interviews by most of the cast (with the exceptions of Lauren Lane, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis and Renee Taylor). The special goes through each cast member, and we hear their thoughts on the show and various other facets of The Nanny and what went on to make the show during the first season. It's a nice special. I won't spoil it for anyone, so go out and purchase the DVD set! The special runs approx. 20 minutes.


Final Comments:

THE NANNY fans will be happy with this release. The overall design of the set is nice and it's great to have the commentary from Fran Drescher as well as the retrospective from the cast. What I do have to suggest Sony does on its future releases is include just where the special features are located. On the individual cases, there is no indication on which disc the cast retrospective is on (and for the record, it is on Disc 3) and there is no indication which episodes have commentary on it. I think that is a big oversight and needs to be corrected on future releases, just because it's usually the norm for most releases. Other than that, I'd love to see bloopers. This show must have hundreds and hundreds of them. Where are they? It would be nice to see bloopers included on future releases. Overall, it was a good release and I'm very happy with it and I know other THE NANNY fans will be too!


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 6/24/2005.

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