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Up All Night - Season One


TITLE: UP ALL NIGHT - SEASON ONE


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Color/2011-12
MSRP: $39.98
Packaging: Viva case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: approx. 8 hours, 32 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 11 minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Special Features:
* Deleted and Extended Scenes
* "Basically" Music Video by B-Ro featuring Ava


Introduction:

Primetime Emmy nominee Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and Will Arnett (Arrested Development) star in this smart, irreverent comedy about adjusting to life with a newborn. Reagan (Applegate) and her husband, Chris (Arnett), have long enjoyed partying with their famous talk show host friend, Ava (Rudolph), but their glamorous lives change with the unexpected arrival of their daughter. Follow their wild and relatable journey through parenthood with this three-disc set that includes all 24 Season One episodes and features phenomenal guest stars Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), and music icons Alanis Morissette and Stevie Nicks. Written and produced by Saturday Night Live veteran Lorne Michaels, this is one show worth staying up for!


Episodes:

Up All Night premiered on NBC on September 24, 2011. The show originally aired on Wednesday nights, but it moved to Thursdays after The Office on January 12. In the "Pilot" episode, as they get used to the needs and demands of their new little bundle of joy, Reagan heads back to work and Chris adjusts to life as stay-at-home dad. While Reagan and Chris obsess over impressing their "Cool" new neighbors, Ava wonders why baby Amy doesn't seem to like her in "Cool Neighbors." It's time to get their groove on as Chris and Reagan struggle to bring the sexiness back to their relationship, and Ava wonders if she made a mistake losing her hot ex-boyfriend in "Working Late & Working It." Reagan and Chris debate between buying a practical car versus something more fun, and Ava is overwhelmed by the prep needed to talk about "serious" subjects in "New Car." While Reagan worries that her busy new schedule is affecting her parenting skills, Chris finds himself in the unlikely position as the star of Amy's playgroup in "Mr. Bob's Toddler Kaleidoscope." Discover how it all began as Reagan, Chris and Ava reflect on Amy's early birth and how the unexpected arrival forced them all to reconsider their priorites in "Birth." Family matters come to a head when Reagan's parents' arrival causes complete chaos, and Ava attempts to get to know her crew better in "Parents." Chris and Reagan gamble on romance with their first night away from Amy, and Ava finds an unlikely helper to help her with the babysitting duties in "First Night Away."

Help is in short supply as Reagan struggles to let go of her incompetent assistant and tries to help Chris find a babysitter who can give him some much-needed relief in "Hiring and Firing." When Ava's show goes on hiatus, Reagan tries to reogranize things at home, Chris finds his routine disrupted, and Ava tries to bond with Kevin's daughter in "Week Off." 'Tis the season for holiday angst as Reagan pulls out all the stops to make Amy's first Christmas memorable and Chris faces down a daunting foe: the mall in "First Christmas." The start of the new year is a time for reflection as Chris reveals his embarrassment of Reagan's competitive streak and Kevin worries that Ava is ashamed of him in "New Year's Eve." Reagan suspects that a rival talk show host is stealing her ideas, and finds that Chris's new female friend is not to be trusted in "Rivals." In her desperate attempt to get Amy into a prestigious preschool, Reagan turns to Ava to add some star power to a fundraising auction in "Preschool Auction." February brings more than hearts and flowers when Ava and Kevin's passionate fight causes Reagan and Chris to yearn for more relationship drama in "Day After Valentine's Day." When Ava agrees to be the minister at her former band mate's wedding, Reagan and Chris make an impulsive decision to attend... even though it means traveling with the baby in "Travel Day."

"Nice guy" Chris reluctantly agrees to a shared birthday party for Amy, and Reagan refuses to be the "bad guy" at the celebration in "First Birthday." The fifth anniversary of Ava's show brings big changes: Reagan's idol acquires the program and appoints her right-hand man as the new boss in "New Boss." Reagan and Chris try a little too hard to befriend a fun, hip couple in the neighborhood, and Ava feuds with Luke about the show in "Couple Friends." Chris tries to convince Reagan it's time to have another baby, and Ava joins a program to mentor at-risk youth in "Baby Fever." Reagan tries to set boundaries when Chris lands his own segment on the show, and Ava's visit with her dad doesn't go as she had hoped in "Daddy Daughter Time." Everyone feels overwhelmed: Ava worries about her new dog, Reagan frets about Amy's safety, and Chris is "promoted" to a younger hockey league in "Letting Go." Rivalry is in the air as Chris feels pangs of jealousy about Reagan's relationship with Luke, and Ava learns that she has competition at a 10K charity run in "Hey Jealousy." When Reagan thinks that she has lost her engagement ring, Chris sees a chance to re-propose in the way he originally intended in "The Proposals."

All of the episodes appear to be unedited, with running times of 21-22 minutes. The episodes are in their original NBC broadcast order. There's nothing on the packaging to indicate that any of the music was substituted for this DVD release. Here are the runtimes:

Disc 1:
Pilot (22:04)
Cool Neighbors (21:20)
Working Late & Working It (21:33)
New Car (21:29)
Mr. Bob's Toddler Kaleidoscope (21:31)
Birth (21:26)
Parents (21:30)
First Night Away (21:32)

Disc 2:
Hiring and Firing (21:32)
Week Off (21:30)
First Christmas (21:33)
New Year's Eve (21:12)
Rivals (21:12)
Preschool Auction (21:11)
Day After Valentine's Day (21:10)
Travel Day (21:10)

Disc 3:
First Birthday (21:10)
New Boss (21:10)
Couple Friends (21:10)
Baby Fever (21:12)
Daddy's Daughter Time (21:12)
Letting Go (21:10)
Hey Jealousy (21:13)
The Proposals (21:11)


Packaging:

All 24 episodes from season one (2011-12) are included. The packaging is a clear plastic Viva case that is held inside an outer cardboard sleeve. The case and sleeve have the same design. The cover art features a promotional photo of Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph. The show logo and the star's names are above them. The plastic case slides out from the top or bottom of the cardboard sleeve. There's another cast photo on the back of the packaging, as well as three snapshots from the episodes. A synopsis of the series, a listing of the bonus features, and the DVD specs are provided. Applegate and Arnett are featured on the spine of the sleeve/case. Inside the case, there are some detailed episode summaries that are sorted by disc number. There are six additional snapshots from the episodes and a solo shot of baby Amy. Discs 1 and 2 are held in a flip holder in the center of the case. Disc 3 is in an embedded holder in the back of the case. An insert is included that promoted the new NBC sitcom Guys with Kids and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jaws on Blu-ray. The discs are very plain looking, with just the show logo and text printed in purple. Each disc holds eight episodes.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are simple and easy to navigate. The main menu uses the same photo as the cover art. A purple-striped background is used. There are options for play all, episode index, bonus, setup and previews (only on Disc 1). There's a white arrow next to the option you highlight that turns black upon your selection. When you choose episode index, it takes you to another menu where there is a vertical listing of the episodes in white text. You can turn/off the English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on the setup menu. Some photos on the sub-menus would have been nice. They are too generic looking. Previews (8:40) are available for various Universal shows on DVD, including Psych, Monk, Royal Pains, Friday Night Lights, Warehouse 13 and House. There are also trailers for 100 years of Universal Pictures and Blu-ray combo packs. When you first insert Disc 1, there are even more trailers (5:50) for Smash - Season One on DVD, The Office - Season Eight on DVD and Blu-ray, Parks and Recreation - Season Four on DVD, Parenthood - Season Three, and the new NBC sicom Guys with Kids. Chapters are placed at the appropriate places within the episodes.


Video and Audio Quality:

These episodes just aired within the last year, so they look excellent just like they did when they originally aired. The episodes are presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 format. The series is a single-camera comedy. The show uses many different shooting locations, including many outdoor scenes. It's a beautifully shot comedy. The picture is very sharp and clean, without any real flaws. For the closing logo enthusiasts, thee are logos for Broadway Video and Universal Television.

The audio is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There are no problems with it. All episodes contain English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The bonus features are not rated and not all subtitled.


Special Features:

The only special features are some deleted/extended scenes for six episodes and a short music video. It's not unusual for a first season show to have few special features, but this set would have benefited from some audio commentaries by the cast and crew, cast and crew interviews, more deleted/extended scenes and a gag reel. It's too bad this show didn't receive the deluxe treatment that many Universal shows receive.

Disc 1:
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Working Late & Working It (1:46) - A scene with Reagan on couch talking to Chris. Ava and Reagan watch a Ava/B-Ro meltdown video.

"Basically" Music Video by B-Ro featuring Ava (1:43) - Did you know Maya Rudolph is the daughter of the late soul singer Minnie Ripperton? She shows off her singing talent here.

Disc 2:
Deleted Scene:
Day After Valentine's Day (:52) - Chris brings a flower delivery to Kevin (Jason Lee).

Disc 3:
Deleted Scenes:
New Boss (1:05) - Reagan makes some coffee and talks to Luke. Reagan and Chris sneak in to see Amy.
Daddy Daughter Time (2:25) - Ava drives a cart and talks to her dad, Marty (Henry Winkler). Chris talks to Marty. Reagan and Chris talk to Terry and Gene.
Letting Go (1:02) - Ava talks to her dog, Avian.
The Proposals (1:57) - Kevin practices his proposal to Chris. Reagan and Chris are exhausted on the couch when Ava arrives.


Final Comments:

Up All Night was one of the better new comedies of last season that more people should have been watching. The pilot drew almost 11 millions viewers last fall, but it was down to a little over 3 million by the end of the season. It averaged 5.29 viewers for the season, which is decent for NBC. The numbers just really dipped low near the end of the season. I think it was a mistake to put it on Wednesdays leading off the night and pairing it with another rookie comedy. It would have been a better fit on Thursdays with the other comedies, which they realized with the move in January.

There's a lot to like about this family comedy. Christina Applegate and Will Arnett are excellent and have some great chemistry. Both can relate to their characters because they both have young children of their own. Maya Rudolph is funny as Ava, a character who is like Oprah Winfrey. They will be dropping the Ava talk show from the second season, but Maya will still be bringing the funny. It's pretty unusual to see so many guest stars in the first season of a show, but it seems like they were able to get anyone they wanted. Season one guest and recurring stars included Jason Lee, Molly Shannon, Nick Cannon, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Forte, Steve Pasquale, Megan Mullally, Dean Winters, Blythe Danner, Richard Schiff, Alanis Morisette, Stevie Nicks, Henry Winkler and Marion Ross.

If you missed the first season, now is the time to catch up with all 24 hilarious episodes. The show will be moving to 8:30pm on Thursdays for the second season, which premieres September 20 on NBC. This is an important season for them to continue to build an audience. The Office and 30 Rock will be ending their runs this season, so NBC will want to bring back some established comedies. A full season on Thursdays should help this show in the ratings. Although it doesn't generate a huge amount of total viewers, it does well for NBC in the 18-49 demo and people watch it digitally. It should be around for at least a few more seasons. Season two will have the same main cast as the first season, but Luka Jones will be brought in to play Reagan's laid-back brother, Scott. Season two will have more home stories. It will be interesting to see how these changes affect the ratings.


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 09/09/12

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