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Who's the Boss - The Complete First Season


TITLE: WHO'S THE BOSS? - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004 (Columbia-Tristar)
color/454 mins (this is probably a misprint on the box, it should be over 500 minutes)
MSRP: $39.95
Episodes per disc: 9 (Discs 1 and 2), 4 (Disc 3)
Number of episodes: 22
Languages and subtitles: English, CC
Special features: "Who's the Boss?": How it Began Featurettes, Sony DVD Previews (trailers)

Review (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.5/5
Audio quality: 3.5/5
Special Features 3.5/5
Menu Navigattion 5/5
Overall: 4/5 (mainly due to special features and audio)

Who's the Boss DVD Menu Screen Who's the Boss DVD Menu Screen
Who's the Boss DVD Menu Screen

Thoughts:

"Who's the Boss?" has always been one of my favorite shows, not because it is funny (and admittedly at times it is not), not because I have an obsession with one of the actors, but simply because I like the writing of the episodes and the storylines. So naturally, when I heard that "Who's the Boss?": The Complete First Season was coming out on DVD, I was very eager to have this show on DVD.

Some of the memorable episodes from this season include the Pilot episode, Briefless Encounter (Tony walks in on Angela while she is stepping out of the bathtub), Samantha's Growing Up (Samantha gets her first bra), Eye on Angela (with guest star Betty White), and First Kiss (with guest star Jeff Conway).

Like many other sitcoms released by Columbia TriStar, this comes in a three DVD set in a digipak case. There is an insert in this package with episode descriptions of all of the 22 episodes from the first season, as well as information such as who wrote and directed each episode. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-9, as well as the special features. Disc 2 contains episodes 10-18, and the Disc 3 contains episodes 19-22.

The menus on this set were very easy to navigate. From the main menu, you can choose from Play All and Episode Selection on every disc, as well as Special Features and Previews on Disc 1. From the Episode Selection screen, you can just find the episode that you want and as soon as you select the episode, it will play. There is no scene selection option in this set. All of the episodes are closed captioned.

I thought that the video quality on this DVD set was pretty good, considering the age of the show. If you are looking for something comparable to recent programs, you will be sorely disappointed, but the video quality is definitely above average for what I would expect on most of the episodes. The video quality on the Pilot episode was a little rough, but still extremely reasonable. This is probably due to the fact that the pilot was done in 1983, a year before the other episodes.

The audio quality, however, is a completely different story. The audio quality was (to say the least) horrible on the Pilot episode, and barely above average on the rest. The audio is clearly mono (despite the fact that it says Dolby Digital on the box), but that isn't even the problem. The problem is that the audio volume is very low. The Pilot episode was so bad that I couldn't even hear some of the dialog. With the volume at normal levels, it almost sounded like the characters were whispering, and when I turned the volume up, I couldn't hear the voices over the hissing noise that often occurs when you turn the volume up too high. The audio on the other episodes was also low, but at least on the other episodes, it could be rectified by simply increasing the volume without the hissing problems.

I really can't say that I was too impressed with the special features. However, there were some special features on here, and I don't mean just previews (though there are some there). There are seven "Who's the Boss?" featurettes in the set Each of these featurettes runs about one or two minutes, and includes themed sets of clips from the first season of the show. Unfortunately, all that you are getting here is "best of season 1" style clips that are not even narrated. And besides that, these are clips taken directly from the very episodes that are on the DVDs, so there is no behind the scenes footage or unseen footage here--just more of the same stuff.

The first featurette is Brooklyn meets Connecticut. This one runs about two minutes, and is basically just an extremely condensed version of the pilot episode as seen on the DVD, as well as clips from other very early episodes. The next four featurettes focus upon the characters. They are approximately one minute each, and there is one for Tony (Tony Micelli Man of the House), Angela (Angela Bower President of the Corporation), Mona (Mona... Mona... Mona...), and a combined two minute featurette for both Samantha and Jonathan (And the children... Samantha and Jonathan). There is another 2 minute featurette which focuses upon Tony and Angela's relationship (Opposites Attract), and a two minute How Will it End featurette, which really is (like the first featurette), clips from the last few episodes of the first season.

If you love this show--or even LIKE this show--I would definitely recommend to you that you purchase this DVD set. It is very nice to see uncut episodes of "Who's the Boss?" and this is an excellent show to add to your DVD collection. It also provides good and clean (pardon the pun) entertainment for people of all ages. The set isn't perfect (especially with the audio issues on the Pilot episode), but for the price, it is worth buying. If you want to know what happens beyond the first season, then the best way to find out is to buy this set to let Columbia TriStar know that there are fans that enjoy this show and are hungry for more seasons to be released.

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 06/03/04

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