TITLE: WORST WEEK - THE COMPLETE SERIES
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 16
Running Time: approx. 342 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English language; English subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Audio Commentary on “Pilot” by series star Kyle Bornheimer and executive producer Matt Tarses
Good guy...bad luck is the theme for the series Worst Week but we have good luck because it is now on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment! Worst Week is an outrageous comedy series about a guy, a girl, her parents and a side-splitting range of misfortune. Sam (Kyle Bornheimer) and Melanie (Erinn Hayes) are engaged with a baby on the way -- so winning over her parents is job #1 for Sam. Stern judge Dick (Kurtwood Smith) and overprotective Angela (Nancy Lenehan) are willing to give this well-meaning young man the benefit of the doubt, but something utterly disastrous happens every time they get together. That won’t stop Sam from trying though and, with supportive Melanie doing damage control, he’ll just keep jumping back into the fray, hoping to charm his way into the good graces of his future in-laws. Each time he tries though the mishaps get crazier. Based on the acclaimed British sitcom The Worst Week of My Life, this madcap comedy from one of the twisted minds that brought you Scrubs boldly goes where no family misadventure has gone before.
Recurring are stars RonReaco Lee as David, Jessica St. Clair as Sarah, Brooke Nevin as Chloe, Nick Kroll as Adam, Hayes MacArthur as Chad,
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This series lasted 16 episodes. Originally CBS only aired 15 and aired one out of order episode in a burn-off in early June on a Saturday night. That was originally supposed to be the fifth episode, but it never aired until June. On this DVD, it airs as the actual fifth episode so the story is not affected. It would make no sense for that episode to be last on this DVD. Some of the memorable episodes are “Pilot,” Sam and Mel intend to reveal her pregnancy to her parents after a quiet dinner...however, when Sam misses the train after having a drunk girl throw up on him, the dinner starts becoming increasingly unlikely. In “The Club,” after inviting too many co-workers to the wedding, Sam tells a risky lie that takes on a life of its own. In “The Ring,” Melanie and Sam are handed down the family wedding ring for use in their marriage however disaster strikes when Sam loses it. In “The Sex,” Sam and Mel babysit their nephew, he captures a photograph of them in a compromising position that he plans to bring to school for a family photo exhibition. In the series finale, “The Epidural,” Mel calls Sam to let him know she is in labor, but he misunderstands the name of the hospital and winds up at the wrong one.
The guest stars for this series include Aziz Ansari, Ken Jeong, Olympia Dukakis, Fred Willard, Connie Ray, Rachel Harris, Amy Yasbeck, and Diedrich Bader.
Packaging has a thin outer box that you can remove from the top or bottom. The outer box has the same cover and back artwork as the case inside. The outer box’s cover is brighter than the case, obviously. On the front cover we have a nice white background with the show logo in orange and seven different shots of Sam representing each day of the week. He gets into so many bad luck jams, doesn’t he? The back cover has information on the series & set and has four episodic screen shots from episodes and a nice cast photo of them painting an orange color, which is the background for the back cover. There is also a section detailing the bonus feature. When we open the case, we see plain black background on the panels itself. A little holder holds disc one and disc two is on the right panel. Each disc has an orange background with the show logo and other wordings in grey. Disc one holds episodes 1-8, while the second disc holds episode 9-16.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very good. The theme is playing in the background with the same images as the cover art. Before that though on disc one, we get auto trailers for DVDs of The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock and Blu-ray DVD. The main menu options are: Play All, Episode Index, Bonus Feature (Disc 1 only), Set Up, Previews (Disc 1 only). Previews is on disc one only and has sneak peeks of stuff like Columbo, A-Team, Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I. Set Up menu takes us to a screen where we you can turn on the subtitles in English. There is only one language track...English. Bonus Feature lists the audio commentary for the “Pilot” on disc one. And Episode Selection gives us a screenshot from each episode in the same style as the day photos on the cover art/main menu with episode # and title also listed.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is in widescreen of course and the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound...both as it should be. It looks great and sounds great, but as expected since this was a 2008-09 season series. There are chapter stops for each episode, about 4 stops per episode. Each episode is of course unedited and runs about 21 minutes, give or take a few seconds (see runtimes below). Since it is a recent series, all the music is intact...but this series doesn’t have much. It’s great they had the episode “The Party” placed where it should be (5th episode) and not where it actually aired (episode 16).
1. Pilot (21:28)
2. The Bird (20:50)
3. The Monitor (21:24)
4. The Truck (21:07)
5. The Party (21:33)
6. The Club (21:32)
7. The Ring (21:33)
8. The Vows (21:09)
9. The Cake (21:14)
10. The Wedding (21:16)
11. The Apartment (21:32)
12. The Gift (21:14)
13. The Article (21:22)
14. The Puppy (21:21)
15. The Sex (21:31)
16. The Epidural (21:33)
The special feature is pretty weak. All we get is ONE episode commentary for the “Pilot” with Kyle Bornheimer and executive producer Matt Tarses. This is good, but to be the only special feature for a recent series like this is not good. I’m sure Universal could have shown at least bloopers here. Or maybe press interviews?
This was a good show. This series is one of my favorite new sitcoms of last season. Kyle Bornheimer is excellent and brings back the physical comedy to sitcoms. Unfortunately this was a single camera sitcom, and CBS placed it on a traditional sitcom night and it didn’t work too well. If this were on ABC or NBC, it could have worked better. My gripe early on with this show was ‘what happens when the week is over?’ The first half of the season focused on the wedding then it turned into the birth of the baby...so it was at least 2 weeks instead of a week. This is a good show but it was limited because of the title. I think they should have named it The Worst Luck or something because Sam has the worst luck ever. He is hilarious. I’m so glad Kyle Bornheimer has found another sitcom...a traditional comedy for ABC coming in midseason. So maybe he can turn out to be a Dick Van Dyke or Jack Tripper now? Anyway, I hope you’re not having a worst week of your life, because this show will make you cheer up and laugh ‘til it hurts! Watch out for the pee on the floor!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal
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