TITLE: FULL HOUSE - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 572 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 27 minutes
(unaired pilot, commentary not included)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Subtitles in
English, French and Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Original Unaired Pilot that features
a different actor portraying Danny Tanner; Commentary
by Creator and Executive Producer Jeff Franklin on
"Our Very First Show" & "Mad Money"; "House of Trivia"
Selectable Fast-Fact Subtitle Track on the episode
"The Miracle of Thanksgiving"; "Celebrating 50 Years
of the Best Shows on Television" Commemorative DVD
FULL HOUSE, the smash-hit, warm and cozy family comedy
is now available in all it's season one glory on a
four disc box set. Enjoy all 22 Season One episodes of
the hit comedy that ran on ABC from 1987 until 1995.
The premise behind the series is an unconventional
look at a family that's different from the rest.
Follow along as widower Danny Tanner welcomes his
polar opposite brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and
his longtime best friend, the comical Joey (played by
Dave Coulier) into his house to help him raise his
three daughters. Candace Cameron portrays DJ, the
oldest daughter. Jodie Sweetin portrays Stephanie, the
middle child, who often times is good for a great
comeback and baby Michelle, played by twins Mary-Kate
and Ashley Olsen steal nearly every scene they are in.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The Season One episodes are all very funny and
memorable. Relive many great memories, such as when
Joey and Jesse struggle to change Michelle's diaper in
"Our Very First Show," or watch as Danny, Joey and
Jesse spend the day with a nervous Stephanie on her
first day of kindergarten in "The First Day of
School", or when Jesse uses Michelle to snag a date
with Danny's sexy co-worker in "Half a Love Story,"
and how about when DJ ditches school, only to get
caught in the act, by of all people, Michelle in "DJ
Tanner's Day Off," and even more hilarious is when
Danny gets an even bigger surprise on his birthday
than the party himself: his beloved car at the bottom
of San Francisco Bay on "The Big Three-O." Some guests
include: Kirk Cameron, Chelsea Noble, Ernie Hudson,
and Perfect Strangers and George Lopez co-star Belita
Moreno. And in this season, we get a hilarious cameo
from comedian Phyllis Diller.
The cover art is blue and green in color and features
all six cast members in their own box. It's a simple
design and the pictures denote what the cast looked
like in the first season. The case that holds the four
discs is the same used in "The Golden Girls" set,
surprisingly enough, and is a flip fold case. Inside
is a pamphlet of sorts that lists all the episodes and
a brief description and which disc they are on. It's a
nice feature. Disc 1 has a green background and uses
the same picture of John Stamos as Jesse on its cover.
Disc 2 features Bob Saget as Danny. Disc 3 features
Dave Coulier as Joey while Disc 4 has all three of the
kids (Candace Cameron as DJ, Jodie Sweetin as
Stephanie and Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen as Michelle). All
discs are the same overall design. And finally, Disc
One contains episodes 1-6, Disc Two contains episodes
7-12, Disc Three contains episodes 13-18 and Disc Four
contains episodes 19-22.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu screen is as colorful as the set is. It
has a photo of the cast and the theme music
(shortened, but with lyrics) loops in the background.
The first selection is "Play All" followed by
"Episodes" in which you can go to another menu screen
(with no music) and choose the episode you want to
watch. The third selection is "Special Features" that
lets you choose the special features located on the
discs. And finally, "Languages" which let you choose
"Spoken Languages" (only English is an option) or
Subtitles that range from English, to French, to
Spanish. Each episode contains the entire unedited
theme song and they are unedited and run for 23 to 24
minutes in length.
Video and Audio Quality:
For a show that's nearly twenty years old from the
premiere date, the video is quite good. The audio,
like on older show sets, was low, so it may require
you to increase the volume on your TV quite a bit. But
there were no major issues to be concerned with on
this set. And on this set, closed captioning as well
as Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are
available. One bad thing is that there are no
chapters or scene selections! It is hard to get from
one point to another without that.
The special features are pretty good for this set. On
the first episode, as well as the twenty-first episode
there is commentary by Executive Producer and Creator
Jeff Franklin. On Disc One, the Original Unaired Pilot
is available, too! The original unaired pilot is
basically the same premise as the first real episode,
but features actor John Posey in the Bob Saget role.
It's literally the exact same. The opening credits are
also the exact same. Just replace Bob Saget with John
Posey. The scenes are exactly the same in the opening
credits as you see on the entire first season. A few
pieces of dialogue are different in the episode, but
overall it's the same. On Disc Two, during the episode
"The Miracle of Thanksgiving" there is a great feature
that explains behind the scenes and fun facts from the
show. They are exactly like subtitles. Some
interesting gems discuss how most of the San Francisco
establishing shots was done in a single day, and how
Full House started off Friday's at 8:00PM and slowly
beat out competitors "Rags to Riches" and "Beauty and
the Beast". Also, too, they explain that in the
opening credits, Mary Kate and Ashley are credited as
one person "Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen" as to not reveal
there are two different girls playing Michelle. It's a
nice feature that I would love to see on other sets
for other shows.
Included in this season set of FULL HOUSE are two
specialty releases: one episode each of "Growing
Pains" and "Step By Step." The case that this disc
comes in is cardboard. It's listed as "Volume Four"
and a "Commemorative DVD". The disc slips out and the
disc has the same cover as the case itself. There is
no promotion for either show on the actual Full House
Box, or the case the disc comes in. Only when you look
at the disc is when you can see that the first
selection will be Growing Pains and the second
selection will be Step by Step. The menu screen
follows the same design as the cover. And surprisingly
enough, all it has is "Play Show 1" or "Play Show 2,"
not even the show names, or their episode names
either! It was a bit surprising. I expected a little
bit more out of this, although I'm not sure why.
The "Growing Pains" episode has good audio and video.
The episode is unedited and runs approx. 23 minutes.
The episode of Growing Pains included is "Jealousy,"
an early episode from the very first season that has
Jason up in arms when Maggie begins working late on a
story with a handsome co-worker. The "Step By Step"
episode also has good audio and video. Unfortunately,
this episode is edited, and runs only 21 minutes in
length. The episode they chose to use for this series
was "Pilot" in which Frank moves his kids into Carol's
house and Al has to get her appendix removed.
Although I applaud Warner for including these two
shows in this set, it was disappointing to see the
episode of Step by Step edited. It's probably a
complicated matter, but one could argue, if you have
an uncut episode of Growing Pains, how do you not get
one of Step by Step? Is it because Growing Pains
might be coming soon as a season set, since it is
unedited? I think it's nice to have these two shows
included in this set, but I'm not entirely sure just
what Warner Bros. wants to accomplish. Is it to garner
more interest in the shows used as specialty discs, or
is it meant to test the waters for possible releases,
or is their hope that fans of Growing Pains and Step
by Step will purchase this set for just one single
episode of their favorite show? Only time will tell.
In conclusion, I believe any fan of Full House will
enjoy this set very much. For the extremely low price
of thirty dollars, this is a wonderful set to own.
Even though I'm not a diehard fan, I think this set is
great. I also think that future releases of other
shows can try and incorporate the "Fast-Fact Subtitle"
idea used (the first season of "Gilligan's Island"
includes this feature, though) as well as including
the pamphlet that lists the episodes, some episode
stills, and a brief one sentence description. I
encourage every fan to buy this set.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 02/12/05
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