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Reba - The Complete First Season



DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004 (20th Century Fox)
Color/MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 506 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 57 minutes (not counting commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and Spanish language & subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Select episode commentary, deleted scenes, "On the Scene with Barbra Jean" and "Creating Reba" featurettes as well as bloopers and outtakes

My Thoughts:

Singer Reba McEntire plays now-single mom Reba Hart whose husband of twenty-years divorces her for a woman half his age - who's now pregnant. If her husband divorcing her isn't enough, Reba's 17 year old daughter Cheyenne (Joanna Garcia) also finds herself pregnant! Season One of Reba contains all 22 episodes of the first season (2001-2002) and includes many special features, such as deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers and brand-new featurettes!

I really can't find an episode was that was just so memorable but the season finale "It Ain't Over Till The Redhead Sings" in which Cheyenne gives birth is of course memorable. Special guest stars included Dorothy Lyman ("All My Children," and "Mama's Family") who guest stars in Episode Eleven "Meet the Parents." Also guest-starring are Park Overall ("Empty Nest") as Reba's best friend and the late Nell Carter ("Gimme a Break!") as Dr. Peters, a family therapist.

The package has Reba, Cheyenne and Barbra Jean on the cover with a white background. It's a press-style photo with the REBA logo on an orange background. "The Complete First Season" is underneath the logo in orange print and a yellowish background. The back of the package is yellow and orange blocks. It includes apparent press/screenshots of the entire cast on the right side. It has a description of the series and underneath lists the special features.

There are three discs, and they are double sided. Disc one side A has episodes 1-4; Side B has episodes 5-8. Disc two/Side A has episodes 9-12; Side B has episodes 13-16. Disc three Side A has episodes 17-20; Side B has episodes 21 and 22 with most of the special features being on Disc 3 Side B. There are no photos on the disc. They are plain because they are dual-sided. The cases are slim cases, like some of 20th Century FOX’s other releases like Family Guy and Garfield & Friends. The individual cases that holds each disc has a picture of Reba (the same on the main cover but just Reba) and the logo on the left side with what disc case it is. On the back are episode descriptions, titles and airdates along with two screenshots and a list of the special features on that disc.

The main menu is quite cool. It has the REBA theme (with vocals) playing and it's "live" where you see the menu selections and it's on a blue background (on disc two it's red) with live action shots from the series alternating. It's so hard to explain. It's very easy to navigate. There is a "Play All" Feature, "Episodes" menu that has two pictures and a teal/light blue background (no music), Languages (where you can choose which language and then the subtitles) and a "Special Features" option that has the same layout as the Episodes menu.

The video is crisp & clear – what it should be for 2001. Each episode runs on average about 22-23 minutes, which is what the norm per episode should be for a show this new. The audio is also perfect. I'm not sure if it's stereo or mono, but it should be stereo since it is relatively a new show. It is in, Digital Dolby Surround Sound though.

The special features on this set are great! Selected episode commentary: Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Steve Howey, Scarlett Pomers and Mitch Holleman along with Executive Producers Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis offer commentary on Episode 1 ("Pilot"). Reba, Melissa, Scarlett, Mitch along with Writers/Co-Producers Patti Carr and Lara Runnels offer commentary on Episode 10 ("When Good Credit Goes Bad"). On Episode 15 ("You May Kick The Bride) Reba, Melissa, Steve, Scarlett and Mitch offer commentary. On Disc One/Side B there are deleted scenes available and on Disc 2/Side B there are more deleted scenes. On Disc Three/Side B the rest of the special features are available (two features and bloopers).

“On The Scene With Barbra Jean" runs around 26 minutes. It's a newly-filmed featurette that follows Melissa Peterman around the REBA set. She shows us where the audience goes and then takes us behind the scenes to the prop room where she runs into Christopher Rich (who plays Brock) and then it's up to the makeup room where Reba McEntire is finishing up her hair and makeup. Then it's off to Melissa's dressing room and then to the set of Brock and Barbra Jean's house where she shows us some things. It's back to the main REBA set, Reba's house where Melissa goes around explaining the set building as well as the little "artifacts" included on the set, from photos to accessories. It's a really fun feature that any fan would love.

The "Creating Reba" featurette is what you would think, interviews about the creation of the REBA series. It includes interviews with Reba McEntire, Executive Producers Mike Hanel and Mindy Schultheis, Joanna Garcia, Melissa Peterman, Christopher Rich, Steve Howey, Scarlett Pomers and Mitch Holleman. Also interviewed is Casting director Greg Orson who explains how they cast the show (it took four months). We also see Reba's audition tape, the casting of Melissa Peterman as Barbra Jean, as well as Joanna as Cheyenne, etc. It's a fantastic special. It runs around 27 minutes.

Finally, the last special features are outtakes from the first season. It runs around 3 minutes. As much as fans seem to love outtakes, they'll definitely enjoy these.

On Discs 1 and 2 they have deleted scenes. Disc One/Side B features the first set of deleted scenes. The one deleted scene included on the first disc is from the episode "Tea and Antipathy" and it runs 36 seconds. The second set of deleted scenes is on Disc 2/Side B and is from the episode "You May Kick The Bride" and offers two deleted scenes that both run around 36 seconds.

In closing, I was really impressed with the way the main menu was designed. The special features were great too, especially the two featurettes. Those are something fans would LOVE on ANY TV show set. It was a really good set and I look forward to the release of Season 2.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.8/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.9/5

-- Reviewed by Shawn (TVJunkie101) on 11/28/2004

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