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The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete First Season



DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 496 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 5 min 28 seconds (gag reel)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Subtitles: English, French and Spanish; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Gag Reel; Warner Bros. 50th Anniversary Commemorative DVD Volume 5 (one episode each of “Living Single” & “Whose Line is it Anyway?”)

My Thoughts:

Before he became famous for the hit motion picture "RAY" and "COLLATERAL", versatile actor Jamie Foxx stars as Jamie King, a man wanting to break into show business. He gets his first job singing at a hotel. On the surface, it seems like a great job, but he not only sings, he works the front desk, delivers room service, sorts the mail and mops the floors. This four disc DVD set includes all 22 episodes from the First Season. Garcelle Beauvis co-stars as his sexy coworker, Fancy while Christopher B. Duncan plays his nemesis for Fancy, a hotel accountant named Braxton. Rounding out the hilarious cast are Ellia English and Garrett Morris who are Jamie's aunt and uncle, who run the hotel. Once you check in to this comedy, you may never want to check out!

The Season One episodes are all very funny and memorable. Relive many great memories, such as when Jamie wants to impress his ex, he asks Fancy to pose as his girlfriend in "Burned Twice by the Same Flame," and when Braxton's uncouth parents arrive for a visit and embarrass him in "...And Bubba Makes Three," and when the ring Junior buys Helen for their anniversary gets stuck on Fancy's finger with Jamie's help in "Stuck on You" and when Jamie and Fancy accidentally kiss in "Kiss and Tell," and when Jamie suspects a hotel guest is a killer who plans to off the hotel staff in "A Killer Ending," as well as when Jamie's distraught pal finds himself out on a ledge on Thanksgiving, and when Jamie and Braxton are taken hostage in a bank heist in "Break Yourself, Fool," also, "Seems Like Old Times" in which Junior's old army buddy (played by Amen’s Clifton Davis) puts the moves on Helen, and finally, when Jamie's singer of a mother arrives for a visit in the season finale, "Save the Drama for Your Mama."

Memorable cameos throughout the season included NBA star Gary Payton, movie star Michael Clarke Duncan, Bad Santa’s Tony Cox, soap stars Shemar Moore and Kristoff St. John, former "Amen" star Clifton Davis as Junior's army buddy, comedian Phil Morris, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Janet Hubert-Whitten, Ice-Cube, and most notably, Gladys Knight would appear

as Jamie's mother in the show's first season finale. The cover art is blue in color and features all a promotion shot of Jamie Foxx. It's a simple design. The case that holds the four discs is the same used in the "Full House" Season 1 set, which seams to be the way Warner wants to distribute their sets, 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 teal background and uses the same picture of Jamie Foxx that's on the main cover. Disc 2 is brown in color. Disc 3 is yellow in color while Disc 4 is purple in color and all four 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 plus the gag reel bonus feature.

The main menu screen is virtually the same design as the set is. It has a photo of the cast and the theme music (shortened) 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 (only available on disc four). 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 is unedited and runs for 22 to 23 minutes in length.

For a show that's almost ten years old (!) from the premiere date, the video is, as expected, very good. The audio, unlike on some older show sets, such as Full House, was an improvement and was crisp and clear. 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 on this set are few and far between. In fact, only one bonus is included at all. It's a gag reel that is located on the fourth disc. As a fan of gag reels and bloopers, I am very pleased this was included. It lasts exactly five minutes and 28 seconds long in length and seems to be mostly centered towards first season bloopers, which makes me believe that future season sets will hopefully follow suite.

Included in this season set of THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW - SEASON 1 are two specialty releases: one episode each of "Living Single" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The case that this disc comes in is cardboard. It's listed as "Volume Five" and as 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 Jamie Foxx 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 "Living Single" and the second selection will be "Whose Line...” 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. Also, what I found surprising is that both episodes have chapter skips, but the Jamie Foxx episodes do not have this option!

The "Living Single" episode has very good audio and video. The episode seems to be (although I'm uncertain) unedited and runs approx. 23 minutes. The episode of "Living Single" included is "A Kiss Before Lying," an early episode from the very first season that has Max's ex-boyfriend Greg re-entering her life, but with a new girlfriend! So Max enlists an all too eager Kyle to pose as her beau. But Max eventually gets her 'revenge' on Greg. The "Whose Line Is It Anyway" (the US version) episode also has good audio and video. This episode runs only approx. 21 minutes in length and it's hard to know whether or not it is unedited or edited, since it relatively a new show. The episode they chose to use for this series was "Show #103" from the first season (which was voted by fans as their favorite episode), which features regulars Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops as the improv performers.

Although I applaud Warner for including these two shows in this set, 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 ‘Living Single’ and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ will purchase this set for just one single episode of their favorite show? Only time will tell.

In conclusion, I believe any fan of THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW will enjoy this set very much. For the extremely low price of less than thirty dollars, this is a wonderful set to own. Even though I'm not a diehard fan, I think this set is great, especially for those fans of Jamie Foxx who are interested in seeing him in action before hitting it big in the theatrical picture "RAY” or “COLLATERAL.” I also think that future releases of this (and other shows) can try and incorporate a gag reel 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: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on February 12, 2005

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