It's hard not to be tired of all the "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES" fanfare since its debut in October of 2004, but at least in its earlier episodes, there was a sense of originality there. "Before" the cast became overexposed on "Oprah" and every other show desperate for ratings, these actresses were basically underdogs in the LA scene. But, creator Marc Cherry, obviously inspired by "AMERICAN DREAMS" managed to find a way to make his idea seem marketable and even original to the heads at ABC and "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES" became a phenomenon. The entire first season is now available in a boxed set from BUENA VISTA.
Fans of the series will find plenty to like here. In addition to the entire season, there are plenty of extras! Cherry provides commentaries, but so do the ladies! While Cherry's is less insightful than we'd expected, the ladies is more fun than we'd imagined as well, evening them out! There are several deleted scenes , extended episodes and much more!
BUENA VISTA has preserved the show's original 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are bold and vibrant, capturing the show's consistently beautiful production design. While the detail is generally impressive, there are moments of softness too. The contrast is excellent. Fleshtones appear natural.
BUENA VISTA has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The narrative appearing over each episode is what sounds best on the mix, accompanied by the great score, there's a perfect blending of sounds and full speaker support. Unfortunately, the other parts of each episode, particularly during interior scenes have some form of humming sound that can be annoying.