SRP $39.99 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1 BUENA VISTA

Jay Mohr stars in "GARY UNMARRIED," the first season of which, has just been released on dvd by BUENA VISTA. Mohr is surprisingly effective here. While his film performances(with the exception of "Jerry Maguire")suffering from any hint of nuance, he actually provides some depth to his character, "Gary," not an easy thing to do in a sitcom. Gary is the recently divorced housepainter, sharing custody of his two kids with his ex, Allison. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the series lies in the fact that Paula Marshall(Allison)appears to have broken the curse of early cancellation which used to follow her over various series. Good thing, too! She's always been good, but she's never been better than she is here. Gary and Allison have moved on in some ways. Gary has a beautiful new girlfriend(Jamie King) and Allison is engaged to their former marriage counselor(Ed Begley, Jr.), but this doesn't prevent the sharp as a knife, typically hilarious verbal swipes the two throw at each other.  Unlike many of the most well known sitcoms(MARRIED WITH CHILDREN comes to mind), "GARY UNMARRIED" doesn't typically pander to the lowest common denominator. Sure, it comes close to the edge of acceptable humor more often than not, but so does the still brilliant "TWO AND A HALF MEN," and neither of these series make the viewer feel ashamed for watching it as "MARRIED WITH CHILDREN" should've!

The twenty episodes making up the first season are consistently funny. Some are much funnier than others. Don't dare miss episode 9, "GARY GIVES THANKS," one of the most side-splitting episodes of any comedy series dealing with the holiday season and featuring a great guest appearance by Martin Mull as Allison's father.

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio(16:9 enhanced). Colors are much more vibrant than typical for tv to dvd fare, and without any oversaturation. Detail is consistently good, but limited by standard resolution. It would be "great" to see how much better the show could look on blu-ray! Contrast is decent, but some minor grain pops up on occasion.

BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  The dynamic range is great, although use of surrounds varies from episode to episode. Even when ambient/surround effects are restrained, the separation effects targeted toward the front, add greatly to the series' enjoyment. Music gets a big help with all speakers kicking in to enhance cues appropriately.

Extras include some short featurettes and a blooper reel.