"Jonas: Rockin the House Volume 1" has been released on dvd from BUENA
VISTA. A huge hit on the Disney Channel, the series stars the three Jonas
Brothers, Jo, Nick and Kevin. While not nearly as funny or creative as "THE
MONKEE" or other shows of the past built around pop musicians and their
lives, it still has its charm, and fans of the group will enjoy it, and
parents can watch with them, without being bored out of their mind.
In the series, the brothers attend a private high school. Of course,
public schools would be too crazy for them, since even attending the private
school can cause unintended results, as evidenced by Macy, President of
their fan club, going bonkers at the mere sight of them in the halls!
Tempering Macy's histrionics falls on Stella, her freind and friends with
Stella (Chelsea Staub) is Macy’s best friend, and has been longtime
friends with the brothers, especially Jo. Oh, these two are smitten with one
another, but in typical "cleaner than Mayberry RFD" fashion, will never act
upon it. There's something in the show for every youngster, and even those
8 or younger will enjoy seeing Frankie, the lesser known "8" year old Jonas
Brother craving the attention that his brothers and their band continuously
get. Unfortunately, since the show is so tame, Frankie isn't given the kind
of needed edge that made Danny Bonaduce so fun in his role as one of the
Partridge Family, and that could've been a great aspect to run with, to
attract or at least entertain adult viewers.
"VOLUME 1" offers five episodes, including:
"GROOVY MOVIES," :WRONG SONG," "PIZZA GIRL," "BAND'S BEST FRIEND," and one
of the best episodes, built around Macy's character, and the limitations of
her singing talent, "CHASING THE DREAM."
BUENA VISTA has also included two previously unreleased episodes and a
"collectible card" as extras!
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this
release. Colors are solid, and occasionally vibrant. However, contrast is
only average, without deep blacks needed to retain fine detail in darker
scenes. As far as a tv to dvd transfer goes, this is fine and on par with
many Disney Channel series on dvd releases.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital mix. Separation effects are
focused towards the front speakers, with emphasis on the center channel.
However, when music kicks in, the fidelity is impressive and all speakers