Hard as it is to admit, "LAGUNA BEACH" is a rare gem amongst the garbage on MTV and elsewhere targeted to teens. To begin with, while first watching it, one can't be sure if it's an unrehearsed documentary/reality show, or a "staged" event with really good teen actors. It's hard to believe that these kids can behave so naturally with cameras right there. But, maybe, just maybe over a lengthy period of time, these kids adapted. Still hard to figure out. Maybe these kids, spoiled with great wealth and privilege have just learned at an early age to deal with cameras! Who knows? But, it's great tv.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, but for some reason, it isn't enhanced for 16:9. Colors are solid and the contrast is impressive, in spite of some grain and artifacts. However, it's a disappointment to not have 16:9 enhancement.
PARAMOUNT has presented a Dolby Digital Stereo mix. The music to this show is terrific. It really enhances the atmosphere in a much more logical and comfortable way than the music picked for other teen-targeted shows like "DAWSON'S CREEK," "ROSWELL" and other programs. There's little separation other than in terms of music. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
All 11 episodes are presented over 2 discs. The bonus material, of which there is a substantial amount, is all on disc 3.
There are plenty of extras for those who are already fans of the show, and new viewers certain to become fans.