With so many tv series targeted towards and about teens, none of them are anywhere as honest or creative as the best, “MY SO CALLED LIFE”, however the short-lived “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT” at least proved to be more entertaining than any of the other series it borrows from, including “THE O.C.” and many more. It would be dishonest to tell any story about teens, without exploring the incredibly strong sex-drive that’s a paramount part of their lives at that age. “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT” focuses on its characters’ sexuality a great deal. In fact, perhaps even a bit too much, at times overshadowing the other aspects of youth which are also worth exploring.
The cast is quite good, with the exception of Kelly Osbourne. Osbourne’s not a horrible actress, but she really feels wrong for her role here. The character she plays isn’t at all believable either.
The 13 episodes of the series are included here.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the show’s original full-frame image. Colors are rich and vibrant throughout. While not as visually innovative as “MY SO CALLED-LIFE”, there are still some creative visual moments in each episode and they’re well complimented with the slick transfer offered.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s a terrific mix, offering numerous separation effects and great music tracks. The fidelity is impressive, and bass is utilized effectively with music.
In addition to including two episodes that were never aired, commentaries are offered on 7 episodes. They’re generally entertaining and surprisingly honest. Well worth a listen.