My So-Called Life - The Complete Series DVD Cover Art
SRP $69.99 1.33:1 Dolby Digital 5.1 SHOUT FACTORY

One of the best series to deal realistically at teen-agers and, even grown-ups, for that matter was the short-lived "MY SO-CALLED LIFE." Claire Danes won a well-deserved emmy for her portrayal of Angela, the main character, a young girl dealing with the things all of us should be able to relate to, concerning relationships, parents, not being understood, and more. Jared Leto gives a great performance as Jordan, the great looking student, Angela is smitten with. The whole cast is perfectly cast. Her parents, friends, and even smaller roles are all completely believable throughout.

Lasting only 19 episodes, at least the finale seems complete. It's easy to become addicted to this show, as many were when the series was given a cult-following with MTV re-runs, and there will be many wishing to watch the whole set over a weekend.

"MY SO-CALLED LIFE" was ahead of its time in many ways, and is still much better than "any" of today's drama series, both in terms of acting and design. There are so many moments wherein one feels like they're watching a cinematic masterpiece, as the camera reveals certain aspects of high-school life, punctuated by Angela's well-written narration. The music is sensational as well.

SHOUT FACTORY has provided the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this release. While some of the same digital artifacts found on the previous BMG release, plague this edition, the image is notably better overall. Colors aren't typically vibrant, but they're less muted than on the previous release as well. The contrast has been notably improved as well.

SHOUT FACTORY has provided a 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's notably better than the BMG release, with better dynamic range and surround involvement. Although it's far from aggressive, surrounds provide some effective ambient effects and enhance the great soundtrack.

SHOUT FACTORY has included some great extras. There are audio commentaries for six episodes, all of them great! There are also numerous featurettes, interviews with Danes and creator Winnie Holtzman, a Q&A discussion panel from 1995, and still more! GET IT!!!!