While ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT has been long known for their outstanding horror film releases and special editions, they're also presenting some outstanding tv series transfers as well. "ROSEANNE: SEASON ONE" is a fine example. There have been so many sitcoms around the American family, some good, some bad, a few even great. "ROSEANNE" is one of the few great ones. Without ever patronizing the audience, or ridiculing its characters, "ROSEANNE" examines the working family unit with a respect and honesty that has never been matched since. Unlike so many sitcoms, the relationships between Roseanne, her husband and the whole family feels real. When they argue or make up, things are never made simple and unrealistic. These parents don't pretend to have the answers to life's complexities, they just seem to be more decent and honest while trying to figure out what they can.
ANCHOR BAY has preserved the show's 1.33:1 aspect ratio. While not as sharp or solid as many superior releases for tv series of today, eg. "C.S.I.", etc, "ROSEANNE" is generally decent. Colors are decent and stable. While detail is only slightly above average, the overall image quality is fine. The shortcomings of this transfer appear to be related to the actual tv production rather than the transfer.
ANCHOR BAY has provided a Dolby Digital Stereo mix. Being a show about family without pretension, "ROSEANNE" doesn't require a state-of-the-art aggressive mix, filled with effects. The Dolby Digital Stereo mix is simple and perfectly compliments the subject matter. Subtle effects are delegated to the front speakers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.