A great cast, impeccable writing, tight-direction, so what went wrong with "STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP?" It defies understanding! A show as good as this fails, yet Howie Mandel's awful, annoying personality is credited with the success of "DEAL OR NO DEAL?" These types of questions can shake one's faith!
Aaron Sorkin created the setting for this show, the behind-the-scenes production of a "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" sketch show, week after week. In Sorkin's capable hands, it feels like a treasure chest of opportunities! Some great issues are examined, and everyone brings a sense of urgency to their roles and dialogue in a way that never feels patronizing or unrealistic. "STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP" is simply a great series! While there are some small narratives running across the series, each show can be thoroughly appreciated on its own, without having any prior episode knowledge. The show's surprising failure and cancellation makes one question the intelligence of audiences and networks that actually employ Jerry O' Connell!!!!!!!!!!
WARNER BROS. has provided all 22 episodes over 6 discs.
WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 1.66:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a great looking image. Colors are rich and even vibrant at times, although the studio backdrop settings veer towards intentionally restrained color use. Detail is excellent throughout. Contrast offers deeper grays than we'd expected, lending for great depth in darker instances. There is some minor artifacting, but not enough to diminish the overall quality of the transfer.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's a typical comedy mix, with mostly center-channel concentration. Some minor ambient effects kick in on occasion. But, surrounds are used mostly for music enhancement. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
A great commentary is offered on the first episode. The only other extra is a featurette.