Finally, an American tv show stolen from a "Latin" tv series!!! However, "UGLY BETTY" is actually vastly superior to the crappy, stupid, poorly acted Latin series! Everything about the American version is improved upon! Sure, it's easy to get annoyed with the unrealistic naivete of the main character, but everything about the series remains consistent with its own rules. The acting from everyone is either great or just decent. Heck, even the vastly untalented Rebecca Romijn, is tolerable here! Vanessa Williams proves that she can continue to age gracefully, and even with a stunning amount of sexuality! There are some great smaller story arcs, but even individual episodes stand on their own.
After viewing the entire first season, it's easy to see why it won so many Emmys. It's a great series and a great dvd set!
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image compliments the great production values of the show, with its rich palate of colors well preserved. Colors are lush and there's impressive detail throughout. Unfortunately, there are some surprising instances of compression artifacts, but not enough to diminish the overall quality of the image. Grain is present at times, but minimal. Fleshtones are natural.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While most effects are delegated towards the front soundstage, there is a surprising amount of surround and discrete effects sporadically offered. The music is terrific and well complimented through all speakers, reminiscent of what was achieved with David Kelly's use of it in "Alley McBeal." Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
There are four great commentaries, including the best one offered for the show's "pilot" episode. Extensive deleted scenes are also offered with bloopers and various featurettes. "UGLY BETTY: SEASON ONE" makes for a terrific "early" Christmas Stocking Stuffer!