When finding out that this short-lived series, involved J.J. Abrams, it was easy to anticipate a lost treasure. But, while "WHAT ABOUT BRIAN" isn't bad, it's ultimately disappointing. Barry Watson of "Seventh Heaven" stars as "Brian," the last single person of his peer group, not in a relationship. The focus of the entire series relates to Brian's struggles to find himself, as well as a partner, while delving into the trials and tribulations of dating in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is certainly its own character in the series, and provides countless opportunities for the characters residing within it to overcome as well as enjoy its obstacles. But, "WHAT ABOUT BRIAN" offers none of the comical insight of "Entourage" and less depth than found in the more serious episodes of anything written by David E. Kelly. As the lead, Barry Watson, is decent, but this type of series calls for someone even more magnetic to carry it.
BUENA VISTA has provided all of the series' 24 episodes over 5 discs. Presented in 1.78:1 with 16:9 enhancement, the image is impressive. Colors are solid, even vibrant at times. Detail is consistently impressive and the overall image compliments a great production design. There are some artifacts that pop up from time to time, but never too intrusive.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While the majority of separation is focused towards the front, ambient effects are active in the rear at key moments. The music is well complimented throughout. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
BUENA VISTA has included extras that are certain to please fans of the series. Audio commentaries for the pilot and another episode are here, as well as two featurettes and a complete "lost" episode that never aired.