It is never too late to get on the Glee bandwagon. If you feel the need for proof, I have some. It’s not tangible, but I assure you it’s 100% TRUTH! I love my Granny, and I was on the phone with her just last week. She told me that she’d never seen Glee until that week when she’d caught a rerun. She’s in her late 70’s, and she told me she loved the show. It was only her first episode, but I’m sure she’ll be watching Glee season 2 now! (And yes, I’ll be reminding and encouraging her!) So one of the best things about Glee? There is no age barrier with this show. I watch it, my Mom watches it, my younger sisters watch it, and now even my Granny watches it.
Fox Home Entertainment sent us Glee season 1 on DVD to review. Talk about a hard job, eh? Woe, woe, woe is me? Not hardly! The cover, as you see is really fun. I love the vibrant yellow. You get a cardboard slip case over the actual case (as is standard with most movie/tv dvds.) The Gleek edition of Glee has 7 disc’s, all 22 episodes of this hit show, and over 2 hours of new material.
The actual case is super sturdy, and open’s and closes with a satisfying sound. Inside, I was greeted with colorful disc’s! Disc 1 is violet and yellow, featuring Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsburry, and Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester. The next disc (green and yellow) has Matthew Morrison as Mr. Schuester with none other than Jane Lynch aka Sue Sylvestor. Disc 3 (light purple and yellow) has Lea Michele as Rachel Berry with Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson. Disc 4 has another fan favorite couple: Mark Salling as Noah “Puck” Puckerman and Dianna Agron as Quinn Fabray. Disc 5 (orange and yellow) showcases the stylish duo of Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones and Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel. Disc 6 (light green and yellow) features the spirited Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Cohen-Chang and Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams. Then, the special disc 7 is red and yellow – and reserved for special features!
Inside, there is a glossy promotional paper for the Glee soundtracks, Glee boardgame, Glee original novel (stating: “You think THIS is hard? Try reading!”) and even a $10 back rebate if you have bought Glee season 1 volume 1 and Glee The Complete First Season on DVD! I really like that they’re rewarding the loyal fans like that!
In this DVD package you get to see the Director’s Cut of the Glee pilot, then special features on disc’s 4, 5, and 7. The inside of the front cover has a REALLY easy way to read what’s on each disc (episode by episode, and which special feature’s are where.) I like that this is printed right inside the cover, not on a different sheet you’d have to pull out – those always get lost and bent.
The screens for the disc’s (when you put one in) have the familiar Glee ‘ba dump, bah dump!’ song (which actually did get on my nerves if you pause to do something else), and a Brady Bunch style of squares that fill and twirl with different images of the characters. The words to click are white, and you highlight the one you want to be yellow.
The Glee DVD special features are:
- Welcome to McKinley: The orientation video for 9th graders. The beginning is a straight-out mock of the Lost orientation videos, haha. I love it.
- Glee Music Video
- Full-Length Audition Pieces
- Fox Movie Channel presents Casting Session
- Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy
- Dance Boot Camp
- Jane Lynch, A to Glee
- Meet Jane Lynch
- Things you Don’t Know About Jayma, Cory, Amber, Chris
- Video Diaries
- Glee Music Jukebox (on Disc 5, 6 and 7): The Glee Music Jukebox feature lets you select just the music numbers of an episode. I would have been so disappointed if we didn’t have this! There’s also a pretty ingenious Shuffle feature that will play them at random.
- Glee Sing-Along Karaoke : Just what it sounds like. You get the words to sing along as the performance goes. It’s fun! Especially if you tend to make up what the lyrics are to songs by mistake. (Guilty!)
- Staying in Step with Glee: We have some Vocal Adrenaline dancers and Glee choreographers that show you how Vocal Adrenaline dancers did the Rehab dance steps as you saw in the Glee finale. You really will do best if you have a partner, since it’s a dance done in pairs. If you watch it enough, you will eventually get the hang of it. It could be fun to perform at a Halloween party or something. If you’ve ever taken a dance class, you’ll pick up on this pretty quickly. Don’t be too intimidated, just have fun with it. I wasn’t incredibly interested in learning any steps, but it’s fun to watch some of this.
- Bite Their Style: Dress Like Your Favorite Gleek: Well, I’m always doing “Dress like a Gleek” feature posts on ShesSmart.com, so I love this! This feature is about the clothing of the different character’s. The costume designer really thinks about the clothing she uses. I loved seeing the behind-the-scenes to see the wardrobe items on the racks, and how they’ve organized everything.
- Unleashing The Power of Madonna: The Madonna episode was GREAT! We see the cast talking about it. “It’s just great music,” notes Cory Monteith. The music supervisor and music producer explain how they picked Madonna, and their notes about the episode. They also slow-mo video to show how there were visions of Madonna through the years as extras walking the halls.
- Making of a Showstopper: Share the stress, the fun, and the realities of making the performance that Vocal Adrenaline did of The Bohemian Rhapsody Showcase. Jonathan Groff doesn’t play piano, but learned to play some for this song. “It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done,” he says.
Any major Glee fan will want to own the complete first season on DVD or Blu-ray, and they will not be disappointed. It’s a colorful, fun adventure you’ll be happy to relive again and again.
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