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Glee: Road to Sectionals - DVD Review

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 9th 2010 10:02AM
glee dvdReleasing Glee on DVD before the first season is even over was somewhat of an odd move, but one that makes sense when you look at both its fanatical fan base and the fact that it's taking a nearly unheard four-month hiatus (it returns April 13) between the first and second halves of the its premiere season. Basically, FOX knows they have a hit on their hands and they're trying to milk it for everything it's worth.

It's a smart move, considering that the response of most Glee fans (like myself) when they heard that there would be a DVD this quickly was something along the lines of, "Ohmygodgivethatomerightnow.Glee!Glee!Glee!." The days are short and dark; we need some sort of happiness to get us through the next couple of months until the new episodes come out.

My question about the DVD was, how good will it be? I mean, it will obviously have the first 13 episodes, so that's a big plus, but what of the DVD extras? Is there a reason to buy the DVD instead of just getting all of the episodes off of iTunes? The answer to that question is, "it depends on how you feel about video diaries."

I'll be straight-up with you: the extras aren't going to knock your socks off. They haven't had a million years to work on this, and like a lot of shows in their first season, they just kind of stick whatever they find lying around on the DVD. With that said, there was a lot more than I expected on it.

Because this whole thing was so slapped together, I was really just expecting a few interviews and maybe a song or two. Granted, that was part of it, but we also got a little bit extra. In addition to interviews with creator Ryan Murphy and choreographer Zack Woodlee, we see a special on the casting process that aired on FOX Movie Channel, in which we get to see snippets of Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), and Chris Colfer's (Kurt) auditions. My only complaint about it, and really about most of the extras, is that it isn't long enough. I want to see the whole audition tape. Lea Michele's especially looked interesting, as she auditioned immediately after totalling her car. She even says that she was still picking glass out of her hair while she was in the room.

They also had a feature called, "X things you didn't know about..." featuring Jayma Mays (Emma) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) among others. They're really basic facts. Mays eats a peanut butter sandwich every day, and at the time, Riley had never been to New York City. Each feature is only about a minute long, and you're really left wanting more.

Other extras include a "Welcome to McKinley" featurette starring Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins) that is very bizarre, but fantastic, mainly because it uses the word "monkeyshines;" a music video to Queen's "Somebody To Love," which basically involves castmembers walking down the hall in slow motion; and a slew of video diaries. The video diaries involve most of the cast and follows them individually as they attended the Upfronts in May. They're pretty fun (the hotel room dance party is particularly interesting), but again, I want more (because, seriously. Hotel room dance party!). Although, I did learn something important: Lea Michele and Cory Monteith get to fly first class with the producers, while the rest of the cast goes coach.

You're really getting this DVD so you can have the episodes on your shelf and close at hand. If you can get the episodes on iTunes for cheaper and that's the way you like to watch TV, than go right ahead. For the most part, the extras aren't something that you're going to end up watching more than once. However, for around $30 on Amazon, it's not a bad deal. My only hope for the second half of season 1 is that they 1) include full cast audition tapes, and 2) make it available on Blu-Ray.

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I want a "Performances Only" bonus section that skips the plot stuff and goes from song to song.

I've gone through the entire set while working on my PC and found myself watching the singing scenes intently, then return to multi-task mode while the plot develops...

January 09 2010 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

a lot of those "extras" have been available on hulu all season

January 09 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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