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American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4

2.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Features the worst performances from the 1st four seasons of the pop cultural phenomena American Idol.

Special Features

  • Funnies moments from all 4 seasons
  • Never-before-seen audition footage
  • America The Beautiful as you’ve never heard it before
  • Proud Mary a popular contestant choice
  • Fashion Faux Pas
  • Christmas Carols

Product Details

  • Actors: Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson
  • Directors: Andrew Scheer, Brian Gadinsky, Bruce Gowers, Ken Warwick, Sean X
  • Writers: Simon Fuller
  • Producers: Aaron Weiner, Andy Meyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Capital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B58D0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Idol - The Worst of Seasons 1-4" on IMDb

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For me the best part of American Idol is watching the horrible audtions at the start of each season. These poor souls actually believe they have what it takes to make it to the big time. The sad part is they REALLY believe they can make it, sometimes they have family members who encourage them. Some say that these have to be fakes, people can't be this bad. Well they can be, they can't be that good of actors!!

This DVD has some of the best worst performances from the first four seasons. You get William Hung, you get that guy singing "Like A Virgin", you get my personal favorite, Mary Roach. You've got to credit these people for at least having the guts to get up there and try.

Now for the part that's not so great about this set. Many of the songs have been cut, I would guess because they couldn't get the rights to them. By cutting out the songs, you don't really get to see why they are being so harshly judged. So the judges come off as being rude for no real reason.

Aside from that, this DVD is great fun. But again how many of us would have the guts to get up there ourselves??
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This is the "Worst of American Idol" and they've certainly put it together. If you just can't help looking at those crazy, wacky people who come on to this show (and yes, I can't help), then you'll love this DVD.

This DVD has everything you could want as far as that goes. You get the full auditions or arguments of such people as Tamika (It's TA-MEE-KA! TA-*MEE*-KA!) Bush, Adam and Dirk, William Hung and more. Oh yes, there's William Hung. You'll get his entire audition, never shown before as well as full-on performance with accompanying music and girl dancers. You'll also get crazy medlies of Christmas songs, America the Beautiful, fashion faux pas and more.

A lot of the content is presented in an approximately hour long highlight reel, with some commentary by Paula Abdul. But the really "good" stuff, as described above, is in separate Special Features.

The main problem with this DVD is that the "Worst of American Idol" seems to be packaged with the worst of DVD problems. There is no scene selection on the highlights reel, so you're stuck trying to find your spot. There are no close-captions or subtitles either. I mean --- I can't say I entirely blame them, a lot of this stuff really is indecipherable, but even trying could have helped. There are some bad audio problems on a couple of the earlier segments also. The worst thing is that every time you pop in the DVD, you have to sit through three copyright / logo displays, followed by an intro that's about a minute long from Paula. I couldn't get this to either skip or fast forward.

P.S. --- I don't know why so many people are saying that you just get some padded show or whatever. Yes, there *is* a clips show with this, but there's a whole bunch of special feature segments with unedited and complete auditions and/or arguments.

So overall --- I like this DVD, but I really have to mark down because of the described problems, which don't have *anything* to do with the content.
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The following is a review from the Washington Post that someone posted on the Fox American Idol site. I am posting it for people that want to know more about what's on the DVD's.

High and low notes of `Idol'

New DVD set explores popular show's first four seasons

By Curt Fields

Washington Post

Fans of TV's insanely popular "American Idol" fall into one of two camps. They watch because they enjoy rooting for the occasional discovery of genuinely talented performers, or they enjoy the train wreck of seeing people who have no business being near a microphone destroying a song and acting amazed when they're told they stink.

Whatever your motivation for watching, Tuesday's upcoming DVD releases should tide you over until the show returns in January as "The Best of American Idol: Seasons 1-4" ($19.98), "The Worst of American Idol: Seasons 1-4" ($19.98) and, combining the two and tossing in a bonus disc, "The Best & Worst of American Idol: Seasons 1-4" ($34.98) hit the market.

"The Best Of" disc contains some of the show's more memorable moments, including Fantasia Barrino's "Summertime," Kelly Clarkson's "Respect" and Bo Bice's a cappella "In a Dream." It focuses primarily on the top two finalists from each season, so there's lots of Clarkson (the most successful post-"Idol" performer so far), Justin Guarini, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Fantasia (she's dropped the Barrino since winning in Season 3), Diana DeGarmo, Bice and Carrie Underwood.

A few other contestants are represented. Season 1's Tamyra Gray sings "Feel the Fire" and reminds you what a joke it was that Guarini made it to the final two that year.
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This DVD does not show the auditions. It shows the judges reacting to the bad auditions. Part of the fun is seeing the entire "song" done by a contestant. A lot of times on this DVD, you get just the last note and the judges reaction. I had high hopes for some laughs, but this DVD is a waste of money. It is also padded with boring narration by Paula Abdul.
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Way too funny. This was truly the BEST OF THE WORST. You will laugh so hard till your sides hurt.
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