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So NoTORIous - The Complete Series (2006)

Tori Spelling  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tori Spelling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 211 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GG4Y1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Never-before-seen episode
  • Deleted scenes
  • Behind the scenes
  • Cast Interviews
  • Outtakes

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So what do you do if your hit TV show went off the air in 2000, your last studio film was Scary Movie 2, and you've become tabloid fodder and a sure-fire pop culture punchline? If you're plucky Tori Spelling, you go the Fat Actress route and co-create and bravely star in a TV series that takes a self-deprecating look at your life. In an interview with Tori included amongst the ample bonus features, she reveals this series was born out of "years of people laughing at me." Making lemonade out of her lemon of a career, she seems to have taken Robin Williams' maxim to heart: "Joke 'em if they can't take a (blank)." While this is decidedly a fictionalized portrayal, there is, with a bow towards Stephen Colbert, a playful "truthiness" to So NoTORious that will appeal to her fans and even her detractors. There are, at her expense, plastic surgery jokes, eating disorder jokes, and, hitting way close to home, nepotism jokes, as when Tori insists to uber-producer father, Aaron (cleverly heard, but not seen, a la Charlie in Charlie's Angels) that she thinks it best if she gets her own acting jobs, adding, "Unless, of course, you want to buy me a studio... No, daddy, don't do it. I was just kidding."

Through miserable dates, disastrous parties, and career setbacks, So NoTORIous is nearly as cringe-worthy as Curb Your Enthusiasm, although unlike the irascible Larry David, our heart goes out to the hapless Tori, game as she is to somehow right the ship of public perception of her as a "spoiled Beverly Hills princess who's had everything handed to her." "I'm trying to keep a low profile," she complains at one point, and accordingly, the series does not feature many star cameos or appearances by her Beverly Hills 90210 costars. Farrah Fawcett does a nifty turn as herself in the episode "Plucky," and Whoopi Goldberg appears as a psychic in "Cursed" ("You are a wretched, miserable soul," she divines). Making a welcome return to the small screen is Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) as Tori's neglectful and self-absorbed mother (which certainly couldn't have helped the well-publicized real-life rift between Tori and her mater). Who knows where Tori's career goes from here? Based on So NoTORIous, there could be a Suddenly Susan in her future! --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Forget everything you've ever heard about Tori Spelling. OK, maybe not everything. It’s true, her dad is the most successful TV producer of all time and she did spend a decade playing the virginal Donna Martin on his hit show "Beverly Hills 90210." But now that Tori has left that zip code and her parents' mansion behind, she wants the same things we all do: friendship, respect, and love. Used to tabloid scrutiny, Tori navigates life with a self-deprecating sense of humor and the support of a loyal crew of friends she’s know since high school, along with her devoted manager, her beloved nanny, and her ever scrutinizing mother Kiki, the ultimate Beverly Hills housewife.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
First thing's first - how many Tori Spelling fans were really out there in the 90's? Just some teenagers who were addicted to Beverly Hills 90210 and probably sent her enough fan mail to suffocate a horse with. But I'd have to say she was one of the least popular members of that cast. She made a safe transition after this show to Lifetime television movies and independent films, but failed to have the bigtime Hollywood career she always wanted. How many fans can you possibly gain with movies like Scary Movie 2, A Friend to Die For, Co-Ed Call Girl, and Mother May I Sleep with Danger?

So, probably the most interesting thing about her was her famous parents and what we could only imagine her life was like - on a megahit TV show about teens that wasn't very good while still experiencing all the same pratfalls as someone slightly more talented on a better show. Then moving onto a truly miserable career in TV obscurity, still being that name everyone knows without a great career to argue her name's worth being on the tip of our tongues. Her career may have just lived in infamy as Scream 2 being the best and brightest spot on her resume.

That is, until 2006, when VH1 debuted her new reality-show-esque sitcom about chaotic distortions upon what must be her actual life. If there's one part Tori could win an award for playing - it's herself. Who could argue with that? Just one thing left to ponder: is the show any good?

I happen to think it's very good.

First of all, the show arrives in a sea of scripted reality-shot shows about pre-teen girls trying to make it in the music industry, snooty twenty-something's (that act like pre-teen girls- even the boys) working at high-fashion magazines, and teenagers just chillin' on the beach.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori Spelling Is Funny! November 27, 2006
Format:DVD
This season Tori Spelling fans will have two new releases to choose from. Earlier this season Paramount released Beverly Hills 90210 The Complete First Season on DVD. Now her VH-1 original series So Notorious is available on DVD. The DVD release includes the entire series which consists of 10 episodes.

The most surprising thing about So Notorious is just how funny the darn show is. On Beverly Hills 90210, Tori Spelling didn't get to show off her comedic chops. The actress has also starred in a handful of series themed Lifetime movies, so most people didn't know what Tori had to offer comedy wise.

So Notorious can most easily be compared to the Kirstie Alley series Fat Actress. Similar to Fat Actress where Kirstie Alley starred as Kirstie Alley with actors cast as her friends, in So Notorious Tori stars as a fictional character named Tori, with actors playing the roles of her family and friends. In the series, Tori explores post 90210 life which includes dating, friends, family, tabloids and Beverly Hills life.

There are some really funny moments in the series. The guys who want to hook up with her because her father is a famous producer. Some of the greatest scenes in the series include actress Lonnie Anderson who stars as Tori's mother KiKi in the series. Hands down one of the funniest episodes of the series is the episode "Charitable." In this episode, Tori takes a disadvantaged "teen" under her wing. Before she knows it

she is throwing the young girl a huge party. When the "teen" doesn't get her way she threatens to go to the tabloids. Things really come to a head when Tori learns the teen isn't a teen after all, she really is a grown woman.

So Notorious is a cute show. The DVD set includes 9 episodes that aired and a 10th episode that never aired on the network. Special features include episode commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes and cast interviews.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm NOT a fan of 90210 and never was... December 10, 2006
Format:DVD
But I did read some good reviews of this show before it began and decided to program it into my TiVo [product placement-1].

I watched the first episode and was hooked. It's not a reality show. It's based on being a celeb and it's better than Kirstie's on that pioneer pay channel or Lisa K's on the other big pay channel.

This show was actually funny which is rare for a sitcom these days and it had a female lead; another rarity in this new century.

I loved the running gags like the gates to Aaron's Mansion playing the Charlie's Angel's theme or never seeing Aaron but hearing his voice ala-Charlie.

Loni Anderson was the PERFECT choice for Tori's mom and some of quirks were deadly funny. I loved the Christmas room in the mansion.

Why did they make only 9 or 10 eps? Why when I recorded an episode with title "A" did the ep with title "c" show up? and this was during a "marathon". [Not on VH1 but another channel showing it...I forget which one]. So I never saw all 9 eps on regular TV. I think I saw 5 at most.

Now I have the DVD set and I can enjoy it and share a good comedy with friends. [and encourage them to buy their own].

I never liked 90210 but Tori spelling can be funny and make fun of herself while being a good sport about it.

Oh and the limo getting stuck in the drive-thru was truly funny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no one does tori quite like tori! November 4, 2006
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So NoTORIous is hilarious. I am biased as I've been a fan of Tori Spelling's for many years, but I've read online reviews from many people who say "I hated her til I saw this show-now I have to admit I'm a fan". Sadly, while many critics and fans gave the show a very enthusiastic 2 thumbs up, Vh1 decided to cancel it which well, sucked. Luckily Tori has other projects in the pipeline at the moment as this stint gives her long-overdue credibility for her "better than decent comedic timing" as 1 critic put it.

So NoTORIous(on which Tori serves as co-exec producer, co-creator as well as the main character) is very well-written and laugh-out-loud funny, with numerous pop-culture references littered throughout the script such as Tori's 90210 and childhood flashbacks, a cop mockingly volunteering to call Starsky and Hutch "and maybe the Mod Squad" after she reports her Blackberry as stolen, her apparent lingering fear of Shannen Doherty resurfaces after seeing her in a sex shop and roommate Pete's skanky girlfriend-of-the-week claiming Tori "looks better in person" (a real-life comment Tori says she is often told) and that she never watched 90210 as it was "so gay-everyone on it was like 40 and still a virgin".

You get the picture lol. Friend Janey's sarcastic remarks, Sasan's haughtiness, Pete's girl-craziness, manager Ruthie's constant praise of her "marvellous whore" of a client (Tori) and Kiki's bleedingly obvious disdain of her daughter's lack of perfection are more than enough reason (along with Tori's own performance) to buy this DVD.

Tori's real-life fashion-conscious pug, Mimi LaRue is also a cute addition and 1 interesting fact is that Loni Anderson(Kiki)is a long-time family friend of Aaron&Candy, Tori's real parents and has known Tori for over 20 years so their on-screen relationship is even more realistic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars can't believe people really like this show
can't believe people really like this show. i love tori spelling, but this show is slow and not funny like I heard it was. It does make me like tori more.
Published 1 month ago by Karina Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars So notorious
Truly a piece of time is captured in this series of Lost Angeles shallow society. A MUST OWN. Hillarious parody of Tori Spelling's life, Beverly Hills 90210, Charlie's Angels,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by malpensa
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best series
Sarcastic funny and Tori Spelling has a great sense of humor to poke fun at herself. sad this series was cut short cause it was so funny and promising.
Published 8 months ago by edwin graciano
3.0 out of 5 stars NoTORious indeed
This was a gift for my sister who is enamored of tabloid victims. She loved it. I hope she is satisfied with this one as it seems Ms Spelling has many other DVDs for sale.
Published 8 months ago by rosamund jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars She sure is very talented in many areas as well as funny
I love all the TV series on Tori as well as her books. Very entertaining and funny. I can't get her on my TV set so find her on the internet to watch or buy all her old movies. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Caroline Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars So Worth Watching.
It's funny, and if you are a fan of Zachary Quinto, ie the man that plays Spock in the new Star Trek series, then it's definitely worth watching. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reeka72
5.0 out of 5 stars So Notorious
Early Zachary Quinto vehicle. Love it. It's raunchy and totally weird but I love Zach so I love this show.
Published 18 months ago by Elizabethdixey
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori Spelling is wonderful!
I own every season of 90210...and to be honest was not a Tori (Donna) fan. I have now read all of the books she has written, watched Tori and Dean Inn Love seasons 1 and 2 (which... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amy L. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
I bought this show because it was on sale for $1.99 at the pawn shop and thought what the heck, I'll give it a shot. I was honestly surprised at how funny this show is! Read more
Published 24 months ago by millielue
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
She is pretty funny ( and not -ish) and I ended up really loving this series! You will see a young Zachary Quinto from the new Star Trek! Read more
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