Glee: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Road to Sectionals
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Includes the first 13 episodes of season one. Join the club and bring home the fun with Glee Karaoke and Glee Jukebox— available only on DVD! A talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. Through laughter, tears, irreverent humor and unforgettable music, they learn to follow their hearts and chase their dreams.
Few shows bottle pure delight like Glee, a Fox TV series about the ups and downs of a high school glee club, or show choir. The show lures you in with its musical numbers, a mix of classic rock and Broadway show tunes performed by a cast of marvelous singers and dancers--but what keeps you watching are the wonderful characters, ranging from Rachel (Lea Michelle), whose self-obsession is as uninhibited as it is annoying; to Emma (Jayma Mays), a germ-phobic guidance counselor hopelessly in love with a married teacher; to Kurt (Chris Colfer), a cherubic young gay man who discovers he's got a fantastic football kick. The center of the show is Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), the earnest Spanish teacher of McKinley High School, who's determined to guide the glee club to victory at a national competition. He sees this collection of overemotional misfits as heroic, but they're looked down on as losers by the rest of the school--especially Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Best In Show), the ruthless cheerleading coach who will stop at nothing to destroy the glee club before they can take even a fraction of her extravagant budget.
Glee fuses adolescent soap opera, the comic pettiness of academic politics, and exuberant song and dance. (While it would be better if the songs weren't so glossily produced, it's impossible to deny the pep and talent of these young performers.) Somehow, the characters manage to be cartoonish yet multidimensional; even the nicest characters are capable of being jerks and the most manipulative have moments of sympathy or grace. For example, Will's wife, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), fakes a pregnancy because she's afraid Will is about to leave her for Emma--but as absurd as this scenario is, it's carefully grounded in enough moments of desperate yearning that it becomes completely compelling… particularly when Terri seizes on the unwanted pregnancy of lead cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Agron) as the solution to her problem. Throw in vividly colored costume designs and blisteringly funny rants from Sue, and it's easy to see why Glee became an unexpected hit. Volume One: The Road to Sectionals collects the first 13 episodes, along with a smattering of extras that range from charming (the principal leads the audience on a tour through the school) to inane (bland factoids about the actors' favorite colors). --Bret Fetzer
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Yes I could sit there and have my DVR record the episodes and hope that eventually the powers that be will cycle through the show again (in fact, I am fairly confident Episode 8 will air this week), but that completely misses the point about how utterly FANTASTIC this show is and how I will absolutely DIE if I don't see episodes 1, 2, and 3 as soon as it is humanly possible.
So. While on the one hand I am peeved that I will end up purchasing these DVDs twice (since I will get the complete season as soon as it is available), on the other hand I am insanely grateful that the DVDs are available for purchase now so that I don't have to WAIT an undetermined amount of time to see the early episodes.
Okay. About Glee. I just wasn't interested since I figured it was a show targeted for teens and would therefore be completely boring to me. But I know people who love it, and I always like to check out popular culture stuff, (albeit grudgingly), so I recorded an episode and it just blew me away.
The show is a bit of a spoof and situations/characters tend to be a bit stereotypical and extreme (Sue, the maniacal cheerleading coach is HILARIOUS), and there are a few dramatic situations that were right out of Desperate Housewives (a faked pregnancy for starters), but this show reveals the vulnerable, human side of its characters in such a beautifully honest way that I just fell in love with it. For example, Quinn, the gorgeous and vicious cheerleader, has an incredible, poignant story line involving teen pregnancy and given how much I loathed her initially, I just can't believe how much I've grown to care about her and what happens to her.
I will say that the show is pretty edgy in terms of subject matter, and some of the dancing (I'm thinking of the bootyliscious dance) is suggestive, but I allow my 11 and 12 1/2 year old children watch it with me because I think the positive values Glee promotes outweighs some of the other more confusing (to my kids anyway) choices that the characters have made, and it has launched many great conversations about honesty and deceit and problem solving and winning and losing and acceptance, etc...
Plus the music is great! We all enjoy the performances so much. And many of the songs are very cleverly integrated into the story line.
Definitely my new fave. Highly recommended.
Now this is for only the first half of the season. Fox decided to release this as a stand alone vol. to please fans in between the first and second half of the 1st season with the intention of release vol. 2 and a completed season.
This dvd, has some special features. Some music videos, some audition videos, a little short of the Principal appearing in a video about the school welcoming new freshman. No commentary which stinks, I would think they would include it in the pilot.
Either way its a great dvd for a show, do whatever you want, buy this and then vol. 2 or just buy the completed 1st season. Either way release your inner Gleek
Pros - it's Glee, so great writing/production/performances! "Welcome To McKinley" video with Principal Figgins is hilarious.
Cons - only standard definition;
extras are lifted from Fox website (except for the one mentioned above) so LAME EFFORT;
no optional commentary tracks.
If you're a fan, you probably won't care about the cons so much. If you're better at delayed gratification than me, wait for a Blu-ray of the entire first season (including the upcoming episodes that will air beginning in April 2010) and pray for better extras!
Season one BEFORE they got all "Lets use our comedy to stop being funny but change the world as we see it should be"
Just over the top silliness combined with some slightly over produced song and dance numbers. Self-mockery a-plenty!
I am INCREDIBLY disappointed as I wished to watch, at my leisure, the beginning episodes of the season. I would advise others not to order this product but to wait for the full season DVD to come out as well. It can not only be MY DVDs that are defective...