It was Thursday night in September. The weather was nice, not too cold, not too warm. TV on the other hand, well, at that point its Thursday line-up had a lot to be desired. So I turned on Wheel of Fortune to see if the woman who was up $10,000 would hit the bankrupt slot or guess that the answer was "Granny's Homemade Apple Pie." Usually I would flip through the channels during commercial breaks, but like I said there was nothing else on. And then I saw a commercial that caught my attention. Popping up on the screen of my television was a 20-some odd girl with big blue braces, red glasses, and frizzy hair. "Ugly Betty! The world premiere at 8/7 central!" the narrator declared. And I decided to watch. 9 months 11 months later I found myself purchasing Ugly Betty - The Complete First Season and then 14 months later I purchased Ugly Betty: The Complete Second Season and then a year and a half later I purchased Ugly Betty: Season 3 and then I found myself watching season season 4.
And it wasn't too long before I found myself reading on Wikipedia that the brilliant, award-winning show was cancelled by ABC. Once again, ABC cancelled a great show. At least we got four seasons out of this one. But before I continue I just have to put this out there, SPOILER ALERT! In season 4 we open up with Betty getting her braces removed, but of course it was just a dream. We see her getting her new job has a junior-editor. We see her getting back together with Matt (with whom she broke up with in the season 3 finale). And as we go on further into the season seeing her house burn down. I wouldn't be able to tell you how the series ends. The reason for this is simply because, even after owning the DVD for two months, I cannot watch the series finale, and see this great show end.
But, spoilers aside, I own the DVD* and am able to tell you about it. The DVD comes in a small, average DVD package with a sleeve over it. This annoys me a little, because the past DVD releases came in large sandwich-style packaging which I liked. The past releases also had more discs, even season 2's little amount of episodes(18 because of the WGA Strike) came in a five disc set, whereas this 20-episode, final season comes in a small 4-disc set with 5 episodes crammed on each disc.
The special features include commentary with Marc Indelicato and Micheal Urie on one episode (not the finale), the featurette "Betty Goes Bahamas," "Mode After Hours" webisodes, bloopers, and deleted scenes.
All-in-all, "Betty" was a great show and will always deserve 5 stars, sandwich packaging or not. I recommend this release for any "Betty" fan who wants to get Ugly one last time.
*The information about the DVD was published on October 28th, 2010, months after I purchased and received the DVD