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Cory In The House
Newt & Improved Edition

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV G

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Starring: Kyle Massey, Jason Dolley, Mairia Walsh, Madison Pettis, John D'aquino and Rondell Sheridan  

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Breakin' Down Cory In The House

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapters (4 Chapters per episode) 

Released: May 27th, 2008

 

 

"Cory In The House" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as it aired on television. The episodes are a bit on the soft side, and there is a decent amount of noise and edge halos. I also noticed a little bit of shimmering. Detail is okay, but fleshtones appear pretty accurate. Color saturation, however, is a bit on the dull side. These episode transfers are nothing special, but as usual, I don't think the core audience for this DVD will really care. 

 

"Cory In The House" also features English Dolby Surround tracks for the episodes, but like the transfers, don't really stand out. Dialogue is always easy to hear and clear, but the other sound elements - namely the sound effects and music - sound a bit limited in the limited amount of speakers, and lack much of a kick.  Even the laugh track feels a bit muted (which actually might be a good thing). Pretty average sound tracks, overall.

English subtitles are also included, as are English closed captions through your television. 
 



The only bonus feature is Breakin' Down Cory In The House. Running nearly 13 minutes, this is a pretty solid look at how the show is put together from tons of people: the producers, the writers, the behind-the-scenes crew and the cast. Brief looks at each layer leading to the show's final product are shown: the writer's room, set design, the table read, rehearsal, wardrobe, the props, taping more complex scenes, editing, the studio audience taping and even the cast hanging out when they are not working. This is a really nice looking at the making of a TV show in general - both kids and adults should find this quite interesting.


The kiddies are sure to enjoy this latest collection of "Cory In The House" episodes on DVD, but the more presentation-minded adults watching it with them probably won't be impressed by the transfers and sound mixes. Still, its sole extra is a more-than-decent look at the making of a sitcom. In all, this collection is a decent value based on what you get.