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I Heart Jonas

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 155 Minutes

Starring: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Chelsea Staub, Nicole Anderson and John Ducey

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: You've Just Been Jo Bro'd!

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode)

Released: January 26th, 2010


 

All the "Jonas" episodes here are presented in 1.33:1 full screen. Much like the first volume, contrast is on a bit too high, so the resulting noise is actually pretty distracting. Shimmering and edge halos run rampant too. Other than that though, the episode transfers are just as clean as the real Jonas Brothers. There are no blemishes or unwanted marks, fleshtones look accurate, and detail is good too. Colors sometimes border on hypersaturations: a lot of the show looks bold and bright, making everything pop. In all, the show comes off looking good and sharp.

Disney has wisely released this DVD with English Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes. Of course, music is a big selling point to this series and in that regard these mixes do not disappoint. The show's theme song and the songs within the episodes are spread out well through the channels and mixed pretty superbly, all while being loud without being too bombastic. Maybe it's not equivalent to being at a concert, but it captures the spirit of the series well. 

Otherwise, dialogue is very crisp and easy to hear, and the variety of sound effects (many of them on the wacky side) — while at times front-centric — do make good use of the rears, to help bring a little more zip to the proceedings. Subwoofer use is okay, but not overly special. In all, these tracks for the show are spirited and engaging.

English subtitles are also included.

 

The only extra is You've Just Been Jo Bro'd! This is a nearly 11 minute piece (presented in anamorphic widescreen) where the brothers pull a prank on singer/tourmate Jordin Sparks. The gag? Having a "radio interviewer" speak to the Brothers and Sparks, albeit the interviewer being a bit less than professional. Leave it to Disney and the Jonas Brothers to do a "Punk'd" parody about 6 years too late. And since this is Disney, you better believe this is a pretty clean prank that's far from mean-spirited.

The package also includes three Jonas Brothers magnets, one featuring each brother. Enjoy!

The Jonas Brothers have plenty of fans, so it's likely they'll be wanting to own this second volume of their Disney Channel TV series on DVD (which includes 7 episodes). The episodes themselves look and sound quite nice — which might be the silver lining for the parents who watch the show with their kids (since I'm assuming most young'uns don't care for picture and sound quality). For what this DVD entails, it's a recommendation for those who are Jonas fans or who live with Jonas fans.