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Volume 1: Rockin' The House
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Starring: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Chelsea Staub, Nicole Anderson and John Ducey
Retail Price: $19.99
Features: Bonus Episodes, 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: September 22nd, 2009
All the "Jonas" episodes here are presented in 1.33:1 full screen. Contrast is a bit too high, as there is plenty of noise throughout that can be a bit distracting. Shimmering pops up, and there are some edge halos to be had. Other than those flaws though, these transfers are just as squeaky clean as the real Jonas Brothers. The episodes themselves don't have any blemishes or unwanted marks, fleshtones hit a sweet spot and detail is quite good. Colors sometimes border on hypersaturation: a lot of the show looks bold and bright, making everything pop. In all, these transfers are pretty sharp and quite pleasing to the eye.
Disney has wisely released this first volume of "Jonas" 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.
Aside from two bonus episodes (which have not yet aired on TV, as of September 2009), the only extra is You've Just Been Jo Bro'd! This is an 11 minute piece where the brothers pull a prank on their co-star Chelsea Staub at a fake photo shoot by having an annoying prop master pester her. 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 Jonas Brothers have plenty of fans, so it's likely they'll be wanting to own this first volume of their Disney Channel TV series on DVD. While there's really just one extra feature, 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.