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Samantha Who?
The Complete First Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

TV-PG (Dialogue, Language, Sex, Violence)

Running Time: 322 minutes

Starring: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Meilssa McCarthy, Tim Russ, Bary Watson and Jean Smart

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Audio Commentary, Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Chapters (8 Chapters per episode), Two-Disc Set

Released: September 23rd, 2008

 

 

The first season of "Samantha Who?" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. These are consistently excellent transfers, that are only hindered by some noise and edge halos, and a little softness at times. Otherwise, everything looks remarkably clean and sharp. Fleshtones hit the right spot, detail is fantastic and color saturation is bold, vibrant and very warm - everything seems to pop right off the screen. Well done. 

 

All 15 episodes feature English Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes. These are solid, if straightforward mixes. Dialogue is very clear and crisp, and always easy to hear. The musical cues sound firm and bouncy through the speakers, and sound effects can be pretty discrete. There are also some finely subtles one too, especially the background noises in the scenes that take place outside. Everything is mixed together well too and is balanced. Subwoofer use doesn't come into play too much, but the dynamics are tight and fidelity is pretty high. These tracks don't set a new standard, but are enjoyable and pleasing.

Subtitles in English, Spanish and French are included.. English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

Not too much. On the first disc is an Audio Commentary for the Pilot, featuring Christina Applegate and executive producers Donald Todd and Peter Traugott. The trio offer plenty of praise for their cast and crew, and thankfully, are very talkative - you won't find much in way of dead spots here. Discussed is the original pitch, where the idea came from famed novelist Ceceilia Ahern. Other than the premise of the series, the three also talk about the elements of the pilot, and point out some subtle details. This is an engaging track, that all fans of the series should enjoy.

The second disc features Samantha Whoops? - a blooper reel that runs a mere minute and 9 seconds - and seven Deleted Scenes, that feature optional introductions from executive producer Donald Todd.
 

"Samantha Who?" can be pretty ridiculous, but it's anchored by a strong cast, namely the always delightful talents of Christina Applegate and Jean Smart. This DVD set of the first season is of pretty good value. The supplements are a bit slim, but the episodes look and sound good - plus you get a good amount of situational comedy for a reasonable price. Fans, and those who were interested but missed it last season, should check this set out.