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Rating: TV G
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Starring: Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals Barrera and David Deluise
Retail Price: $19.99
Features: Work It Like A Wizard
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection
Released: July 29th, 2008
The four episodes of "Wizards Of Waverly Place" are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they air on Disney Channel. The episodes look pretty decent, but the most glaring thing is that they're on the soft side. Everything else is just a bit above average: fleshtones look slightly off, detail is okay, and color saturation is a bit underwhelming. Noise and slight edge halos also pop up. Really though, I don't think the kids will care about the video quality.
English subtitles are also included, as are English closed captions through your television.
Work It Like A Wizard is the sole bonus feature on the disc, running 9 minutes and 20 seconds. It's a fluff piece, where the cast shows what they like to do during their off time - which includes shopping, skateboarding and music. The cast also discuss their characters a bit too. It really doesn't amount to much, but I'm sure the kiddies will disagree otherwise.
Sort of a rip-off of Harry Potter, "Wizards Of Waverly Place" is mild diversion for youngsters that continues the all important Disney Channel tradition: launching tween stars and hundreds of pieces of merchandise, all in the name of getting parents to empty their wallets. The first release of this series on DVD is decent at best, but it's hard to argue with a relatively low retail price. Parents with Disney Channel-obsessed youngsters: surrender now.