Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Sabrina The Teenage Witch - The Complete First Season|
Actors: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richard
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
When Sabrina Spellman is informed by her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, that she is a witch on her 16th birthday, she is hesitant to believe them. Having been sent to live with them in Massachusetts by her Warlock father and mort... more »
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Don't Stop with Season 1
W. Hawkins | Washington, DC | 02/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sabrina has been a great success in syndication, so much so that it probably delayed its DVD release. It has circulated through the cable networks constantly since before the series finished its original network run, often on more than one cable oulet at a time. I hope this long exposure does not suppress DVD sales and discourage future releases. The show was great in the first season, but really hit its stride in season 2. DVDs for the second (and third) season should follow quickly this release."
EDITED!?! Salem is not pleased!
Kiefer | The Great Northeast | 03/07/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While one cannot fault the brilliance that is "Sabrina The Teenage Witch", one can also not help but be disappointed that these episodes are EDITED versions. Please don't call something "complete" when it isn't. Hopefully season 2 will have COMPLETE, UNEDITED episodes. Is that so hard?"
Levitating Eight Miles High!
Kevin Wollenweber | 03/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Oh, man, I'd been hoping and hoping for this first season set to find its way to DVD for a while now, and it is finally here!
I know that my age group or gender probably was not the intended audience for this series, but it captured me after a few episodes in its original run on TV. it works on the level it is supposed to work, but there are so many sly representations of golden age TV in this series that I just could not pull myself away--there is even an appearance by my generation's favorite kids' show host, Chuck McCann in a cameo on what is one of my favorite episodes of the first season, in which Sabrina's best friend, Jenny Kelly, stays with Sabrina for a weekend and curiously finds her way into that closet that sends her, a mortal, into the Other Realm where she meets up with the wonderfully smug and nasty Head of the Witches' Council, played with just the right amount of grease by Penn Gillette, and his secretary who, I believe, is actually played by Debra Harrie of Blondie!!
And this brings up how much I adored the character of Jenny Kelly, a nonconformist free spirit who stands out as a great supporting player in this first season and, if such things are truly important, a good role model to the intended audience! If only Sabrina, herself, listened carefully to Jenny's philosophy, she'd have gotten through her realization that she is "different" so much easier. Jenny is played so enjoyably by Michelle Beaudoin and helps make this first season well worth the money.
My only real complaint about the package, here, as it appears on DVD for the first time, is that all original pop songs have been removed from the key episodes, even though, thankfully enough, the appearance of the Violent Fems remains intact on yet another wonderful episode in which Aunts Hilda and Zelda become teen-agers again to escort Sabrina on a trip with an unlikely bunch of schoolmates to meet and greet their favorite band at a local record shop. The impressions of the aunts as angst-ridden teens, having to go through the trials and tribulations, first hand all over again is utterly hilarious! Don't overlook this series' first season as just kids' media. Those writing the scripts were truly writing from memories of their own younger days, as evidenced in the afore-mentioned episode, and not only is Michelle Beaudoin as jenny (who only appeared in this season) a breath of fresh air here, but it is also fun to watch jenna Leigh Green as smarmy Libby Chessler; in fact, there are times when she is almost a bit lovable. There is an episode in which Miss Green has to play Sabrina disguised as Libby as well as Libby herself and she comes close to stealing the spotlight away from Melissa Joan Hart who plays the title character.
But, again, why remove those pop songs? usually, I'm screaming about how great musicians often see their good songs misused in bad TV sitcoms, but the songs used for this season were not intended to delegitimize the tune. In an episode about a day when Sabrina's mood grew darker, it was fun to hear REM's "Shiny, Happy People" since I always thought that Michael Stipe was writing with his tongue somewhat in his cheek, or Liz Phair's song used on the Violent Fems episode as Sabrina takes off into the air on her first vehicle, a flying vacuum cleaner. Since Ms. Phair writes with a spikey sense of humor, I would have thought that she would not have minded the inclusion of her song here! The music substituted was okay, but I'm a stickler for keeping things the way they were when we first were introduced to the show in question, and the inclusion of the afore-mentioned tunes and others were what gave this season of this series a hint of real coolness above other shows aimed at the same core audience on those Friday nights.
But all the great scenes are here and I urge those of you, like me, who called this show their guilty pleasure to check this out.
next time, though, leave the music be, and please give us some great special features! Didn't anybody connected with this series have the occasional fond memory to share? Give yourselves a big hand, here. It worked and this is the best representation of it all!!"
Simply Cannot Wait!!
sevenzeroseven | new york | 02/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WoW, what took so long?? I have been waiting for the DVD release of Sabrina for years. I am so tired of watching the re-runs on ABC Family and they would get so annoying with the repeating of the sames ones that they have just shown just a couple weeks before. I was 16 when the show started and watched it until the end, but my favorite years were 1996-2000 [basically the high school years] and then I got a little bored with the college years, but still...I am so excited for its arrival!! It wil be one of the only shows that I will keep the DVD's for."