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That Girl: Season One DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 840 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Includes:
    Audio Commentary
    Original That Girl Pilot Episode
    That Show... That Woman... The Creation Of That Girl with Marlo Thomas
    That Girl Promos
    That Girl In New York with Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky
The allure of watching That Girl today is seeing a series that, better than any other, captured the joy of being young in New York in the mid-1960's -- for some reason, between Marlo Thomas's portrayal of aspiring actress Ann Marie, and the care of the writers and producers, they boiled down the essence of the era and its young adults (at least, from the distaff side) into something totally convincing and beguiling. All of that, plus the look of New York when it was "Fun City," are a bonus for anyone who decides to try this set. The transfers here are as good as anything seen on a 60's color series, clean, crisp, and sharp, and the sound matches. Shout Factory's release has given each episode a break corresponding to the breaks in the original show's action, and all of it is accessible from a very easy-to-use menu. The bonus features show a great deal of care -- in addition to the never-aired pilot episode, which featured a different supporting cast and a very different role for co-star Ted Bessell, there are commentary tracks by Thomas and co-producer Bill Persky that are fun and informative as far as they go; but one also heartily wishes that the producers of this set had shown them the episodes involved first, and then had them do the commentary to another run-through, so there was less surprise and more substantive discussion of what they're seeing -- one fascinating observation from both, however, is how heavily scored this series was; it used music the way movies used music, which was unusual in television comedy of the time. For all of that, and a range of location shooting (for the establishing shots -- the series itself was done in Hollywood) that makes this a veritable travelogue of Manhattan circa 1965, the set is diverting and dazzling in any number of ways. But mostly, for this reviewer, who knew the series well (and, for the record, worked on an earlier DVD release of the series), it's a chance to fall in love with the show all over again, and as much fun as any sixties sitcom has been on DVD to date.
 
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