“ Genre: Television - Glee / Theatrical Release: 2010 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Actors: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley ... / DVD released 2010-04-12 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Do you remember when Glee first aired on E4? Well, I do. It was a crisp, calm evening and I was casually watching TV without a care in the world, not expecting the magic that was about to hit me! Every week, the group grew on me more and more; until I was totally addicted. At first, I thought it was a little bit cheesy, but then a lot of the Super-Gleeks out there did too! When the DVD was released I was totally hyped. I mean, they can all sing, they all have issues that they deal with in their lives which is totally relatable to a high percentage of their target audience. The thing with Glee is, it's able to bring a smile to your face when you're in the glummest of moods. This DVD was the best tenner I ever spent, I'll tell you that for sure. This DVD has half of season 1 (teasing me or what!) which, to be fair is a lot on a DVD. The Glee club embark on a journey in which they dream of winning their sectional Glee choir competition. The Glee club is made up of these main members- - Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) - Finn Hudson ( Cory Monteith) - Quinn Fabray ( Diana Agron) - Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer) - Mercedes Jones ( Amber Riley) - Tina Cohen Chang ( Jenna Ushkowitz) - Mike Chang ( Harry Shum, Jr) - Mr. William Shouster ( Matthew Morrison) - Coach Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch) - Noah Pukkerman (Puck) - Artie Abrams (Kevin Mchale) - Brittany S. Pearce (Heather Morris) - Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) This musically talented group explore their inner selves and express their emotions deeply through the theatre and musical arts, rather successfully if I may add! The group are challenged by the constant pressure of bullying, being outcasts from modern teenage society and having difficult relationships. The show begins to unravel when one of the main characters fall pregnant, but who's is it? This causes conflict between a mass of the characters and the casual high school life begins to set in. The group has the most stable and caring tutor, Mr Shoo. Mr Shoo transforms the Glee club and helps them to see that they can all be stars. Glee's main aim is to prove that no matter what you look like, if you can express yourself then you can be a star. Glee harbours a wheelchair bound member, a homosexual member and an overweight member. Glee has helped millions of people express their inner pain with music. This particular DVD covers 13 episodes of the season, including the all important final performance at sections, with a truly shocking result. What really struck me about this DVD was the imaging on the box it came in, as it metaphorically spoke to me. On the back of the box, there is a dustbin with the Glee club members in it, excluding just two members: the cheerleader and the Jock (not Finn, Puck :D) The teachers are stood outside the dustbin, showing me that they are the leaders. The characters in the trash bin are cleverly expressing their individuality. The main, obnoxious character, Rachel, is stood with her hands in the air, hosting a smile. Which, once you have gotten to know Rachel's character shows you that she is ok with being unpopular and different, as long as she has her voice! The others, casually hosting bored, glum faces; the transformation of Glee begins! This DVD has loads of extra features, music videos and bloopers. When I first bought this DVD me and my mum stayed up until 5am watching the entire lot, haha! Well worth it thought to be honest. Glee is funny, entertaining and touching. This DVD has literally been one of the best things I have ever bought. To be honest, I just saw Glee live in London and they are all so talented, no lip syncing at all! You can purchase this DVD in most major supermarkets and local entertainment stores. I purchased mine from a local Blockbuster last year, I think, for £9.99. I have not yet seen someone disappointed by Glee, a high recommendation from me. This DVD is rated 12 as is does include some moderate language, sex and drug references. I hope this review has been helpful
What to say about Glee - it's phenomenal! This first half of the season 1 gives you a wonderful insight into the character's lives, feelings and emotional turmoil, and prepares you for the amazing use of song throughout the season as a whole. It's refreshing as a show, as it makes you laugh and it makes you cry - and it makes you sing along to your hearts content! I didn't watch this when it first aired on UK TV for the fear that I would get hooked every week; instead, I sat and watched it all at once, and got hooked anyway! I've downloaded the soundtrack too because you can't help but feel enlightened and happy when you listen to this amazing cast sing the songs with such emotion, so they suit the role of their character's thoughts. I can't wait to own Glee on DVD, but instead of buying the season in two halves, I think I'm going to wait until Volume 2: Journey to Regionals is released later this year, and buy the season as a whole. It will be a day lost when it arrives, as I am going to sit and watch them all again! The development of the characters is done with such a comical element that when you do see a burst of emotion, it hits you and you can't help but laugh, or cry, or get angry along with them. An amazing show - bring on season 2!
Unless you've been living under a rock, it would be hard to have missed the latest hit show from the US - Glee. The programme centres round the lives of the members of the McKinley High glee club. What really sets this show apart from others is that it includes several songs performed by the characters each episode. Often the songs are reflective of what the characters are going through at that time. Main Characters - Will Schuester. The teacher in charge and ex glee club member. - Rachel. A self confessed diva, her biggest ambition is to become a star. - Finn. Star of the football team who is coerced into joining the glee club by Mr Schuester. - Sue Sylvester. Coach of the school's cheerleading squad and bane of Mr Schuester's life. - Artie. Wheelchair bound guitarist whose biggest dream is to be a dancer. - Quinn. Finn's girlfriend who joins the club to keep an eye on him, but she's hiding a secret... - Mercedes. Soulful diva who keeps being overlooked in Rachel's favour. - Kurt. Camp as Christmas male diva. - Puck. Football jock who joins the club after being persuaded to by Finn. - Tina. Quiet and shy she pretends to have a stutter to drive people away. - Miss Pilsbury. The school's neurotic guidance counselor. - Terri Schuester. Will's wife who fakes a pregnancy to try and rekindle her relationship with him. It's really hard for me to pick a favourite character, they're all so funny and they interact really well together. At a push I would probably say Sue Sylvester. She is Will's arch nemesis and the part is played to perfection by Jane Lynch. Cold and calculating she stops at nothing to get what she wants and she wants to bring Will and the Glee Club down... Episode List Episode 1 - Pilot After his own positive experience in the Glee Club, Spanish teacher Will Schuester decides to take on leadership of the club. He finds it harder than expected to reach the minimum number of recruits though. Episode 2: Showmance The newly formed Glee Club perform for the first time in front of the whole school. Quinn decides to join the club to keep an eye on boyfriend Finn. Episode 3: Acafellas Will forms male group Acafellas and starts to neglect his Glee club duties, leaving the club to fend for themselves. Episode 4: Preggers In an attempt to impress his Dad, Kurt tries out for the football team with hilarious results as he starts to rub off onto them... Quinn reveals something big to Finn. Episode 5: The Rhodes Not Taken Former club member April Rhodes is brought into the club to try and add an extra dimension. What Will doesn't realise is that April has a drinking problem and the rest of the club want to be just like her. Episode 6: Vitamin D Terri Schuester is hit with an attack of the green eyed monster and takes the job of nurse at the school to keep an eye on Will, despite having no nursing qualifications at all. Episode 7: Throwdown Quinn's secret gets out and her status as Queen Bee of the school is removed, but she soon finds out who her friends are. Episode 8: Mash-Up Will asks the club to choose a mash up of two songs to perform, but they all soon find out that sometimes two things just don't go together, no matter how hard you try. Episode 9: Wheels In an attempt to see how life is like for Artie, the club spend time in wheelchairs. Episode 10: Ballad After asking the club to sing their favourite ballad, Will finds himself in a sticky situation when one of the club members develop feelings for him. Episode 11: Hairography The club learn how get ahead of the competition - by using hairography! Episode 12: Mattress The club manage to land a singing job by filming an advert for a local mattress company, with unexpected results. Episode 13: Sectionals Due to Sue's scheming the club are at a disadvantage when it's revealed the song lists have been leaked and the competing clubs are singing their songs first! Can they come back from this? This has fast become on of my favourite shows, the vast majority of the acting is excellent and the actors seem to fall into their roles seamlessly. The songs are the icing on the cake, I love to singalong (not well!) and while a lot of the songs are very well known there is the odd one that isn't, but they are all picked well and suit the actors singing voice. The show has spawned several albums with songs from the show or you can watch the songs on youtube. Special Features - Welcome to McKinley! - Glee Music Video - Full Length Audition: Rachel "On My Own" - Full Length Audition: Mercedes "Respect" - Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session - Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy - Dance Boot Camp - Jane Lynch A to Glee - Meet Jane Lynch - 5 Things You Didn't Know About Jayma - 7 Things You Didn't Know About Cory - 6 Things You Didn't Know About Amber - 7 Things You Didn't Know About Chris - Video Diaries from Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Matt Morrison, Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley,Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron
Glee on paper is a great idea in the wake of the High School Music/Hannah Montana phenomenon. Its well cast they choose a good mix of songs from rock to pop etc. and even the dancing is pretty good however, there is just one unforgivable problem with the show. The audio production on the songs is just awful. The amount of auto tune on the vocals is horrendous you can hear it grating as they sing long notes. The truth is its often applied when its not needed like with Lea Michelle who has been on Broadway before joining the cast she knows how to sing in tune. Also when performing the pre-recorded songs the lip-syncing is below par. However I think its possible to ignore these annoying traits. The season is on 4 discs and contains the first part of the first season with 13 episodes. There are a lot of extras including video diaries of the main cast and featurettes on dancing, music videos and things you don't know. Might be better waiting for the full season.
Glee is extremely addictive, so be careful or you might get sucked in! I was being the good boyfriend and decided to watch this DVD of Glee: Road to Sectionals, but was not ready for the addictive and intelligent usage of the songs they play. At times it is strange to see people sing out their emotions, but I think this is where it differs from any other program that is on TV today. The cast throughout the series have highs and lows and you follow that emotional rollercoaster, of being the lowest of the low in the schools food chain, to the stars in the school. There are 4 discs, with about 3-4 episodes per disc. This means you can quite happily go through a DVD per evening. I would say once you complete the final disc, you will be left hanging, unless you are following Season 2 that is currently on Monday nights, 9pm on E4. Having 13 episodes and bursting with extra special features it is definitely value for money, definitely if you count yourself as a Gleek! With 610 minutes of running time, that should keep you fed for a while! My favourite character has to be Sue Sylvester, she has an attitude that kills and the lines to go with it. Without giving much away, she is definitely Mr. Schuesters nemesis!! This might not be everyones cup of tea, but for light hearted fun, revamped classic ballads and even new songs from this era it really is an all-rounder.