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That ‘70s Show – Season One (1998 – 1999/Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: B     Episodes: B



That ‘70s Show is a series that many presumed was destined to fail, but with a stellar cast, great writing team, and ability to make the a ‘flashback’ series not so obnoxious it all worked perfectly.  The series takes place in a time when platform shoes were the norm, disco battled rock, and society had yet to be bogged down by immersive/overbearing technology.  The series follows high schoolers Eric, Kelso, Hyde, Jackie, Donna, and Fez as they navigate the 70’s.  Hormones and teenage angst are overflowing in this comedy series that is a blend of 1970’s/80’s/90’s sitcoms and more sophisticated/modern comedy series like Freaks and Geeks.  The series is done perfectly as it is self-aware of the ridiculous aspects of the 70’s while not overplaying them to the point of parody/obnoxiousness.  The series makes brilliant references to the likes of Star Wars, drugs, bad clothing, big hair, disco, and other events of the day.  Whereas a viewer you are immersed in the 70’s, the series could just as easily be happening in 2012 as the characters are fun, relatable, and most of all hilarious.


The series looks amazing here on Blu-ray, something I was not quite expecting.  The picture is presented in a 1080p 1.78 X 1 high definition (as opposed to the original 1.33 X 1 broadcast ratio) image that boasts of great colors, solid black levels, and an overall crispness/clarity that is admirable.  Textures and detail are superb with only minor issues with color oversaturation and mild grain.  The vibrant colors of the 1970’s shine through and flesh tones are spot on; overall quite stunning.  The sound mostly comes from the front being a dialogue heavy series, but does manage to use a fair bit of directionality and wide ranging surrounds in its 5.1 DTS HD-Master Audio track.  As the opening credits breaks out you know you are in for a treat as the music is crisp, clear, and boisterous from the very beginning.  My only complaint would be the overbearing laugh track, that whereas it does make you feel like you are in the studio audience, concurrently it can get quite old and annoying.


The extras include:


·         Hello Wisconsin!

o        The cast/crew discuss the series

·         Promo Palooza

o        Some of FOX’s promo spots

·         That ‘70s Show Trivia

·         Groovy Green Screen

o        Watch the cast look funny in front of the green screen

·         A Sneak Peek at Season Two


Overall, Mill Creek out did themselves and truly surprised me with this set; can’t wait to see the wonders they do with Season Two.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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