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Spin City Season One (Shout! Factory DVD)

 

Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: C Episodes: C

 

 

Showing that he could make lightning strike twice, Michael J. Fox gave DreamWorks one of their first TV hits with the formulaic, safe and not so funny Spin City. Season One has arrived on DVD from Shout! Factory and it has not aged all that well. Fox plays a deputy mayor trying to help out his Mayor boss (Barry Bostwick) from various disasters to keep him popular, successful and in power. With a cast that also includes Richard Kind, Michael Boatman, Alan Ruck, Connie Britton and Alexander Chaplin, there is some chemistry, but it never worked for me.

 

And now you can see for yourself in all 24 half hours. Of course, Foxs unfortunate health problems eventually sabotaged the run of the show, but he is in top form here, even if creator Gary David Goldberg created a show that simply did not hold up to the ugly realities of politics we were about to witness. The result is that all dates quickly and seems more nave than innocent.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is softer than usual and though it was likely shot on film, it was finished on analog videotape and it shows, along with all kinds of aliasing errors. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is better, but not by much and it is flat. Extras include audio commentary tracks on select episodes, highlights of a 1996 seminar on the show and a behind the scenes piece with interviews simply dubbed The Spin.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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