Party Down – Season One (2009/Anchor Bay DVD)
C Sound: C+ Extras: C Episodes: C
having a catering service be funny?
After several reality TV shows (especially those involving cake making)
have proved yes, the gang that delivered the overrated sitcom Veronica Mars are back with Party Down, set in Hollywood with a
gang of workers who take on the jobs as “temporary” in hopes of better times
ahead. This Season One set takes only two discs, but even with only so many
episodes, this is not that funny a show.
problem is that the show is too focused on limited comedy to really be any kind
of character study which could lead to a better show. It is surface comedy. It also is recycling the restaurant comedy
series (Alice, It’s A Living) as a catering show, but you never get the chemistry
you would on the better such shows and the result is a bunch of chattering
talking heads not saying much and not being as amusing as they think they are.
barely adequate teleplays, which wallow in their boredom. The actors are not bad, but they cannot
figure out a way to bring the material above its limits and unless things
improve, I do not see this show surviving beyond a few seasons unless cable
network Starz really backs it or it becomes some kind of surprise or cult hit.
enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is very soft for a new show, likely shot in 1080i HD
video with plenty of motion blur and other detail issues. Color is not always great either. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix sounds like 2.0 Stereo
very stretched out. The surrounds are
engaged in a weak way and there is little in the way of a soundfield. The recording is not bad, but not always what
it should be either. Extras include
Outtakes, a Gag Reel, audio commentary on select shows by the producers and a
behind the scenes featurette.
- Nicholas Sheffo