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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   3/10

They sure are Devious!
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
3/24/2014

    Sex. Lies. Murder...It's all in a day's work. From Executive Producer Marc Cherry, creator of Desperate Housewives, comes Devious Maids: The Complete First Season. Meet five women bonded together by their jobs, their dreams and the dirt they sweep under the rug: Aspiring singer Carmen; Rosie, who longs to be reunited with the child she left back in Mexico; Marisol, whose outward identity masks a desperate hidden agenda; and Zoila and her daughter Valentina -- both employed by the delightfully unhinged Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci). Before the season is over, illicit affairs will be revealed and depraved secrets exposed, as we learn the sordid details behind a shocking murder. Start your collection with all 13 addictive episodes on three discs -- plus "sin-tillating" bonus features -- and relive the intrigue as murder, mystery and mayhem collide amongst the mansions of Beverly Hills!
I learned of Devious Maids while episode previews played at the end of Drop Dead Diva episodes. It looked incredibly cheesy, almost trashy, but the trashiness was pulling me in. When the first season was announced for DVD I knew I had to watch it... at least a few episodes.

This 3-disc set includes all 13 episodes from the first season of the show:

Disc 1 (2:49:44)
Pilot (43:15)
Setting the Table (41:44)
Wiping Away the Past (42:41)
Making Your Bed (42:04)

Disc 2 (3:28:46)
Taking out the Trash (41:13)
Walking the Dog (41:29)
Taking a Message (41:15)
Minding the Baby (42:17)
Scrambling the Eggs (42:32)

Disc 3 (2:48:57)
Hanging the Drapes (41:59)
Cleaning out the Closet (42:33)
Getting out the Blood (41:36)
Totally Clean (42:49)

Video

The episodes are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), the standard for TV shows for quite a few years now. The black levels are good, and the episodes are bright and cheery, perfect for showing off those exquisite mansions and wonderful cars. I noticed some digital noise in a number of scenes in every episode; not a ton, but it was noticeable. There aren't chapters set after the "previous on" segment, or the short show opening credits.

Audio

An English Dolby Digital 5.1 track was the only choice for this release (no other languages are present), and it does a decent job. There aren't a ton of directional effects, or ambient sounds, but I couldn't find issues with the audio in any of the episodes. There are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Extras - How we rate extras

Deleted Scenes (9:10)
There are 7 delete scenes; 4 on disc 1, and 2 on disc 2.

Devious Maids 30310 (4:24)
The cast and crew talk about shooting the show in Atlanta, as well as the city itself.

Bloopers (3:23)
Outtakes and blown lines.

Rosie's Decision - Extended Scene (1:16)
A longer version of Rosie's scene.

Summary

Well, this was a bit of a surprise. The show isn't trashy, or cheesy, like the episode previews made it seem. It's actually quite a fun show; a murder mystery with some over-the-top characters, and lots of skeletons lurking in closets. I certainly got hooked in the first episode! The DVD has good audio and video presentation, but lacks in bonus material. I would have preferred to see some more interviews, or a commentary track or two.

I had a blast watching the first season, and can't wait for season 2.


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