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iCarly - Season 1, Vol. 1 Review




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Rating
Video:   9/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   2/10

iLike It
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
9/28/2008

    Hey there, people of Earth! It's Carly, Sam and Freddie coming to you with some of the best episodes from Season 1 of iCarly! Revisit favorite iCarly moments and web features like iCrush It, iSpit takes, random dancing, and more!
iCarly is Nickelodeon's new 'tween show about a girl, Carly, and her friends Sam and Freddie, that have their own web show watched by thousands of people. Spencer, her older brother, is her guardian, and the two of them live in a cool loft in Seattle with lots of room for their studio, and all of Spencer's crazy sculptures.

This 2-disc set includes the first 13 episodes of the show.

Disc 1 (2:48:57)
iPilot (27:23)
iWant More Viewers (23:34)
iHatch Chicks (23:39)
iDream of Dance (23:35)
iLike Jake (23:35)
iWanna Stay with Spencer (23:36)
iNevel (23:35)

Disc 2 (2:21:30)
iScream on Halloween (23:35)
iSpy a Mean Teacher (23:36)
iWant to Date Freddie (23:35)
iWant a World Record (23:35)
iRue the Day (23:35)
iPromise Not to Tell (23:34)

Video

It's hard to find fault with the presentation of iCarly. The show is shot on two different types of cameras, regular studio cameras and small hand-held cameras for the iCarly show. The change between the two types of cameras is noticeable, but both of them look good. I noticed a bit of aliasing, or jaggy lines, in some shots, otherwise the picture quality is awesome. Each disc has a "play all" feature, but there aren't any chapters in the episodes.

Audio

You can expect a pretty standard Dolby Stereo (ProLogic II) audio track. Dialog comes from the center speaker, with music, sound effects and laughter from the audience coming from the main speakers and the rears. There aren't any subtitles, but the episodes are captioned.

Extras - How we rate extras

"Leave it all to Me" Music Video (2:48)
A music video for the iCarly theme song.

Extended & Exclusive making of the music video "Leave it all to Me" (6:39)
Want to see how they made the video? Watch this featurette.

Behind-the-Scenes Extras (16:45)
A bunch of random behind-the-scenes material from the show.
The Scoop (1:56) Larger Sized Cameras (1:15)
The Green Room (1:41)
Good Advice (1:42)
Hand Jive (1:44)
Nathan's Gear (1:42)
Dancin (1:42)
Nathan's Wart (1:36)
I Scream You Scream (1:46)
Theme Song (1:41)

Summary

While I'm soooo far outside of the target demographic for this show, I can see the appeal it certainly has with the 'tweens. The show features cool technology and kids that know how to use it, plus some of the new lingo like "chillax" (chill and relax). The kids are fun to watch though the show can be a bit silly at times. Chances are you already know about the show if you have a 'tween in the house, and this would make for a great addition to the DVD library.


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