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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   1/10

Anymore Season Sets?
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
7/02/2010

    In 5, 4, 3, 2... He's sweet, polite, and...okay, definitely too gullible at times, but Freddie Benson keeps things running smoothly on iCarly. Always the center of Sam's constant ridicule, and the son of a completely overbearing mom, this loveable boy-next-door finally catches a lucky break! Freddie's dreams come true when he saves Carly's life, and she falls in love with him!

    iSaved Your Life
    Extended Directors Cut
    Freddie saves Carly from an oncoming taco truck, and now Carly's in love! Could this be the hottest new couple or what?

    iQuit iCarly
    TV Movie
    Carly and Sam become crazy competitive when helping two aspiring filmmakers in a video contest and end up questioning their friendship.

    iThink They Kissed
    Oops! Sam accidently reveals to Carly that she and Freddie shared a kiss!

    iTwins
    Sam's twin sister comes to visit, but Freddie's convinced Carly and Sam are just testing his gullibility!

    iMove Out
    Sick of his overprotective mom, Freddie moves out! Meanwhile, the crew starts its own pet photography studio!
iCarly, now in its third season, is Nickelodeon's hit '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 single-disc release includes 5 episodes from the second and third seasons of the show:

Disc 1 (2:29:06)
iSaved Your Life (30:25)
iQuit iCarly (47:26)
iThink They Kissed (23:45)
iTwins (23:45)
iMove Out (23:45)

Video

iCarly went to shooting in widescreen for season 3, so the episodes in this set, which come from seasons 2 and 3, are in two aspect ratios. Season 2 is Full Frame (1.33:1), while the season 3 episodes are matted widescreen, meaning they'll have black bars on the top, bottom, and sides of the picture. I noticed a bit of aliasing, or jaggy lines, in some shots, otherwise the picture quality is awesome, minus the matted widescreen. Each disc has a "play all" feature, and they've put a chapter after the opening of 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

Behind the Scenes Extras (6:53)
Some random behind-the-scenes material.
Welcome to my Boat (1:59)
Window Stunt (1:36)
Birthday (1:49)
Meet Chuck (1:29)

Summary

iCarly is often a very, very silly show, but the kids obviously love it. Okay, I'll admit to cracking a smile from time-to-time as well. The one thing that drives me a bit crazy is the laugh-track. Nope, no studio audience for this show, which explains why the "audience" is often laughing at things that aren't really that funny.

I'm a bit worried that the season sets for this series are over with. The last one (Season 2, Vol 1) came out in August, 2009, and since then there have been two releases with a collection of episodes ("iFight Shelby Marx" in March, 2010, and this one).


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