My So Called Life: The Complete Series
It arrived – unbeknownst to much of the viewing public, after over a year on the shelf – as a breath of fresh air, a serious series about teens with minimal flair and predilection for high hairdos and jokey teenspeak. As per their standard for groundbreaking shows at the time, ABC – who between Max Headroom, Twin Peaks and this, were champions of killing off quality shows too soon before having that title aggressively wrestled from them by Fox – didn’t quite know how to market a series to an audience which wasn’t made up of thirtysomethings who watched… er, thirtysomething. Ironic, considering My So Called Life came from the same exec producers, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick; twenty years later, DVD releases of it are heralded events while thirtysomething has yet to see the light of disc.
At any rate, following previous piecemeal releases and the occasional MTV marathon, My So Called Life’s entire run hits DVD this week with a collectible booklet and an excellent array of bonus features. Time to nab this one fast, if you haven’t already.
Also recommended this week: Angel: Collector’s Set; The Barbara Stanwyck Collection; Day Watch; Looney Tunes Golden Edition Vol. 5; Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition
— Nicole Campos