Freaks and Geeks - The Complete Series

Freaks and Geeks - The Complete Series

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Cast: John Francis Daley, James Franco

     
 

It may have been taken off the airwaves tragically early, but thanks to Shout Factory's feature-packed release of Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series, fans can now own a comprehensive collection of the entire run of this criminally unseen series. Sporting some of the best writing on television and offering one of the most realistic portrayals of high-school life… See more details below

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It may have been taken off the airwaves tragically early, but thanks to Shout Factory's feature-packed release of Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series, fans can now own a comprehensive collection of the entire run of this criminally unseen series. Sporting some of the best writing on television and offering one of the most realistic portrayals of high-school life ever to hit the small screen, Freaks and Geeks' endearing blend of comedy and character-driven drama earned it a special place in the hearts of viewers -- and it may well have flourished on the small screen had the networks give it a chance to find its footing in the vast television wasteland. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, the image is clean and the colors evenly balanced. Sound is presented in closed-captioned Dolby Digital 5.1, and though there is little room for directional effects in such a dialogue-driven show, the audio is clean, solid, and free of hiss or distortion. If fans still feel somewhat jilted regarding Freaks and Geeks' all-too-brief television run, the inclusion of an abundance of bonus features will no doubt offer a glimmer of vindication. To put it bluntly, this set is packed -- virtually overflowing with an abundance of informative and entertaining extras. Commentaries feature nearly everyone involved in the production of the series (including "in character" commentaries by the actors who portrayed teachers) and are nearly as entertaining as the shows themselves. Though they may not offer much in the way of technical information, they are certainly a testament to the wealth of creativity involved in the show. Outtakes and deleted scenes range from the incidental to touching little character moments, and are also frequently accompanied by commentary. Casting auditions offer fans an amusing look at the actors as they get in touch with their inner misfits. An informative booklet rounds things off nicely with a detailed essay by series creator Paul Feig and a revealing Q & A session with writer/producer Judd Apatow -- naturally accompanied by numerous unflattering photos.

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Editorial Reviews

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Freaks and Geeks resides in the pantheon of network gems cast aside early, to the awestruck dismay of wronged fans, alongside My So-Called Life, Firefly, Manimal…. Okay, maybe not that last one, although Freaks and Geeks did take its network shot on NBC's Saturday night schedule in 1999, the same night and network where Manimal had failed to draw enough viewers in 1983, despite featuring a handsome crime-fighter who could turn into all sorts of beasts at will. No, none of the Freaks or Geeks had superpowers at all. In fact, they were the sorts of powerless high school kids TV series rarely focused upon, the kids who would be seen from the back as they dug in lockers, in series like Popular or Beverly Hills, 90210. Created by Ben Stiller Show veteran Judd Apatow and writer-director Paul Feig, the show is set in suburban Detroit of 1980, and the soundtrack overflows with rock staples from the period. Linda Cardellini shows the spunk and smarts that made her a shoo-in as Velma for the live-action Scooby-Doo a few years later, and is pivotal in the ensemble as Lindsay Weir (a "Freak"). Joe Flaherty and Becky Ann Baker portray her parents, while John Francis Daley costars as Lindsay's younger brother, Sam (a "Geek"). Lindsay's dreamboat is Daniel Desario (James Franco), whom she agrees to tutor in "Tests and Breasts," with surprising results. Sam gets to shine along with his geeky pals Bill and Neal (Martin Starr and Samm Levine) in the hilarious "Carded and Discarded," in which the trio attempt to woo a pretty new transfer student -- they saw her first -- away from the popular kids. The season-closing "Discos and Dragons" episode earned Feig an Emmy nomination for Best Writing in a Comedy, and its balance of the bitter and sweet couldn't be more perfect. The episode closed out Freaks and Geeks' run on July 8, 2000, with three unaired programs still in NBC's closet. The episodes eventually aired on cable's Fox Family Channel later that year and are included in this DVD edition, which offers the entire production run of 18 episodes plus lots of fan-friendly commentary and extras.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0826663482096
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Time:
18:00:00
Sales rank:
18,222

Special Features

29 commentaries from show producers, studio executives, cast members, crew, and fans; Over two hours of new show material, including audition footage and deleted scenes from every episode; Behind-the-scenes footage; Original show promotional footage

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