10 Things I Hate About You: Volume One
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Based on the original hit movie comes the hilarious comedy that is a hit with fans and critics across the nation. Experience the ultimate sibling rivalry with the ABC Family original series 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. Meet Kat and Bianca, two very different sisters who have their own unique views on high school life and teenage love. Kat is a feisty, smart student activist who wants to stand out, and Bianca is a sweet social butterfly who just wants to fit in. Things get a lot more complicated, however, when Kat meets the mysterious Patrick Verona. Relive all 10 episodes, complete with exciting bonus features. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU is a witty and fun family comedy with something for everyone!
The first thing you'll notice about 10 Things I Hate About You is that it's fairly different from the feature film of the same name, an updating of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Instead it plays more like a cross between Bring It On and a John Hughes teen comedy. While the 1999 movie was set in Seattle, the ABC Family series takes place in Los Angeles. Newly arrived from Ohio, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin) live with their father, Walter (Larry Miller, the sole holdover from the big-screen cast). Socially conscious Kat disdains the hierarchy at Padua High, while bubbly Bianca longs to join the popular crowd, so she starts by cozying up to bossy Chastity (Dana Davis), the head cheerleader. During these 10 episodes, sweet and nerdy Cameron (Nicholas Braun) tries to woo Bianca, while bad boy Patrick (Ethan Peck) and Kat pretend they don't like each other. (In the movie, Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the central trio.) Other characters of interest include Kat's black-clad pal Mandella (Jolene Purdy), Chastity's body-conscious boyfriend Joey (Chris Zylka), and Principal Holland (a very funny Suzy Nakamura). If the differences from the film are irritating at first, the series hits its stride by the third episode, in which Kat gets a glimpse of Patrick's softer side. From then on, the show develops its own voice.
Though there's more sexual innuendo than necessary--the show would actually provide a better fit for the CW network--sharp writing and a charismatic cast make for a mostly successful movie-to-TV transition. Bonus features include bloopers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, the pilot of Make It or Break It, and audio commentaries with the cast and crew, including creator Carter Covington and producer Gil Junger, who directed the original film. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The film which is based on Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew" has a slightly different storyline with the TV series version. In the TV series of "10 Things I Hate About You", The Stratford family has just moved to a new city and their father Walter (played by Larry Miller) who is a doctor is overprotective about his two daughters Kat (an activist who is very serious about school) and Bianca (a teenager who wants to be popular and is not as serious about school). Bianca will only be able to date guys when Kat dates guys but Kat doesn't seem interested in dating anyone but focusing on school and getting into college.
During the first day of school, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) tries to park her car but the top high school cheerleader Chastity (Dana Davis) tries to beat her to it. Chastity who is rich tends to get her way but Kat doesn't let Chastity get the parking space and crashes into her car and tears off her fender without a care in the world. Needless to say, Kat is not on Chastity's good list. Kat learns from the principal that Chastity is the daughter of the school board president and everyone in school makes her happy. This infuriates Kat.
Meanwhile, she notices a guy named Patrick (Ethan Peck)who rides a motorcycle and gives her a stare and immediately the two seem to not get a long. She sees him at school and learns that people are scared of him but Kat, doesn't fear him at all which surprises him.
Meanwhile, Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin) is new to the school and the shy, nerdy student Cameron (Nicholas Braun) falls in love with her but feels he must get to her before she is tainted by a bad crowd. With advice and support from his friend Michael (played by Kyle Kaplan), Cameron helps Bianca with her locker and the two become friends. As for Bianca, she quickly meets Chastity and the two have similar tastes and quickly become friends and encourages Bianca to join the cheerleading team. All seems good between the two, until Chastity later finds out that Bianca is sister's with Kat (who wrecked her car earlier in the morning).
So, now Bianca is upset that Kat has ruined her chance to be popular but Kat comes up with an idea to blackmail Chastity to let Bianca on the team or else Kat (who becomes the school photographer) will make her shots for the school's publication look terrible. So, Chastity pretends to be nice to Bianca and let her on the team as the school mascot but is jealous when her boyfriend, high school quarterback Joey (Chris Zylka) starts being cool with Bianca, who happens to be cool with Joey's decision to go into modeling (Chastity's popularity must be in sync with Joey, who must be the star quarterback and not to focus on modeling).
"10 Things I Hate About You" focuses on the life of Kat and Bianca at their new high school and the people they encounter and becomes friends with. But will Kat be able to watch over her popularity-obsessed sister and also find out what is the Patrick's problem? Meanwhile, will Bianca become popular with or without the help of Chastity? And will Cameron ever have a date with Bianca and prove to her that he's not gay? Find out on the first ten episodes of "10 Things I Hate About You - Volume One".
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"10 Things I Hate About You - Volume One" is presented in widescreen (1:78:1) and for the most part, the picture quality is satisfactory for this drama series. Also, it helps that the series features various settings, including multiple outdoor shots which definitely makes the PQ for the DVD much better. Didn't notice too many scenes with compression but it helps that each setting tends to be outdoors or has a good amount of lighting.
Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The series is front and center channel driven, dialogue is clear and understandable and music comes out quite clear from the front channels. The series is not the type of series that utilizes special effects or the use of the surround channels but if you have a modern home theater receiver and a 5.1 or 7.2 setup, definitely worth selecting audio on all channels on the receiver for a more immersive soundscape. I found it pretty cool that the TV series, like the film incorporated music quite a bit for each episode.
Subtitles are in English SDH.
"10 Things I Hate About You - Volume One" comes with a few special features. Included are:
* Audio Commentary - Audio commentary for the pilot episode by Lindsey Shaw (Kat Stratford), Larry Miller (Walter Stratford), Gil Gunger (director) and Carter Covington (writer).
* Audio Commentary - Audio commentary for episode 7 ("Light My Fire") featuring audio commentary by Dana Davis (Chastity), Nicholas Braun (Cameron), Ethan Peck (Patrick), executive producer Robin Shift and executive producer/writer Carter Covington.
* Make It or Break It - Pilot Episode - A look at the pilot for the drama series from abc Family about a family (who don't have much money) from Fresno who moved to Boulder, Colorado in order for Emily Kmetko to train at a prestigious gymnastics school known as "The Rock", but the top three gymnasts at the school are not so welcoming towards her. Emily tries to prove that this small town girl who trained at the YWCA has what it takes to be as competitive as them.
* Bloopers - (2:22) Bloopers from "10 Things I Hate About You".
* Backstage Pass - (3:36) Lindsey Shaw (Kat) and Meaghan Jette Martin (Bianca) talk about their characters and give a tour of the high school of where the series is filmed.
* 10 Things I Hate vs. 10 Things I Love - (12:25) The cast of "10 Things I Hate About You" talk about the things they hate and the things they love about their characters, their shooting schedule and more.
I enjoyed the TV version of "10 Things I Hate About You" and that it's not a copycat of the film. It's very different in terms of who is the primary antagonists and of course, to see how the characters relate to each other. Everyone seems to click very well and for the most part, viewers are pulled in and these are characters you start to care about and for Kat and Bianca, to see how these two young women evolve in the series.
I will say that I found the series duration at 30 minutes to be perfect and it works for this type of series. It's a teen sitcom with comedy elements and is not as dramatic as other abc Family shows such as "Make It or Break It", "Greek" or "The Secret Life of an American Teenager". For the first ten episodes included on volume one of this DVD, the stories are written well, enough to give us a feel for each of the main and supporting characters of the show. The storyline features episodes with character developing storylines and for the most part, good balance of humor. A very entertaining series thus far!
As for the DVD, I'm very happy that "10 Things I Hate About You" has quite a few content especially audio commentary (something I wished "The Secret Life of An American Teenager" would have) and similar to TSLoaAT, the pilot episode of "Make It or Break It" is included.
Overall, I'm sure for some who absolutely adored the film will not enjoy the changes made on the TV show, my feeling is that I'm glad there are changes. With the film, that was an awesome cast and Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles and the rest of the cast members brought something special to that film back in 1999. With the TV series, it's a good jumping point to a series and because it's a series, you're going to have to extend and change some of that storyline. And similar to the film, I do like the chemistry of the new talent and their characters. Lindsey Shaw definitely brings out the character of Kat quite nicely and Meaghan Jette Martin's Bianca is good in playing the sister that is naive and wants to be popular. But interesting twist in making the character of Chastity the antagonist and Joey, the not-so-smart model wannabe. Definitely different from their film counterpart but it works.
For parents, the comedy is not for young children and similar to "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" with some sexual references but the comedy is quite humorous and for the most part, it's what makes "10 Things I Hate About You" so much fun!
If you enjoyed the series on television (or on film) and want a fun teen sitcom, definitely give "10 Things I Hate About You" a chance. Definitely recommended!
I was pleasantly surprised. Although it starts out with the basic premise of the movie (Scary guy meets scary girl, so lil' sister can go out with the model). However, it focuses more on their first meetings and developes an almost alternate story.
I really liked the fact that the man who played the girls' dad in the movie returned for this. His dry worried sense of humor really helped make this show a success.
The only thing that would have made this better, is if they had included more episodes i.e. waited to release this until they had more episodes. Episodes are only 20-27 min. long and there are only ten of them. You just get started and you want it to go on.
Cancellations? O.k., they happen and there's nearly nothing we can do about it, BUT:
What's wrong with you television guys??? Why cancel this (and many other great shows) without giving the makers the chance to do at least one last final episode to close all the cliffhangers and stuff??? Can't be too much to ask, is it? That's what really makes me mad!!
I can understand reasons for cancelling, but I will never understand why they make viewers even more angry by not giving the creators the chance to tie all the loose ends together in a final episode, a tv-special, a DVD-extra episode, or something like that. That really sucks!
I loved the show for I think it was fresh and funny and full of great dialogue and loveable characters. Yes, I'm sad, it's over but what really makes me mad is that there was no ending. Shame on you TV-network guys (again)!
To you customers: Buy it! It really is a great show and worth watching, but be prepared for a not existing ending and a last episode with cliffhangers over and over, but as this is the first of I guess two box-sets, you'll have some episodes left til you reach that last episode...until then, enjoy the ride.