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Ok, so maybe JUST SHOOT ME! wasn't the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I found the show to be pretty freaking funny, and many times, downright hilarious. Personally, I don’t think the show had any aspirations beyond making people laugh, and on that level, it succeeded tremendously- I know I got plenty of hours of laughter from spending time with the more than just slightly dysfunctional characters of JUST SHOOT ME!.

Set inside the world of a fictional women’s magazine called Blush, JUST SHOOT ME! tells the story of a serious journalist named Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), who burns one too many bridges and finds herself forced to go to work for her father Jack (George Segal), whose magazine exemplifies the kind fluff journalism that she hates. The other inmates working for Blush include Wendie Malick, who is usually fairly hilarious as the over-the-hill and slightly boozy former model Nina Van Horn, Enrico Colantoni as oversexed fashion photographer Elliot DiMauro, and the always pitch perfect David Spade as Jack Gallo’s sleazy, self promoting assistant Dennis Quimby Finch.

JUST SHOOT ME!: SEASONS ONE AND TWO ($40) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the following thirty-one episodes that were aired during the show’s freshman and sophomore years: Season 1: Back Issues, The Devil And Maya Gallo, Secretary's Day, Nina's Birthday, In Your Dreams, Lemon Wacky Hello, Season 2: The Experiment, The Assistant, Old Boyfriends, La Cage, King Lear Jet, My Dinner With Woody, Twice Burned, Sweet Charity, Jesus, It's Christmas, Elliott The Geek, Sewer!, In The Company Of Maya, Pass The Salt, The Walk, Nina In The Cantina, College Or Collagen, Nina's Bikini, The Kiss, Bravefinch, Jack's Old Partner, Amblushed, The Emperor, Rescue Me, Eve Of Destruction, War And Sleaze.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has made all 31 episodes of JUST SHOOT ME!: SEASONS ONE AND TWO available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. For the most part the episodes look good (better than broadcast), but the image quality is never outstanding, even for a television show. There is some softness here and there, but most of the time things appear relatively sharp and have respectable definition. Colors are not overly vibrant, but they seem just fine and the flesh tones look natural. Blacks are accurate, as are the whites. JUST SHOOT ME! is lit and shot like a television sitcom, so the contrast is unremarkable and the picture appears just a little flat. The film elements from which the episodes are taken appear pretty clean and appreciable grain is never a problem. With a few exceptions, digital compression artifacts maintain a low profile.

All the episodes that comprise JUST SHOOT ME!: SEASONS ONE AND TWO come with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo surround soundtracks. Plain and simple, these are television caliber sound mixes (at the sitcom level), with absolutely no flourishes. The sound design guarantees that one is able to hear all the jokes from dead center and that music generally fills the outlying channels. Fidelity is decent enough for a show that is pretty much a dialogue driven affair. Voices sound reasonably natural and one never needs to strain themselves to hear a funny punch line. No other spoken language tracks or subtitles are provided, but the episodes are closed-captioned.

The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras that have been spread through the set. Commentaries are provided for the following episodes: Back Issues, Lemon Wacky Hello, King Lear Jet and My Dinner With Woody by creators Steven Levitan and Danny Zucker, executive producers Eileen Conn and Andrew Gordon, and co-producer Marsh McCall. These are actually rather good commentaries, that provide solid production detail and amusing anecdotes- fans will certainly get a kick out of listening. Always In Fashion: A Conversation With Steven Levitan And The Cast Of Just Shoot Me! is a solid twenty six minute program that allows the creative team and the cast to talk about working on a show that they seem to love. The Blush Covers offers a look at the magazine covers featured in episodes across the first and second seasons.

I’ve always liked JUST SHOOT ME! and am happy the episodes are starting to make their way to DVD. The presentations on DVD are solid, but unremarkable, even for a TV show. If you are a fan, you shouldn’t have any reservations about adding JUST SHOOT ME!: SEASONS ONE AND TWO to your collection.



Just Shoot Me - Seasons 1 & 2


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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