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Pretty Little Liars Season 1 DVD Review

“Pretty Little Liars” is a trashy teen soap opera.

“Pretty Little Liars,” based on the book series of the same name, is essentially “Desperate Housewives” meets “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” In the 22 episode first season, the show revolves around a group of high schoolers (Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer) who fall out of friendship after the disappearance and death of their friend Allie. The group is brought back together, however, after they all start receiving texts from a mysterious individual known as A. A seems to know everything about them and threatens to expose their MANY secrets. Episode plots involve A, dark secrets, crimes, family toubles (such Aria’s parents seperating), dating, cheating, romance, drugs, a dance, a school production of “The Bad Seed,” high school drama, and a Founder’s Festival.

While watching “Pretty Little Liars,” I was honestly surprised that this show airs on the tame, family friendly channel ABC Family because ‘Liars’ does not fit in with their other programming at all. This is very much a trashy, risque, teeny bopper soap opera. In other words, it’s not very Disney friendly nor is it exactly a good influence on teens. Still, it’s that kind of surprise that makes me admire the show slightly. By all accounts, the show should not even work at all. The plot is ridiculous, the characters are generally unlikable, and and the ongoing mystery arc is never even resolved by season’s end. However, despite all of that, this is a well made (and well acted) teen mystery series. I may not be the target audience nor would I tune in on a weekly basis, but it’s not hard to see why teens are gravitating towards this series.

Summary: “Pretty Little Liars” will appeal to older teens looking for shows with more adult themes than the shows on Nickelodeon and so forth.

The widescreen picture quality and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track are both sharp. I am, however, a little surprised this wasn’t released on Blu-ray considering the show’s popularity.

Extras:
* The Film Foundation/Blu-ray ad.
* 15 deleted scenes.
* “A Cinderella Story” sequel ad with Lucy Hale.
* “Little Secrets From The Set”- Video footage from the set mixed with cast interviews.
* “Pretty Little Liars: Two Truths And A Lie”- The cast members play a game in which they reveal two truths and a lie.

* “Making Of Pretty Little Liars” features cast and crew interviews, chats about the material, plots, cast, etc.

June 16, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review |

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