Classic songs performed by new singers giving their own spirit and soul to each hit, a great story and the drama of high school kids wanting, hoping and dreaming to fit in all make for a fantastic show.
Film making 23/25
Bonus Features 17/25
Glee has won a Golden Globe, four Emmy awards and other smaller awards as well as many nominations that you can be sure it will have plenty of viewers to cheer them on. Glee was a great idea for a film but made probably a much better series and the start of something big and different.
Probably one of the big reasons it is such a hit is it looks at our worst fears growing up, that we won’t fit in during our most vulnerable time, adolescence. Another big reason is it uses music’s biggest hits both old and new putting a new spin on them using the heart and soul of the characters.
Glee is a new series on Fox that highlights the talents of high school kids wanting to sing and dance in the Glee club of McKinley High School. The Glee club is trying to find its own place along with the kids that make up the group with so many in the school against them.
The glee club has its adversaries in the school bullies, typically the football team and cheerleaders as well as the one big villain of the show Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch. Led by Spanish teacher and past glee member Will Schuester played by Matthew Morrison the glee club struggles toward winning sectional’s and regional’s.
The club has its high and low moments that are all too typical of high school students and their relationships, finding themselves as young adults and the general growing pains kids have. The show makes a statement in the problems and challenges of kids growing up and that is one of the great things about it, the reality of everyday life.
While the show does make a point of the mundane of growing up it does so with humor and heartfelt song with each episode having four to six songs. The song and dance routines are not the only highlight of each episode but it does liven things up and makes each episode a kind of self contained musical.
Glee takes a general theme like infidelity or how hard it is to be popular and does not just put these themes to popular hits but leads the story in to them. One minute you have the characters going through insecurity the next they are all singing Total Eclipse of the Heart to highlight the moment.
The show is fun, hilarious, insightful and very entertaining that makes you want to sing along even if you can’t sing worth a hoot. One series long theme that adds to the shows fun is the fact that Sue wants the Glee club gone and uses her influence to force the principal to work toward her goals.
Glee is a fun show and looks as well as sounds great on the Blu-ray edition that was shot of film and transferred to Blu-ray with clean and crisp video. Color is good with nice skin tone and the show overall has a decent and more down to earth look.
Audio is in DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound that is very good but I do have one complaint that is noticeable for almost all the musical numbers of the show. The pieces have a full surround and nice crisp clear voice and music but the moments before and after, actually all the parts not in song are more flat.
The voice is nice and audio as well as effects are well done but in all the series the parts of the show not as the musical numbers are a little lesser quality than the song parts. There is a noticeable difference and raising of the surround field once a song starts and a drop when it ends, it’s not a big deal but you do notice it.
Bonus content is pretty good with commentary for the pilot episode, several making of features and a couple of audition and casting features. The bonus content does give you a good look at Glee as well as the cast even before they were chosen for their parts.
Bonus content has about an hour and a half of extras and is a great part of the show for the kind of content you want but is not quite as long for many of the pieces. The extras are good but about seven of the pieces are less than five minutes long.
Glee is a great show and there is no wonder why it has both won awards and gained such a following going into its second season. Blu-ray is definitely the way to watch this show, check out the second season of Glee on Hulu and Fox after watching the first season on Blu-ray.