I'm still holding onto my old "MSCL" DVD's, OK? But if you missed out, it's coming back, and with new extras. Announcement after the jump ...
My So-Called Life: The Complete Series
Starring Golden Globe-winner Claire Danes as Angela Chase
For the First Time Ever, Audiences Can Experience the Whole Story of This Beloved Television Drama in a Six-DVD Collectible Box Set Packed with All 19 Addictive Episodes, A Special Commemorative Book and All-New Special Features
Before anyone had heard of Rory Gilmore, Dawson Leery, Felicity Porter or Buffy Summers, America's most-beloved 15-year old high school sophomore was Angela Chase. Angela, her family and her group of friends were introduced with My So-Called Life, the highly celebrated TV series that launched the careers of Golden Globe-winner Claire Danes, Jared Leto and Wilson Cruz. Impacting a generation, this triggered a revolution of teen-angst oriented dramas seen on today’s prime-time television.
On October 30, 2007, Shout! Factory will release My So-Called Life: The Complete Series DVD, featuring all nineteen episodes and a full disc of hours of bonus features that illuminate the origin, life and afterlife of this Emmy-nominated benchmark series with all-new interviews, episode commentaries and archival footage featuring the original cast and creators. Moreover, Shout! Factory invites viewers and fans to further immerse themselves in a 40-page color book, highlighted by a special introduction by show creator Winnie Holzman, special tributes by Janeane Garofalo and Joss Whedon, and much more! Poised to satisfy the appetite of My So-Called Life and Claire Danes fans for ritual viewing and priced to own at $69.99, this uncompromising six-disc DVD box set with a commemorative book are collected in a specially designed collector’s box with a embossed, case-bound cover.
If you also have that old, no-extras DVD, then this new set is a clear improvement. And I hear that Shout! managed to get time with everyone from the original cast except Jared "Mr. Big Deal Musician Now" Leto, even Claire "I Killed This Show Because I Wanted To Go Make Movies" Danes.
But the high point of Danes's acting career is still most likely
"My So-Called Life." Here, for example, is what the New York Times' Stephen Holden said about her performance in "Stardust"":
The most glaring of several mistakes in casting is Ms. Danes's charm-free Yvaine, a cranky older version of her teenage character on the television series ''My So-Called Life.'' Even after Yvaine mellows and warms to Tristan, who discovers her in a crater and becomes her protector, Ms. Danes has a distracting habit of scrunching her features into a scowl unbefitting a supernatural heroine who aspires to live happily ever after. At a certain point you may find yourself imagining how much better ''Stardust'' might have been with Gwyneth Paltrow in the role.
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