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"My So-Called Life" Coming Back on DVD

By admin Published: August 10, 2007

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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