By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
Anything But Love - Volume One
I'm excited for the special edition of a mediocre sitcom with people I liked. Richard Lewis and Jamie Lee Curtis were funny enough when I was in middle school and wanted to stay up a little longer.
DVD Review: Anything But Love - Season 1
Their audio commentary on the first episode is great. Curtis is a hoot, firm and confident in her passion for the show. They discuss their intentions and hopes which ultimately got tinkered with. They criticize their fashion choices and Lewis keeps up, bringing his tone to a more neutral level to mesh with her enthusiasm. They still recall a lot of details, from development of the characters and personalities to all of their costars and what they did on the set. Even specific flubs they committed.
They fall into watching the show a bit but they never speak without having something to share. Every self critique, audience reaction or lost story thread is relevant. Then they say they have little memory. Really? They should hear other commentaries.
The two featurettes incorporate old E! B-roll footage with new interviews. The shorter, "Stories from the Set" piece is actually better as people recall Richard Lewis antics and Jamie Lee Curtis's thoughtful gifts. These are specific, to the point, and concise.
"All About Anything But Love" is the more expansive feature and it covers everything. They're very specific about the development process including scenes from the original pilot. (By the way, where is the entire pilot on the DVD?) They explain the second season changes and the whole progression of the characters' love story. It's a real portrait of the old days when they took the time to tinker with shows that weren't working instead of just replacing them with the next batch of midseason replacements.