30 Rock: Season 1 [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

Special Features


  • Audio Commentary by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Wrap Party Video Including Bloopers
  • An Evening With Kenneth Shorts
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Makin' it Happen Shorts.

Synopsis


The lauded laugher's inaugural season introduces the offbeat staffers at "The Girlie Show," a TV variety program produced at venerable Rockefeller Center in New York City. Presiding over the show is TV scribe Liz Lemon (series creator and writer Tina Fey). But trouble looms upon the arrival of brash new honcho Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), the head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Jack incessantly meddles with the series, hiring edgy but wildly erratic star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and changing the show's name to the desperately hip "TGS With Tracy Jordan." All this exasperates Lemon and pushes the show's horrified starlet, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), to the sidelines. Not only does Jack creep into the writers' room and even appear as a sketch performer (only to plug products), but he referees Lemon's sour romantic life. He sets her up on a blind date (with a woman); interferes with her bumpy reunion with her boorish ex-boyfriend Dennis (Dean Winters); and intervenes as her love blooms for affable paramour Floyd (Jason Sudeikis). Love is on the horizon for Jack, too. He dates a Bush administration official; tangles with his ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini); and woos an auctioneer (Emily Mortimer). But Jack still has time for territorial warfare against his gravelly voiced archnemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett), a Left Coast network exec who callously eyes Jack's job. Always an omnipresent figure is naive man-child Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer), whose misadventures include switching roles with bigwig Jack, scoring a prime spot in Tracy's posse and trying to help the pampered Tracy reach spiritual self-actualization. Alas, Kenneth's bright-eyed idealism prevails even while working for this cast of ego-fueled eccentrics. ~ Dean Maurer

Cast & Crew


  • Tina Fey - Liz Lemon
  • Alec Baldwin - Jack Donaghy
  • Tracy Morgan - Tracy Jordan
  • Jane Krakowski - Jenna Maroney
  • Scott Adsit - Pete Hornberger




Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Emmy Winning Show, DVD Needs Work

    Posted
    tcrash

    This is a review of the DVD release and not the show. The show itself is perfect. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin fit so well into this show that it feels like you're watching a documentary on The Girlie Show and not a sitcom. Funny documentary, not snore documentary. It’s obvious why 30 Rock won the Emmy on its first year out. Having said that, the DVD release isn’t quite up to par for a show of this quality. On the plus side, the picture and sound quality are first rate. The picture is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen just as it is broadcast. Sound is selectable between Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, English only. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. The episodes are split among three discs. Unfortunately, each episode is a whole chapter on the disc. Many other TV shows on DVD will at least split episodes into chapters at their original commercial breaks. If you skip ahead to a new chapter on 30 Rock, you're moving ahead to a new episode, not to a point later in the same episode. I don't know if that's a major factor to other TV series viewers, but it’s a sticking point with me. The bonus features are all on the third disc. There are 5 episodes with commentaries, but the episodes are all repeated on the third disc just for the commentary. This is very unusual. Instead of making the commentaries a separate selectable audio track on the episodes where they appear, they've duplicated the episodes there on the third disc with the commentary being the only audio track. The show audio is lowered in the background on the commentaries. Most of the commentaries consist of only one person, which makes for a lot of gaps. When there aren't multiple people on a commentary track, it can be dull just listening to one person say things like "this is actor x, he's really funny". Other bonus features include: deleted scenes from several episodes; "The Wrap Party" which is basically a gag reel but with a horrible voiceover; "An Evening with Kenneth" in which Kenneth the page does his own mini talk shows with cast of The Girlie Show; "Behind the Scenes" in which Judah Friedlander, Jack McBrayer and Lonny Ross show us around the sets and talk to cast and crew of 30 Rock; and "Makin' It Happen" which are three webisodes of the show Will Arnett's character created from the episode "Fireworks". The packaging is typical cardboard with glossy graphics on the outside. The graphics actually wrap around to the inside of the outer packaging. Overall, this is a DVD set worth owning. The show is worthy of multiple viewings. I mentioned are minimal considering the quality of the show itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Show, Okay DVD

    Posted
    warstrekkid

    If you were surprised when you 30 Rock won the Emmy for best comedy, it's probably because you've never watched it. While the viewership is small, 30 Rock is a great show. It's some of the smartest comedy on TV today, with layers and layers of comedy. Since getting the DVDs, I've easily watched each episode at least 5 times, catching something new each time. The show is focused around the production of a comedy show, like SNL, but focuses almost entirely on the dynamics behind it. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan get top-billing, but everyone on the show is hilarious, and it has great depth. The DVD content is enjoyable. On the 3rd disk, there is some special content, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, and behind the scene footage. I do, however, have a complaint, touched on by the other reviewer. First, the episodes aren't divided into chapters. It would have been easy and very convenient to split them even at commercial breaks, but instead, there's some hunting involved in episodes. Also, instead of putting separate audio tracks on the episodes, all audio commentary is on the 3rd disk with its own video as well. All in all, it's absolutely worth it. If you're not into 30 Rock, you need to, and what better way then watching all of the first season.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great show, decent dvd set

    Posted
    Latitude

    This is the best new show on TV as far as I'm concerned and the DVD set is pretty nice. There are a bunch of commentaries though unfortunately in most cases it's just one person doing the commenting. Next season I would prefer if they had 2 or 3 people per commentary, more interaction and discussion. The blooper reel is funny but I wish there were more deleted scenes. If I were to rate the DVD presentation I'd give it an A for picture, A+ for content, the actual shows, and a B for extras, they can do better in that regard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I can't help but like this show!

    Posted
    gocanes37
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    I'm usually not a fan of comedies, but there is something about this show...EVERY time I watch an episdoe I end up laughing out loud! Alec Baldwin is really fun. Couple him with a truly excellent supporting cast and you have a winner. Very enjoyable show. Trust me, you WILL laugh!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I Enjoyed This

    Posted
    alaskalou

    I had never watched this show when it was on TV but got the Series One as a gift. I watched it in about 3 sittings. It was so funny. Frankly I was surprised. I'm not a Baldwin fan but I liked his character. I thought because of the SNL roots it might not be that good but I really got into the characters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Watch every night

    Posted
    adotbur
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    I watch this show every night before bed. Small tidbit, in 2007 Bill O’Reilly said on this radio show that he didn’t think it was funny. That’s how funny the show is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the series

    Posted
    tamika

    Great series! Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are hilarious, but Kenny(can't remember his real name) steals the show. Tracy Morgan, Dotcom, Jenna and the other dude are funny too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    30 Rock Rocks!

    Posted
    jaisunn
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    The start of one of the best shows on tv ever! Great acting and great writing hands down!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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