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10 Things I Hate About You DVD Set Completed by Shout! Factory
August 24, 2011

First, there was a movie, and it was good. Ten years later, there was a TV show, and it was ok.

10 Things I Hate About You was watchable, and the young actress playing Kat (Lindsey Shaw) was able to keep her bristling without making her unlikeable. Heck, it was neat regularly seeing on TV a teen girl who cared about issues instead of her appearance, even if the writers found it easier to handle her younger, wannabe cheerleader sister (Bianca, played by Meaghan Martin), making many of the shows about her attempts to reclaim popularity.

Larry Miller played the dad in both cases, and he was always funny. Poor Ethan Peck, playing the bad boy, of course couldn’t live up to Heath Ledger, and in the structure of an open-ended sitcom, there wasn’t much for him to do, since they couldn’t get him together with Kat yet.

10 Things I Hate About You Volume 2

Anyway, a two-disc set of the first half of the season (10 episodes) was released in January 2010. I’m guessing that the set was kept short to keep it affordable, but that left another 10 episodes to complete the only season the show had. One might assume that, with such a delay, that the show would be forgotten, but now, Shout! Factory rides to the fans’ rescue.

They have announced that they will be releasing Season 1, Volume 2 on September 20, only through their online store. The set can be preordered right now with an additional 20% off the list price of $26.99 US. (Although since their store is the only outlet, that’s something of a game, since they set both the list and the discount.) Bonus features on the 3-disc set will include extended scenes, a rap video, and something called “Joey’s Makeup Transformation”. They’re quoting critics as calling the show a family comedy that’s “funny, smart, and sweet”, which is pretty accurate.

Even if you’re not interested in this particular sitcom, I think it’s good to note that these days, there are options in finding shows with limited followings. With the relatively low cost of creating DVDs and reaching fan groups online, it can become economical to put together such targeted products. And Shout! Factory is one of the best at such projects.

4 Responses  
James Schee writes:  

Good to see more stuff coming out on DVD in some way or another. I still hold out hope that Herman’s Head will make it out to DVD or digital before I die.:)

 
DAVID CALLINICOS writes:  

The episodes on Volume 2 are in 4×3 even though the box says they’re in Widescreen
Only the Bonus features are in Widescreen

 
Mike Mitchell writes:  

I actually did like this sitcom. It was better than a lot of other stuff out there at the time — it had that old TGIF vibe that I used to get from watching ABC TV on Friday nights when I was younger (okay, much younger). And like you, I really appreciate that they will be getting more stuff out there. It makes me hopeful that some of my old favorites will be released in the future.

 
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