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Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Curt Cornelius as Keith
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman-Vasquez
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Features:
Beginnings with Darren Star Featurette

Meet the Class of West Beverly High

90210 Behind-the-scenes featurette

Commentary by Darren Star on selected episodes

Looking Back: Season One – The Recap

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 17 Hours 48 Minutes

Synopsis:
This series originally aired in 1990. The following is from the DVD cover:

"See how the phenomenon began! Join the party in 'Beverly Hills 90210'! Watch as the down-to-earth Walsh twins, Brandon and Brenda (Jason Priestly and Shannen Doherty), navigate the treacherous halls of West Beverly High for the first time since moving with their family from Minnesota. Together with their sophisticated new friends Dylan (Luke Perry), Kelly (Jennie Garth), Donna (Tori Spelling), Steve (Ian Ziering) and David (Brian Austin Green), they take on the challenges of adolescence – with a distinctly L.A. twist! Available for the first time ever on DVD, this 6-disc collection contains all 21 Season One episodes plus the original pilot. See how the phenomenon began in 'Beverly Hills 90210'!"

"Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season is not rated.

Mini-Review:
There are two things I have little interest in – California snobbery and teen angst. "Beverly Hills 90210" features both. So needless to say, I didn't care for the series. I actually remember watching a couple of episodes when it first aired, but that was it. I avoided the rest of its long run. Each episode featured the beautiful teens (and Tori Spelling) dealing with a crisis of the week in 90210 style. These included teen sex, drug use, drinking, and other such stuff. But, of course, it was played up for the sake of TV. The end result is something that seems quite dated today. This is especially so in relation to the fashions, music, and acting. Still, if you were a fan of the TV show, this might be a nice piece of nostalgia for you and well worth picking up. Quite honestly I'm surprised it took this long to get the first season on DVD.

Unfortunately, the bonus features don't include any retrospectives with the original stars. Instead you're given creator Darren Star who discusses how the series came about. But there is a vintage "making of" featurette that has interviews with the entire young main cast. There is also a text recap of the episodes and commentaries with Star.

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