My So-Called Life DVD Set

Yesterday, I received the most awesome DVD set ever – the entire series of My So-Called Life. This may sound cheesy but it’s true – this new MSCL DVD set by Shout!Factory is literally so beautiful it hurts to look at it. It was definitely worth the 13-year wait.

The packaging is so lovely and perfect – put together like a gorgeous scrapbook with images of the cast, episode stills, quotes from the show, and letters from writer Winnie Holzman (who goes into more detail about her plans for season 2), Joss Whedon, Janaene Garofalo, and others. The episode summaries include what songs were played in each show, guest stars, and the occasional extra note (Catalano was not the original last name for Jordan).

The DVD discs are in bright colours with smalls sketches that fit particular episodes – a girl with her hair hanging over a sink for “Pilot”, an angel for “So-Called Angels” (an episode featuring Juliana Hatfield), etc. So far I’ve only watched a few of the features on the bonus disc – “Conversation With Claire Danes and Winnie Holzman”, “My So-Called Life Story”, “The Music” (an interview with composer Snuffy Walden), and the character bio of Angela (which features brief interviews with Claire, Wilson, and Devon Odessa). There are several other featurettes and interviews on the bonus disc, as well as commentaries on individual episodes by the show’s creators and cast – including Devon Gummersall on “Life of Brian”, Claire Danes on “Self Esteem”, and Wilson Cruz on “So-Called Angels”.

Though I haven’t watched any of the episodes yet, just seeing clips from the show in the bonus features was very powerful. And not just because it’s the first time I’ve seen them without the snowy distortion on my VHS tapes from the original 1994 airing on ABC. There’s something about seeing Claire Danes (who is my age) talking about that time in her life, then seeing those clips of her as Angela and remembering being that age myself that was surprisingly emotional.

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5 thoughts on “My So-Called Life DVD Set

  1. OMG, I have considered shelling out the ?what? approximately $150 for this set. ‘My So-Called Life’ is one of my favorite TV shows ever. Indie Mom and I used to tape it and watch it together when she was in middle school. We’d stop the tape and talk about the characters and situations.

    I have nine of the episodes on snowy, home-recorded VHS, and I watched all of them a few months ago when I was too sick to do anything else. I’m jealous!


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  4. I know what you mean about the surprising emotion. I’m younger than Claire Danes, but that show it so tightly wrapped up with my own experiece of being a certain age that even after all these years (and knowing much of many episodes by heart), I still find it profoundly affecting.

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