Glee - Director's Cut Pilot Episode (Limited Edition) (2009) Review
(More customer reviews)After watching the pilot for GLEE, it was the most excited I've been for a tv show since I saw the pilot for HEROES three years ago. The show is being marketed as a musical comedy and while the show is full of music and comedy, it's also very dramatic and quite quirky. The closest thing to GLEE that's been on tv was ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. In May 2009 Fox made a bold marketing move and aired the pilot episode of GLEE after the finale of AMERICAN IDOL. That gave the country efour months to either become interested in the show or completely forget about it. The buzz built and, thank goodeness, the show seems like it will be a success
In the pilot episode, we are introduced to the main characters that will form "New Directions"/ Glee Club at William McKinley High School in Ohio. After the former sponsor is let go after "inappropriate behavior" with a student, teacher of the year and former McKinley student, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over the group. Auditions are held and after a little bit of questionable deal-making, Mr. Schuester is able to get the quarterback of the football team to join the glee club and the group of social outcasts seems destined for great things.
This special director's cut of the pilot includes about five minutes of footage that didn't air on tv, including a rendition of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by Morrison. Also included on the DVD is a sneak peek of episode two (the first full twenty minutes of the episode, actually), a featurette about the dancing involved in the show, a talk with show creator Ryan Murphy, and a featurette entitled "What Is Glee?" that has characters from the show discussing what Glee means to them.
I'm a fan of GLEE and though the pilot episode will be a part of the upcoming DVD set, that won't be released until next spring. Until then, I'll watch the show on Fox and keep rewatching the uplifting (and in many ways better than the original) version of "Don't Stop Believin'". Recommended for gleeks and those who just have an interest in great television.
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Now you can own this exclusive Director's Cut pilot episode of the year's most talked about and acclaimed new TV show! With footage not shown on television and a locker full of special features, this edition with fill you with GLEE!
William McKinley High School once had a champion glee club, but now they're floundering. That's when an idealistic Spanish teacher (Matthew Morrison) takes up their cause, vowing to transform the rag-tag group of singers and dancers into winners. Get set for high-energy performances, chart-topping music and unforgettable characters... and give a cheer for GLEE!
- Dance Boot Camp featurette
- Deconstructing GLEE with Ryan Murphy featurette
- What is GLEE? featurette
- Sneak-Peek of Episode Two