Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete First Season (2007)

Genre(s): Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 426 minutes - $39.99 || September 16, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-09-17


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Craig Wright (created by)
Cast: Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Natalie Zea


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Episode Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Road to Excess: The Making of DSM
  • Enter the Penthouse: A CIP Tour
  • Haute Culture: Dressing the Darlings
  • The Other Woman: Candis Cayne
  • Blooper Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

I never had a chance to watch the show during its initial airings simply because the show didn't look very good. When I heard it was suppose to be like “Dynasty”, I was intrigued but didn't feel like giving the show a chance simply because there was too many other things on TV I wanted to watch and had my doubts this would even make it into its sophomore season. Now after viewing all of Season One's ten episodes... I'm still on the fence if I will continue to watch “Dirty Sexy Money” during its second season.

The Darlings - a family who seems to own nearly all of New York. They are well known for not only their money, but the scandals they have been involved in. Tripp (Donald Sutherland) and Letitia (Jill Clayburgh) are the head of the family with their five children. The oldest is Patrick (William Baldwin) who plans on running for Governor of New York all while having a transgendered Mistress on the side; Karen (Natalie Zea) who has been divorced three times and currently engaged and in love with Nick George; Brian, who is a Reverend all while having a love child he is hiding and then we have the twins, Juliet (Samaire Armstrong) and Jeremy (Seth Gabel), who are known to get into mischief.

They all have to be taken care of and that's where Nick George (Peter Krause) enters the picture. Due to his father’s death, Nick becomes the family lawyer and trusted confidant - much like his father before him. He deals with any and all issues that come up and he soon learns that money can solve just about anything - except bringing his father back. Suspicious arise and Nick sets out to find who killed his father - is it one of the Darlings or someone else?

The show has its faults. First off we have the fact that the "mystery" of the season is not solved. Cut short because of the writers’ strike, viewers would have to wait nearly an entire year to hopefully see the conclusion of 'who killed Dutch'... but from what I've read the first few episodes of Season Two seem to ignore that plot line. What initially piqued my interest on Episode One quickly faded away and we were left with too many unanswered questions as the season progressed to a very uneven conclusion. Apparently there were three other episodes shot but were scrapped.

Second we have a cast of characters who don't really do all that much. Juliet does nothing by act like a spoiled little brat, Patrick continues to disappoint his father and cheat on his wife, and Karen goes from guy to guy whoring herself around. The only two Darling's that amount to anything is Jeremy who starts off as a spoiled punk quickly tries to become a man and Brian, a character who I initially hated, went from being an uptight Reverend to a more down to earth guy who is finally starting to see things the way they are.

It’s not all bad though. Peter Krause does an amazing job in the role of Nick George - and he does it so well I no longer see him as Nate Fisher from “Six Feet Under” which is a relief since I couldn't make it through the TV Mini-series "The Lost Room" because he felt a bit typecast in that role. Now, I've been a big fan of his since the cult hit “Sports Night” -- which is getting re-released on DVD in a few weeks -- and was thrilled to see him back on network television. The head of the family Tripp Darling (played by the always great Donald Sutherland) does a fantastic job as well and I love seeing both Peter and him on screen together.

While there are some definite flaws with the show, it looks like ABC has given it a second chance and not only added Lucy Liu to the cast (since her previous show “Cashmere Mafia” was canceled), but given the show a much needed boost by promising to be more "dirty and sexy" this year. Is the Season One DVD set worth buying? At the low price absolutely.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary for the episodes "Pilot", "The Bridge" and "The Watch" by various Cast and Crew Members - A good look into the creation of the show and some behind the scenes stuff that happened because of ABC's involvement of the show. It’s a shame we didn't get one for the season finale as I'm still curious on what was dropped due to the writers’ strike.

Deleted Scenes (~10 Minutes) - A collection of deletes scenes from various episodes all presented on the final disc. Most amount to very little.

The Road to Excess: The Making of DSM (~20 Minutes) - The meat of the bonus features includes an in-depth look at the making of the show which includes some interesting nuggets (like the show is actually tapes in Los Angeles and not New York)

Enter the Penthouse: A CIP Set Tour (~7 Minutes) - A look at most of the sets - especially The Darling home. Pretty interesting to see the Darling home is 102 feet.

Haute Couture: Dressing the Darlings (~7 Minutes) - Want to know a bit more how each character dress? Well then, this feature is for you!

The Other Woman: Candis Cayne (~5 Minutes) - If you watched the Season you should know who this interesting character is...

As well as a short 3-minute blooper reel.

Also included a really neat newspaper that acts as an episode guide. It features various articles that seem to give a synopsis of each episode.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Dirty Sexy Money” presents all ten Season One episodes in 1.78:1 on 3 DVDs. Picture quality is decent but sometimes the pictures tends to smear a bit when the camera pans up a building. Overall I found it to be a bit soft.

ABC Studios has included a standard English Dolby Digital 5.1 track for all episodes. This tends to be a bit more active than some of the other TV on DVD shows I’ve reviewed with the sound having a nice pop to it when any music came up. Dialog is clean and easy to hear.



.::OVERALL::.

With the news that the show has been given a second chance with not only a Second season but adding a prominent actress to the show (Lucy Liu) I feel confident recommending the Season One DVD set as it seems the show will finally be given a decent shot and hopefully pick up a bit more steam as the show progresses.