Greek: Chapter One (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 445 minutes - $29.99 || March 18, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2003-03-28


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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

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Patrick Sean Smith (created by)
Cast: Clark Duke, Scott Michael Foster, Spencer Grammer, Paul James, Jake McDorman, Amber Stevens, Dilshad Vadsaria, Jacob Zachar


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Greek: The Initiation
  • Extended Music Sequence
  • Chapter Two Sneak Peek


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

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.::THE FILM::.

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“Greek” is the network ABC Family’s latest TV series coming after “Kyle XY” and “Wildfire”. After watching only a couple episodes, this has shades of Judd Apatow’s short-lived series, “Undeclared” and I guess a little Animal House as well. Both shows ("Undeclared" and "Greek") follow a few twenty-somethings (or there abouts) as they adjust to the college life. “Undeclared” and “Greek” follows a freshman coming into college with a naïve-ness anyone who has gone to college can relate to. This freshman will encounter a few colorful characters and find challenges especially with the opposite sex. “Greek” adds an extra layer as it deals with the social issues when pledging with a fraternity or sorority.

Rusty Cartwright is a brainy and semi-geeky freshman who wants nothing more than to join a fraternity. His sister, Casey, is a popular and on the rise member of a campus sorority. In between we have many characters from the president of the “Animal House”-like fraternity, Cappie (also Casey’s ex-boyfriend), Evan (Casey’s current bo) is the president of the more upstanding frat house and Rusty’s roommate, Dale, a Baptist with strong beliefs.

“Greek” was a bit surprising as it balanced the comedy with drama, there is some “Dawson’s Creek” to it with the aforementioned “Undeclared”. Also surprising, for a show on a network like ABC Family, it doesn’t pull pack on some of the material (PG-13 sexual material).

But a show can have clever writing and even interesting characters, yet it’s the casting that’s most important and can make or break the series on the whole. “Greek” features a cast that works so well together. Jacob Zachar is perfect in that geeky/awkward freshman role we’ve seen so many times (in fact, he reminds me a lot of Jason Biggs in the American Pie movies), Spencer Grammer (daughter of Kelsey Grammer) as his big sis in a new world as she must re-develop her relationship with her brother while dealing with her sorority sister arch nemesis Rebecca, a senator’s daughter. However I think the highlight of this casting is Scott Foster as Cappie. He immediately presents a certain charm you immediately like while also delivering funny lines and scenes. Foster has the potential to breakout and I hope to see him in some feature work in the future.

On the whole, “Greek” is a solid series teens and young adults will love. It has a certain honesty and doesn’t take the stereotypical route with these characters. It’s a shame “Chapter One” is effectively only a half of a season, though at the time of this writing Chapter Two/Season 2 will be starting soon.

Here is the episode breakdown:
DISC ONE:
1. “Pilot”
2. “Hazed and Confused”
3. “The Rusty Nail”
4. “Picking Teams”

DISC TWO:
5. “Liquid Courage”
6. “Friday Night Frights”
7. “Multiple Choice”
8. “Separation Anxiety”

DISC THREE:
9. “Depth Perception”
10. “Black and White and Read All Over”



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Cast and Crew Commentaries – This set offers three decent commentary tracks. First, creator/co-exec producer Patrick Sean Smith and exec producers Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan talk for “The Pilot”; actors Spencer Grammer (Casey), Dilshad Vadsaria (Rebecca) and Amber Stevens (Ashleigh) on “Friday Night Frights”; and actors Jake McDorman (Evan), Scott Michael Foster (Cappie), Paul James (Calvin) and Clark Duke (Dale) join for “Separation Anxiety”. These tracks are good, but the actors’ tracks, especially the guys, get a little cluttered at times. It’s nice that they were able to get a round portion of those involved to participate.

The set of features start with Greek: The Initiation (9:42) where everything from casting to set tours are covered including interviews with the cast and crew. It isn’t particularly in-depth but you get a sense of how they make the show. Next are 3 very short deleted scenes (1:16) with optional commentary, an extended music sequence (2:00) and a sneak peek (3:26) at season two. All these features are presented in anamorphic widescreen.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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“Greek” is presented in anamorphic widescreen and overall, it looks good. Colors are nice but not overpowering. The audio isn’t great but still satisfactory enough for a show like this.



.::OVERALL::.

"Greek" is a fun show with plenty of comedy and drama to keep you watching from one episode to the next. The characters go beyond the stereotypes and grow with each episode. It does get a tad melodramatic at times, especially the last episode, but this is a show well worth watching.