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Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series

Mill Creek // Unrated // September 5, 2017
List Price: $79.97 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted October 29, 2017 | E-mail the Author

A complete series collection of Just Shoot Me! arrives on
DVD for the first time much to the joy of fans. This series, which
ran
for seven seasons, from 1997-2003 is a sitcom from executive producers
Brad Grey
(The Departed, The Sopranos), Steven Levitan (Modern
Family
,
Wings), and Bernie Brillstein (Ghostbusters, Alf), and it was created by Steven Levitan (Modern Family). The comedy tackles
the workplace
through the exploration of the behind-the-scenes of a fashion
magazine. It's your typical fashion magazine covering the latest
fashion trends, beauty
tips, models, and dating advice, and the show is a comedic
spin on the
fashion world and the way magazines are created.


The series revolves around the
eccentric employees who work for Blush fashion magazine. One such
employee is Maya
Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), the daughter of the magazine executive Jack
Gallo
(George Segal). Maya, upon losing her editorial job, goes to work for
Blush as head
of articles. Though the two have been apart for many years (and haven't
been all
that close to each other) they begin working together (and reconnecting
to each
other over the course of the series).


Maya's attempts to make the
magazine more "serious" with more in-depth articles and topics is met
with initial dismay from the others working for Blush. She starts to
oversee
all the writing for Blush. Her goal? To help shake up the fashion
industry.


Yet Maya finds it isn't all that
easy amongst her eccentric co-workers, including Nina Van Horn (Wendie
Malick),
a ex-model turned fashion director at the magazine (overseeing the
focus the
magazine has on the latest trends, designers, and fashions), Elliot
DiMauro
(Enrico Colantoni), the magazine's main fashion photographer (who tends
to date
the models), and Dennis Finch (David Spade), the secretary for magazine
boss
Jack Gallo... though Finch acts more like a personal assistant who
helps with
Jack's personal matters (like selecting his golf clubs and ordering toy
pens) more
often than business matters.


As the series revolves around a
fashion magazine, many episodes feature storylines revolving around the
fashion
industry. One particularly hilarious and classic episode features
comedian Dana
Carvey as a world-renowned fashion designer Oskar Milos. Maya
accidentally
insults his work and causes an issue with Milos withdrawing advertising
for
Blush magazine. As Maya try's solving the problem, the comedic
eccentricities of
Milos become increasingly humorous.


One of my favorite episodes of the
series includes guest Mark Hammill (a.k.a. Luke Skywalker) playing
himself, as
he goes about annoying Finch during his workday with stupid questions
to get
back at him (and other Star Wars fans) for asking him non-stop Star
Wars

questions when meeting him. It's a classic episode and one which seems
even
funnier now that Star Wars and Luke Skywalker's saga is back.
Another
noteworthy guest for the series was found in David Cross, who plays
Elliot
DiMauro's obnoxious and troublemaking brother.


The series had a wide range of guests
(from famous comedians to celebrity models) with some highlights being
appearances from Tyra Banks, Gina Gershon, Carmen Electra, Steve
Carell, Bob
Odenkirk, George Lucas, Melissa Joan Hart, Ashton Kutcher, Judy Greer,
Lucy
Lawless, Brooke Shields, David Hasselhoff, Megan Mullally, Fred
Willard, and
Kelsey Grammer (who narrates a special Christmas episode).


This is a high quality sitcom with
a lot of excellent aspects to the production behind-the-scenes. As a
fashion-centric TV series, it was important to have good fashion
highlighted
throughout. Series costumes designed by Katie Sparks (Arrested
Development
)
and Christy Ito (Who's the Boss?) are excellent for the main
characters.
The make-up by Bruce Grayson (NewsRadio) and hair styling by
Maria
Valdivia (NewsRadio) and Kim Urgel (Hot in Cleveland)
contribute
to the fashion-world sensibility as well. The cinematography by Stephen
G.
Shank (Hell to Pay, 21 and a Wake Up) is better than
many sitcom
series of the same time period and the series always has a consistent,
high
quality look to the cinematography.


Just Shoot Me! is a
workplace comedy with funny dialogue throughout, entertaining
characters, and hilarious
situations. Created by Steven Levitan (Modern Family), Just
Shoot Me!

is a series that is often very funny, charming, and highly
entertaining. Levitan
wrote for the series alongside fellow head-writers Sivert Glarum,
Michael
Jamin, and Pam Brady. The writing team assembled for the sitcom did a
good job
of poking fun at the fashion world while also being strong at having
entertaining
characters explored. It is in a somewhat similar comedic style to Modern
Family
but with the primary emphasis being more on co-workers at
the Blush
fashion magazine.


Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother,
Frasier
)
directed 92 episodes of the series run. As head director, Fryman did
much to
bring forth great charisma from the ensemble cast. This is certainly
one of the
greatest strengths of the series: the characters. The cast did a great
job with
Just Shoot Me! and made such good contributions that it helped
the series
be more enjoyable as a result.


For fans of television sitcoms, Just Shoot Me!
was
one of the more memorable and enjoyable series from its time-period.
The cast
made it memorable and engaging while the writing and directing helped
to keep
things entertaining. The series was a
strong sitcom effort which is worth revisiting because of the funny
situations
and the offbeat cast. Whether or not one
is particularly interested in the fashion world, Just Shoot Me!
is worth
checking out for comedy fans.


The DVD:


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Video:


Just Shoot Me! The
Complete Series arrives on DVD from Shout! Factory. The series is presented in the1.33:1 full
frame aspect ratio. This preserves the original television broadcast
presentation. Early episodes of the series look close to the original
DVD
releases so fans will be fine trading up to the new set: which has a
nice look
for a TV series of the era. The release has decent colors, clarity, and
detail
for a show of its age. While it won't look as sleek as modern
television productions
do today it's still a good quality release which won't leave fans of
the sitcom
feeling disappointed.


Audio:


The DVD release includes standard English Dolby
Digital 2.0
stereo audio. This is a decent sound presentation which preserves the
original
sound design of the series. While it's not too flashy or exciting
(without
surround sound) it sounds pretty decent for a sitcom series. The
dialogue is
clear and easy to understand. The sound effects and music are well
utilized.
It's a average sounding sitcom sound mix but it never has disappointing
fidelity
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Extras:


Includes extras from Sony's
original season sets on DVD as follows.


Seasons 1 and 2 Extras:


Always in Fashion: A
Conversation with Creator Steven Levitan and The Cast of Just Shoot Me!

(27
min.) features interviews with creator Levitan and cast members Laura
San
Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, Wendie Malick, David Spade, and George
Segal. The
cast of the series reminiscences on some of their favorite episodes and
aspects
of the series. They also discuss their characters and roles on the
show.
Featuring clips from select episodes.


Audio Commentary tracks
on the following episodes (with Creator Steven
Levitan and writing producers): Back Issues, Lemon Wacky Hello, King
Lear Jet,
and My Dinner with Woody.


Photo Gallery features
Blush issue covers featured during the series.


Final Thoughts:


This is the first time the entire television
series Just
Shoot Me!
has been available on DVD (and it still isn't on
streaming
services). For fans of the series, it's a great way to revisit the show
and
experience the comedic hijinks of these characters. Sony previously
released
the first 3 seasons on DVD but the rest of the series wasn't available
on DVD until
now.


For fans of the series, getting it
all in one complete package is a
great thing. Some fans have been waiting on a release like this for
years. Shout! Factory has answered fans support with the complete series at last. A
great gift
for fans of the sitcom.


Recommended.

Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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