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iCarly: The Complete 4th Season (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

June 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun, enjoyable and hilarious… “iCarly – The Complete 4th Season” features the First Lady, Michelle Obama, the relationship between Freddie and Sam and also the return of Nora!  Fans of “iCarly” will definitely enjoy this latest DVD release which also comes with five bonus episodes of Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock”!

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DVD TITLE: iCarly: The Complete 4th Season

DURATION: 11 Episodes (264 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2012

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman, Steve Hoefer, Russ Reinsel

Written by Dan Schneider, Arthur Gradstein, Matt Fleckenstein=

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Casting by Krisha Bullock

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Mary Ann Springer as Wendy

Reed Alexander as Nevel Papperman

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

Boogie as T-Bo

How to Rock

Cymphonique Miller as Kacey Simon

Samantha Boscarino as Molly Garfunkel

Max Schneider as Zander Robbins

Lulu Antariksa as Steve Baskara

Halston Sage as Grace King

Noah Crawford as Nelson Baxter

Chis O’Neal as Kevin Reed

Jacob Housotn as Andy Bartlet

Kirk Fox as Mr. March

Danielle Morrow as Nora Dershlit

Hold your sauce – Freddie and Sam are officially together! You won’t want to miss all the comedic ups-and-downs of this crazy relationship. Also this season, Carly starts dating a super smart guy, Nora returns in a 2-part episode, the crew gets a visit from a VIP, and lots more to make you LOL!

Join Carly, Sam, Freddie, Gibby and friends in season 4 of the popular Nickelodeon series “iCarly” and once you are done with iCarly, join Kacey Simon and friends as they stand up to the popular bullies at their high school for five episodes from the new Nickelodeon TV series “How to Rock”.

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress) and assistant Gibby (as portrayed by Noah Munck).

Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).  And the series explores the group coming up with content for the series but also showcasing the personal lives of these three individuals.

Carly is outgoing, cheerful and always there for her friends.  Sam is the troublemaker who loves to eat.  Freddie is the technical person of the group but also the person that can be targeted by Sam’s anger.  Carly’s brother Spencer is young at heart and loves creating art, but despite being older, can be quite naive and find himself in trouble.

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on its final fifth season and will be ending its run in November 2012.

Note:  There may be confusion to this season being called the 4th season because Season 2 featured 45-episodes, because of the long number of episodes that season,  fans have split Season 2 and called  Season  2 and Season 3 and this volume which is Nickelodeon’s Season 4 has been considered by fans as Season 5.  And the final season as Season 6.  To avoid confusion, we are going by Nickelodeon’s actual title on the DVD, so what is considered as Season 5 by fans, we are going by Nickelodeon’s preference of calling it Season 4.

As for “iCarly” season four, this season focuses on how Carly and the show is being affected by Freddie and Sam’s relationship.  Also, the “iCarly” crew receives a visit from the First Lady, Michelle Obama. T-Bo of Groovy Smothie tries to act differently in order to rent a room inside Freddie’s apartment.  Meanwhile, Nora Dershlit, the crazy fan who tried to hurt the iCarly crew is up for being released from juvenile hall.  And the iCarly crew is asked to speak to why she should stay or should be released.  When Carly’s compassion leads to Nora’s release, Carly and friends will never be prepared for the outcome.    Also, what happens when the “iCarly” crew get a tour to the Canadian Fat Cake factory and Sam tries to smuggle Fat Cake’s to the U.S. , Freddie wanting to show his creative side on the show and what happens when the “iCarly” cast are interviewed by Christopher Cane (a.k.a. Rex of “Victorious”).

Included on this DVD are (note: Episodes are in order of production number not episode number):

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 85 – “iDate Sam & Freddie” – Carly is growing tired of having to resolve the problems in Freddie and Sam’s relationship.
  • EPISODE 84 – “iLost My Mind” – Carly discovers that Sam has booked herself into a mental hospital because she is in love with Freddie.  Special Guest: Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons.
  • EPISODE 86 – “iCan’t Take It” – When Sam now uses Gibby as her punching bag (since she can’t hit her boyfriend Freddie), Gibby tells Freddie’s mother that her son is dating Sam.
  • EPISODE 87 – “iLove You” – As Freddie and Sam continue to have problems in their relationships, Carly recommends that both try to get involved in each other’s hobbies.
  • EPISODE 88 – “iQ” – Carly wants to impress a guy who is an intellectual.  But what happens when she tries to pretend that she is one.
  • EPISODE 93 – “iMeet the First Lady” – What happens with the First Lady, Michelle Obama visits the “iCarly” crew.
  • EPISODE 90-91 – “iStill Psycho” – The “iCarly” crew must attend Nora Dershlit’s parole hearing and to decide whether or not she should stay imprisoned or be released.  But what happens when they decide to give Norah a chance?

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 94 – “iToe Fat Cakes” – Sam wins a golden ticket for a Canadian Fat Cake VIP Tour and brings the iCarly (minus Carly) to the tour.  Meanwhile, Carly is preparing for her date but accidentally gets her toe stuck in the faucet of the bathtub.
  • EPISODE 92 – “iBalls” – Freddie wants to show his creative side on “iCarly”.
  • EPISODE 89 – “iBloop 2: Electric Bloopaloo” – Christopher Case (Rex on “Victorious”) interviews the “iCarly” cast and features their outtakes.

As for the fourth season, all eleven episodes will be featuerd on DVD along with five bonus episodes of Nickelodeon’s new show “How to Rock”.  A series based on the book “How to Rock Braces and Glasses” by Meg Haston.

“How to Rock” revolves around the most popular girl at school, Kacey Simon (as portrayed by Cymphonique Miller) who has to wear glasses and have braces.  And once she does, all her popular friends literally kick her out of the group, despite her being the leader.  Now ignored and ridiculed by her former friends, Kacey now hangs out with a musical group known as Gravity 4 featuring Stevie (as portrayed by Lulu Antariksa), Zander (as portrayed by Max Schneider), Nelson (as portrayed by Noah Crawford) and Kevin (As portrayed by Christopher O’Neal).   Kacey joins the group as the lead singer and the band changes its name to Gravity 5.

But while these individuals aren’t popular or seen as a threat to Kacey’s old friends, who have their own band known as The Perfs, Kacey is determined in making sure Gravity 5 becomes a success.  And that means going to war against her former friends.

Included on this DVD are the following “How to Rock” episodes:

  • Episode 1 – How to Rock Braces and Glasses – When Kacey is kicked out of the popular group that she once led, now she finds herself hanging around a band.  And together they form Gravity 5.
  • Episode 10 – How to Rock a Lunch Table – Kacey wants her old table back, but the Perf’s have no desire of giving it up.  Meanwhile, students are growing tired of the food being served.
  • Episode 9 – How to Rock a Secret Agent – Kacey wants to prove that she is better than Molly, so she has Stevie going undercover to find out what Molly is wearing to the school dance.
  • Episode 5 – How to Rock a Music Video – The Perf’s music video goes viral and become popular, Kacey wants Gravity to make a music video as well.
  • Episode 2 – How to Rock a Messy Bet – Gravity 5’s hangout is very messy and with no one wanting to clean it, the group makes a bet that each must take on a challenge to give up their favorite habit.  Last one standing, doesn’t have to clean.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“iCarly: The Complete 4th Season” and “How to Rock” is presented in standard definition and in full screen. The series is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing.

There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly: The Complete 4th Season” comes with five bonus episodes of “How to Rock”.

It’s another season of “iCarly” and I now that in our household, my nine-year-old son loves the show and having to review the DVD’s, I find the series to be fun, entertaining and definitely much better than a lot of DVD’s that are typically targeted towards tweens.

One can look at season 4 as a season of maturity.   In this new season, the first half of episodes tend to focus on the relationship of Freddie and Sam.  Two complete opposites and for three seasons, we have seen Sam usually making fun or punching Freddie for no reason, but this time around, she falls for him and he falls for her.

Unfortunately, both continue to get into arguments and rely on Carly to save them each time.  And it starts to become bothersome.

Season 4 also features more Gibby and more T-Bo.  Gibby has become a fan favorite because he is unpredictable, goofy but just fun to watch.  T-Bo is usually the moronic character at the local restaurant that Carly and friends usually visit.  So, I was surprised to see T-Bo become used much more than the typical one-liner that we often see him in the series.

With season 4, we also get to see Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” but also the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  I’ve read that her two daughters are big fans of the show, and for the episode “iMeet the First Lady”, while I was happy to see the First Lady on the episode, I was a bit unnerved by the writing featuring Sam.  Yes, we know she can be very rude but to interrupt the First Lady from speaking… Come on writers, at least let Sam show some respect to the First Lady.  And T-Bo trying to hit on Michelle Obama, that was a bit awkward.

But this season definitely was fun.  “iStill Psycho” was a hilarious and the two episodes are just crazy as we see Nora (with some “help”) having locked the “iCarly” crew in their home to never escape.  And for “Victorious” fans, you also have Christopher Case (yes, the obnoxious Rex puppet from “Victorious”) interviewing the cast of “iCarly” and showing outtakes from the show.

And of course, after all ten episodes are done, you have five bonus episodes of Nickelodeon’s new series “How to Rock”.  The five episodes of this series definitely has  a “Mean Girls” flavor but also a musical touch ala “Victorious”.  But in this case, it’s primarily the battle between the popular girls known as the Perfs vs. Casey, the former leader of the popular girls (and kicked out of the group because she has to wear glasses and have braces) and current lead vocalist of Galaxy 5, which has band members who are not popular.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, while the series does maintain its fun atmosphere, older children will probably enjoy it. My nine-year-old loved it although he kept saying “yuck” during the kissing scenes but other than that, I didn’t see anything that would cause me any worry. The “iStill Psycho” may scary younger viewers but if anything, the show is targeted for tweens.  While Carly and friends do run a hit online show, in their personal lives, these teenagers are being teenagers.  Carly wanting a boyfriend, Freddie and Sam in a relationship and even Spencer having a relationship as well.  Some parents may not want their children watching shows that include dating, kissing, etc. but “iCarly” does feature those type of storylines that revolve around relationships and dating.

Overall, “iCarly: The Complete 4th Season” was entertaining. Although short at ten episodes, fortunately, Nickelodeon included five bonus episodes of “How to Rock”.  I like how the series has matured along with its characters and as the final fifth season is around the corner, I feel the maturation of the characters and the storylines compliment that journey.  We have seen it before with other tween comedy series and for Nickelodeon, from “Clarissa Explains it All” of the ’90s to “iCarly” to the present, I have found “iCarly” to be entertaining, hilarious and fun!

“iCarly: The Complete 4th Season” is recommended for “iCarly” fans!


iCarly: The Complete Third Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun, enjoyable and hilarious… A fantastic third season of “iCarly” on DVD.  With this latest set, it features episodes with the talents of “iCarly” and “Victorious” together!  Also, special guests by Jane Lynch, Jack Black and Kenan Thomas.  Probably my favorite season of “iCarly” thus far!  Definitely recommended!

Images courtesy of © 2011 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. NICKELODEON, NICKELODEON ICARLY! and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. TM, ® & © 2011 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: iCarly: The Complete Third Season

DURATION: 311 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: August 30, 2011

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman, Steve Hoefer, Russ Reinsel

Written by Dan Schneider, Arthur Gradstein, Matt Fleckenstein=

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Casting by Krisha Bullock

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Mary Ann Springer as Wendy

Reed Alexander as Nevel Papperman

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

Justin Prentice as Brad

Drake Kemper as Alex

Nicole Kale as Patrice

Abby Wilde as Stacey

David St. James as Mr. Howard

Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris

Victoria Justice as Tori Vega

Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro

Elizabeth Gillies as Jade west

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

Avan Joglia as Beck Oliver

Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

Jane Lynch as Ms. Puckett

iOmg, it’s Season 3 of iCarly, the web show that has made you laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. It’s everything you’ve been waiting for – the big Carly Shay room reveal, the return of Nevel Papperman, Penny Tees on the market, and the ongoing saga of Creddie and Seddie!

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress). Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on their fourth season and earlier this year, the episode titled “iSaved Your Life” became the highest rated live action telecast in Nickelodeon history (with 11.2 million viewers) and the #1 telecast of all TV (cable and broadcast) that night. “iCarly” continues to be a hit for Nickelodeon as nearly five million viewers tune into the series each week.

And now here we are with a complete DVD collection of the third season of “iCarly”!

For this latest season, Carly and her best friends Sam and Freddie must deal with Carly’s bedroom burning down, Sam’s mother, Nevel’s schemes, bad interns and also what happens when Carly’s new boyfriend is also two-timing her with Tori Vega (of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”).Find out how what happens with Carly, Sam and Freddie in the third season of “iCarly”!

Included on this DVD are (note: Episodes are in order of production number not episode number):

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 71 – “iGot a Hot Room” – Carly’s birthday is coming up and her brother Spencer decides to make her a gummy bear lamp.  But what happens when the lamp burns down her bedroom?
  • EPISODE 75 – “iDo” – What happens when Carly and the gang are invited to a wedding in Wisconsin for their fans?
  • EPISODE 74 – “iSell Penny Tees” – Carly and Freddy and Sam have a competition of who can get their little volunteer workers to complete a large order of Penny Tees.
  • EPISODE 73 – “iGet Pranky” – Carly has never pulled a prank on anyone, but what happens when she pulls her first prank?
  • EPISODE 72 – “iSam’s Mom” – What happens when Sam’s mother (played by “Glee” actress Jane Lynch) shows up.
  • EPISODE 79 – “iPity the Nevel” – What happens when Nevel is caught on video of him harassing a little girl.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 78 – “iHire an Idiot” – Carly, Sam and Freddie want to hire and intern but what happens when Carly and Sam hire the dumbest guy with a great bod? What will Freddie do in return?
  • EPISODE 76-77 – “iStart a Fan War” – What happens when Carly, Spencer, Freddy and Sam go to Webicon, the largest con in San Diego to host a fan panel?  (Special guest: Jack Black)
  • EPISODE 80 – “!OMG” – It’s science project time at school, what will Carly, Sam and Freddie make?  Meanwhile, what happens when Carly tries to bring both Sam and Intern Brad together?
  • EPISODE 81-83 – “iParty with Victorious” – In this three episode series, what happens when Carly finds out that her boyfriend is two-timing her and dating Tori Vega?  The group decide to go to California and confront him.  (Note: Featuring the cast of “iCarly” and “Victorious” with a special guest appearance by Kenan Thompson).

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“iCarly: The Complete Third Season” is presented in standard definition and in full screen.  The series is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing.

There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly: The Complete Third Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Carly’s Hot New Room Tour - (1:23) Jennette McCurdy takes viewers on a tour of Carly’s new bedroom.
  • Meet Sam’s Mom – (2:15) Actress Jane Lynch talks about being on an episode of “iCarly” and both Jennette McCurdy and Miranda Cosgrove talk about working with Jane.
  • Archenemies – (1:43) Jack Black and Jerry Trainor talk about working with each other on “iCarly”.

It’s a new third season for “iCarly” and as Carly, Sam and Freddie get older, the storylines also reflect it as well.

In the past two seasons, “iCarly” would try to find a fine balance to entertain older children, tweens and even teenagers.  But the stories featured on season shows that natural change that the characters are getting older, finding love but also furthering their success of their web show.  Even Spencer has his moments of kissing a few women as well, so there are some changes with this year’s “iCarly” and with the first episode titled “iGot a Hot Room”, it’s a transition of Carly that reflects a new bedroom showcasing her likes of the Carly now vs. the Carly back then.

It’s somewhat a start of a new beginning in some ways and more freedom are given to the three characters.

From “iCarly” crew going to Wisconsin for a wedding and the bride falling for Spencer, but it was quite interesting to see a moment where the groom pees in his pants because he’s scared to sing in front of everyone.  You don’t really see that on television, especially with an adult character.

Also, “iCarly” features major special guests such as “Glee” actress Jane Lynch as Sam’s mother, Jack Black as Spencer’s Webicon nemesis and then a return to a Nickelodeon show for Kenan Thompson, and sort of a passing of the torch as many of us grew up watching Kenan on Nickelodeon shows “Kenan & Kel” and “All That” back in the mid-to-late ’90s.

Along with more interaction of Spencer, we also get to see more of Gibby and his younger brother Guppy and these two definitely bring more comedy to the series, especially young Guppy who is shown at the end of the series typically chowing down on food.

But possibly one of the coolest collaborations was to see the “iCarly” and “Victorious” episodes.  It was great to see the the talents of both shows together and featuring episodes that actually work (as opposed to tie-in shows that were shown on another network several years ago).

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, while the series does maintain its fun atmosphere, older children will probably enjoy it.  My 8-year-old loved it although he kept saying “yuck” during the kissing scenes but other than that, I didn’t see anything that would cause me any worry.  But its important to note that with the third season, the group has grown up a bit and you can tell by the storylines that compliment the three getting older.

Personally, the series and episodes featured on this DVD are nothing for parents to worry about.  If anything, parents will probably wonder how iCarly and friends get so much leeway in traveling to other states but for parents not familiar with the show, Carly’s older brother Spencer is the chaperone for the children.

Overall, “iCarly: The Complete Third Season” was entertaining and I like the direction of where the series is going right now.  Where the past had a balance of children/tween/teen vibe, the series still has that but is more going towards the tween/teen type of storyline for Carly and friends, while balancing the comedy and the innocence through characters such as Gibby and Guppy.  And as parents are watching the series, I’m guessing that is why Spencer is also getting more kissing time (as opposed to not getting anywhere with the women).

As for the DVD, I wish there was something else added, to make the special features much better for this third season release.  Each of the three special features are about three episodes long and was hoping there would be bonus episodes added with this release, or more special features at least.  But granted, that is me as a reviewer wanting more and possibly the younger kids and teens would probably not mind at all that this DVD release has skimpy special features.

But “iCarly: The Complete Third Season” has a fresher, different vibe and for the most part, I really did enjoy the third season a lot and look forward to the fourth!

“iCarly” fans will definitely want to pick up “iCarly: The Complete Third Season”.


iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

June 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoyable, witty and all-out fun! “iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection” features 15 episodes and movies on three DVD’s (“iFight Shelby Marx”, “iSaved Your Life” and “iSpace Out”) for a low price + bonus episodes of “Big Time Rush” and “Victorious”.   A wonderful DVD set for “iCarly” fans!

Images courtesy of © 2011 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. NICKELODEON, NICKELODEON ICARLY! and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. TM, ® & © 2011 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection

DURATION: “I Fight Shelby Marx” (145 Minutes), “iSaved Your Life” (139 Minutes), “iSpace Out” (145 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2011

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman

Written by Jake Farrow, Andrew Hill Newman

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Featuring the voices of:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Ryan Ochoa as Chuck

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

Three smashing iCarly DVD sets in one collection! Relive over 15 episodes including the fierce yet hilarious exhibition match with guest star Victoria Justice as Shelby Marx, the sweet yet short-lived love store of Carly and Freddie, and the outer space event that was, well, out of this world!

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress). Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on their fourth season and earlier this year, the episode titled “iSaved Your Life” became the highest rated live action telecast in Nickelodeon history (with 11.2 million viewers) and the #1 telecast of all TV (cable and broadcast) that night. “iCarly” continues to be a hit for Nickelodeon as nearly five million viewers tune into the series each week.

Needless to say, the show is a big success for the cable network and now fans of the series can enjoy the episodes from season four (2010) through “iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection” which features the three DVD’s “iFight Shelby Marx”, “iSaved Your Life” and “iSpace Out”.

Needless to say, the show is a big success for the cable network and now “iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx” is planned for release on March 30, 2010.

“iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx” features two iCarly movies from the second season and two episodes from the third:

  • EPISODE 49-50 – “iFight Shelby Marx” – In this TV movie, Carly was talking a little trash on her web show about the martial-arts champ Shelby Marx.  When Shelby comes to visit her, Carly is afraid that she is going to get beaten up but finds out that Shelby wants to join forces with Carly in a one round match for charity and that she will not hurt her at all.   But during the press conference, Carly accidentally falls on Shelby’s grandmother offstage and Nevel Papperman takes advantage of the situation and now Shelby wants to hurt her in the ring.
  • EPISODE 43-44 – “iDate a Bad Boy” – In this TV movie, Carly starts dating a bad boy named Griffin who tried to steal Spencer’s motorcycle.  Spencer prohibits Carly from dating him but she tries to sneak behind his back.  Meanwhile, Carly learns a major secret about her Griffin.
  • EPISODE 39 – “iLook Alike” – Carly, Sam and Freddie want to interview an MMA fighter Jackson Colt but Freddie’s mom forbids him to go to an MMA fight and also Spencer forbids Carly from going as well.  So, the three come up with an idea to find lookalikes to stand for them while they do the interview.
  • EPISODE 54 – “iCarly Awards” – Carly, Sam and Freddie present the first “iCarly Awards” for fans who have sent in videos but on the day of the Award show, Spencer mistakens Carly’s request to create ten awards by creating one huge award.  Now, Spencer must find a way to create them in a short amount of time, while Carly and Sam improvise the award show until each award is finished.

“iCarly: iSaved Your Life” includes four iCarly episodes and one iCarly TV Movie.  Fans of the character Freddie will enjoy these episodes as they deal with how he relates to Carly and Sam (including how he shared a kiss with each girl):

  • EPISODE 60 – “iSaved Your Life”- Extended Director’s Cut – Freddie saves Carly from being hit by a taco truck and he ends up getting injured.  Now Carly falls in love with him but can this cause problems to their friendship?
  • EPISODE 58-59 – “iQuit iCarly” – In this TV movie, as Carly and Sam try to help two young competitive aspiring filmmakers who have their own differences, they see themselves within these young filmmakers and sooner or later, both Carly and Sam start to not get along.  Can their friendship be repaired?
  • EPISODE 51 – “iThink They Kissed” – Carly takes Sam to the dentist for an emergency checkup and while under laughing gas, Sam tells Carly that she kissed Freddie.
  • EPISODE 48 – “iTwins” – Carly and Sam are known for pranking Freddie but when Sam’s twin sister Melanie (the total opposite of Sam) comes to visit, Freddie thinks Sam is trying to pull a prank by making up a fake story of having a twin sister.
  • EPISODE 57 – “iMove Out” – After Freddie’s overprotective mom embarrasses him in front of his classmates, Freddie has had enough and moves out of his home.

Included on “iCarly – iSpace Out” are:

  • EPISODE 63 – “iSpace Out” – A millionaire wants the “iCarly” gang to shoot in space, so Carly, Sam and Freddie take space training. Meanwhile, Spencer keeps seeing a little girl taunting him in the apartment.
  • EPISODE 61 – “iWas a Pageant Girl” – Sam has competed in beauty pageants when she was younger but always lost but she competes in a beauty pageant once again.
  • EPISODE 62 – “iEnrage Gibby” – When Freddie tries to help Gibby’s girlfriend Tasha, she accidentally falls on top of Freddie and Gibby happens to walk in. Now, Gibby challenges Freddie to a fight.
  • EPISODE 64 – “iFix a Pop Star” – Carly, Sam and Freddie help out the pop star Ginger Fox. Meanwhile, Spencer has problems dating Gibby’s mother.
  • EPISODE 66 – “iWon’t Cancel the Show” – With Sam in juvie, Carly is worried on how she will do the show without her. Especially when her father plans to watch the show that day.
  • EPISODE 67 – “iBelieve in Bigfoot” – Carly believes in Bigfoot, while Spencer doesn’t and believes in “Beavecoon”.

VIDEO:

“iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection” is presented in standard definition and in full screen. Picture quality is good considering there is one TV movie and four episodes included on the DVD. There is compression artifacting and edge enhancement but for the audience being targeted, I doubt many will be that picky over picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection” is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing. There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx” comes with the following special features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Extras:

Meet Lewbert – (1:44) A featurette with Jeremy Rowley who plays the character of Lewbert the Doorman.  Jeremy talks about his character and the makeup.

Message Board – (2:38) Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy answer a few fan questions from the icarly.com message board.

  • Pilot Episode of “Big Time Rush” – (47:57) The full pilot episode to Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush”.  A series about four guys who become a popular boy band who move to Hollywood.

“iCarly – iSaved Your Life” comes with the following special features:

  • Welcome to My Boat – (1:59) Actor Jerry Trainor gives a tour of the boat used in the episode “iQuit iCarly”.
  • Window Stunt – (1:36) A look at the stunt women who double for Carly and Sam for the scaffolding stunts in the episode “iQuit iCarly”.
  • Birthday - (1:48) The cast of iCarly talk about the coolest and worst birthday gift they received.
  • Meet Chuck – (1:29) Young actor Ryan Ochoa talks about playing the evil kid Chuck.

“iCarly – iSpace Out” comes with the following special features:

  • iSpace Out iTrivia - (23:37) While watching “iSpace Out”, viewers can learn a lot of fun facts about the series with trivia boxes with information that pops up during the entire episode.
  • Bonus Episode: Victorious – Featuring the pilot episode of “Victorious”.

My young son was a big “Drake & Josh” fan and has since graduated from that series and now enjoys “iCarly”. In fact, he and his cousin are addicted to the show and absolutely love it. And they are not the only kids as this show continues to be a ratings hit as the show has attracted nearly five million viewers per episode.

For “iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx”, I feel that this is a solid release for those who are fans of the show (or parents curious about purchasing the series for their kids) when it comes to content.  Two movies, two episodes and a bonus pilot episode for “Big Time Rush” is included.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence but there may be some content that parents may not want their younger children to see.  The episodes are not rated but I’ll point out a few things that may be of concern to some parents who are considering of buying this DVD for younger children.

There are two episodes that deal with martial fighters, in “iFight Shelby Marx”, Carly gets a light in the face and in “iLook Alike”, a fighter throws Spencer through a table.  In two episodes, Carly goes against her brother (legal guardian) when he tells her to stop seeing the bad boy in “iDate a Bad Boy” and finding lookalikes to substitute for them on the “iLook Alike” episode.  In the pilot episode of “Big Time Rush”, you have four guys singing a song about “turd”.

Personally, the series and episodes featured on this DVD are nothing for parents to worry about but if the descriptions of scenes I mentioned above causes concern, especially if you were considering of buying this for a 5-9 year old child, then perhaps parental guidance is suggested.

For “iCarly: iSaved Your Life”, I feel that this is a solid release for those who are fans of the show (or parents curious about purchasing the series for their kids) when it comes to content.  On one DVD, you get a TV movie and four episodes.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence but there may be some content that parents may not want their younger children to see. The episodes are not rated but I’ll point out a few things that may be of concern to some parents who are considering of buying this DVD for younger children.

In the episode “iQuit iCarly”, there is a scene where both Carly and Sam walk out on a scaffold, out their building window and then trouble comes and Carly is left hanging from the scaffold.  Granted, parents should reinforce the fact that children should keep out of windows high above the ground to begin with but that is probably the only thing I can think of that may be problematic for some parents.

And the episodes featured in “iCarly – iSaved Your Life” feature Freddie kissing Carly, having kissed Samantha, etc.  So, these are young teenage situations but again, it is up to parents if they mind that or not.

Personally, the series and episodes featured on this DVD are nothing for parents to worry about but if the descriptions of scenes I mentioned above causes concern, especially if you were considering of buying this for a 5-9 year old child, then perhaps parental guidance is suggested.

For “iCarly: iSpace Out”, I feel that this is a solid release for those who are fans of the show. On one DVD, you get a total of six episodes plus a bonus episode of “Victorious”. Where the last “iCarly” DVD release (iSaved Your Life) focused on relationships, there is no general theme for “iSpace Out” and most of the episodes presented on the DVD are from the fourth season of the series which aired in 2010.

As for “Victorious”, the bonus episode revolves around singer Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice). One day as she goes to a showcase to support her sister Trina who has a chance to be selected to attend the prestigious Hollywood Arts High School. But on the big night, Trina’s tongue begins to swell up and Tori ends up taking her sister’s place and ends up getting a chance of the lifetime opportunity to attend the school. But when she meets a mean girl at the new school who causes problems for her, Tori struggles whether or not to quit the school.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence in the show with the exception of “iFix a Pop Star” in which a high-tempered (and violent) pop star throws a fork and it lands on Freddie’s chest. Granted, this may be too violent for some young children, so parental guidance is suggested for this one episode.

Overall, “iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection” features three highly entertaining DVD’s with 15 episodes, movies plus bonus episodes of “Big Time Rush” and “Victorious” and much more!  And the fact that these three DVD’s are being released as a set for a pretty low price is wonderful.  If you own each of these DVD’s previously released back in 2010, then this is not for you!  But for those who are new to the series or have never owned an iCarly DVD, then this is a great set to start from!

So, if you are a fan of “iCarly” or a parent who have children or tweens that adore the show and you want to keep them busy over the summer (or the holidays), definitely give “iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection” a try!

Definitely recommended!


iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection on DVD 7/19!

May 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

JOIN CARLY FOR HER FIRST-EVER DVD COLLECTION!

iCARLY: THE I <3 iCARLY COLLECTION

3-Disc DVD Available on July 19, 2011

New York, NY – May 23, 2011 – Three times the laughs and three times the fun are packed into iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection! Join Carly and her friends as they journey to outer space, prepare for an exhibition match against a teen fighting champion and uncover secret kisses and crushes. This three-disc DVD includes fan favorite episodes and specials from Season 2 and Season 3 of iCarly. Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking hit live-action series stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, the host of an incredibly popular teen web show. iCarly recently picked up two blimps at the Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards for “Favorite TV Show” and “Favorite TV Sidekick.” Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, iCarly: The I<3 iCarly Collection comes out on DVD July 19, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $24.99.

iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection Episode Synopses:

iCarly: iSpace Out
iSpace Out
An eccentric billionaire asks the iCarly gang to perform the first live web show from outer space and they must go through a series of tests to make sure they’re fit for space travel. Back at the loft, a mysterious little girl visits Spencer.

iWas a Pageant Girl
Sam reveals she used to compete in pageants and convinces Carly to compete against her long-time rival in the Miss Teen Seattle pageant.

iEnrage Gibby
When Gibby discovers Freddie and his girlfriend in a compromising position, he vows revenge and challenges Freddie to a fight. Meanwhile, Spencer’s art career really takes off when the local paper incorrectly reports his death.

iFix a Popstar
When Carly, Sam and Freddie agree to make a music video for a pop star who’s trying to make a comeback, they discover that the pop star is out of shape and untalented. Meanwhile, Spencer has trouble dating a woman when he discovers she’s Gibby’s mom.

iWon’t Cancel the Show
When Sam ends up in jail, Carly and Freddie vow that the web show must go on. They try to enlist Spencer’s help at the last minute, but he has a date he can’t cancel.

iBelieve in Bigfoot
Carly believes Bigfoot exists and convinces her friends to embark on a search to prove it.

iCarly: iSaved Your Life
iSaved Your Life (Extended Director’s Cut)
When Freddie saves Carly’s life, Carly falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Sam and Spencer compete against each other in a paintball game called Assassin.

iQuit iCarly
Carly and Sam become crazy competitive when helping two aspiring filmmakers in a video contest and end up questioning their friendship.

iThink They Kissed
When Sam accidentally reveals to Carly that she and Freddie shared a secret kiss, Carly confronts them both about why they never told her. Meanwhile, Spencer goes to prison to teach an art class to convicts.

iTwins
Freddie tries to prove that Melanie, Sam’s twin sister, is just Sam in disguise. Meanwhile, when Carly tutors Spencer’s nemesis, Chuck, Spencer tries to convince her that Chuck is evil.

iMove Out
Fed up with his mother constantly treating him like a baby, Freddie decides to move into his own place. Meanwhile, the gang starts a successful pet photography business and ends up in a feud with a rival studio.

iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx
iFight Shelby Marx
Things get insane when Shelby Marx, the best female fighter in the world, challenges Carly to an exhibition match.

iDate A Bad Boy
Carly starts dating a new guy with a bad-boy rep and soon discovers a shocking secret about him.

iLook Alike
Carly, Sam and Freddie find some look-alikes to trick Spencer so they can sneak out to a mixed martial arts fight.

iCarly Awards
It’s the first ever iCarly Awards! Carly, Sam and Freddie honor the top ten videos sent in to iCarly.com over the past year.

iCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection Fast Facts:
Street Date: July 19, 2011
DVD SRP: $24.99
Catalogue: 145324
DVD Running Time: 433 minutes
DVD Special Features:
· Behind-the-Scenes Extras (iFight Shelby Marx and iSaved Your Life DVDs)
· Pilot Episode of Big Time Rush (iFight Shelby Marx DVD)
· “iSpace Out” iTrivia (iSpace Out DVD)
· Bonus episode of Victorious (iSpace Out DVD)

About Nickelodeon:
Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About Paramount Home Entertainment:
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3 (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

March 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“ICarly: Season 2, Volume 3″ is the largest iCarly volume yet with 15 episodes (inc. one extended episode and special), two movies plus the pilot episode of “T.U.F.F. Puppy”.  If your children love “iCarly”, I have no doubt that they will love this DVD release.  Entertaining, fun for the entire family!

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DVD TITLE: iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3

DURATION: (15 episodes + 2 movies) 462 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2011

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman

Written by Jake Farrow, Andrew Hill Newman

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Mary Ann Springer as Wendy

Reed Alexander as Nevel Papperman

Ryan Ochoa as Chuck

Aria Wallace as Mandy Valdez

David St. James as Mr. Howard

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

Here are Carly, Sam, Freddie, Spencer, and Gibby coming to you LIVE to wrap up Season 2. This insane collection includes the first-ever iCarly Awards, Sam’s pageant girl days and, of course, the episode that left us all wanting more, “iSaved Your Life.” This DVD set includes 15 episodes and two TV movies! Now that calls for some random dancing!

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress). Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on their fourth season and earlier this year, the episode titled “iSaved Your Life” became the highest rated live action telecast in Nickelodeon history (with 11.2 million viewers) and the #1 telecast of all TV (cable and broadcast) that night. “iCarly” continues to be a hit for Nickelodeon as nearly five million viewers tune into the series each week.

Needless to say, the show is a big success for the cable network and now “iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3″ is here!

Included on this DVD are the following episodes (note: these are spoilerless summaries):

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 48 – “iTwins” – Carly, Sam and Freddie want to interview an MMA fighter Jackson Colt but Freddie’s mom forbids him to go to an MMA fight and also Spencer forbids Carly from going as well. So, the three come up with an idea to find lookalikes to stand for them while they do the interview.
  • EPISODE 53 – “iSpeed Date” – Carly is frustrated that she needs to find a new date for a popular school dance.
  • EPISODE 54 – “iCarly Awards” – When Spencer accidentally makes one very large iCarly Award, he must find a way to make ten smaller statuettes for the “iCarly Awards”.
  • EPISODE 55 – “iHave My Principals” – The superintendent of Seattle Schools fires Principal Franklin fr appearing on iCarly.
  • EPISODE 56 – “iFind Lewbert’s Lost Love” – The iCarly gang discovers Lewbert’s personal items.
  • EPISODE 57 – “iMove Out” – Freddie has had enough of his mother embarrassing him live on the iCarly show that he moves out.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 58-59 – “iQuite iCarly” – This film features the iCarly gang meeting Fleck and Dave, those who run the “Fleck and Dave Show”.    Meanwhile, Spencer tries to win a boat.
  • EPISODE 61 – “iWas a Pageant Girl” – Sam admits to her friends that she was a former child beauty pageant.
  • EPISODE 62 – “iEnrage Gibby” – Freddie tries to help Gibby’s girlfriend Tasha find a gift for his birthday but instead, Tasha starts to fall for Freddie.
  • EPISODE 60 – “iSaved Your Life” (Extended Version) – Carly nearly gets hit by a taco truck and is saved by Freddie who pushes her out of the way and injuring himself.  Carly then develops a crush on him.
  • EPISODE 63 – “iSpace Out” – A billionaire asks the iCarly gang to film a live web show from outer space, meanwhile Spencer keeps seeing a mysterious girl in the apartment.
  • EPISODE 64 – “iFix a Popstar” – The iCarly gang are not so happy when they find out that they have to rehearse with pop star Ginger Fox.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 66 – “iWon’t Cancel the Show” – Freddie learns that Sam is in juvie and won’t make it to the airing of “iCarly”
  • EPISODE 67 – “iBelieve in Bigfoot” – Carly tries to prove that Bigfoot is real.
  • EPISODE 68-69 – “iPsycho” (TV MOVIE) – The iCarly gang tries to cheer up their lonely fan Nora but end up becoming her hostage and try to find a way to escape.
  • EPISODE 70 – “iBeat the Heat” – With a power outage during a heatwave, everyone goes to the Shay apartment for Spencer’s air conditioning.
  • EPISODE 65 – “iBloop” – A special episode featuring bloopers from “iCarly” hosted by Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor.

VIDEO:

“iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3″ is presented in standard definition and in full screen. Picture quality is good considering there is one TV movie and four episodes included on the DVD. There is compression artifacting and edge enhancement but for the audience being targeted, I doubt many will be that picky over picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3″ is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing. There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3″ comes with the following special features:

  • Pilot Episode of T.U.F.F. Puppy - (23:55) The pilot episode of Nickelodeon’s latest animated series, “T.U.F.F. Puppy”.
  • Meet Guppy Short – (2:03) Noah Munck (Gibby) introduces his real life brother Ethan Munck who plays the character Guppy.  The cast of “iCarly” talks about working with Guppy.
  • Best of Season 2 – (3:16) The cast talks about their favorite episodes from season 2.

My young son and his nephew are huge “iCarly” fans and they enjoy the various DVD’s released throughout the year. But these DVD releases are not in episodic order and are just a mix of episodes from a season of “iCarly”, so for some fans of the show, those preferring to have all episodes in order typically wait for the season DVD sets to be released.

The problem is, these season sets are released a long time after each other. The first volume of season two was released in August 2009,  the second volume released nearly a year and a half later in Jan. 2011 and now, here we are with volume 3, released just a few months after volume 2 which I found surprising.  And this is probably the largest “iCarly” volume yet with a total of 15 episodes plus two movies and also you get the pilot episode of “T.U.F.F. Puppy”, that’s a pretty good deal for under $20.

With “Season 2, Volume 3″, you get the two “iCarly” movies “”iPsycho”, “iQuite ICarly”, the extended version of “iSaved Your Life” plus the special episode “iBloop” (the only “iCarly” episode that doesn’t feature the characters but is hosted by the actual talent who play the characters).  It’s important to note that these episodes, while considered as part of a longer season two, many “iCarly” fans have considered episode 51 and onwards as season 3.

Each of these episodes are quite fun to watch and as an adult, the quality of the shows were much more in tune with today’s pop culture than some of the shows that I grew up with. If anything, these are all enjoyable episodes that deal with teen issues, friendship and three teens having fun with their online TV show.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence in the show with the exception of “iFix a Pop Star” in which a high-tempered (and violent) pop star throws a fork and it lands on Freddie’s chest.  Granted, this may be too violent for some young children, so parental guidance is suggested for this one episode.Other than that, this series is pretty safe for your children, granted…they may pick up terminology which they probably don’t understand or know what those words mean.

In the episode “iQuit iCarly”, there is a scene where both Carly and Sam walk out on a scaffold, out their building window and then trouble comes and Carly is left hanging from the scaffold.  Granted, parents should reinforce the fact that children should keep out of windows high above the ground to begin with but that is probably the only thing I can think of that may be problematic for some parents.

You will also see Freddie kissing Carly, Freddie kissing Sam’s twin sister, etc.  So, although I do call this a children’s DVD, there are some more non-children type of themes that parents should know about.  Personally, the series and episodes featured on this DVD are really nothing for parents to worry about but if the descriptions of those scenes that I have mentioned above causes concern, especially if you were considering of buying this for a 5-9 year old child, then parental guidance is suggested.

Overall, “iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3″ was an entertaining DVD set featuring 10 episodes and two movies. Again, my young son and my interview absolutely loves this show and he enjoyed watching the episodes (again) on DVD. And if your children are as crazy for the show as they are, I’m sure they will enjoy this DVD set.


iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2 (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

December 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

iCarly fun for the entire family!  “ICarly: Season 2, Volume 2″ features a total of 10 episodes plus two movies for a great price!  Definitely recommended for the “iCarly” fans!

Images courtesy of © 2010 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2

DURATION: 332 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2011

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman

Written by Jake Farrow, Andrew Hill Newman

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Mary Ann Springer as Wendy

Reed Alexander as Nevel Papperman

Ryan Ochoa as Chuck

Aria Wallace as Mandy Valdez

David St. James as Mr. Howard

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

The iCarly madness continues with Season 2, Volume 2! Included in this set – the hour-long “iFight Shelby Marx” movie special, Sam’s surprising confession of having shared a kiss with Freddie, Carly’s bad-boy boyfriend dilemma, and so much more!

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress). Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on their fourth season and earlier this year, the episode titled “iSaved Your Life” became the highest rated live action telecast in Nickelodeon history (with 11.2 million viewers) and the #1 telecast of all TV (cable and broadcast) that night. “iCarly” continues to be a hit for Nickelodeon as nearly five million viewers tune into the series each week.

Needless to say, the show is a big success for the cable network and for many fans who are patient enough to wait for the season/volume DVD releases of “iCarly”, “iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2″ is here!   The following episodes are episode 39-52 (note: viewers consider episodes 51-52 as the first two episodes of Season 3).

Included on this DVD are:

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 39 – “iLook Alike” – Carly, Sam and Freddie want to interview an MMA fighter Jackson Colt but Freddie’s mom forbids him to go to an MMA fight and also Spencer forbids Carly from going as well.  So, the three come up with an idea to find lookalikes to stand for them while they do the interview.
  • EPISODE 40 – “iWant My Website Back” – Spencer cancels his old credit card and gets a new one.  But since he changed credit cards, icarly.com didn’t get its domain auto-renewed and now their rival Nevel owns it.
  • EPISODE 41 – “iMake Sam Girlier” – Sam takes lessons from Carly on how to become more feminine and a better person.
  • EPISODE 42 – “iGo Nuclear” – Carly needs to do a project for Green Week and with the help of Spencer, he brings in a friend to help her make an electric scooter using nuclear energy.  But she doesn’t know that the uranium used for the scooter is illegal.
  • EPISODE 43-44 – “iDate a Bad Boy” – In this TV movie, Carly starts dating a bad boy named Griffin who tried to steal Spencer’s motorcycle.  Spencer prohibits Carly from dating him but she tries to sneak behind his back.  Meanwhile, Carly learns a major secret about her Griffin.
  • EPISODE 45 – “iReunited with Missy” – Carly’s old friend Missy Robinson returns to Seattle and wants to be Carly’s only best friend.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 46 – “iTake on Dingo” – Carly and Sam are concerned that the Dingo Channel is spoofing segments from iCarly.
  • EPISODE 47 – “iMust Have Locker 239″ – Sam and Freddie are forced to share the school’s best locker.
  • EPISODE 48 – “iTwins” – Carly and Sam are known for pranking Freddie but when Sam’s twin sister Melanie (the total opposite of Sam) comes to visit, Freddie thinks Sam is trying to pull a prank by making up a fake story of having a twin sister.
  • EPISODE 49-50 – “iFight Shelby Marx” – In this TV movie, Carly was talking a little trash on her web show about the martial-arts champ Shelby Marx.  When Shelby comes to visit her, Carly is afraid that she is going to get beaten up but finds out that Shelby wants to join forces with Carly in a one round match for charity and that she will not hurt her at all.   But during the press conference, Carly accidentally falls on Shelby’s grandmother offstage and Nevel Papperman takes advantage of the situation and now Shelby wants to hurt her in the ring.
  • EPISODE 51 – “iThink They Kissed” – Carly takes Sam to the dentist for an emergency checkup and while under laughing gas, Sam tells Carly that she kissed Freddie.
  • EPISODE 52 – “iCook” – Sam and Freddie show their viewers on how to make “Spaghetti Tacos” and when Food TV invites them for an interview, they are unaware that it is a challenge to go against Ricky Flame in a “Food Fight”.

VIDEO:

“iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2″ is presented in standard definition and in full screen. Picture quality is good considering there is one TV movie and four episodes included on the DVD. There is compression artifacting and edge enhancement but for the audience being targeted, I doubt many will be that picky over picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2″ is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing. There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2″ comes with the following special features:

  • Is That Me I See? - (2:09) Featuring the talent who play the iCarly lookalikes on the “iLook Alike” episode.
  • Reed For 2 Minutes with Mandy – (2:04) Reed Alexander (who plays Nevel Papperman) interviews Aria Wallace (who plays Mandy Valdez).
  • Locker Tours – (2:09) Nathan Kress (Freddie Benson) and Jennette McCurdy (Sam Puckett) give us a tour of what is inside their high school lockers.
  • Doors to Nowhere – (1:35) Nathan Kress (Freddie Benson) and Miranda Cosgrove (Carly Shay) take viewers on a tour of the set of “iCarly”.

My young son and his nephew are huge “iCarly” fans and they enjoy the various DVD’s released throughout the year.  But these DVD releases are not in episodic order and are just a mix of episodes from a season of “iCarly”, so for some fans of the show, those preferring to have all episodes in order typically wait for the season DVD sets to be released.  The problem is, these season sets are released a long time after each other.  The first volume of season two was released in August 2009 and here we are now with the second volume released nearly a year and a half later.  But the fact that these season sets which have more episodes and cost the same (or just a few dollars more) as a regular iCarly DVD is pretty awesome.

With “Season 2, Volume 2″, you get the two “iCarly” movies “iDate a Bad Boy” and “iFight Shelby Marx” and ten episodes.  Each of these episodes are quite fun to watch and as an adult, the quality of the shows were much more in tune with today’s pop culture than some of the shows that I grew up with.  If anything, these are all enjoyable episodes that deal with teen issues, friendship and three teens having fun with their online TV show.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence but there may be some content that parents may not want their younger children to see.  The episodes are not rated but for the concerned parents, there are two episodes that deal with martial fighters, in “iFight Shelby Marx”, Carly gets punched in the face and in “iLook Alike”, a fighter throws Spencer through a table.

In two episodes, Carly goes against her brother (legal guardian) when he tells her to stop seeing the bad boy in “iDate a Bad Boy” and finding lookalikes to substitute for them while they leave home without Spencer’s knowledge to interview an MMA fighter.  In “iReunite with Missy”, the troublemaker Chuck locks Spencer in a cage in the basement.  Granted, this show tends to not show the adults in a authoritative manner (especially with the behavior of Carly’s older brother Spencer and even Freddie’s mother).    Other than that, this series is pretty safe for your children, granted…they may pick up terminology which they probably don’t understand or know what those words mean.

Personally, the series and episodes featured on this DVD are nothing for parents to worry about but if the descriptions of those scenes that I have mentioned above causes concern, especially if you were considering of buying this for a 5-9 year old child, then parental guidance is suggested.

Overall, “iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2″ was an entertaining DVD set featuring 10 episodes and two movies.  Again, my young son and my interview absolutely loves this show and he enjoyed watching the episodes (again) on DVD.  And if your children are as crazy for the show as they are, I’m sure they will enjoy this DVD set.


iCarly – iSpace Out (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoyable, witty and all-out fun! “iCarly – iSpaced Out” features six new episodes from the fourth season (2010) and the pilot episode of “Victorious” all on one DVD.  If you or your children love the series, this “iCarly” DVD is definitely recommended!

Images courtesy of © 2010 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: iCarly: iSpace Out

DURATION: 145 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2010

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman

Written by Jake Farrow, Andrew Hill Newman

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Featuring the voices of:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Ryan Ochoa as Chuck

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

It’s a blast of iCarly episodes that are out of this world! Carly and the crew venture to a training facility to test their space survival abilities. Can they hack being locked in a space pod for 36 hours? Sam decides to reveal a shocking secret, Gibby wants to fight Freddie and guess who tries to find Bigfoot. Join the iCarly crew for more insanity!

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress). Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on their fourth season and earlier this year,  the episode titled “iSaved Your Life” became the highest rated live action telecast in Nickelodeon history (with 11.2 million viewers) and the #1 telecast of all TV (cable and broadcast) that night.  “iCarly” continues to be a hit for Nickelodeon as nearly five million viewers tune into the series each week.

Needless to say, the show is a big success for the cable network and now “iCarly – iSpace Out” featuring six episodes from season four (2010) plus a bonus pilot episode of “Victorious” will be released on DVD.

Included on “iCarly – iSpace Out” are:

  • EPISODE 63 – “iSpace Out” – A millionaire wants the “iCarly” gang to shoot in space, so Carly, Sam and Freddie take space training. Meanwhile, Spencer keeps seeing a little girl taunting him in the apartment.
  • EPISODE 61 – “iWas a Pageant Girl” – Sam has competed in beauty pageants when she was younger but always lost but she competes in a beauty pageant once again.
  • EPISODE 62 – “iEnrage Gibby” – When Freddie tries to help Gibby’s girlfriend Tasha, she accidentally falls on top of Freddie and Gibby happens to walk in.  Now, Gibby challenges Freddie to a fight.
  • EPISODE 64 – “iFix a Pop Star” – Carly, Sam and Freddie help out the pop star Ginger Fox.  Meanwhile, Spencer has problems dating Gibby’s mother.
  • EPISODE 66 – “iWon’t Cancel the Show” – With Sam in juvie, Carly is worried on how she will do the show without her.  Especially when her father plans to watch the show that day.
  • EPISODE 67 – “iBelieve in Bigfoot” – Carly believes in Bigfoot, while Spencer doesn’t and believes in “Beavecoon”.

VIDEO:

“iCarly – iSpace Out” is presented in standard definition and in full screen. Picture quality is good considering there is one TV movie and four episodes included on the DVD. There is compression artifacting and edge enhancement but for the audience being targeted, I doubt many will be that picky over picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“iCarly – iSpace Out” is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing. There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly – iSpace Out” comes with the following special features:

  • iSpace Out iTrivia - (23:37) While watching “iSpace Out”, viewers can learn a lot of fun facts about the series with trivia boxes with information that pops up during the entire episode.
  • Bonus Episode: Victorious – Featuring the pilot episode of “Victorious”.

My young son was a big “Drake & Josh” fan and has since graduated from that series and now enjoys “iCarly”.  In fact, he and his cousin are addicted to the show and absolutely love it.  And they are not the only kids as this show continues to be a ratings hit as the show has attracted nearly five million viewers per episode.

For “iCarly: iSpace Out”, I feel that this is a solid release for those who are fans of the show. On one DVD, you get a total of six episodes plus a bonus episode of “Victorious”.  Where the last “iCarly” DVD release  (iSaved Your Life) focused on relationships, there is no general theme for “iSpace Out” and most of the episodes presented on the DVD are from the fourth season of the series which aired in 2010.

As for “Victorious”, the bonus episode revolves around singer Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice).  One day as she goes to a showcase to support her sister Trina who has a chance to be selected to attend the prestigious Hollywood Arts High School.  But on the big night, Trina’s tongue begins to swell up and Tori ends up taking her sister’s place and ends up getting a chance of the lifetime opportunity to attend the school.  But when she meets a mean girl at the new school who causes problems for her, Tori struggles whether or not to quit the school.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence in the show with the exception of “iFix a Pop Star” in which a high-tempered (and violent) pop star throws a fork and it lands on Freddie’s chest.  Granted, this may be too violent for some young children, so parental guidance is suggested for this one episode.

Overall, “iSpace Out” was an entertaining and fun DVD and with six episodes and one bonus episode of “Victorious”, you get a pretty solid DVD of new “iCarly” episodes.  If you are a big fan of the show or if you are a parent of a child who loves “iCarly”, “iCarly – iSpace Out” is a DVD worth checking out.


iCarly – iSaved Your Life (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

May 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoyable, witty and all-out fun! The “iCarly: iSaved Your Life” DVD features a TV movie plus four episodes for a great price.

Images courtesy of © 2010 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx

DURATION: 139 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: June 8, 2010

Created by Dan Schneider

Directed by Adam Weissman

Written by Jake Farrow, Andrew Hill Newman

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Associate Producer: Sean Gill

Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Featuring the voices of:

Miranda Cosgrove as Carla Shay

Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett

Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson

Jerry Trainor as Spencer Shay

Noah Munck as Gibby

Ryan Ochoa as Chuck

Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson

Join Carly, Sam, Spencer and Freddie as they help Carly prepare for the scariest fight of her life in the iFight Shelby Marx TV Special, the most watched iCarly special to date, along with the iDate a Bad Boy TV Special and more all one DVD!

Since 2007, “iCarly” has been a popular series for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her best friend Samantha Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy) who are the host of their popular web show “iCarly” which is edited and directed by Freddie Benson (played by Nathan Kress). Most of the scenes are shot at the home of Carly, who lives with her older brother and legal guardian, Spencer (played by Jerry Trainor).

Created and executive produced by Dan Schneider (creator of series “Drake & Josh”, “Zoey 101″, “Kenan & Kel”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”), “iCarly” is currently on their third season and on January 18, 2010, an episode titled “iSaved Your Life” became the highest rated live action telecast in Nickelodeon history (with 11.2 million viewers) and the #1 telecast of all TV (cable and broadcast) that night.

Needless to say, the show is a big success for the cable network and now “iCarly: iSaved Your Life” is planned for release in June 2010.

The latest DVD includes four iCarly episodes and one iCarly TV Movie.  Fans of the character Freddie will enjoy these episodes as they deal with how he relates to Carly and Sam (including how he shared a kiss with each girl):

  • EPISODE 60 – “iSaved Your Life”- Extended Director’s Cut – Freddie saves Carly from being hit by a taco truck and he ends up getting injured.  Now Carly falls in love with him but can this cause problems to their friendship?
  • EPISODE 58-59 – “iQuit iCarly” – In this TV movie, as Carly and Sam try to help two young competitive aspiring filmmakers who have their own differences, they see themselves within these young filmmakers and sooner or later, both Carly and Sam start to not get along.  Can their friendship be repaired?
  • EPISODE 51 – “iThink They Kissed” – Carly takes Sam to the dentist for an emergency checkup and while under laughing gas, Sam tells Carly that she kissed Freddie.
  • EPISODE 48 – “iTwins” – Carly and Sam are known for pranking Freddie but when Sam’s twin sister Melanie (the total opposite of Sam) comes to visit, Freddie thinks Sam is trying to pull a prank by making up a fake story of having a twin sister.
  • EPISODE 57 – “iMove Out” – After Freddie’s overprotective mom embarrasses him in front of his classmates, Freddie has had enough and moves out of his home.

VIDEO:

“iCarly: iSaved Your Life” is presented in standard definition and in full screen. Picture quality is good considering there is one TV  movie and four episodes  included on the DVD. There is compression artifacting and edge enhancement but for the audience being targeted, I doubt many will be that picky over picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

Audio is presented in English stereo and dialogue and music is clear as it comes from the front channels. Dialogue is understandable and experienced no major problems during viewing.  There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“iCarly – iSaved Your Life” comes with the following special features:

  • Welcome to My Boat – (1:59) Actor Jerry Trainor gives a tour of the boat used in the episode “iQuit iCarly”.
  • Window Stunt – (1:36) A look at the stunt women who double for Carly and Sam for the scaffolding stunts in the episode “iQuit iCarly”.
  • Birthday - (1:48) The cast of iCarly talk about the coolest and worst birthday gift they received.
  • Meet Chuck – (1:29) Young actor Ryan Ochoa talks about playing the evil kid Chuck.

My young son was a big “Drake & Josh” fan and has since graduated from that series and now enjoys “iCarly”.

Many times, I have watched the show along with him and he enjoys the humor of the series and needless to say, he loves the series. Upon reviewing this DVD, I admit I was surprised when I read the back cover and he instantly knew some of the episodes by memory. So, I would assume these have been replayed quite a bit on Nickelodeon.

For “iCarly: iSaved Your Life”, I feel that this is a solid release for those who are fans of the show (or parents curious about purchasing the series for their kids) when it comes to content.  On one DVD, you get a TV movie and four episodes.

As for the parents who are wondering if the episodes are safe for the children, depending on their age, there is no major violence but there may be some content that parents may not want their younger children to see. The episodes are not rated but I’ll point out a few things that may be of concern to some parents who are considering of buying this DVD for younger children.

In the episode “iQuit iCarly”, there is a scene where both Carly and Sam walk out on a scaffold, out their building window and then trouble comes and Carly is left hanging from the scaffold.  Granted, parents should reinforce the fact that children should keep out of windows high above the ground to begin with but that is probably the only thing I can think of that may be problematic for some parents.

And the episodes featured in “iCarly – iSaved Your Life” feature Freddie kissing Carly, having kissed Samantha, etc.  So, these are young teenage situations but again, it is up to parents if they mind that or not.

Personally, the series and episodes featured on this DVD are nothing for parents to worry about but if the descriptions of scenes I mentioned above causes concern, especially if you were considering of buying this for a 5-9 year old child, then perhaps parental guidance is suggested.

Overall, “iSaved Your Life” was an entertaining DVD. Again, my young son absolutely loves this show and he enjoyed watching the episodes (again) on DVD. I wouldn’t be surprised if other children are feel the same way and seeing how the ratings are pretty strong for “iCarly”, many will have interest for this DVD.

If you are a big fan of the show or if you are a parent of a child who loves “iCarly”, “iSaved Your Life” is a DVD worth checking out.


Miranda Cosgrove – Sparks Fly (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Album Review)

April 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A very good first album release from popular teen actress/singer Miranda Cosgrove.  Featuring a good number of producer/writer collaborative tracks and for the most part, showcasing Miranda Cosgrove’s vocals and potential as a music artist.

ARTIST: Miranda Cosgrove

ALBUM: Sparks Fly (Standard Edition) – Digital

LABEL: Columbia

DURATION: 26:43

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2010

  1. Kissin U
  2. BAM
  3. Disgusting
  4. Shakespeare
  5. Hey You
  6. There Will Be Tears
  7. Oh Oh
  8. Daydream

Many people who are familiar with Miranda Cosgrove know of her from the Nickelodeon television shows “Drake & Josh” and her popular (and very successful) television ongoing show “iCarly” but we got a taste of Cosgrove’s vocals through the “ICarly” theme song as she sung “Leave it All to me”.

But this is a Miranda Cosgrove who is growing older right before eyes and her first single “Kissin U” was a solid effort.  Now, here she is with her new album “Sparks Fly” which includes music collaborations with producers Matrix and Dr. Luke.  And with big names such as these producers, she’s definitely in good company.

On April 27th, “Sparks Fly” was released in a standard and deluxe edition (which comes with five additional songs).

“Sparks Fly” kicks off with “Kissin U”, a song co-written by Cosgrove and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (known for hits such as Britney Spear’s “Circus”, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold”, Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes”.  The song/single showed great potential as the song is catchy and addictive.

The second track “BAM” features a catchy, pop tune by Antonina Armato (who has worked with Miley Cyrus, David Archuleta and Selena Gomez & the Scene), Tim James and Rodney Jerkins (who has worked with Britney Spears, Brandy, Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child).

Also, included in “Sparks Fly” is “Daydream” written by Avril Lavigne and the song definitely has an Avril musical feel to it but Cosgrove definitely does a great job with the vocals.

Other tracks include the catchy, pop track “Disgusting”; “Shakespeare” – a rock driven track; the lovely ballad “Hey You” and the sugary, upbeat pop track “Oh Oh” and the well-done/solid pop track “There Will Be Tears”.

“Sparks Fly” is a very good album and if you enjoyed her first single “Kissin U”, you’ll definitely be pleased with the overall tracks.  “Sparks Fly” shows us a good diverse side of Cosgrove, may it be pop or rock.  But I do feel that she shines in tracks such as “Kissin U” and “Daydream”.

Overall, Cosgrove fans should be happy with this album release!

Miranda Cosgrove – Kissin U (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

March 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Featuring a collaboration with Dr. Luke, actress/singer Miranda Cosgrove’s first single off her upcoming album is solid!

ARTIST: Miranda Cosgrove

DIGITAL SINGLE: Kissing U

LABEL: Nickelodeon/Columbia

DURATION: 3:19

RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2010

  1. Kissing U

Sure, many of you grew up watching Miranda Cosgrove through television shows such as Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” and her popular (and very successful) television ongoing show “iCarly” but we got a taste of Cosgrove’s vocals through the “ICarly” theme song as she sung “Leave it All to me”.

But this is a Miranda Cosgrove who is growing older and with this album, she is writing some of her tracks and working with producers Matrix and Dr. Luke.  And with big names such as these producers, she’s definitely in fine company.  And so far, listening to the first track from her upcoming album “Sparks Fly”, I definitely like where her music is headed.

The song which is co-written by Cosgrove and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (known for hits such as Britney Spear’s “Circus”, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold”, Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes”.

The track is well-produced, well-sung and has that sing/song style similar to Taylor Swift but with a rock edge.  The song features Cosgrove singing about kissing and enjoying it.

I have to say, compared to the other young solo female artists (especially from Disney), Miranda Cosgrove’s first single definitely shows sign of great potential.  I definitely look forward in seeing what Cosgrove and her producers have in store for her upcoming album.

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