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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 – 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!

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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.


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