'Party of Five" had its heyday in the '90s and now the
second season of the long-running series is out on DVD. We asked the Review
Crew to rate it.
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Dan Contrada, 28, Malverne
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Dan says: I loved watching the absorbing lives of the Salinger family, and
the DVD reminded me how much I looked forward to this drama every week.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's reminiscences were particularly engaging, but then
again, I'm biased. For the price of five movie tickets, you're getting a great
value if you're an avid "Party of Five" fan.
Danielle Dellilo, 26, Franklin Square
Back in the day, my Uncle Tony and I always watched "Party of Five"
together. So I called him to watch this DVD with me. We loved it! A lot of good
stuff happened this season: Bailey and Sarah finally hook up, Sarah finds out
she's adopted, Julia and Justin are on and off. There's also an interview with
Jennifer Love Hewitt, who gives the inside scoop about what went on during the
Grade: A (+)
Karen Berg, 24, Bayside
I remember watching "Party of Five" as a preteen and loving every second of
it. I'd tune in every Wednesday night to laugh and cry with the Salingers.
Now, I've got to say, it's a lot more painful to see. Bailey, played by Scott
Wolf, is the only character I still like. As an added bonus, you'll get to hear
why Jennifer Love Hewitt loved playing Sarah opposite hunky Wolf (12 years her
senior). I guess at 16, I'd have loved to play Wolf's girlfriend, too.
Laurie Cedilnik, 23, Astoria
Watching "Party of Five" is like eating Gummy Bears - a fun snack, but pop
too many and you might get a stomachache. While I had a few laughs listening to
Jennifer Love Hewitt reflect on her teenage crush on Scott Wolf, I felt like I
was watching a Lifetime "Intimate Portrait." I wished that other actors
slice of the skinny DVD extras - and previews for random movies I've already
seen are not "special" features.
Marisa D'Agosto, 24,
I would never purchase a "Party of Five" DVD. It's the kind of show you get
caught watching on Lifetime on a Sunday afternoon. I wouldn't recommend the
DVD to avid "POF" fans either. Besides a dull interview with Jennifer Love
Hewitt, the bonus material includes commentary by the cast as the episodes
play. It's funny at times, but mostly distracting because you're straining to
hear and watch the episode as the actors talk over it.
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