The Good

As far as shows about teenage witches go this one is pretty darn original.

The Bad

No Special Features.

Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) is like many teenage girls except that she is a witch. Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: The Complete First Season opens with Sabrina turning 16 and, as it has been preordained, her Aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) make what she is known to her. The premise of this show is set in motion as we see Sabrina encounter all manner of commonplace growing pains, with the biggest difference being that she can alter things more than most kids. For example in the episode "Bundt Friday" Sabrina accidentally uses "truth sprinkles" in her cooking class and this has unexpected, but truthful, consequences. In "Trial By Fury," Sabrina feels scorned by her math teacher so she teams up with her aunts to make him pay. Lastly, in "As Westbridge Turns" Sabrina claims that her life is dull so Aunt Hilda casts a spell where Sabrina's life is turned into a soap opera.

With an eclectic cast featuring Sabrina's aunts, her talking cat (voiced by Nick Bakay), best friend Jenny (Michelle Beaudoin), nemesis Libby (Jenna Leigh Green) and others, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: The Complete First Season is a really cool concept for a TV show that, aside from being executed well, also deals with growing up in a different way.

Features

No Special Features came with this release.

Video

Full Screen Format. This movie had the bright sitcom look that I think many people are used to seeing. However, what really helped set this show apart was how well done the visual effects were. I bring this up because effects on made for TV movies usually never look good. These were effects on a sitcom and they looked great. They blended in seamlessly with the images and it just worked within the show. Okay, so the talking cat wasn't that great, it still worked with this genre.

Audio

Dolby Digital - English Stereo Surround. The audio was solid even though there wasn't anything that spectacular about it. This show wasn't so quick moving that I felt there needed to be anything that crazy here. I was able to hear the characters, I didn't have to turn my set up that loud, and once I got the volume leveled everything played just fine. While it may not be good enough for the next gen set, for my purposes everything was as good as I expected it would be.

Package

Sabrina sits cross-legged on this front cover with her friendly black cat in her lap. There is a nice mix of swirling yellow and white. The back showcases another shot of Sabrina poised to cast a spell, while it offers up a collage of images from various episodes of this show. There is a description of what Sabrina, The Teenage Witch is about, as well as a very minor technical specs list. Paramount has packaged all four discs inside one amaray case and this bodes very well for space in your collection, because Paramount still has 6 more seasons of this show to bring out.

Final Word

I had heard about this show for the longest time but I always got it confused with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have no idea why that is since they have completely different titles, but I guess when the whole teen genre of shows is going in that direction it's easy to get confused. I liked this show. It was like seeing Parker Lewis Can't Lose but with an element of wizardry. I think that the cast was perfect, and that Melissa Joan Hart played a character that I am sure many girls were able to relate to. What really elevated this show was that it wasn't so zany that it lost it's reality.

No matter what happens to her, Sabrina is a teenage girl dealing with teenage problems and that is what made Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: The Complete First Season so enjoyable.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch was released .