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Beautiful People: Complete Series [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Daphne Zuniga, Sarah Foret, Torrey DeVitto, Jackson Rathbone, Ricky Mabe
  • Directors: Chris Grismer, Dennie Gordon, Kelly Makin, Ken Girotti, Mel Damski
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUTVPA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Beautiful People, an academically gifted teen, her model-beautiful older sister and their newly single mother leave small-town New Mexico in search of a new life in New York City. From the Executive Producer of Dawson's Creek and Creator and Executive Producer of Love Monkey, this four-disc sets includes all sixteen episodes of the show. This complete series set also features audio commentaries, screen tests, and behind-the-scenes content - as well as deleted scenes from Beautiful People.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 14 Aug 2006
"Beautiful people" is an entertaining series that you might like, specially if you were a fan of "Dawson Creek". Even though this show is not overly original, it is engaging, and even addictive :)

There are three main characters: a mother, Lynn Kerr (Daphne Zuniga) and her two daughters, Karen (Torrey DeVitto) and Sophie (Sarah Foret). Lynn has been left by her husband, and is ready for a change. After her younger daughter, Sophie, earns a scholarship to study in a very good school in New York City, she is convinced by both Sophie and Karen that moving to NYC is an excellent idea. Lynn wants to be a fashion designer, Karen wants to find success as a model, and Sophie is eager to study in a new school. But will they be able to fit with the "beautiful people"? And do they want to fit, or just be themselves and find a way to fulfill their dreams in that way?

I should point out that the title of this series, "Beautiful people", makes reference to some of the kids Sophie finds at her new school. However, and in a more general sense, I think it is also an allusion to a different kind of environment, an environment the three girls are not used too and are not totally convinced they like. On the other hand, NYC is also an enchanting city that offers them lots of opportunities to find success, friendship and love, chances they will jump at, even though not always wisely.

What will happen? Well, watch this dvd and find out. I can tell you I enjoyed this series, and that I plan to watch the second season, to be released this year. Recommended!

Belen Alcat
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar 2011
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This beautiful drama about a mother and her two daughters who had to move to New York from New Mexico when her husband's irresponsible behaviour rocked their world and split their family, had potential to be intriguing as well as interesting as it combined elements for different genre - teenage peer pressure hence the title 'beautiful people', the struggles of a single parent trying to make a new life and provide for her dependants, old flames and new flames crossing swords and so much more.
Sadly it got cancelled with lots of unfinished storyline. I saw some of it on TV sometime ago and decided to buy this DVD to see the complete aired episodes. It was interesting to watch and held my attention to the end.There are tons of bonus features.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Even though this show is not overly original, it is engaging, and even addictive :) 14 Aug 2006
By M. B. Alcat - Published on Amazon.com
"Beautiful people" is an entertaining series that you might like, specially if you were a fan of "Dawson Creek". Even though this show is not overly original, it is engaging, and even addictive :)

There are three main characters: a mother, Lynn Kerr (Daphne Zuniga) and her two daughters, Karen (Torrey DeVitto) and Sophie (Sarah Foret). Lynn has been left by her husband, and is ready for a change. After her younger daughter, Sophie, earns a scholarship to study in a very good school in New York City, she is convinced by both Sophie and Karen that moving to NYC is an excellent idea. Lynn wants to be a fashion designer, Karen wants to find success as a model, and Sophie is eager to study in a new school. But will they be able to fit with the "beautiful people"? And do they want to fit, or just be themselves and find a way to fulfill their dreams in that way?

I should point out that the title of this series, "Beautiful people", makes reference to some of the kids Sophie finds at her new school. However, and in a more general sense, I think it is also an allusion to a different kind of environment, an environment the three girls are not used too and are not totally convinced they like. On the other hand, NYC is also an enchanting city that offers them lots of opportunities to find success, friendship and love, chances they will jump at, even though not always wisely.

What will happen? Well, watch this dvd and find out. I can tell you I enjoyed this series, and that I plan to watch the second season, to be released this year. Recommended!

Belen Alcat
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Gilmore Girls it's not, but still worthwhile 21 Dec 2006
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Initially I purchased this DVD set thinking that I would be viewing a low-grade version of 'Gilmore Girls' set in New York City. But within the first several minutes of the pilot I realized that I was mistaken. But what I discovered was a quirpy/inspired series that, while not original, is definately interesting and worth checking out.

The show follows the Kerr family as mother Kerr moves herself and her two teenage daughters (one 16 the other 19) to New York City to start their lives over after she catches her husband in bed with another woman. From here the series follows the three woman as they reajust to living completely new/different lives in the big city.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great show! 29 Nov 2006
By Teren - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoy this show! Its fun and well worth the money!

I actually havent got it yet, but I hope I will soon!

It has mother daughter relationships, and how much this family grows together over this period of time!

I recommend it to anyone that likes Gilmore Girls!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
good show but waste of time 25 Mar 2011
By cindy2all - Published on Amazon.com
If you are like me and you're looking to buy and/or rent this "complete" series and the date on your calendar is 2011 or later, don't. Although this was a very good show and I enjoyed watching the episodes, you should be aware that the title "complete" series is a bit misleading. The show never got picked up for a second season and ended the 16th episode (the last episode in the series) left a lot to be desired and a lot of loose ends. So since there's no hope of this ever gtting picked up for a second season. If you like a lot of loose ends... then this series is perfect for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Fish out of water" premise, with a couple of twists 4 Jan 2013
By West Mountain - Published on Amazon.com
This show had its debut late in the summer of 2005, and in some ways might be viewed as a mini-series since it only ran for a single season. The "small-town girl in the big city" isn't the most original idea, but I disagree with other reviewers who feel watching it is a waste of time because it's been done before, or because some of the storylines were left unresolved due to the lack of a finale. Rather than one girl moving to New York City, there are three of them -- perhaps to appeal to different generations of viewers. There's teenaged Sophie, 20-something Karen, and their middle-aged mother Lynn. The focus of their new lives falls neatly into high school intrigues, modeling, and fashion design respectively. There's some overlap of their worlds: for example, the father of one of Sophie's classmates turns out to be an old flame of her mom's. The three protagonists often get back together at the end of each day and compare notes -- sometimes with entertaining results.

The title "Beautiful People" has multiple meanings that are revealed as the series unfolds. It's commonly understood as a decades-old slang term for the rich, trendy in-crowd. In this show's context, we learn that it's the nickname for a clique at Sophie's new school, called the BPs for short. The irony of this name becomes evident, since on closer examination, many of the BPs are really not as attractive close-up -- as Sophie finds out firsthand. But also, as the story develops, we realized that the term could refer to some of the people the Kerr women encounter, who due to their honesty and compassion truly are beautiful inside, even if they aren't popular or successful.

On the "pro" side, some viewers may find the familiarity of the newcomers premise appealing, with reminders of earlier shows such as Mary Tyler Moore. Most performances are passable, and some are quite good. The ensemble combines well-known names like Daphne Zuniga with up-and-coming talent. Exterior shots of New York are used to disguise the fact that most of the show was shot in Toronto. (I realize that some may feel this is a bad thing, but I'm all for the development of Canada's domestic talent: several of the young Canadians, like Kathleen Munroe from Hamilton (yay!), Kyle Schmid, and Ricky Mabe, have since gone on to promising careers in the States.) In some cases the show's restricted budget works in its favor -- my New York friends point out that TV frequently misrepresents the types of housing that people would be able to afford there, but in this case the tiny, somewhat shabby apartment is probably realistic for the Kerr family.

Most of the main actors get at least a few minutes per episode to help establish their characters. It's interesting to see the development, especially in relationships between particular people. Nicky and Gideon move from open hostility in the pilot episode, to Nicky actually defending Gideon in public. Karen, who scorned postsecondary education, eventually chooses an apprenticeship to a very demanding boss in order to learn about professional photography. The tension between Gideon and his father is revealed during the series ... Gideon has some of the funniest lines on the show, yet he seldom laughs, and it becomes evident that his sarcasm is protection for a sensitive heart.

Some of the "cons" in the show were probably unavoidable, given that it was just starting out -- the rotating writers and directors give it an uneven feel. Some characters have to fluctuate between extremes, as required by the changing storylines. Gideon is an accident-prone geek in Episode 1, a "spiteful little boy" as described by one online commentator in Episode 3, and a loving and loyal friend as Sophie sees him in Episode 7. Also, many of the "teenagers" cast don't look 15-16: this is typical of a lot of TV shows, though. Due to labor laws and budgetary constraints, often older actors are required to play younger. (An actor friend who often did these types of roles pointed out that once they're past 18, nobody cares if they're worked from dawn to dusk at a producer's whim!)

So you may have to use your imagination to get into this show -- in fact, some parts may require a window-washing scaffold to suspend your disbelief. Sophie's winning a prestigious scholarship is credible, but Karen and her mother both landing plum jobs shortly after arriving in the city, even with the patronage of Nicky's dad, is rather farfetched. Also, some fans expressed surprise about the amount of sex and drugs featured on the show, with even the "good" kids drinking underage and stealing their parents' Valium. Undoubtedly this does occur in real life, but given it was from the ABC Family Network, this may not have been the image the executives were hoping for.

The show seems to have retooled after the mid-season break, for when it resumed in 2006, the remaining 8 episodes have a very different feel. Unfortunately, some of the most interesting and entertaining characters almost disappear. (Spoiler: Jackson Rathbone fans may be a bit disappointed by the second half.) The show ends after a total of 16 episodes, with a lot of loose ends that possibly might have been tackled if it had been renewed for subsequent seasons. We never do find out what Annabelle's home life is like, or why Gideon is so reluctant to talk about his mother. Nor do we get any more information about the police investigation of Fiske Publishing, or the eventual outcome of the custody dispute between Lynn and her ex-husband.

The DVD has a few extras included -- while it was interesting to see the screen tests vs. how those scenes eventually ended up being played, as well as some scenes that were later deleted, fans of the show probably would have liked to see more material such as interviews or production notes. But altogether, this DVD set isn't a bad diversion -- especially if you're a fan of any of the principal actors and would like to see some of their work from the mid-2000s.
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