It’s here Revelers! Volume 1, JONAS, Rockin’ the House is in stores and more importantly, in our hot little hands! Taken as a whole, this DVD is an excellent compilation of what is delightful about the JONAS show, and the Jonas Brothers themselves.
Let’s bask in the wonderfulness of it all, after the jump!
I have been very excited for the release of this DVD, and chuffed to discover that there is positive response from critics and regular folks (Amazon.com customer reviews, nice to see none is from “typical” fans).
There is clearly a niche for what we discerning types know that JONAS does so well: presenting a humorous look at “celebrity life & culture” that is not raunchy but enjoyable for many ages on many levels. I truly hope that the Jonas Brothers are aware of how very much people are enjoying their show.
The DVD is chock-full o’goodies for the passionate fan and the casual DVD browser alike. No less than seven episodes are included. Along with Groovy Movies, Wrong Song, Pizza Girl, Band’s Best Friend, and Chasing the Dream we also have two as yet un-aired shows: Beauty and the Beat, and Cold Shoulder.
Since the Revelers have been tuning in and blogging the series without fail as it has aired, I won’t discuss those shows we’ve already seen, but will focus instead on the Bonus Features, which include the un-aired episodes and an elaborate practical joke that the brothers played on Chelsea Staub.
You’ve Just Been Jo Bro’d was a hidden-camera prank in which Chelsea Staub thinks she has just been abandoned at a photo shoot in the company of a loutish crewperson, but the crewperson is in fact an actor who demolishes Nick’s guitar and asks Chelsea to cover for him. Unbeknownst to Chelsea the brothers were watching on camera and feeding the “crewperson” his lines to convince Chelsea he was legit.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I thought the prank fell somewhat flat, and seemed to involve a lot of people and set-up for not much of a payoff. In my opinion, it went on too long and really wasn’t terribly funny. It had clearly been “set up” for the DVD, and seemed more than a tad forced on everyone’s part, with the exception of Chelsea, who is almost certainly the nicest girl in the world, and one of the best sports.
The new episodes included are far more fun and worthwhile. Beauty and the Beat is the JONAS-universe’s take on beauty pageants. It’s interesting to note that everyone is fair game for the satire here—from the guys’ own voyeuristic enjoyment of the contestants, to the tough-as-nails pageant participants themselves, to Stella, whose superior attitude towards beauty pageants inflicts its own punishment when she suffers stage fright during her “final question” and ends up embarrassing herself on national television. In an interesting “art imitates life” choice, Stella takes on the role of the poor Miss Teen USA contestant who’s babbling remarks went viral back in Fall 2007. The Jonas Brothers were in fact the musical performers on that broadcast and their experiences undoubtedly informed this episode.
The second (and not surprisingly my favorite) bonus episode is Cold Shoulder. This show is Kevin-centric and I am unapologetic in my assessment of its adorableness. Kevin’s acting is spot on in his endearing adoration of the statuesque, Norse girl-goddess who stole his heart during their Scandinavian tour. In addition, Anya herself is hilarious, lifting, and tossing Kevin like a rag doll as they dance together and otherwise explore their shared eccentricities.
However, lest these marvy attributes aren’t enough, there is the fact that Kevin SINGS A SOLO! Yes, you read correctly. His warm, tender vocals enumerating the delights of his “Skandinavian Girl” are available herein for our repeated listening pleasure. What’s not to love? Kevin is to love, certainly, and if Anya shows herself too shallow to appreciate Kevin’s quirkiness then the loss is all hers. Clearly, the French fan/mime enthusiast who steps in to cheer Kevin up is far more worthy.
It was truly hard to choose, but my favorite moment had to be when Kevin is trying to learn all he can about Scandinavia so that he’ll win back his girl by cramming reindeer trivia and attempting to make Lutefisk. Lutefisk is fish that has been dried in a lye solution and then soaked in water (to quote Garrison Keillor “for a long time—but never long enough”) and is a Scandinavian delicacy. Kevin telling Nick how he made the dish, while Joe is trying to scour the portion he taste-tested out of his mouth behind him, is priceless.
Of course, I could go on all day listing things I love about the DVD, but what about you Revelers? How much do you love it?
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