Judge David Johnson is a wizard and he shot the food.
New style. New look. New world.
This is my first encounter with the Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place. Shockingly, some bigshot TV exec though there was mileage to be gotten out of young kids learning magic and getting into trouble. Wonder where that inspiration came from? Anywho, the show is about a family of magic-wielders who also own a café, for some reason. When they're not slinging hash, the kids are learning all manner of wacky spells, which always come into a play at some point in the episode's adventure. Grab your wand and strap in for some lightweight teen comedy featuring the worst laugh-track I've ever heard…and that includes Scooby-Doo.
Four episodes of magical tomfoolery!
And that's your DVD. The show is corny and riddled with lame jokes, but I can see where its pre-adolescent appeal comes from. Selena Gomez is a charmer and certainly sports some of that Hannah Montana-ish feistiness. She's definitely the star of the show, and the plots smartly orbit around her. What's not the star of the show? That laugh-track. Simply awful.
The disc: a nice enough full frame transfer and 2.0 stereo mix, a boatload of trailers, and a behind-the-scenes featurettes on the show's costume department.
Give us your feedback!
What's "fair"? Whether positive or negative, our reviews should be unbiased, informative, and critique the material on its own merits.
Scales of Justice
Review content copyright © 2009 David Johnson; Site design and review layout copyright © 2015 Verdict Partners LLC. All rights reserved.