30 Rock is a hilarious show, probably the funniest one I’ve come across since Seinfeld and Frasier. The ensemble was pitch-perfectly cast headlined by Tina Fey and even Alec Baldwin, along with Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan.
30 Rock: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment | TV14 – 3000 min. – $129.99 | April 21, 2020
Date Published: 04/24/2020 | Author: The Movieman
Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.
THE MOVIE — 4.0/5
Series Synopsis: 30 Rock centers on young Liz Lemon (TINA FEY), currently head writer for a live sketch-comedy show in New York. Complications follow when the network’s new president, Jack orders Liz to hire mentally unstable movie star Tracy Jordan to join the cast, throwing neurotic leading lady (and Liz’s best friend) Jenna Maroney into a tizzy. Liz tries to juggle all the egos around her while trying to chase her own dream.
Quick Hit Review: 30 Rock wasn’t a series that I ever watched, not a single second. There’s no reason in particular, just didn’t watch many shows live or via DVR outside of the occasional Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins and Ghost Hunters (judge me all you want). In any case, this was my first time watching and I can see how it received the hype and awards over the course of its seven seasons. It might not be to the level of a Seinfeld but pretty darn close, and Tina Fey proves to easily be the funniest person working today (and that Mean Girls was not some fluke).
Beyond Fey, this is fantastic ensemble cast. Alec Baldwin may be a jerk and grade A a-hole, but he’s pitch-perfect as network exec Jack Donahghy, a character who has a similar personality, though far more likeable and Tracy Morgan is a lot of fun playing an uber-crazy superstar. Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer both are wonderful in more supporting roles, the latter especially stands out as a loveable goof.
Looking it over, 30 Rock received a ton of award nominations and wins between the Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes, most notable Fey and Baldwin who certainly are the two consistent standouts over the course of the seven seasons (nominated for all in the Outstanding Comedy Series, winning three). And based on what I watched in this short time, well deserving in all respects.
Not entirely sure 30 Rock is the best comedy series I’ve seen as I would rank Seinfeld and Frasier ahead, as this does make for a fun, light-hearted viewing, perfect for these times we’re living in, the ability to dive into any random episode.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 5.0/5
Mill Creek hits it out of the park once again with these complete series releases. This massive 20-disc set are housed in two HD keep cases with discs 1-10 in the first, and 11-20 in the second and each season are on 3-discs save for one season being on two. Additionally, all bonus material from the DVD releases have been ported over.
Deleted Scenes — ‘Pilot’, ‘Blind Date’, ‘Tracy Does Conan’, ‘The Break-Up’, ‘The Head and the Hair’, ‘Up All Night’, ‘The C Word’, ‘The Fighting Irish’ and ‘Hiatus’
Other Features: The Wrap Party, An Evening with Kenneth, Behind-the-Scenes and Makin’ It Happen
Deleted Scenes — ‘SeinfeldVision’, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘Cougars’, ‘MILF Island’, ‘Sandwich Day’
Other Features: ‘Cooter’ Table Read, 30 Rock Live at the UCB Theater, Tina Hosts SNL, Academy of Arts and Science Presents: An Evening with 30 Rock
Deleted Scenes — ‘Do-Over’, ‘The One with the Cast of Night Court’, ‘Gavin Volure’, ‘St. Valentine’s Day’, ‘Cutbacks’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Kidney Now!’
Other Features: Behind the Scenes with The Muppets, 1-900-OKFACE, ‘Kidney Now!’ Table Read, The Making of ‘Kidney Now!’, Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery, Alec Baldwin’s SNL Monologue, Tracy Jordan’s Rant, Award Acceptance Speeches
Note: The bonus menu shows there are commentaries for ‘Flu Shot’ and ‘Goodbye, My Friend’, however there were none. From my research, these episodes featured Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, Judah Friedlander and John Lutz.
Deleted Scenes — ‘Season 4’, ‘Sun Tea’, ‘Secret Santa’, ‘Verna’, ‘Floyd’ and ‘Emmanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land’
Other Features: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Moms’, Behind the Scenes of ‘I Do Do’, Tennis Night in America, Food Network’s Ace of Cakes: 30 Rock (and Roll), Photo Gallery
Deleted Scenes — ‘The Fabian Strategy’, ‘When It Rains, It Pours’, ‘Let’s Stay Together’, ‘Reaganing’, ‘Gentleman’s Intermission’, ‘College’, ‘Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish’, ‘Christmas Attack Zone’, ‘Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning’, ‘Double-Edged Sword’, ‘TGS Hates Women’, ‘Queen of Jordan’, ‘Plan B’ and ‘Everything Sunny All the Time Always’
Other Features: ‘Live Show (West Coast Version’, Behind the Scenes of ‘Live Show’, Jack Donaghy’s Executive Superhero and Jenna’s Obituary Song
Deleted Scenes — ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’, ‘Idiots Are People Three’, ‘The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell’, ‘The Tuxedo Begins’, ‘Leap Day’, ‘Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky’, ‘Standards and Practices’, ‘St. Patrick’s Day’, ‘Meet the Woggels’, ‘Queen of Jordan 2’, ‘The Return of Avery Jessup’, ‘What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?’
Other Features: ‘Live from Studio 6H’ (West Coast Version), Behind the Scenes of ‘Live from Studio 6H’, Cheyenne Jackson & Jane Krakowski: ‘Live from Studio 6H’ Warm Up
Deleted Scenes — ‘Governor Dunston’, ‘Stride of Pride’, ‘Unwindulax’, ‘Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy’, ‘Game Over’, ‘Florida’ and ‘Hogcock/Last Lunch’
Other Features: The Donaghy Files and Tina Fey Studio Tour
VIDEO – 4.5/5
|Mill Creek Entertainment releases 30 Rock onto Blu-ray for the first time where it’s presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio as originally aired on NBC, and a nice looking 1080p high-definition transfer. I was pleasantly surprised by the picture quality here; detail is nicely sharp and well defined while colors, in keeping with the light-hearted content, are vibrant and bright.|
AUDIO – 4.25/5
|Each episode is equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, perfectly serviceable for a comedy series which is generally dialogue driven, so the bulk of the audio does come through the center channel. There’s not a ton of usage of the front and back speakers outside of the score and minor ambient noises in multiple character scenes.|
OVERALL – 4.5/5
30 Rock is a hilarious show, probably the funniest one I’ve come across since Seinfeld and Frasier. The ensemble was pitch-perfectly cast headlined by Tina Fey and even Alec Baldwin, along with Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan. This Complete Series set from Mill Creek is a home run with an immersive amount of bonus content with 40+ audio commentaries and the video and audio transfers were both excellent.