The Real World You Never Saw: Chicago (2002)
Review by Igraine

Starring Tonya Cooley, Cara Nussbaum, Chris Beckman, Theo Gantt III, Kyle Brandt, Keri Evans, Aneesa Ferreira


Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Rent it, but only if you are a very hard core TRW fan.

Will Keri and Kyle ever have sex? Will Cara ever get over her fear of being too fat? Will Aneesa ever put on some clothes? Will Chris ever get over his bad gay self? Will Theo ever get over his severe case of homophobia? And will Tanya ever get off the damn phone? In case you missed the Chicago season of MTV's The Real World, you still won't get a chance to see the whole season on this DVD. It's just a collection of bloopers from only the Chicago cast. It is broken down into categories such as: "And The Most Naked Person Is...", "Showering With Friends", and "The Crew Gets Even" just to name a few. The categories are quite amusing especially if you watched the entire season and feel like you know these people. With this DVD, you have a chance to know them better than you really wanted to.

If you really stop and think about it, the DVD itself is one big special feature for the season, but it does have a "special features" section, nonetheless. The Cast profiles are a montage of clips from their initial auditions and there's nothing else really to say about it. It didn't really do anything for me one way or the other. The art gallery consists of actual shots of the artwork in the house, and there's really nothing special here either. You can use the remote to look at each work of art, but even then, it's pretty boring. The "House Tour" is a segment hosted by Cara and Theo where they take you through each of the rooms in the house and there are little snippets from the actual shows thrown in to remind you of what happened where. Finally, there's the house blueprints. These are--take them at their word--the blueprints of the house. So, unless you are an architect (or are looking to steal a design), you might as well not bother with it.

If you ask me, MTV could have done much better with this DVD tribute to the Chicago "cast." The only thing you really gain is you know much more that went on behind the scenes.

The DVD might be worth it if you could actually watch the whole season again, and then get the extra stuff, but as it is, you really had to see the show for this to mean anything to you. That's my advice to MTV--release the actual show first, please. My advice to you is to skip it if you don't care, and merely rent it if you are a hardcore fan.

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