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DVD Review: BEVERLY HILLS 90210: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

May 28 Posted by in DVD/Blu-ray, Reviews | Comments

Beverly Hills, 90210 ran for 10 seasons/293 episodes, from 1990-2000. The iconic series single-handedly defined and launched the whole teen drama genre that is still going strong today, and made a certain zip code known all around the globe.

As the series opens, twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) have just moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California after their father is relocated for his work. It is going to be a bit of a culture shock for these Midwesterne teens in this new town where the sun is always shining and everyone is rich and beautiful. While Brandon was Mr. Popularity back at his old school, Brenda is looking forward to the chance reinvent herself, and actually be somebody, as they start their junior year at West Beverly High. Brenda quickly becomes friends with popular girl Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and her quirky friend Donna Martin (Tori Spelling). Kelly recently broke up with her jock boyfriend Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) after a year, and there’s some animosity between the two. Steve takes Brandon under his wing and the two become friends—something dorky freshman David Silver (Brian Austin Green) is trying desperately to do. He’s like a little puppy, constantly trying to impress Steve and get his approval—he just wants to be part of the popular crowd, and may just have the over-confidence and determination to make it happen. Meanwhile, Brandon joins the school paper, where he meets straight-laced over-achiever Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris), and there’s a bit of a personality clash between the two. Andrea is all about getting into her top college—even lying about where she lives in order to attend West Beverly High—and takes her job at the paper seriously. She challenges Brandon to do more newsworthy stories, knowing he can be more than just the sports reporter he was at his previous school. Rounding out the main characters is bad boy but sensitive loner Dylan McKay (Luke Perry).

The 68 discs of the Beverly Hills, 90210: The Ultimate Collection DVD release are split into three giant phasic cases, which line up with the three main phases of the series. For the first three seasons, 90210 follows the students at West Beverly High, mixing in issue storylines revolving around issues of sex, substance abuse, guns and more, along with the typical teen drama of love lives, parental issues, academics, and more. The second and third seasons also include summer seasons, with the gang working/hanging out at the Beverly Hills Beach Club.

As the series hit its fourth season, the actors were getting older and there was only so long the show’s creators could stretch out high school, so they made the brave decision to abandon what had been so successful thus far, and take the characters to their next stage in life…college. Fortunately, all of the characters (for the most part) ended up at the same school—California University (even David Silver, who started off the series two grade levels lower than the other characters). This also allowed the writers to explore even more mature themes and storylines, while still giving viewers the same character drama. These seasons also introduce the Peach Pit After Dark, expanding the diner into a night club where even more musical acts could be featured on the show. The college years introduced several new regular characters into the mix, including Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson), the daughter of the chancellor of California University; Jesse Vasquez (Mark Damon Espinoza), a law student who has a relationship with Andrea; Valerie Malone (Tiffani Thiessen), a manipulative old family friend who moves in with the Walshes; aspiring musician Ray Pruit (Jamie Walters); and Nat Bussichio (Joe E. Tata), owner of the Peach Pit, also became a part of the main cast. Some of the recurring characters during this era included Emily Valentine (Christine Elise), a women with a troubled past and borderline disorder; Lucinda Nicholson (Dina Meyer), a married PhD student who has an affair with Brandon; Susan Keats (Emma Caulfield), the editor of the school paper who butts heads with Brandon; Colin Robbins (Jason Wiles), an artist who has a relationship with Kelly; college radio station news anchor Tracy Gaylian (Jill Novick), who has a relationship with Brandon; and football quarterback Joe Bradley (Cameron Bancroft) who has a relationship with Donna.

With the show’s eighth season, the characters were now graduated from college and trying to enter the working world, which offers all kinds of brand new story opportunities. These final three seasons also brought in new regular cast members and characters, including single mother Carly Reynolds (Hilary Swank); Noah Hunter (Vincent Young), who comes from a wealthy oil family; Janet Sosna (Lindsay Price) an emotionally-guarded woman who strikes up a relationship with Steve; Matt Durning (Daniel Cosgrove), strait-laced lawyer who ends up moving into the Walsh home; and Gina Kincaid (Vanessa Marcil), a former Olympic-hopeful ice skater who may be Donna’s cousin. Some of the recurring characters include Emma Bennett (Angel Boris), a reporter hired by Brandon to work for the Beverly Beat; Sophie Burns (Laura Leighton), and aspiring actress whose relationships causes some strain between the guys;

Beverly Hills, 90210 is presented in its original full frame 4:3 format. The video is a bit of a mixed bag. This certainly is not a remastered video, and shows its age, with some episodes looking a lot cleaner than others. However, it certainly remains watchable throughout, and the picture quality never affected my enjoyment of the series. The audio track is also a very basic stereo, but provides clear dialogue and great-sounding music throughout. Speaking of the music, for the most part, the discs included in this set are just a re-packaging of the previous individual season releases. So if fans were hoping for some sort of remaster, or the return of the original broadcast music that had been missing from previous releases, unfortunately they are out of luck. All of that great music from the original broadcasts is still missing from this set as well. Unfortunately, the series was produced in the times when music rights for home video releases was not secured right from the start. If I look at a list of the original music, there are some great songs, but having only seen the series after-the-fact, on disc, it’s not something where I have any personal connection or memory of a song being tied to a particular scene. Though, for many fans this may be a disappointment, however, it’s unlikely that there will ever be a release that contains the original music.

While the original Beverly Hills, 90210 series can get very soapy and ridiculous at times, it also has some really strong dramatic moments, as well as some hilarious ones. The series is still extremely enjoyable, and holds up very well years later. All of the bonus material for this original series has been ported over from previous releases. There are a handful of audio commentaries, and hours of behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews that were originally included with the DVD releases for seasons 1-4 & 10. There is also a bonus disc that was first included with the 2013 Complete Series DVD Yearbook 1990-2000 release, containing a behind-the-scenes special that aired following season 3, the 2003 reunion special, a look back at the series with creator Darren Star, and some promos for the series. This is the show that launched a genre, and is certainly worth picking up for fans of the show, who don’t already own it, even if the iconic original soundtrack is still missing.

The thing that is brand new to this Ultimate Collection release is the hilarious 6-episode 2019 mockumentary series BH90210, plus a gag reel for this follow-up. The series features most of the original cast playing heightened, over-the-top versions of themselves, along with other actors playing their spouses and/or children. The cast of 90210 have all gone their separate ways, but they are getting together in Vegas for a 30th anniversary reunion event. They all need this reunion for one reason or another—to get over a pending divorce, to improve their PR image, promote their latest project, reconnect with old flames, and so on. Tori, whose reality show has just been canceled, is in desperate need of a paycheck and comes up with the idea to reboot the original 90210 series. However, will she be able to get all of the others to sign on, especially the wild and unpredictable Shannen? Even if she manages to convince the network, will all the soapy drama happening in their own personal lives derail the project? This hilarious meta series had me constantly laughing out loud. The main cast includes Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, and Ian Ziering playing “themselves”. The series also includes appearances by Carol Potter, Christine Elise, Jamie Walters and Denise Richards playing versions of themselves. New characters include Zach (Ty Wood), an obsessed Beverly Hills, 90210 fan with a secret about Brian; Brian’s wife, successful singer Shay (La La Anthony) who often outshines him; Jason’s wife/publicist Camille (Vanessa Lachey); the reboot series’ writer Anna Blakemore (Natalie Sharp); Gabrielle’s husband of 30 years, Chris (David Cubitt); Jennie’s bodyguard Wyatt Jackson (Brendan Penny); and Jennie’s 17-year-old daughter/aspiring actor Kyler Norris (Karis Cameron).

I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-up series—it gets so ridiculous and over-the-top with some of the soapy turns of the storylines. The actors have a lot of fun playing these ridiculous versions of themselves. It’s like their own lives are storylines ripped from the iconic series they once starred in. There are so many fun callbacks to moments and characters from the show, with hilarious meta jokes and guest appearances. Any fan of the original series will want to check out this follow-up. It’s a shame we never got a second season, and that Luke Perry passed away before getting a chance to be a part of it. The series is spread across two discs and includes a fun gag reel. It is presented in its original widescreen format. While the series originally aired in HD on FOX, it still looks amazing on this SD DVD release, with a crisp, clean, detailed picture. The audio track provides clear dialogue and makes use of the surround channel to add some nice ambiance. I don’t believe this series is available on disc on its own, just as part of this Ultimate Collection, which is unfortunate for those who already own the seasons of the original series.

Beverly Hills, 90210: The Ultimate Collection comes packed in three giant plastic keepcases—one for Seasons 1-3 (the high school seasons), another for seasons 4-7 (the college seasons), and one for seasons 8-10 (the adult years) and the revival series. These are placed inside of an outer cardbaord box. The discs are stacked in overlapping piles on plastic trays. It can be a little difficult to maneuver and find the discs you are looking for, but this seems to be the standard packaging for the CBS complete series releases. The majority of the discs have a basic silver front, labeled with the season & disc number and list of episodes. However, the fourth season discs look far different from the rest, like they took some leftover discs from other releases and repurposed them for this set—discs 1-6,8 of season 4 feature full color artwork with a character’s face, while the remaining disc has a blank white label with a purple ring around the edge, and is labeled “The Complete Series DVD Yearbook 1990-2000, Season 4, Disc 7”. The bonus disc at the end of the set also sticks out—is a similar-looking white disc with gold ring around the edge, labeled “The Complete Series DVD Yearbook 1990-2000, Bonus Disc”.



What’s Included:
Episodes: (219:15:19)

  • Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
      All 10 seasons/293 episodes on 65 discs:

      • Season 1 (1990–91), 22 episodes:
        Disc 1: “Pilot” (Parts 1 and 2), “The Green Room”, “Every Dream Has Its Price”
        Disc 2: “The First Time”, “One on One”, “Higher Education”, “Perfect Mom”
        Disc 3: “Seventeen Year Itch”, “The Gentle Art of Listening”, “Isn’t it Romantic?”, “B.Y.O.B.”
        Disc 4: “One Man and a Baby”, “Slumber Party”, “East Side Story”, “Palm Springs Weekend”
        Disc 5: “Fame is Where You Find It”, “Stand (Up) and Deliver”, “It’s Only a Test”, “April Is the Cruelest Month”
        Disc 6: “Spring Training”, “Spring Dance”, “Home Again”
      • Season 2 (1991–92), 28 episodes:
        Disc 1: “Beach Blanket Brandon”, “The Party Fish”, “Summer Storm”, “Anaconda”
        Disc 2: “Play it Again, David”, “Pass, Not Pass”, “Camping Trip”, “Wild Fire”
        Disc 3: “Ashes to Ashes”, “Necessity is a Mother”, “Leading from the Heart”, “Down and Out (of District) in Beverly Hills”
        Disc 4: “Halloween”, “The Next Fifty Years”, “U4EA”, “My Desperate Valentine”
        Disc 5: “Chuckie’s Back”, “A Walsh Family Christmas”, “Fire and Ice”
        Disc 6: “A Competitive Edge”, “Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout It”, “And Baby Makes Five”
        Disc 7: “Cardio-Funk”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “Meeting Mr. Pony”
        Disc 8: “Things to Do on a Rainy Day”, “Mexican Standoff”, “Wedding Bell Blues”
      • Season 3 (1992–93), 30 episodes:
        Disc 1: “Misery Loves Company”, “The Twins, The Trustee, and The Very Big Trip”, “Too Little, Too Late/Paris, 75001”, “Sex, Lies and Volleyball/Photo Fini”
        Disc 2: “Shooting Star/American in Paris”, “Castles in the Sand”, “A Song of Myself”, “The Back Story”
        Disc 3: “Highwire”, “Home and Away”, “Presumption of Innocence”, “Destiny Rides Again”
        Disc 4: “Rebel With a Cause”, “Wild Horses”, “The Kindness of Strangers”, “It’s a Totally Happening Life”
        Disc 5: “The Game Is Chicken”, “Midlife… Now What?”, “Back in the High Life Again”, “Parental Guidance Recommended”
        Disc 6: “Dead End”, “The Child Is Father to the Man”, “Duke’s Bad Boy”, “Perfectly Perfect”
        Disc 7: “Senior Poll”, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”, “A Night to Remember”
        Disc 8: “Something in the Air”, “Commencement” (Parts 1 and 2)
      • Season 4 (1993–94), 32 episodes:
        Disc 1: “So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye”, “The Girl from New York City”, “The Little Fish”, “Greek to Me”
        Disc 2: “Radio Daze”, “Strangers in the Night”, “Moving Targets”, “Twenty Years Ago Today”
        Disc 3: “Otherwise Engaged”, “And Did It My Way”, “Take Back the Night”, “Radar Love”
        Disc 3: “Emily”, “Windstruck”, “Somewhere in the World It’s Christmas”, “Crunch Time”
        Disc 5: “Thicker Than Water”, “Heartbreaker”, “The Labors of Love”, “Scared Very Straight”
        Disc 6: “Addicted to Love”, “Change Partners”, “A Pig is a Boy is a Dog”, “Cuffs and Links”
        Disc 7: “The Time Has Come Today”, “Blind Spot”, “Divas”, “Acting Out”
        Disc 8: “Truth and Consequences”, “Vital Signs”, “Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington” (Parts 1 & 2)
      • Season 5 (1994–95), 32 episodes:
        Disc 1: “What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories”, “Under the Influence”, “A Clean Slate”, “Life After Death”
        Disc 2: “Rave On”, “Homecoming”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”, “Things That Go Bang in the Night”
        Disc 3: “Intervention”, “The Dreams of Dylan McKay”, “Hate Is Just a Four-Letter Word”, “Rock of Ages”
        Disc 4: “Up in Flames”, “Injustice for All”, “Christmas Comes This Time Each Year”, “Sentenced to Life”
        Disc 5: “Sweating it Out”, “Hazardous to Your Health”, “Little Monsters”, “You Gotta Have Heart”
        Disc 6: “Stormy Weather”, “Alone at the Top”, “Love Hurts”, “Unreal World”
        Disc 7: “Double Jeopardy”, “A Song for My Mother”, “Squash It”, “Girls on the Side”
        Disc 8: “The Real McCoy”, “Hello Life, Goodbye Beverly Hills”, “P.S. I Love You” (Parts 1 & 2)
      • Season 6 (1995–96), 32 episodes:
        Disc 1: “Home Is Where The Tart Is”, “Buffalo Gals”, “Must Be a Guy Thing”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Lover’s Leap”
        Disc 2: “Speechless”, “Violated”, “Gypsies, Cramps and Fleas”, “Earthquake Weather”, “One Wedding and a Funeral”
        Disc 3: “Offensive Interference”, “Breast Side Up”, “Courting”, “Fortunate Son”, “Angels We Have Heard On High”
        Disc 4: “Turn Back the Clock”, “Fade In, Fade Out”, “Snowbound”, “Nancy’s Choice”, “Flying”
        Disc 5: “Bleeding Hearts”, “All This and Mary Too”, “Leap of Faith”, “Coming Out, Getting Out, Going Out”
        Disc 6: “Smashed”, “Flirting With Disaster”, “Strike the Match”, “The Big Hurt”
        Disc 7: “Ticket to Ride”, “Ray of Hope”, “You Say It’s Your Birthday”
      • Season 7 (1996–97), 32 episodes:
        Disc 1: “Remember the Alamo”, “Here We Go Again”, “A Mate for Life”, “Disappearing Act”
        Disc 2: “Pledging My Love”, “Housewarming”, “Fearless”, “The Things We Do for Love”
        Disc 3: “Loser Takes All”, “Lost in Las Vegas”, “If I Had a Hammer”, “Judgement Day”
        Disc 4: “Gift Wrapped”, “Jobbed”, “Phantom of C.U.”, “Unnecessary Roughness”, “Face-Off”
        Disc 5: “We Interrupt This Program”, “My Funny Valentine”, “With This Ring”, “Straight Shooter”, “A Ripe Young Age”
        Disc 6: “Storm Warnings”, “Spring Breakdown”, “Heaven Sent”, “The Long Goodbye”, “I Only Have Eyes for You”
        Disc 7: “All That Jazz”, “Mother’s Day”, “Senior Week”, “Graduation Day” (Parts 1 & 2)
      • Season 8 (1997–98), 32 episodes:
        Disc 1: “Aloha Beverly Hills” (Parts 1 & 2), “Forgive and Forget”, “The Way We Weren’t”
        Disc 2: “Coming Home”, “The Right Thing”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Toil and Trouble”
        Disc 3: “Friends, Lovers and Children”, “Child of the Night”, “Deadline”, “Friends in Deed”
        Disc 4: “Comic Relief”, “Santa Knows”, “Ready or Not”, “Illegal Tender”, “The Elephant’s Father”
        Disc 5: “Rebound”, “Crimes and Misdemeanors”, “Cupid’s Arrow”, “The Girl Who Cried Wolf”, “Law and Disorder”
        Disc 6: “Making Amends”, “The Nature of Nurture”, “Aunt Bea’s Pickles”, “All That Glitters”, “Reunion”
        Disc 7: “Skin Deep”, “Ricochet”, “The Fundamental Things Apply”, “The Wedding” (Parts 1 & 2)
      • Season 9 (1998–99), 26 episodes:
        Disc 1: “The Morning After”, “Budget Cuts”, “Dealer’s Choice”, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
        Disc 2: “Brandon Leaves”, “Confession”, “You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello”, “I’m Back Because”
        Disc 3: “The Following Options”, “Marathon Man”, “How to Be the Jerk Women Love”, “Trials and Tribulations”
        Disc 4: “Withdrawal”, “I’m Married”, “Beheading St. Valentine”, “Survival Skills”
        Disc 5: “Slipping Away”, “Bobbi Dearest”, “The Leprechaun”, “Fortune Cookie”, “I Wanna Reach Out and Grab Ya”
        Disc 6: “Local Hero”, “The End of the World as We Know It”, “Dog’s Best Friend”, “Agony”, “That’s the Guy”
      • Season 10 (1999–2000), 27 episodes:
        Disc 1: “The Phantom Menace”, “Let’s Eat Cake”, “You Better Work”, “A Fine Mess”
        Disc 2: “The Loo-Ouch”, “80’s Night”, “Laying Pipe”, “Baby, You Can Drive My Car”
        Disc 3: “Family Tree” (Part 1)/”What’s in a Name” (Part 2), “Sibling Revelry”, “Nine Yolks Whipped Lightly”, “Tainted Love”
        Disc 4: “I’m Using You ‘Cause I Like You”, “Fertile Ground”, “The Final Proof”, “Doc Martin”, “Eddie Waitkus”
        Disc 5: “I Will Be Your Father Figure”, “Ever Heard the One About the Exploding Father”, “Spring Fever”, “The Easter Bunny”, “And Don’t Forget to Give Me Back My Black T-Shirt”
        Disc 6: “Love is Blind”, “I’m Happy for You, Really”, “The Penultimate” (Part 1)/”Ode to Joy” (Part 2)
    • 480i / Full Frame 4:3
    • Audio: English Stereo
    • Subtitles: Seasons 3-10: English, Portuguese, Spanish; Season 10: English SDH
    • Closed Captions: English (Seasons 1-9 only)
  • BH90210 (2019)
      All 6 episodes of the series on 2 discs:
      Disc 1: “The Reunion”, “The Pitch”, “The Photo Shoot”
      Disc 2: “The Table Read”, “Picture’s Up”, “The Long Wait”
    • 480i / Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9
    • Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital (BH90210)
    • Subtitles: English SDH

Extras:

Beverly Hills 90210 Seasons 1-3

  • Season 1 (1990–91):
    All of this bonus material was originally created for the 2006 DVD release of the first season.

    • Audio Commentaries
      Series creator Darren Star provides commentary for the pilot and penultimate episode (the first episode of TV he directed) of the first season. There are some gaps in the commentaries—the pilot commentary even stops after Part 1 of the episode. They’re not as exciting as they could be, but Star does provide some interesting behind-the-scenes stories about casting the series, reshoots, filming locations, Easter eggs, things that had changed after the pilot, some reactions to what happens at the prom, The Peach Pit, and more.

      • “Pilot” (Part 1 only) (1:32:46)
      • “Spring Dance” (46:24)
    • Beginnings With Darren Star (6:34)
      Series creator Darren Star talks about his inspiration for the series, casting the show, the actors, Tori Spelling’s role, the writing, the show’s evolution, covering teenage issues, the “Spring Dance” episode he wrote and directed, and the audience relating to 90210. Interview segments are presented in 4:3 letterbox format.
    • Meet the Class Of West Beverly High
      For each of the main characters, click to read some “Stats” about the character, see a montage of clips related to what class role they were voted, or watch an interview with the actor talking about their character. Select from:

      • Brandon Walsh
        • Voted “Most Popular with the Ladies” (1:14)
        • Behind the Scenes with Jason (2:44)
      • Brenda Walsh
        • Voted “Most Dramatic” (1:16)
      • Dylan McKay
        • Voted “Smoothest Operator” (1:18)
        • Behind the Scenes with Luke (4:00)
      • Kelly Taylor
        • Voted “Too Cool For School” (1:13)
        • Behind the Scenes with Jennie (2:32)
      • Steve Sanders
        • Voted “Big Man On Campus” (1:06)
        • Behind the Scenes with Ian (2:00)
      • David Silver
        • Voted “Most Girl (Kelly) Crazy” (1:10)
      • Donna Martin
        • Voted “Goofiest Gal” (1:23)
      • Andrea Zuckerman
        • Voted “Most Likely To Succeed” (1:45)
        • Behind the Scenes with Gabrielle (2:20)
    • 90210 Behind-the-Scenes (5:02)
      This featurette that originally aired on FOX gives a rundown of the premise of the series and the characters. It includes behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with show creator Darren Star, executive producers Aaron Spelling & Charles Rosin, and stars Jason Priestly, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris & Ian Ziering.
    • Looking Back – Season One – The Recap
      Interactive episode guide with extended descriptions of each episode.
  • Season 2 (1991–92):
    All of this bonus material was originally created for the 2007 DVD release of the second season.

    • Meet the Walshes (7:10)
      Stars Carol Potter (“Cindy Walsh”) and James Eckhouse (“Jim Walsh”) talk about how they still get recognized for these roles they played for 5 seasons, what it was like working on the series, and some of the highlights of and reactions to their characters and storylines.
    • Our Favorite Valentine (5:23)
      Christine Elise talks about her role as Emily Valentine, how it impacted her career, some of the corny dialogue, what it was like working with Jason and Luke, and more.
    • Everything You Need to Know About Beverly Hills 90210 Season 2 (17:40)
      John Aboud and Michael Colton take a booth at the Peach Pit to give a comedic recap of the second season. Some of the topics include The Walshes, Fashion & Hair, Brenda ♥ Dylan, Drama, Drama, & Drama!, and Sex, Drugs & Rock-n-Roll & Eggs.
  • Season 3 (1992–93):
    All of this bonus material was originally created for the 2007 DVD release of the third season.

    • Audio Commentaries
      • “Commencement” (Parts 1 & 2) (1:32:55)
        Husband and wife executive producer/writer Charles Rosin and writer Karen Rosin provide commentary on the two-part final episode of the third season. They talk about closing out the 77-episode run of the high school years, breaking up the big couple of Brenda a Dylan, using clips from past episodes, and more. They share a lot of behind-the-scenes stories about the series.
    • 7 Minutes in Heaven (7:05)
      Montage of clips from the season.
    • The World According To Nat (5:03)
      Actor Joe Tata talks about playing Peach Pit owner Nat Bussichio, working with Jason, Shannen, Luke, Brian, Ian and the rest of the cast.
    • Everything You Need to Know About Beverly Hills 90210 Season 3 (17:12)
      John Aboud and Michael Colton relax on some beach chairs at the Beverly Hills Beach Club to give another hilarious recap of the third season. They discuss heading to Paris, The Love Triangle, The Homeless, Wild Horses, Dylan’s Dad, Nikki’s Sweet Music, A Night To Remember, Donna Martin Graduates, Ah, Steve, and Senior Breakfast.

  • Beverly Hills 90210 Seasons 4-7

    • Season 4 (1993-94):
      All of this bonus material was originally created for the 2008 DVD release of the fourth season.

      • Beverly Hills Moms (6:25)
        Actresses Carol Potter and Katherine Cannon (“Felice Martin”) talk about how their roles as mothers changed over the seasons, watching the young actors grow over the years, working with other adult guest stars, and more.
      • The Loves of Season 4 (7:17)
        Interviews with some of the love interests of season 4. Dina Meyer (“Lucinda Nicholson”) talks about working with Jason Priestly. Mark Damon Espinoza (“Jesse Vasquez”) talks about losing his anonymity and working with Gabrielle and Jason. And Robia Scott (“Jill Fleming”) talks about her first big acting role, working with Ian, Jason & Celeste, and her vendetta with Lucinda.
      • A Look Back With Charles Rosin (12:38)
        Executive producer Charles Rosin talks about the initial panic at having the cast graduate from high school, and how they approached moving the show to college. He discuses some of the freedoms this more mature setting allowed for with the storylines, dealing with Gabrielle’s real-life pregnancy, dealing with Shannen’s exit from the series, culminating some of the show’s big relationships, and more.
      • Genre Benders
        Trailers for fake movies created from clips from the season. Select from:

        • Bad Apples (1:11)
          Horror movie where good kids turn rotten.
        • Get The Girl (1:42)
          A Musician, a Baller and The Playa embark on a game that may tear their friendship apart.
      • 7 Minutes in Heaven (7:17)
        Montage of clips from the fourth season.
      • Everything You Need to Know About Beverly Hills 90210 Season 4 (18:56)
        Chris Romano and Kathryn Fiore hang out in Kelly, Donna and David’s beach house to give a humorous recap of the major events of the fourth season. Presented in 4:3 letterbox format.

    • Beverly Hills 90210 Seasons 8-10, BH90210 The Complete Series

      • Season 10 (1998-99):
        • The Final Goodbye (43:37)
          In this special, which originally aired on FOX in 2001, the cast look back at the iconic series discussing their first impressions of and friendships with one another, embarrassing hair styles and moments, preparing for kissing scenes, people watching the show as a family, the topics and issues covered on the show, the bad things that have happened to Kelly, what they would have changed about the production, dealing with the fame, leaving the series, the fans, what they’d like their castmates to remember about them, and more. Includes lots of behind-the-scenes and home video footage, Aaron Spelling tearfully watching Thank You messages from the cast, and interviews with stars Ian Ziering (“Steve Sanders”), Jason Priestly (“Brandon Walsh”), Jennie Garth (“Kelly Taylor”), Gabrielle Carteris (” Andrea Zuckerman”), Tori Spelling (“Donna Martin”), Luke Perry (“Dylan McKay”) , Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (“Valerie Malone”), Joe E. Tata (“Nat”), Brian Austin Green (“David Silver”), Lindsay Price (“Janet Sosna”), Vincent Young (“Noah Hunter”) & Daniel Cosgrove (“Matt Durning”).
      • BH90210 (2019):
        • Gag Reel (4:08)
          This fun gag reel finds the cast flubbing lines, choking on food and drinks, dancing, laughing, and just having fun on set.
      • Bonus Disc:
        This bonus disc was originally included in the 2013 Complete Series DVD Yearbook 1990-2000 release.

        • Beverly Hills 90210: Behind-the-Scenes (1993) (22:49)
          Katie Wagner hosts this behind, which aired in 1993, shortly after the third season finale, between the high school and college seasons. Wagner sits down with some of the cast members, asking them about their work on the show, other things going on in their careers, and their plans for the summer. In the Peach Pit, she interviews Shannen Doherty, Brian Austin Green & Tori Spelling, in the classroom and school hallway, she talks with Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris & Ian Ziering, and at the Walsh home, she speaks with Jennie Garth and Jason Priestley (who is behind the camera, directing the special).
        • Beverly Hills 90210: The Reunion (2003) (40:03)
          The cast reunites to revisit the past in this reunion special that first aired in 2003. Cast members Gabrielle Carteris, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth & Ian Ziering sit down to share some fun stories and discuss things like the legacy and impact of the series, becoming the closest of friends, the fashion on the show, offset relationships and injuries, favorite episodes, the production campus, looking back at some of their horrible style choices and hair styles, the fame and fandom, the roles of each character, the most romantic moments on the show, and working with the adult actors. Near the end, they are joined by Joe E. Tata, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse. There are also some individual interviews with Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty.
        • Beverly Hills 90210: A Look Back with Darren Star (21:28)
          In this 2013 featurettes, series creator Darren Star looks back at the series, discussing how the series came about, the initial poor ratings, the characters and actors behind the roles, tackling real issues, the fashion and music in the series, and the legacy of the series. Includes behind-the-scenes footage. Presented in widescreen format.
        • Promos (1:12)
          Two Beverly Hills 90210 Pop Quiz promos play back-to-back.
        • Entertainment Tonight Segments (3:08)
          The first segment includes interviews with Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestly as Mary Hart talks about the premiere of the series. In the second segment, Hart intros a behind-the-scenes look at the finale, including interviews with Luke Perry, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, plus some vintage interviews with Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestly from the set of the premiere.


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        Highly Recommended

        Beverly Hills, 90210: The Ultimate Collection includes all 10 seasons/293 episodes of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 series as well as all 6 episodes of the hilarious 2019 BH90210 follow-up series (on disc for the first time), plus a host of other bonus material. Beverly Hills, 90210 is an iconic series that defined and launched the entire teen drama genre, and still holds up really well 30 years later. This new DVD collection is primarily a repackaging of the previous releases of the original series, with the added bonus of the 2019 BH90210 series. For new fans who don’t already own the show on DVD, this is a great release and a must own. However, it still does not contain the original broadcast music that has been left off all previous releases, so for the fans who already own the show on DVD, this would pretty much be the same discs. Hopefully, in the future, there will be a standalone release of the BH90210 series for those fans who already own the original series, so they don’t have to re-buy the other 10 seasons all over again, but right now this is the only way to get it on disc.