Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season

Roll your eyes all you will at MTV's opportunistic reality sudser about wealthy O.C. youth, but don't write off "Laguna Beach" because of that. The skein's first season set shows just how crafty creators were when they dialed down the docu for drama and paved the way for return characters in subsequent seasons.

Roll your eyes all you will at MTV’s opportunistic reality sudser about wealthy O.C. youth, but don’t write off “Laguna Beach” because of that. The skein’s first season set shows just how crafty creators were when they dialed down the docu for drama and paved the way for return characters in subsequent seasons. Reality show conventions — cast interviews and neighborhood excursions — anchor the bonus disc of this highly watchable set devoted to SoCal’s rich and callow.

“Laguna Beach” cast interviews, conducted at the conclusion of the six-month shoot, probe their reactions to the ubiquitous cameras and the “Laguna love triangle” driving the drama onscreen. Relegating these comments to extras frees producers to create a serialized narrative closer to scripted drama than the self-conscious reality docus pioneered by MTV’s own “Real World.”

In her segment, Lo no doubt speaks for a lot of viewers when she weighs in her best friend L.C.’s romantic triangle: “A lot of times I thought they were acting like dumb 14 year olds.”

The extras, by the way, make it clear the “Laguna triangle,” which drove the first season drama, returned for the second season, now underway. Additional extras include deleted scenes, musicvideos and a behind-the-scenes look at the season-one finale built around an appearance by skein’s Kirstin on — what else? — fellow MTV skein “TRL.”

Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season

Production: An MTV Home Video release of the MTV skein.

Crew: Release: July 19 Three-disc set: $38.99

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