'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Lip Synchin'
(Dylan and Cole Sprouse, et al / DVD / G / (2005) 2008 / WALT DISNEY VIDEO)
Overview: The curtain is going up on THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK & CODY: LIP SYNCHIN' IN THE RAIN! Get ready to laugh out loud at four outrageously funny episodes from the hit Disney Channel original series packed with mischief mayhem and music! Plus discover if Dylan and Cole Sprouse are exactly alike in the exclusive "Twin-Tastic" bonus feature loaded with fun facts and cool trivia about real-life twins and watch the sidesplitting gag reel featuring hilarious never-before-seen moments from the entire cast!.
DVD Verdict: This DVD contains 4 episodes of the Disney Channel series, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." The show is set in the Tipton Hotel in Boston. Regular characters include identical twins Zack and Cody (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), hotel heiress London Tipton (Brenda Song), as well as candy counter girl Maddie (Ashley Tisdale), single mother Carey (Kim Rhodes), and the hotel's manager Mr. Mosbey (Phill Lewis).
The four episodes featured on this DVD begin with: "Lip Synchin' In The Rain," which has the gang putting on their version of "High School Musical." Inside gag is that Ashley Tisdale starred in the actual HSM as Sharpay, however in "Zack & Cody," nobody sees that Maddie looks anything like Sharpay. Even though Maddie is the best singer and dancer, rival London gets the role of Sharpay because her dad is rich. Of course there is a happy ending and the gang works together to make the show a hit. #2 is "Arwin That Came To Dinner."
Arwin is the hotel repairman/engineer who is distraught that his mother has moved out of the apartment that they share...and Arwin is clearly in his thirties. The twins and their mom help Arwin get over his mom fixation and find true love by converting his apartment into a cool bachelor pad. #3 is "Orchestra," which features a Russian Violin prodigy in the high school orchestra who comes between Cody and his girlfriend Barbra. 1970's blonde bombshell Susan Blakely has a role as the orchestra conductor, Mrs. Madigan. #4 is "A Tale of Two Houses." Zack & Cody's dad is back in town due to a play he is performing in.
The twins scheme to crash his new apartment with their girlfriends while dad is working, and unbeknownst to them, they pick the same evening. 4 is a definitely a crowd, and even more people decide to drop in.
Extras include "Twin-Tastic," a featurette with the twins getting interviewed by Brenda Song (London), telling what it's like to be twins. No great revelations here, but it's still nice to see how natural the kids are what a nice rapport they have, even off camera.
It is also interesting to hear about identical twins...the truths, the myths, and the entertaining stories that the boys share. A gag reel with bloopers and blunders is also included for good measure, as well as a number of Disney sneak Movie and DVD previews. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs. [DLW]