Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete First Season

Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete First Season

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Cast: Ray Romano, Brad Garrett

     
 

Ray Romano's hit sitcom about the ups and downs of family life comes to DVD with this well-appointed box set. The episodes on Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. In addition to the original English-language… See more details below

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Ray Romano's hit sitcom about the ups and downs of family life comes to DVD with this well-appointed box set. The episodes on Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. In addition to the original English-language soundtracks, each episode features alternate dubbed tracks in French and Spanish, while optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish are also included. Bonus materials include commentary tracks on selected episodes by Ray Romano and the show's creator Phil Rosenthal, three short featurettes on the production of the show's first season, and an appearance by Romano on the Late Show with David Letterman which helped inspire the series.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The most popular network sitcoms to come down the pike since Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond was created as a showcase for stand-up comedian Ray Romano, whose wry observations on family life were the core of his popular nightclub act. Ironically, the show has become famous as an ensemble piece, and justifiably so: Few sitcoms maintain such a delicate balance, and so carefully distribute laugh lines, among the cast members. This five-disc box set collects all the episodes of the first season (1996-97), which may not be as uniformly excellent as the series' subsequent year but still score more frequently than they miss. From the first, Romano seemed very comfortable in the role of Ray Barone, the New York-based sportswriter who lives on Long Island with wife Debra (Patricia Heaton) and three kids -- and just across the street from his parents, Marie (Doris Roberts) and Frank (Peter Boyle), and his unmarried older brother, Robert (Brad Garrett). The first season featured guest appearances by such sports figures as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Terry Bradshaw, a gimmick that went by the wayside once the cast settled into the characters and developed a winning rapport. Among the most memorable shows here are: "Turkey or Fish" (a Thanksgiving episode like none other in sitcom history); "Debra's Sick," wherein Ray must play Mr. Mom after Debra comes down with the flu; "Frank, the Writer," in which Frank, after getting an anecdote published in Reader's Digest, thinks Ray's editor should let him do a column; and the classic "I Love You," in which Debra speaks for many American wives in wondering aloud why her husband finds it so difficult to utter those three little words. Later seasons would more fully exploit the comic aspects of Debra's ongoing quarrels with Marie, Frank's passive-aggressive approach to mediating family conflicts, and Robert's relationship difficulties. But the seeds were definitely planted in the first year's episodes, and by watching them again it's easy to understand how they eventually blossomed into the fabulous show Raymond is today.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
UPC:
0026359232527
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
8:58:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Three behind-the-scenes featurettes; includes interviews with show creators, cast, and writers; The "Late Show With David Letterman" appearance of Ray Romano that inspired the idea for the show; Two optional audio commentaries with Ray Romano and series creator Phil Rosenthal

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