Frasier - The Complete First Season

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Overview

Frasier is not a series that requires stunning visuals to succeed, which lessens the importance of a top-notch visual transfer. However, it is enjoyable to notice improvement over the original television version, and this release delivers with clear, bright colors and minimal defects. Music cues do not appear in this series, so the sound is mostly dialogue. The 2.0 channel stereo transfer effectively presents the conversations in an understandable manner. The audio is very centralized, but it springs clearly from...
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Overview

Frasier is not a series that requires stunning visuals to succeed, which lessens the importance of a top-notch visual transfer. However, it is enjoyable to notice improvement over the original television version, and this release delivers with clear, bright colors and minimal defects. Music cues do not appear in this series, so the sound is mostly dialogue. The 2.0 channel stereo transfer effectively presents the conversations in an understandable manner. The audio is very centralized, but it springs clearly from the utilized speakers. The extra features on this four-disc collection are pretty light, but they still offer more than the basic television release. The highlight is "Behind the Couch: The Making of Frasier," a 20-minute collection of interviews with the entire cast, and creators Peter Casey and David Lee. They cover each character and its origins, which provides some interesting tidbits. The remaining supplements are fairly minor, including a commentary track from Casey and Lee during the pilot episode. They do give some good insights, including their original ideas for the series, but their conversation is only mildly informative. "Frasier Crane's Apartment" gives numerous small featurettes about the basic elements of Frasier's residence. Finally, each disc contains a short "Celebrity Voices" feature that presents the scenes and reveals the voices included with each radio segment.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by executive producers/creators Peter Casey and David Lee on the pilot episode; "Behind the Couch - The Making of Frasier"; Frasier Crane's apartment; Celebrity voices
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
Spin-offs are a dicey business, especially when the source is one of TV’s all-time great series. But there are rare instances when the new show matches, and at times even surpasses, the original. Such became the case when Kelsey Grammer picked psychiatrist Frasier Crane off his Cheers barstool and hopped a plane back home to Seattle. Despite the title, Frasier is far from a one-man show. And the beauty of revisiting the debut season comes in watching the ensemble blend together like a well-brewed Chai latte. The genius is evident from the pilot, "The Good Son," when our protagonist begins his shrink call-in radio show and starts sharing digs with his curmudgeonly dad, Martin John Mahoney, and Dad’s dog, Eddie who deservedly became a star in his own right. Such an arrangement could clearly have provided enough Odd Couple-style tension to keep viewers entertained. But adding brotherly love/hate tugs with Niles the brilliant David Hyde Pierce, and sexual tension with Martin’s home care worker, Daphne Jane Leeves, elevates matters above typical sitcom fare. A hilariously tangled web of neuroses, emotions, and head games unfurls throughout the first 22 episodes collected here. Worthy of an all-time great list are "Death Becomes Him," which finds Frasier staring mortality in the face, and "Fortysomething," wherein he confronts a midlife crisis when a voluptuous 22-year-old asks him out. The fraternal quarrels are always Frasier high points, too, and "Author, Author" -- in which Frasier and Niles attempt to write a book about their sibling rivalry -- is one of the highest. For a quick recap, the season kicker "My Coffee with Niles" unites the extended Freudian family for recollections on Frasier’s first year back in Seattle and poses the question, Is he happy? We know our answer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 097360569445
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 9:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,946

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Hyde Pierce Dr. Niles Crane
John Mahoney Martin Crane
Jane Leeves Daphne
Kelsey Grammer Dr. Frasier Crane
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Menu

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-6
   The Good Son (Pilot)
      Audio Commentary With Peter Casey and David Lee: On
      Audio Commentary With Peter Casey and David Lee: Off
   Space Quest
   Dinner at Eight
   I Hate Frasier Crane
   Here's Looking at You
   The Crucible
   Celebrity Voices
Side #2 -- Episodes 7-12
   Call Me Irresponsible
   Beloved Infidel
   Selling Out
   Oops
   Death Becomes Him
   Miracle on Third or Fourth Street
   Celebrity Voices
Side #3 -- Episodes 13-18
   Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast?
   Can't Buy Me Love
   You Can't Tell a Crook by His Cover
   The Show Where Lilith Comes Back
   A Midwinter Night's Dream
   And the Whimper Is...
   Celebrity Voices
Side #4 -- Episodes 19-24
   Give Him the Chair
   Fortysomething
   Travels With Martin
   Author, Author
   Frasier Crane's Day Off
   My Coffee With Niles
   Special Features
      Behind the Couch: The Making of Frasier
      Frasier Crane's Apartment
         Front Door
         Table
         Couch
         Sculpture
         Leather Chair
         Balcony
         Martin's Chair
         Telescope
         Piano
         Table & Chairs
         Cabinet
         Kitchen
         Desk
      Celebrity Voices
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frazier is one of a kind!

    We have enjoyed every episode of Frazier, never seem to get tired of the humor. Can't wait to purchase all the other season's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great!

    Frazier is so funny. It is too bad that the show stopped when it did. The first season is full of memorable moments....rettx

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Season 2, Please!!!!!!!!

    A superb cast and excellent writing of which I can't get enough. Please hurry with Season 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When's season 2 coming out?

    This is wonderful. The writing is hysterical, the actors first rate. Kudos to Kelsey Grammer for allowing himself to be part a true ensemble - it has made the show an instant classic. I never watched until a few years ago, in reruns, and so I'm seeing many of these for the first time. I'm laughing out loud. And I have a bit of a geeky crush on Niles Crane.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Comedy

    Frasier is an amazing comedy that relates to everyones lives. I have ordered the next season as well. Have a great watch!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    '' A CLASSIC COMEDY''

    THE FIRST SEASON IS A RIOT! FRASIER MOVING FROM BOSTON TO SEATTLE & GETTING RE-INTRODUCED TO HIS FATHER (MARTIN), BROTHER (NILES), & LIVE-IN MAID, THERAPIST (DAPHNE). AND WHO CAN FORGET ''EDDIE''. VERY HILARIOUS FIRST SEASON! YOU'LL LOVE IT!

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    Posted March 22, 2010

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