Malcolm in Middle: the Complete First Season

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Overview

The hit TV show Malcolm in the Middle hits DVD in a three disc set titled Malcolm in the Middle: The Complete First Season. Each of these episodes is presented in a cropped 1.33:1 full-frame transfer (the show was originally shot in 1.78:1 widescreen) and sports a few minor imperfections (i.e., grain and some softness in the image). Otherwise, these are fine-looking transfers that feature solid black levels and usually crisp colors. The soundtracks are presented in Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround in English. These ...
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Overview

The hit TV show Malcolm in the Middle hits DVD in a three disc set titled Malcolm in the Middle: The Complete First Season. Each of these episodes is presented in a cropped 1.33:1 full-frame transfer (the show was originally shot in 1.78:1 widescreen) and sports a few minor imperfections (i.e., grain and some softness in the image). Otherwise, these are fine-looking transfers that feature solid black levels and usually crisp colors. The soundtracks are presented in Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround in English. These mixes are better than expected when it comes to dynamic range and ambient sound. While none of the episodes' soundtracks will blow fans away, overall they sound exceptionally nice for a prime-time TV show. Also included on these discs are English subtitles. Fox has done a fine job at adding some bonus materials to this set, including commentary tracks on every episode by various cast and crew members, including creator Linwood Boomer, directors Todd Holland and Arlene Sanford, writers Alex Reid and Michael Glouberman, and stars Frankie Muniz and Bryan Cranston. Each of these tracks feature a plethora of production information, funny anecdotes about the shoots, and other tidbits for fans to chew on. Also included is an optional ID track which allows the viewer to know who is speaking at any given time. Next up is "Malcolm Vision" which looks at why the film was cropped to a full-frame transfer instead of presented in its original widescreen ratio. Two featurettes -- "Malcolm in the Middle: A Stroke of Genius" and "Dewey's Day Job: A Portrait of Erik Per Sullivan" -- take a look at what goes on behind the scenes of the show. The first featurette includes cast and crew interviews about the show while the second focuses on child actor Erik Per Sullivan and what he does when he's not in front of the camera. Finally there is a gag reel of bloopers by the cast, a behind-the-scenes montage set to upbeat music, some weird intros by the cast, and a few promo TV spots for the show.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New-for-DVD extended pilot episode; Running disc commentary on select episodes by the show's creator, stars, directors, and writers; "Malcolm in the Middle: A Stroke of Genius" featurette; Season one gag reel; Deleted scenes and alternate show openings; "Dewey's Day Job" featurette; Season One promotional TV spots; Full-frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

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Any traditional notions of the nuclear family that had survived such sitcoms as Married with Children and The Simpsons crumble to the ground in Malcolm in the Middle. In a network world still hamstrung by an anachronistic laugh-track mentality, MITM eschews canned laughter, relying instead on humor that forces viewers to confront, albeit fearfully, familial dysfunction. The center of it all is Malcolm Frankie Muniz, the second of three brothers whose parents played by Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston often resort to guerrilla tactics to rule the roost. Malcolm, whose test scores earn him genius status, is caught between the raised expectations of his parents and the mockery of his peers. This three-disc set compiles all 16 first-season episodes, including the Emmy-winning pilot, as well as deleted scenes and the option for audio commentary. The series' final episode, "Water Park," features Bea Arthur Maude in an Emmy-nominated turn as Mrs. White.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • UPC: 024543052951
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 6:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,793

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      Malcolm Vision
      "Malcolm in the Middle": A Stroke of Genius
      Season One Promos
      Dewey's Day Job: A Portrait of Erik Per Sullivan
      Cold Opens
         Goggles (Directed by Arlene Sanford, Originally for Episode 2 "Red Dress")
         Crapopoly (Directed by Todd Holland, Originally for Episode 8 "Krelboyne Picnic")
         Piranhas (Directed by Arlene Sanford, Originally for Episode 11 "Funeral")
         New Mailman (Directed by Chris Koch, Originally for Episode 14 "The Bots and the Bees")
      Season One Gag Reel
      Deleted Scenes
         Quite a Family (From Episode 10 "Stock Car Races")
         That Would Have Been Cool (From Episodes 8 "Kreyboyne Picnic")
         Pudding (From Episode 6 "Sleepover")
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cool Show it now comes on Nick At Nite!

    Well this show was always cool and now its on at night on Nick At Night around 8 pm its on i like Malcolm but Reese is the real cute one nice tv show!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Macolm in the Middle was hilariously enjoyable.

    I would definitly suggest it to my friends...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    The first season of Malcolm in the Middle, directed by Lynwood Boomer, includes simply amazing episodes about a typical American family. What makes this show unique is that instead of being about a false family where everything is pefect, this show is something every person can relate to. This show is also very well-written, as opposed to some sitcoms that contain weak jokes. The only negatives about the first season of this show is that the episodes take a bit long to explain the history about the family and that the kids are still young and are not as funny as future seasons. Other than that, the first season of this show is simply genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Malcolm In The Middle Is the closest a show can get to being the way a real American family goes about there daily life. I will be very disapointed if there won't be anymore seasons coming out. Why Have they not released anymore?? Please Explain it to me. Season 1 is a instant classic. My favorite is "The Red Dress". I highly reccommend everyone to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Please, please, please release the entire series!

    "MITM" & "Barney Miller" are the only two shows that kept me laughing out loud from their beginnings to their ends. It's a real shame that their entire catalogs aren't available. Why won't they indulge us people who have brains & know that laughter is the best medicine?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Muniz, Bertfield, Per Sullivan, Cranston, Kaczmarek

    One of the best American TV comedies of all time. Superb acting by all the main characters, great direction, humor and camera work. Will be buying all the seasons as soon as available!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Malcolm In the Middle is the most genius of all comedies ever!

    Malcolm in The Middle season 1 is awesome! It's wonderfully written, creatively directed, and artistically filmed! 'Entertaining' is an understatement! It keeps you rolling on the floor!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    this is my favorite show and i like the first season mostly since it has the red dress episode on there and i love that episode

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!

    Great set that our entire family of 8 loves from the 9 year old to the 17 year old to all our adult friends with kids!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best series of all time!!!!!!

    I got this DVD set about 2 years ago, and I still watch it constantly. It is hilarious!!!!! The way everyone fights is totally histarical. Everyone in my family enjoys this. I am very eager for season 2!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Wilkerson's Burnt the House Down!

    Malcolm, Francis, Dewey, Reese, and their parents Hal and Lois, are a smoking family! 'Wonder When ''Malcolm in the Middle: Season 2'' is arriving!? I can't wait! Frankie Muniz is the greatest person to portary a 9-year-old boy who is smarter than the rest of his class and to top it off, his family is the worst he could ever ask for. Malcolm and his older brother Reese, make a pair: fights, winning tickets to go to Rage In The Cage, which brother loves Francis more contests, they really sound like they are brothers in real life. Good thing they aren't they'd rip eachother's heads off after one minute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm hooked!

    I'm now officially hooked on Malcolm in the Middle after I got the first season DVD set. Can't wait for season 2!!! The funeral episode is a crackup as is Malcolm learning to skate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A show for the ages

    This is the best DVD I have seen. When I got it I watched all the shows. One right after another, none stop. They were just so funny. I wish that they would put season 2,3,4,5 ect. out so I could watch them too. All in all this DVD set is great and Malcom in the Middle is a show foe the ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Muniz' Best Role!!!

    If You Liked Frankie Muniz' Other Movies, You'll Be Sure To Love This First Season Of Malcolm In The Middle! Laughable for all ages, kids and adults! Great behind the scenes, I Love This Set!!! And You Will Too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Complete First Season, Completly Enjoyable

    The Complete First Season shines with it's fast pace contemporary humor and camera shots. If you are like me and have never seen the Fox show I highly recomend the DVD. It's high quality and a good price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Waiting for season 2!

    We watch these DVDs over and over again. This show is hilarious! I really liked the extras and behind the scenes stuff too - found out Dewey's home town is just 10 minutes from us! I cannot wait until season 2 comes out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ends on a cliffhanger

    Would it have killed them to throw in the first episode of the second season? Instead they throw in the usual

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Hesitate, Just Buy It!

    This is one of the most enjoyable sets of DVDs I have ever purchased. The cast is excellent. The story lines are impecable. The laughs just keep coming episode after episode. There are too many high points to list here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Season one rocks

    I think Malcolm in the Middle created its best work in the first season when Malcolm was younger. We have watched these shows in the car on our DVD player, around the fireplace and in hotels when we travel. It's fantastic! I can't wait for season two to be released. Our kids are aged 10 and 14. They loves the shows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Malcolm In The Middle

    Malcolm In the Middle is a show most teens can relate to. I personly think it is the best show. It totally rocks!

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