Sex and the City - The Complete First Season

Sex and the City - The Complete First Season

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HBO brings the first season of their hugely successful series Sex and the City to DVD in a double-disc package that includes bonuses such as a short making-of featurette, cast and crew biographies, and website access. Though the network's willingness to bring the show out on home video so soon after its debut is admirable, a few frustrating problems plague theSee more details below

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HBO brings the first season of their hugely successful series Sex and the City to DVD in a double-disc package that includes bonuses such as a short making-of featurette, cast and crew biographies, and website access. Though the network's willingness to bring the show out on home video so soon after its debut is admirable, a few frustrating problems plague the set. First of all, the video transfer leaves something to be desired: slight but noticeable grain pops up occasionally, particularly during daytime scenes. The discs' menus are also somewhat clumsy and not easily navigable, and though the set's clear packaging is pretty, it offers little information about the discs inside. However, these are fairly minor complaints that shouldn't stop the series' fans from enjoying this set -- the show's sharp dialogue and performances still shine. While more substantial extras would have been welcome, such as commentary from the show's directors or stars, Sex and the City: The Complete First Season is a step in the right direction from HBO to get their series on DVD. With any luck, the upcoming Sopranos set will benefit from the experience the network gained from this package, and will hopefully pave the way for The Larry Sanders Show, Arli$$, and Mr. Show sets in the not too distant future.

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Barnes & Noble - Kristy Ojala
The good news: For roughly the price of a monthly cable bill, you can own the entire 12-episode first season of the much-praised Sex and the City in either a two-DVD or three-tape set. The bad news: Once you start watching, you won't stop. This is easily the most addictive series to hit the small screen since sci-fi fans gobbled up The X-Files' first few enigmatic seasons. The show follows four single, spunky women in Manhattan as they wind their way around sensitive subject matter like threesomes, silent telephones, vibrators, and the effect of Prozac on a partner's libido. At Sex in the City's center is the remarkable Sarah Jessica Parker as sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw. Without her easy grin and comic delivery -- which switches from tomboyish to catty to sisterly without a hitch -- the series would be nothing more than a parade of designer shoes and thirtysomething chatter. Side characters like Carrie's uber-dish Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and her high-strung gay pal Stanford (Willie Garson) boost the show's watchability and add to its unique angle on femininity. There is no "chick flick" feel to Sex; its topics don't stoop to the trite cosmetic level of most sitcoms. Executive producer-writer Darren Star (whose pre-Sex credits include Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210) has broken the mold with his witty scripts. Unlike the cookie-cutter eccentrics of many primetime network shows, these women will surprise and engulf you with each daily trudge to New York City's finest watering holes. Just don't say you weren't warned.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
UPC:
0026359930027
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
5:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making-of featurette; Cast and crew biographies; Website access

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