West Wing - Complete Seasons 1 & 2

West Wing - Complete Seasons 1 & 2

     
 

The first 44 episodes of the Emmy award-winning drama The West Wing are collected on this set from Warner Bros. Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include commentary tracks featuring a variety of cast and crew members onSee more details below

Overview

The first 44 episodes of the Emmy award-winning drama The West Wing are collected on this set from Warner Bros. Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include commentary tracks featuring a variety of cast and crew members on nine of the episodes, deleted scenes, gag reels, and a smattering of making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes. This is a top-quality box set.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Cree McCree
This much-acclaimed series may be based on the American presidency, but our European allies got first dibs on the DVD -- much to the disappointment of devoted domestic fans, some of whom even bought special players to view the Region 2 discs. Now the rest of us can boot up the debut season, which was definitely worth the wait. Far from seeming dated, The West Wing has aged remarkably well for a show premiered at the turn of the century in a pre-9/11 world. Headed by Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet, a strong ensemble cast demonstrates that office politics are the same everywhere; things just have greater repercussions when your office happens to be the White House. Rob Lowe more than makes up for some bad career moves with his sly turn as deputy communications director Sam Seaborn. Allison Janney actually makes us care about C. J. Cregg, Bartlet's beleaguered press secretary. And John Spencer puts a taut emotional spin on the chief of staff, recovering boozehound Leo McGarry, who sacrifices his marriage to his career. In retrospect, several Season 1 story lines seem eerily prophetic. Among the global crises Bartlet must finesse are a nuclear showdown between India and Pakistan, an American plane shot down by terrorists, and another downed U.S. plane in Iraq. Copious special features include two meaty making-of documentaries and a reel we'd love to see the real White House produce: "Gag Order," a collection of outtakes and bloopers.
Barnes & Noble - Michael Wickersheimer
The West Wing won both the Emmy and Golden Globe awards as television's top drama for this second season, which originally aired on NBC between October 2000 and May 2001. With George W. Bush succeeding Bill Clinton in the real Oval Office midway through the season, one might have expected this fictional look at an American president and his closest advisers to undergo a creative crisis. But with series creator Aaron Sorkin continuing to write or co-write all 22 episodes, The West Wing managed to stay on message and rise to the challenge. Sorkin marvelously maintains the show's ripped-from-the-headlines topicality, and some of the story lines -- downed soldiers in Iraq, a fleeing president in Haiti, bomb-toting terrorists, lost spacecraft on Mars -- feel uncomfortably prescient. Still, it is the aftermath of the Season 1-closing assassination attempt on President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen) that propels much of the season's events and, more important, its overall mood. Presidential aide Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), the main victim of the assassins' bullets, spends most of the season dealing with the psychological aftermath and his own emotional outbursts, while chief of staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer) tries his best to get Josh the help he so desperately needs. Meanwhile, C. J. Cregg (Alison Janney) continues to battle both political foes and friends. Stockard Channing continues to portray First Lady Abbey Bartlett on a recurring basis this season, and Marlee Matlin adds a bit of spice as sassy pollster Joey Lucas. Janney and Whitford both won Emmys for their supporting roles, while Channing, Spencer, and Richard Schiff all earned nominations. Sheen and Rob Lowe -- as communications director Sam Seaborn -- were both recognized in the Lead Actor category. Also singled out was Oliver Platt, whose late-season, multi-episode turn as White House counsel Oliver Babish was good enough to inspire CBS to build a legal show around him, the short-lived Queens Supreme, which lasted only three episodes in January 2003. In addition to the episodes, The West Wing Season 2 set offers a walk through the White House set with both the director and set designer, a behind-the-scenes look at the season finale, a lighthearted bloopers reel, and deleted scenes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
UPC:
0085393494025
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
31:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Complete First Season:; First-season making-of documentaries "The Primaries" and "The Inauguration"; Behind-the-scenes segments "Capital Beat" and "Sheet Music"; Deleted scenes ; "Gag Order"; "The West Wing Suite"; "Off the Record"; Audio commentary on five key episodes by Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Alex Graves, and Christopher Misiano; All-new digital transfers; ; The Complete Second Season:; Second-season making-of documentary "Constructing Two Cathedrals"; "Access Granted"; Audio commentary on four key episodes; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; All-new digital transfers; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1, Side A: The First Complete Season
1. The Staff
2. Josh's Gaffe
3. His and Her Pagers
4. Tour De Farce
5. Executive Wrath
6. End Credits
1. How to Lose a Client
2. Just a Joke
3. Medical Advice
4. Hiring Mandy
5. An Act of Terrorism
6. End Credits
1. C.J. Finds Out
2. A Hovering Cloud
3. Charlie
4. Cadillac-1
5. Civis
6. End Credits
1. Practical Idealism
2. Financial Disclosure
3. Political Hardball
4. Leo Strikes Out
5. Hoynes
6. End Credits
Side #5 -- Disc 3, Side A: The First Complete Season
1. Breaking News [:01]
2. Rival Staffs [4:49]
3. Death Threats [9:01]
4. Telling Charlie [8:37]
5. Oval Office Spat [6:21]
6. End Credits [14:05]
7. Day of Jubilee [:37]
8. The Jackal [:01]
9. $1.7 Trillion [5:45]
10. 40 Acres and a Mule [6:44]
11. Annuit Coeptis [6:49]
12. End Credits [7:50]
13. How's the Weather? [15:31]
14. Mandy's Memo [:37]
15. FEC Trail Balloon [:02]
16. Beat it With a Stick [6:19]
17. Out Here in the Fields [7:49]
18. End Credits [6:54]
Side #6 -- Disc 3, Side B: The First Complete Season
1. Over the Wall [:01]
2. Solemn Work [4:59]
3. Bad News Pollster [8:04]
4. Bush League [7:43]
5. A Great Discussion [7:50]
6. End Credits [14:18]
7. Report Card [:37]
8. Friendly Coercion [:01]
9. Embassy Shuttle [4:25]
10. Caught on Film [9:51]
11. The Poll Truth [8:02]
12. End Credits [5:08]
13. Town Hall Meeting [15:30]
14. Pilot Down [:37]
15. Columbia [:01]
16. Policy Jog [7:31]
17. The Rope Line [7:51]
18. End Credits [6:36]
Side #9 -- Disc 1, Side A: The Second Complete Season
1. Chaos and Blood [4:47]
2. The ER [11:44]
3. The Message [9:36]
4. Who's in Charge? [6:59]
5. Moving Day [9:59]
6. End Credits [:48]
7. Caught [2:51]
8. The Right Thing [6:30]
9. Fired, Hired...Told [9:58]
10. Day 1 for Donna [8:44]
11. Illinois Primary [13:53]
12. End Credits [:39]
13. C.J. - C.J. - C.J. [4:17]
14. Approval Ratings [7:44]
15. Obsessions [5:47]
16. "In a Democracy..." [9:01]
17. Election Day [16:08]
18. End Credits [:38]
19. Capital Beat [5:17]
20. A Miracle Needed [8:32]
21. The X-Factor [5:10]
22. Job Offer [7:54]
23. African Coup [16:04]
24. End Credits [:38]
Side #10 -- Disc 1, Side B: The Second Complete Season
1. Key Chains Needed [4:30]
2. Cricket, Anyone? [7:54]
3. Ainsley's Office [7:36]
4. Of Duty and Medals [9:31]
5. Bedroom Politics [13:24]
6. End Credits [:42]
7. Politics [5:07]
8. Floating a Story [6:54]
9. Lost Votes [8:08]
10. On the Hill [9:44]
11. Live Ammo [12:05]
12. End Credits [:39]
13. Press Encourage [4:23]
14. All Five Verses [7:42]
15. The Rewrite [9:35]
16. Charlie's Idea [6:08]
17. A Start [13:59]
18. End Credits [:38]
19. Arrivals [4:59]
20. Adding a Name [6:38]
21. A Question of Asylum [7:35]
22. Josephine [10:30]
23. Pilgrams and Pardons [12:27]
24. End Credits [:39]
Side #11 -- Disc 2, Side A: The Second Complete Season
1. Galileo V. [5:22]
2. Do Whales Vote? [6:54]
3. Green Beans and Bombs [5:15]
4. Kennedy Center [9:45]
5. Terms [15:14]
6. End Credits [:38]
7. Atva [3:46]
8. 3 Weeks Ago [8:11]
9. Same Birthday [6:48]
10. SPR Meeting [10:10]
11. Breakthrough [14:30]
12. End Credits [:38]
13. Smoke [6:05]
14. Serious Shoes [10:34]
15. This for That [8:11]
16. Sandbagged [6:53]
17. Committee of 2 [10:58]
18. End Credits [:38]
19. Leo's Contraption [7:18]
20. Global Warning [6:22]
21. A Secret Change [10:17]
22. No Joke [8:42]
23. Honesty Among Friends [9:47]
24. End Credits [:38]
Side #12 -- Disc 2, Side B: The Second Complete Season
1. The Build-Up [6:23]
2. Post-Speech Analysis [8:46]
3. Ainsley's Blunder [8:36]
4. The Story [10:04]
5. Kitchen Conference [9:09]
6. End Credits [:37]
7. "Go." [4:07]
8. Knight Moves [7:23]
9. First-Family Feud [8:55]
10. 9 Fatalities [8:21]
11. Super-Powerless [14:26]
12. End Credits [:40]
13. Online Chat [3:37]
14. Double Trouble [6:30]
15. Confronting the S.G. [8:19]
16. Parental Politics [11:46]
17. Not Accepted [12:50]
18. End Credits [:40]
19. Early [5:55]
20. The Big Cheese [6:18]
21. Sam's Thesis [6:46]
22. All Over the Map [12:43]
23. Fidelity [11:33]
24. End Credits [:39]
Side #13 -- Disc 3, Side A: The Second Complete Season
1. Word Recipe [6:09]
2. Family Wellness Act [7:59]
3. GAO Interm [10:57]
4. The Senator's Demand [8:13]
5. Point of Order [9:21]
6. End Credits [:38]
7. Night After Night [5:29]
8. Telling Toby [8:12]
9. No Lie [7:03]
10. 90-Minute Coup D'Etat [8:01]
11. 17th Person [14:41]
12. End Credits [:38]
13. White House Counsel [5:30]
14. Leaks [7:20]
15. The Bailout and the Boat [6:46]
16. What Charlie Knows [11:31]
17. "Bring it On." [11:12]
18. End Credits [:38]
Side #14 -- Disc 3, Side B: The Second Complete Season
1. The Question [3:39]
2. Fraud [7:55]
3. Parental Signature [8:22]
4. Magnitude of the Problem [11:17]
5. Falling Down [12:02]
6. End Credits [:38]
7. The Poll [5:38]
8. Haitian Crisis [6:03]
9. Donna's in the Loop [8:23]
10. Rules of Engagement [9:43]
11. Mrs. Landingham [12:58]
12. End Credits [:38]
13. Not the First [2:49]
14. Meeting Mrs. L. [6:43]
15. Rites and Recall [8:32]
16. Rites, Recall and Rage [10:53]
17. Braving the Storm [14:24]
18. End Credits [:39]

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