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Oz - The Complete First Season

Oz - The Complete First Season

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Cast: Lee Tergesen, J.K. Simmons, Harold Perrineau Jr., Jon Seda

This three-disc set from HBO/Rysher contains all eight episodes from the first season of Tom Fontana's powerful prison drama Oz. The episodes in this collection are titled "The Routine, "Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise, "God's Chillin', "Capital P, "Straight Life, "To Your Health, "Plan B, and "A Game of


This three-disc set from HBO/Rysher contains all eight episodes from the first season of Tom Fontana's powerful prison drama Oz. The episodes in this collection are titled "The Routine, "Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise, "God's Chillin', "Capital P, "Straight Life, "To Your Health, "Plan B, and "A Game of Checkers." Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a pair of commentary tracks from Fontana and series star Lee Tergesen, deleted scenes with commentary from Fontana, a music video from Kurupt, and a making-of featurette. This is a high-quality disc that is sure to please fans of the series while simultaneously exposing the show to a wider audience.

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
There is no Scarecrow, Tin Man, nor Cowardly Lion in this "Emerald City," an experimental cell block of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison, a.k.a. "Oz." The show -- created by Homicide executive producer Tom Fontana -- plays out each week like a vicious Beat poem from a psychopath. With no holds barred (literally), it focuses on the chaotic day-to-day routine of prisoners, guards, and administrators. The man behind the curtain is Tim McManus (Terry Kinney), a reform-minded optimist operating sometimes with, and sometimes against, Warden Leo Glynn (Ernie Hudson). In the debut season (1997) collected here, Oz flourished with tense, character-driven story lines built around the prison's numerous inmates and fluctuating roster. Each episode is a dense soap opera with abstract interludes of narration by hobbled inmate Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) -- effectively a Greek chorus in the slam-angry form of an urban poet. Viewers learn early on that Oz is a virtual tinderbox of brutal competing gangs, corrupt internal politics, and despair: a place where one suspects a Survivor season would fail to go the distance. Among the famous faces in this first season are future Sopranos costar Edie Falco (as a corrections officer) and, in a role reversal, Homicide's Detective Paul Falsone (Jon Seda) as a prisoner. This collection includes all eight episodes from the groundbreaking first season:
  • "The Routine" -- Several new inmates arrive to meet Oz's diverse, gang-banging population of Latinos, Muslims, Westies, Aryans, and wise guys. Among the newcomers is Muslim activist Kareem Said (Eamonn Walker), who seems destined to start a prisoner riot. Hotheaded Dino Ortolani (Seda) gets burned.
  • "Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise" -- Cowardly prisoner Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen) gets a conjugal visit with his estranged wife; an inmate stabbed upon arrival is visited by his grandfather, who is also an inmate; Jefferson Keane (Leon) asks to marry his girlfriend on the outside; Ortolani's enemy Ryan O'Reily (Dean Winters) is transferred to Emerald City; and wise guy Nino Schibetta (Tony Musante) investigates his paisan's murder. (Directed by Nick Gomez.)
  • "God's Chillin' " -- When Governor Devlin (Zeljko Ivanek) visits, Glynn warns the gang leaders to quiet their boys down or else suffer a prison lockdown. Meanwhile, Keane finds God, and Beecher gets in with O'Reily.
  • "Capital P" -- Capital punishment has been reinstated, and Keane is first on the list, while prison psychologist Sister Peter Marie (Rita Moreno) protests; Said has health problems; and O'Reily sends a nasty message to Schibetta.
  • "Straight Life" -- The infiltration of drugs into Oz has reached unprecedented levels; Beecher is forced into counseling; and an undercover investigation by McManus and Glynn backfires in a deadly way. After the death of his baby on the outside, Miguel Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) begins to lose his mind.
  • "To Your Health" -- Three generations of Alvarezes -- all prisoners -- are united when the partiarch, Ricardo (Tomas Milian), suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Beecher's drug abuse takes its toll; Schibetta gets it in the gut; NBA all-star Jackson Vahue (Rick Fox) arrives at Oz; and violent Muslim Huseni Mershah (Roger Guenveur Smith) isn't the only thing paining Said.
  • "Plan B" -- Said and Mershah part ways, permanently; prisoner Donald Groves (Sean Whitesell) pulls a no-no on Glynn and gets fired, by a firing squad; bitter and jealous Vahue breaks a cello belonging to Eugene Dobbins (Zuill Bailey); and Beecher gets his revenge on neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger (J. K. Simmons).
  • "A Game of Checkers" -- A sensational season-ending riot breaks out when two inmates get into a fight over checkers. There's no place like home.
  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    Hbo Home Video
    Region Code:
    [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

    Special Features

    Closed Caption; Two audio commentaries by series creator Tom Fontana and star Lee Tergesen (Beecher); Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Tom Fontana; Music video from Oz soundtrack, "Behind the Walls" by Kurupt featuring Nate Dogg; Featurette, episodic previews, index

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    Scene Index

    Side #1 -- Disc 1
    2. Welcome to Oz [14:06]
    3. Prison Routine [11:53]
    4. Unbridled Aggression [9:53]
    5. Conspiracy Against One [7:29]
    6. Angel of Mercy [7:25]
    7. Drop of a Match [3:28]
    2. A Killer Amongst Killers
    3. The Conjugal Visit
    4. Wedding Behind Bars
    5. Embracing Fatherhood
    6. Losing Loved Ones
    7. Avenging Dino's Death
    2. The Violence Stops Now [8:08]
    3. Soul Time [6:55]
    4. In God's Hands [5:57]
    5. Finding the Light [11:28]
    6. Making Amends [11:40]
    7. Rebirth [10:27]
    Side #2 -- Disc 2
    2. Capital Punishment Reinstated [9:25]
    3. Negotiating a Stay [10:57]
    4. Redefining Alliances [4:01]
    5. Last Good-Byes [13:38]
    6. Execution by Lethal Injection [12:29]
    7. The Debate [3:55]
    2. Tits (a.k.a. Drugs)
    3. Traffic Operations
    4. A Narc in the Midst
    5. A Supplier's Needs
    6. In-House Bust
    7. Escape Into Addiction
    2. Aging Inmate Crisis [15:09]
    3. Pulling the Pain [3:44]
    4. Seeing Clearly [11:10]
    5. Food Does a Body Harm [5:59]
    6. Athletic Agility [9:38]
    7. Mind Over Prescribed Matter [9:14]
    Side #3 -- Disc 3
    2. Cast Out [8:10]
    3. Acts of Deprivation [10:51]
    4. Rising Tensions [17:45]
    5. Fragile Notes [5:33]
    6. Riot Whispers [5:14]
    7. Fighting Back [6:45]
    2. Game Face [10:55]
    3. Moves to Overtake [11:04]
    4. United Alliances [5:58]
    5. Claiming Pawns [9:05]
    6. Strategic Trades [10:18]
    7. Final Play [7:29]

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    Oz - The Complete First Season 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    After seeing the Oz over and over again, and then meeting with the stars of the show at the Holyfield fight, I was very impressed how they communicate with their fans. Me, for one. It was a honor to speak with them. Hope you remember me, Pearl Polto the author of Credit Lifeline Thanks for being so friendly.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is the best prison epic for the screen ever made. Season 1 is so far still the best season in my book.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Its such a good series.Such good characters and twists and turns. If you can stand the prison rape scenes that come with prison related material then you'll like Oz. Lots of future star actors in heere as well.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    When my sister first bought me season one I had no clue what she was thinking a prison show, from HBO, she knows me but I gave it a chance and boy was I glad I did IT IS A GREAT SHOW HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! I have bought all the seasons since geting season one as a gift for christmas! Love the show
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