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  • Actors: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, Merrin Dungey
  • Directors: Barnet Kellman, Craig Zisk, Daniel Attias, Davis Guggenheim, Harry Winer
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 1007 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (889 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLF1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alias - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Pilot production diary
  • Deleted scenes
  • Inside Stunts
  • Cast and Creator Audio Commentaries
  • Gag Reel
  • Special Season 2 Preview
  • Video Game Sneak Peek
  • DVD-ROM Script Scanner
  • TV Spots  

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Product Description

Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner (Best Actress In A Television Series, 2002) is Sydney Bristow. Syd's not exactly your average grad student. Her life might appear normal, but she's hiding a secret life working as a spy for the CIA. Sydney's world is turned upside down when she learns she may work for the very enemy she thought she was fighting. Now she's entangled in a covert lifestyle where she is forced to question the allegiances of everyone, including those closest to her. Entertainment Weekly says ALIAS is "a spy-fi roller coaster of killer gadgets, double roundkicks, triple crosses, poignant confessionals, cliff-hangers, sliced-off fingers, conspiracies, outrageous outfits, exotic locales, flirtations, mythologies -- and that's just before the first commercial break." Now see the 22 mesmerizing episodes that launched it all in this 6-disc set. You'll also experience never-before-seen extras that give you special access inside the world of ALIAS. See the show everyone has been talking about that has redefined series television. This edge-of-your-seat collection with its heart-pounding action of unpredictable plot twists will have you gasping for air and begging for Season 2!

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Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is a super (and super sexy) spy, fighting nefarious villains and working for the good guys--or so she thinks. Recruited as a college freshman for espionage work, Sydney found her true calling with SD-6, a secret division of the CIA. When her hunky doctor-boyfriend proposes to her, she decides to let him in on the truth she's not supposed to tell anyone: she's not a grad student with a demanding job for an international bank, but a secret agent who constantly puts her life on the line for the free world. But when SD-6 discovers her security breach, her fiancé is brutally assassinated, and Sydney suddenly finds herself face-to-face with the truth: she's been working for the bad guys. Deciding to become a double agent for the CIA and bring down the evildoers, Sydney gets one more surprise--her estranged father (Victor Garber) is also working for SD-6, and the CIA as well. Welcome to the family, Syd!

Confusing? This is all just in the first episode of Alias, the brainchild of Felicity creator J.J. Abrams that plays like a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Bond. With its double-edged tension (how long can Syd play double agent?) and one heck of a MacGuffin (the dreaded Rambaldi device, the mythic creation of a Renaissance genius), the show leads its viewers from episode to episode with visceral, compelling action, not to mention the nascent romance between Syd and her CIA handler, Vaughn (Michael Vartan), and her clashes with her heretofore distant father. Sharp, smart, and always suspenseful, Alias' center was held by the gorgeous Garner, a stellar action heroine and an even better actress who could pull off Sydney's exotic undercover missions and conflicted emotions with equal dexterity. By the end of this first season, which concludes with a breathtaking cliffhanger, you'll be seduced into Alias' world with, happily, no desire to escape. --Mark Englehart

Customer Reviews

Great acting, great writing and great story!
Crusader Rabbit
Almost every episode has a cliff hanger at the end and you cannot wait to watch the next one.
Skop4321
Plenty of action and plot twist to keep you engaged watching the show!
JG

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258 of 280 people found the following review helpful By Jason K. Rindge on November 12, 2003
Format: DVD
My wife has watched this show since the beginning, but I never have as it interfered with my sleep schedule. After recently buying a new DVD player I was anxious to get started watching something. I bought "Alias Season 1" and "Six Feet Under" (which I would also recommend highly). Anyway, my plan was to watch one episode a week, or at most a couple, so I could make it last. So I'm thinking I can get through the 22 or so episodes in 10 weeks. Try 2.
Thats right! I would watch like three a day. I was addicted. Conversations in my house sounded something like this...
"Honey, come eat dinner."
"No, I'm watching Alias."
"Honey, help me with the groceries."
"No, I'm watching Alias."
"Honey, I'm pregnant."
"Wow, thats great, we'll talk later, I'm watching Alias."
I'm really serious. Every episode would end on such a cliffhanger you had to see at least the beginning of the next episode. But then the middle was so good you wanted to see how it would develope. But then another darn cliffhanger and you were locked in the cycle for good.
I can't wait for Season 2. I pre-ordered it at 3 in the morning because that was a minute after I finished Season 1. I'm thinking about starting AA (Alias Anonymous) until I can get my fix.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Aja on September 10, 2003
Format: DVD
Alias is, simply put, one of the best shows currently on TV. Few shows (especially action series) are able to move at such a fast pace, yet retain a truly human element throughout. The mark of a good show is the ability to keep the viewer begging for more, and Alias is a master at this, with every Act and/or episode ending capable of making me groan simply because I have to wait for the conclusion.
Jennifer Garner leads a superb cast as Sydney Bristow, a double agent for the CIA who, until recently, had been working for SD6, which she thought was a secret unit of the CIA, but is really part of a shadowy organization known as the Alliance. In this first season, she has to keep her affiliation with the CIA a secret from both her friends and with her coworkers at SD6, while finding out about the details of her mother's death, and her father's role in both the CIA *and* SD6.
The DVD set is presented in widescreen, with some documentaries, a gag reel, a few deleted scenes, and a handful of commentaries (the best of which being the cast commentary for the season finale). Aided by good writing and direction and a few well-placed instances of "stunt" casting (Patricia Wettig, Roger Moore, and a delicious turn by Quentin Tarantino), Alias is not to be missed, and this DVD set should be a joy for fans (even if the special features are a tad too sparse).
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cat on March 31, 2003
Format: DVD
I am a huge fan of Alias, more importantly, Jennifer Garner. This show is positively one of the best shows ever made. J. J. Abrams has come very far from creating shows and has now achieved a masterpiece! I've been a viewer since the first season and I too am on a mission to keep this show on air for as long as possible. It's better than all of the other primetime drama shows!
The central character, Sydney Bristow (J. Garner), is an incredibly talented actress that made it big with this show. She's absolutely captivating, emotionally intriguing, and superb as a CIA agent. Her college educated, grad student, genius character is full of integrity and devotion and is extremely well-played, and her incredibly fit and toned figure is an inspiration to women as well as great eye-candy for men! Choosing to do much of the stunts herself, the action packed show has really captivating fight scenes that look realistic. The suspense filled scenes are often put to great techno beats. The action in shows like Buffy pale in comparison to Alias. Some of the violence depicted is shocking and graphic (electrocution, amputation, teeth pulling). The events involving characters intimate with one another are also very shocking. For all you ladies there is Michael Vartan to oogle over and various other handsome and physically fit men on the show.
In addition to the excellent cast of characters, the show steals its audience with incredibly intriguing and complex story lines week after week. It has plots that sometimes deal with the current events the nation experiences, and has themes of conspiracy while touching on historical events. It is definitely an intellectually challenging series that has fast-paced stories all of the time.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2002
Format: DVD
I was extremely lucky to stumble across the first episode of Alias when it was shown on cable in the UK (Wednesdays on Sky One). Since then I have been an avid fan and have not missed a single episode. I am sure that I speak for many people in the UK when I say that I think it has been one of the best, nay, the best show to grace our screens in a long while. The story line is easily as good as anything from either The X-Files or Buffy and has a strong cast of actors playing great characters (both good guys and bad). Please would someone with some influence convince the studio to release this show on DVD (Region 2 as well as Region 1 please). It makes sense to do this soon so that fans can spread the word about Alias (i.e. get our friends to watch the season 1 DVD) in order to recruit new viewers for season 2. After all, more viewers mean more advertising revenue! Go on, release Alias on DVD and make the fans happy!
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