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Product Details

  • Actors: Brittany Snow, Tom Verica, Gail O'Grady, Will Estes, Sarah Ramos
  • Producers: Dick Clark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 1094 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNAF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Dreams - Season One (Extended Music Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • "Pilot" Commentary with Executive Producer Dick Clark and Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan Prince
  • "Pilot" Commentary with Cast Members Rachel Boston, Ethan Dampf, Will Estes, Gail O'Grady, Sarah Ramos and Tom Verica
  • "Pilot" Commentary with Cast Members Vanessa Lengies and Brittany Snow
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 2:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 3:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 4:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 5:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 6:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 7:
  • "City on Fire" Commentary with Executive Producer Dick Clark and Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan Prince
  • "City on Fire" Commentary with Cast Members Rachel Boston, Ethan Dampf, Will Estes, Gail O'Grady, Sarah Ramos and Tom Verica
  • "City on Fire" Commentary with Cast Members Vanessa Lengies and Brittany Snow
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights
  • "My Boyfriend's Back" Music Video by Stacie Orrico, Brittany Snow and Vanessa Lengies
  • NBC News Time Capsule with Brian Williams

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    American Dreams is brighter, bolder and better than ever! This Emmy Award-winning series features incredible extended performances from some of today's hottest music superstars, including Usher, Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, and many more.Loaded with hundreds of unforgettable rock 'n' roll hits exploding in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, this 7-disc collection takes you beyond the extraordinary TV series.

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    The 2002 first season of American Dreams introduced one of the more ambitious new dramas on a major television network since the debut of The West Wing. Deceptively nostalgic, American Dreams looks, at first blush, like a bone tossed to baby boomers who remember black and white TV, American Bandstand, and what class they were in when word spread of JFK's assassination. But the more one watches the show, the more apparent it becomes that American Dreams is not about memories but about bringing a pivotal chapter in 20th century U.S. history to life--sometimes electrifyingly so.

    The series pilot, set just before and on the day of Kennedy's murder, introduces Philadelphia family the Pryors, white, middle-class Catholics whose stern but not undiscerning patriarch, Jack (Tom Verica), gets an earful one night over dinner. Eldest son J.J. (Will Estes), a star running back at high school and candidate for a Notre Dame football scholarship, announces he's leaving the sport, feeling unappreciated for his mind and inspired by Kennedy's outreach to young people. Teenage daughter Meg (Brittany Snow) allows that she'll be dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Jack's wife, Helen (Gail O'Grady), later lets fly that she's moving on from her boring book club to spend time with a new friend, a feminist academic (Virginia Madsen), and strongly hints that she's done with adding more babies to their brood of four. The times are indeed a-changin' for the Pryors--who have chugged along on WWII vet Jack's fiercely protected vision of picket fences, cooperative kids, and a wife who doesn't upset his equilibrium with needs of her own. But the rest of the country is changing, too, and American Dreams captures--with subtle precision--the erosion of comfortable assumptions at the onset of the Vietnam war, the escalation of the civil rights movement, the British Invasion, reproductive rights for women, and much else.

    The series flows, often with stylish splendor, between the Pryors' home, the Bandstand studio set, and Jack's retail television and radio shop, where Jack's sole employee, an African American father, Henry (Jonathan Adams), wonders silently about the options a racist society will offer his talented son, Sam (Arlen Escarpeta). Wordlessness is a hallmark of American Dreams: An exchanged look between Meg and Sam is shattering testimony to the confusion of racial prohibitions among well-meaning kids. Part of every show finds historical reenactments of '60s musical acts appearing on Bandstand, and sometimes these artists are played by contemporary musicians such as Nick Carter (as Jay of Jay and the Americans) and Third Eye Blind (as the Kinks). This boxed set includes real Bandstand clips that are contemporaneous with the series' timeline. --Tom Keogh

    Customer Reviews

    I cannot wait to own Season 2 on DVD (if they ever release it!!!).
    Ms. B. Pearce
    The Pryors are a typical American family and the issues they deal with daily are so true to the times.
    texascabinfever
    I truly believe this is a wholesome, family show and recommend it highly for all ages!
    beanieogreenie

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    115 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Dae on September 14, 2005
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    "American Dreams" is a show that could have been on the air during the very timeframe in which it was set. In it's entirely too short three season run, it was a standout, simply because it was well written, wonderfully acted, and just plain entertaining - something to which the millions of reality shows and "Law and Order" clones cluttering the airwaves couldn't begin to compare. "American Dreams" captured both the lingering innocence and the burgeoning counter culture of the 60's. Kids spent their time listening to records and watching "American Bandstand", but surreptitiously attended war protests on college campuses. Dads earned a living and handed down advice and discipline while moms cooked balanced meals, but after the children were in bed, they discussed such taboo subjects as women's rights, race relations, and birth control. All of these subjects were addressed intelligently and realistically, but the writers never failed to add humor to the scripts as well.

    Much of the show was from the viewpoint of Meg Pryor (played by the wonderful Brittany Snow). We first meet Meg as a sweet 15 year old who realizes her lifelong dream of becoming a dancer on "American Bandstand". The two hour pilot episode finds Meg and her wild child best friend Roxanne scheming to be pulled from the daily lineup of hopeful dancers outside the Philadelphia television studio where "Bandstand" is filmed, for a guest appearance on the show. It takes some conniving on the part of the always hilariously outrageous Roxanne, but one day the impossible happens, and both girls make it onto the show. Meg doesn't believe it could possibly get any better - until she catches the eye of one of the show's producers, who offers her a regular spot.
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    47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. Hencke on October 24, 2004
    Format: DVD
    Best show currently on television. The acting, the direction, music, editing is all spot on. It is amazing I don't know more people who watch the show. I look forward to tuning into this show every sunday night. I don't think I have missed a single episode. I can't wait to own this and also to see how season 2 ends. Dynamite!
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kurt O. Hurner on June 17, 2004
    Format: DVD
    I have watched this show faithfully since its birth, and I have got to tell you that I love this show. I am not even a baby boomer, but a Gen Xer born in the mid-late 1970s. This show is refreshing to the "REALITY" television that network television likes to air. Although the times seemed simple in 1963-64, you can definately parelle 2002-03. The one thing this show shows is that struggle happens through the ages. Sadly, I fear that after the 2004-05 season, American Dreams will be just that, a dream. I hope that those of you who have never viewed American Dreams will find it something to watch in its third season. You will like how they take singers and groups from today and have them play singers and groups of the 1960s. This show is one that parents and children can watch together, and for an hour on Sunday nights, we can all be a family.
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By TVonDVD on August 28, 2004
    Format: DVD
    In response to the last review, this DVD is going to contain all of the first season episodes. This set is not just the music. It is called the Extended Music Edition because there will be extended scenes with the guest stars that sing on Bandstand.
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    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Allie on October 6, 2005
    Format: DVD
    NBC doesn't know how they are damaging themselves by not putting American Dreams back on the air this year (2005-2006). I waited all summer to see the season premere and now they aren't showing it! I can't speak for anyone else, but this was my absolute favorite show, and I am sad to see that it's gone! Also, NBC needs to release seasons 2 and 3 on DVD so I, and everyone else, can enjoy at least those seasons. This is the best boxed set I've ever invested in.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Morris on October 9, 2005
    Format: DVD
    This series is one of many that was canceled before its time. It was one of the few family dramas left on the air, and in addition to that, it was one of the most original shows to ever grace tv screens. To show an American family set in the 1960's on present day tv was an awesome concept. The actors are top notch, and the show never quite received the popularity that it should have, considering that this show was one of the few left on tv that had substance. A lot of problems that were prominent in 1960's culture were depicted very convincingly. The show was heartwarming, original, and had a good blend of drama and comedy. It will truly be missed. Let's hope that seasons 2 and 3 come out soon (and that NBC allows the extended series finale to finally be shown on the dvd.)
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff on August 4, 2004
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    In this era of reality trash tv it's so refreshing to find a show you can watch with your whole family. My two daughters and my husband all enjoy the show equally. The entire cast captures wonderfully the hopes, dreams, fears, and confusion of the 1960's in such a wonderful style I find myself crying or laughing with them. Jack and Helen embody the typical 1960's parents, wanting to give their children more and let them grow, yet not wanting to let them go for fear of the confusion of the future. Jack wants to secure his future but finds the changing times a bit overwhelming. Helen feels lost in the shuffle and wants more as a wife, mother and woman in general. JJ's angst over his on again, off again romance with Beth, Meg's budding feminism and rebellion, Patty's confusion over puberty and her newfound interest in boys and Will,adorable as a little boy with polio just wanting to fit in, all embody the family of the time. The appearance of today's performers as 1960's singers is nice but I personally prefer the clips of the original performers. Not since Crime Story (my favorite show of the 1980's era TV) has a show so well captured the time. I really hope more people will watch and keep this wonderful show alive.
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