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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1 (2000)

George Eads , Paul Guilfoyle  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Marg Helgenberger
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 1025 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008972G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

- "Who Are You?" CSI Music Video
- Featurette: "CSI - People Lie … But The Evidence Never Does"
- Character Profiles (Menu Feature)

Editorial Reviews

Murder, and its tale-telling aftermath, is the compelling subject of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Since it premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000, CSI was a ratings triumph, spawning a spinoff (CSI: Miami) and positioning itself for long-term success. As the first season demonstrates, creator Anthony Zuiker's foolproof formula was established early on, bolstered by a fine ensemble cast and requiring minimal tweaking as the season progressed; its Las Vegas-based "criminalists" eventually became "CSI" steeped in the scientific minutiae of forensic investigation, but the series arrived essentially intact, with an irresistible (and seemingly inexhaustible) supply of corpses and the mysteries that surround them. Influenced by the graphic precedent of movies like Seven and Kiss the Girls, CSI matches morbidity with dispassionate methodology; viewers are so fascinated by the investigative process that they're unfazed by intimate autopsies and internal (i.e., digitally animated) views of traumatized flesh, bone, and sinew.

While keeping abreast of cutting-edge technologies, CSI combines the ingenuity (and fallibility) of villains with the appealing humanity of its heroes. CSI director and entomologist Gil Grissom (played by series coproducer William Petersen) is introverted but ethically intense; he's both mentor and moral compass for his night-shift team, including a former stripper-turned-CSI (Marg Helgenberger); a recovering gambler (Gary Dourdan); an eager ace (George Eads) with room for improvement; a workaholic (Jorja Fox) who can't always remain emotionally detached from her cases; and a chief detective (Paul Guilfoyle) who's a necessary link to police procedure. Like The X-Files, CSI supports its characters with feature-film production values, employing a Rashomon structure that turns murder into a progressively accurate study of cause and effect. Script quality is consistently high ("Blood Drops" and "Unfriendly Skies" are exceptional), direction is slick and sophisticated, and the mysteries are complex enough to invite multiple viewings. Despite a regrettable shortage of DVD features, CSI's inaugural season remains addictively worthy of its lofty reputation. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Based on real life Las Vegas crime scene investigators, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION follows the team as they solve chilling cases with innovative thinking and methodical scientific inquiry. Tackling cases peppered with grisly details, the Las Vegas PD Criminalistics Division is the #2 crime lab in the U.S., solving crimes that practically every other crime lab has given up on. Set in a town whose reputation for providing instant success for those willing to try their luck, CSI finds that the constant influx of visitors to the city that never sleeps also provides ripe targets for criminals of all varieties. The show also stars Paul Guilfoyle as Capt. Jim Brass, Robert David Hall as Dr. David Robbins and Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders.

DVD Contents:
Disc 1: Pilot, Cool Change; Crate and Burial; Pledging Mr. Johnson
Disc 2: Friends and Lovers; Who Are You?; Blood Drops; Anonymous
Disc 3: Unfriendly Skies; Sex, Lies and Larvae; I-15 Murders; Fahrenheit 932
Disc 4: Boom; To Halve and to Hold; Table Stakes; Too Tough to Die
Disc 5: Face Lift; $35K O.B.O; Gentle, Gentle; Sounds of Silence
Disc 6: Justice is Served; Evaluation Day; Strip Strangler

Disk 6 of the DVD also includes the following special features:
* Featurette: "CSI: People Lie...But The Evidence Never Does"
* The Who's "Who Are You" Music Video
* Character Profiles

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but.... January 27, 2005
Although CSI is definitely one of the best shows on television, this dvd is a little bit of a letdown. It's bare bones as far as extras go (which is not taking advantage of the dvd format as far as I'm concerned). There's no subtitles (I'm not deaf, but what if I was?). The price is almost twice as much as any other season of a network television show (most others range from $40-$50). I still think it's a great show, but they could've done a better job. If you really wanna see it, rent it. UPDATE: DO NOT BUY THIS. They are re-releasing this in the coming months with extras and in anamorphic widescreen format (like they did with all the other releases) so SAVE YOUR MONEY and buy the set they should've released to begin with.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CSI that's fun to watch! April 23, 2003
William Petersen & the gang make the original C.S.I an engaging way to spend the evening. Many of the stories are well written,directed and acted. Some of my favorite eppies from the first season are Crate & Burial, I-15 Murders and Farenheit 932.
William Petersen really makes his role as Gil Grissom convincing and draws us in with his infectious interest and love of the job that just doesn't seem to be there in the Miami C.S.I spinoff.. I got into the show about 2nd Season, got the Season One DVD with the desire to play catch-up and got my husband (who originally wasn't a fan) totally hooked watching it with me! I'm really looking forward to when the 2nd Season set becomes available.
If you're into C.S.I this is a fun,engaging show.. Great stories, great acting.. graphics that grab you and pull you right in.. Well worth it and a keeper..
Only downside, I found was that I wish there could have been some kind of director/producer commentary included. My husband's one complaint was that the C.S.I. profiles wasn't featured on the first disc instead of the last one. By the time you get to the last disc, you already know the characters and their foibles. Still, well worth it!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ratings were worse, but the stories were better March 18, 2003
Although CSI was not the #1 hit it currently is in its first season, this season set the stage. Interesting cases, pioneering special effects that suddenly took you INSIDE a murder victim's body to examine the injuries, competent acting... these all made CSI the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.
What sets this first season apart was that aside from the weekly crimes, the show actually dealt with the personal lives of the characters, and most episodes had continuing plotlines which were separate from the "crimes-of-the-night": Catherine had her child custody issues with her ex, Nick had his complicated relationship with a hooker, Sara had to deal with being the new person on the team, Warrick had his gambling problem/corrupt judge subplot, and Grissom had his romance with "face lady", his rivalry with the daytime CSI team's chief, and his professional problems with the sheriff and the mayor.
Such subplots vanished in season two - Catherine suddenly appeared as if she had no family, Grissom became a complete eunuch, as did Nick, who never had another girlfriend. But the ratings improved, so I guess that's what people prefer - a more classic, completely episodic crime series without the continuing subplots that give it a soap-like quality.
But for me, I miss those subplots, which is why I think this first season of CSI is a must-have on DVD. It was CSI at its best.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show....... January 17, 2003
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Simply, the best show on T.V. Each seaon is great and now you can watch your favorite episodes anytime you want. You'll get 24 episodes in the first season, including some of the best of the series.
Cool Change
Crate 'N' Burial
Pledging Mr. Johnson
Friends & Lovers
Who Are You?
If These Walls Could Talk
Unfriendly Skies
Sex, Lies & Larvae
I-15 Murders
Farenheit 932
To Halve And To Hold
Table Stakes
Too Tough To Die
Face Lift
$35K O.B.O.
Blood Drops
Gentle, Gentle
Sounds Of Silence
Justice Is Served
Evaluation Day
The Strip Strangler
All GREAT episodes.
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68 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best television you can find! February 18, 2003
By Brian
Finally after three years, CBS and Paramount are realeasing the complete first season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. I have been watching every episode since the first and have enjoyed almost every one! Now, with this six disc set, i can watch the first season over and over again which has some of the best classic episodes.
Cool Change
Crate 'n Burial
Plegding Mr. Johnson
Friends & Lovers
Who Are You?
Blood Drops
Unfriendly Skies
Sex, Lies, and Larvae
I-15 Murders
Farenheit 932
To Halve and to Hold
Table Stakes
Too Tough to Die
Face Lift
$35K O.B.O.
Gentle, Gentle
Sounds of Silence
Justice is Served
Evaluation Day
The Strip Strangler
These are the 23 episodes of the first season that will be included.
I have taped (on VHS) every single episode since the third episode of the series, but now i can watch them with much better quality. This is by far the best show on television!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, very human drama. Buy It. January 21, 2006
The original `CSI' set in Las Vegas and its spin-offs, all done in the Jerry Bruckheimer shop, easily deserve all the popularity they have garnered since they first appeared five seasons ago. The point of this essay and review is to ponder the source of their quality and resulting popularity.

In some ways, as the precursor to some other high quality shows such as `Numbers' and `House, M.D', `CSI' has dealt and played the `Sherlock Holmes' card to the hilt, spicing their stories with whodunit puzzles which would have taxed even that most marvelous of scientific detectives. Both Holmes and `CSI' dealt not only with puzzles, but with puzzles solvable by scientific methods.

I am not sure if this is a source of the show's popularity, but I can attest, as a former analytical chemist, that virtually all of their scientific techniques, and the way they show them, are dead on accurate. Sometimes, there is a bit of sloppiness, as when one of the supporting scientists back at the lab is a bit too fast on the draw with an automatic micropipette, and mananges to draw up about as much air as they do sample, but otherwise, they push the envelope very little at the edge of modern forensic and chemical science.

I suspect that next to the interesting puzzles, the biggest interest in `CSI' lies in the accuracy of the relations between the CSI team members. In contrast, I offer the opinion that `NCIS', an almost direct copy of `CSI' is really a very weak shadow of it's paradigm in that the relations between the team members are comic book images of how real knowledge based law enforcement officers would act toward one another.

`NCIS' may offer the argument that they are much more action based than is `CSI'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars NO CLOSE-CAPTIONS!!!
Despite what the description and the box says, closed captions are not available. And frankly I've seen more disk options on a rental movie from redbox. Read more
Published 2 days ago by S. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The CSI series!!
I started watching CSI because of Grissom. This show was so great. It has spawned other CSI shows. The first season (the original season) is superb. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Boyer
5.0 out of 5 stars SEASONS with All the original actors
I don't like the new CSI that is on TV now, because they changed the stars. I use to love watching the show. I decided why not see if I could own it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by debster
5.0 out of 5 stars Love CSI
Love this show. Love that I can watch it through Amazon!! My son had a school assignment based on this episode and he was absent that day so it was super convenient and an easy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chrissy Northrup
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
wish I could see it without having to pay for it. I am a science minded person and I love mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Beverly Broderick
2.0 out of 5 stars No Subtitles
What I could hear of the show revealed nothing of any special value. It might be a good show, but not for those of us whose hearing is somewhat impaired. Read more
Published 2 months ago by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Science Even a Little bit...
Then watch! I love the CSI stories even if it strays far from reality (what else did you expect? it's extremely difficult to accurately portray what goes on in real life in 40... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this is one of my favorite shows i cant get enough so glad its on AIV thank you amazon, I have to admit i like the earlier seasons better than the ones that are on now!!!
Published 3 months ago by Jami
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I forgot how good the original season was. I don't remember any of the episodes so the endings were all surprises. Great entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars CSI ROCKS!!!
Nothing like the original that started it all! Never did see the first season. So nice to see who came on when and why. Excellent quality for the money too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Love My Pintos
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Does it have Spanish subtitles?
Well, it would have been nice were the info correct. I now have a copy, and for the record this offers both Spanish and English audio, but zero subtitles. So, a multi-lingual household will have a tough time finding that sweet spot.
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