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Commander in Chief - The Inaugural Edition, Part 2 (Episodes 11-18) (2005)

Geena Davis , Donald Sutherland  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry J. Lennix, Kyle Secor, Ever Carradine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FTCF9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Commander in Chief - The Inaugural Edition, Part 2 (Episodes 11-18)" on IMDb

Special Features

A Conversation With Madam President -- One-On-One Interview With Geena Davis

Editorial Reviews

It looks like The West Wing, it feels like 24--it must be Commander in Chief. Created by critic-turned-filmmaker Rod Lurie (The Contender) and produced by Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue) and Dee Johnson (E.R.), the political drama reeled in the accolades and awards during its first year. Unfortunately, ABC bounced the show around so often, even pulling it from the schedule for a hiatus, that it failed to attract enough viewers to justify a second--let alone full--22-episode season.

As the series continues, tensions between the US and North Korea have reached critical mass ("No Nukes is Good Nukes," the conclusion to a two-part episode from the first set). President Mackenzie Allen (a commanding Geena Davis) is doing what she can to extract an American submarine stranded in sovereign waters. If she can't come up with a plan in time, the crew will die. Worse yet, North Korea could declare war. In this episode, the Independent will also decide to run for re-election--against Republican Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton (Donald Sutherland as a deceptively genial snake)--setting the stage for the rest of the year.

Other developments include compromising photographs concerning Kyle Secor's First Gentleman ("State of the Unions"), the resignation of a key cabinet member ("Ties That Bind"), and a bout of appendicitis, which leads to Templeton becoming Leader of the Free World--for a day ("The Elephant in the Room"). The series ends with "Unfinished Business," in which Templeton makes his bid for the White House official and political consultant Dickie McDonald (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) reveals his true colors. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and episode commentaries from Lurie and Johnson. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Acclaimed actress Geena Davis joins Emmy(R) Award winner Donald Sutherland and an accomplished cast in a captivating blend of drama, excitement, and political intrigue. Enjoy the thrilling conclusion to the series' award-winning first season -- complete with exclusive bonus features. As a potentially devastating confrontation with North Korea escalates, President Allen's (Davis) leadership skills are put to the test. At the same time, tensions remain high between the President and the Speaker Of The House (Sutherland), forcing the Commander In Chief to master the art of political hardball -- all while juggling the full-time responsibilities of motherhood. The San Francisco Chronicle raves that Davis is an "inspired choice, equal parts powerful leader, conflicted mother, and concerned wife." Experience the excitement and the drama of this outstanding series with the gripping culmination of Season One.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars West Wing Light. September 8, 2006
Yes, this is basically West Wing light,with good enough acting overall,though I still think Geena Davis(first female President of the United States) only truly shines in the very first episode of the series(which is also on this Part 2 DVD,but this time with the choice of listening to show creator Rod Lurie's commentary or not).It could perhaps be because that happens to be my favorite episode.She's fine in the other episodes but I enjoy watching the rest of the First Family much more.Geena Davis' character is under so much pressure as the President of the United States,that she rarely gets a chance to flash her great smile and showcase her friendly nature.

I like all of the First Family actors,and also like the way this series mostly focuses on their relationships with each other rather than getting too deep into political issues.Both the eldest daughter,played by Caitlin Wachs, and the the youngest daughter,played by Jasmine Anthony, are top-notch and greatly add to the show.Matt Lanter(son) and Kyle Secor(husband) are both solid as well.Later on in the series,the grandmother is added to help keep the family more secure.

Both Ever Carradine(Robert Carradine's daughter),who plays press secretary Kelly Ludlow and Harry J. Lennix who plays Chief of Staff Jim Gardner are both great additions to an already stellar cast.

Any political issues discussed in this 18 episode series(only episode #1 and episodes #11-18 are on these 2 discs from Part 2) are very basic and most have been done in much more detail on the far superior West Wing(this is also what creator Rod Lurie says on his commmentary track;so we agree).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone too soon January 25, 2007
A great new series completely mishandled by the network that should have been a winner for years to come. Superb cast and compelling writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mostly as good as the DVD March 22, 2007
Back during its original hopscotch run all over primetime, there was so much gossipy scuffle about ABC's incompetent handling of C-IN-C that I inferred the quality of the episodes suffered after Bochco took over control from its initiator Rod Lurie. But all of the episodes except the last retain the quality of the contents of the first DVD set.

My problems with the final episode mainly involve a forming plot line that was as improbable when WEST WING also adopted it. When Nixon lost Agnew, can one really imagine his party not looking for a VP candidate in a state that would bring delegate votes, but instead deciding on making Ehrlichman or Halderman the new VP?

That BOTH presidency TV series selected the sitting president's internal employee as a VP candidate always seemed lazy and far-fetched. On the surface, both men bring qualities that presume America is brighter, more liberal, and less assaultive than the realities of our history suggest. (In the era of torture in war, how does one account for America's embrace of HOSTEL and the SAW franchise?) On WW the VP candidate is an alcoholic with a serious heart condition; on C-IN-C he's a Black mensch who abandoned his own party to graft onto a woman Independent. We in the audience appreciate the sensitivity, loyalty, and complexity of both VP choices, but would political parties really not insist on a more pragmatic (and probably less sterling) candidate from a section of the country that is more lucrative to electoral college concerns, and someone the American public already knows from (probably) "his" record as a governor or member of Congress?

Late C-IN-C showed other signs of WING weariness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series... bring it back!!! January 14, 2007
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Bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas; he hasn't stopped watching it (even though we saw them all when they were on the air). This was SUCH a great show with smart plot lines and a talented cast. I wish things like this could stay on the air and the vapid "Dancing with the Stars" would get ditched!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series -- and much missed January 9, 2007
I really enjoyed watching the full 17 episodes of this series, only some of which I saw during the original (and all too brief) television run. I found the series innovative, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Admittedly, it at times lacked for realism. For example, an Acting President who assumes duties under the 25th Amendment for a brief incapacity of the President would not likely occupy the Oval Office, take a public oath of office, or be addressed by the press corps as "Mr. President." To do so would be considered so over-the-top and offensive that it would destroy that politician's career, but Nathan Templeton paid little price for it. And the episode on the revival of the ERA ignored the issue of whether it can be revive since the congressional enactment had the amendment expire in 1982. But these are relatively minor points. Overall, I think the series was very solid, and I truly regret that it was not continued and extended by the network.

In the meantime, people can enjoy it in this format. If I had a young daughter, I would surely like her to be able to see that women can be credible leaders at any level. Perhaps this show brought us a step closer to that day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was nice to finally watch the end of the series
I never did see the last few episodes because I think it went off the air because of the ratings being to low. It was nice to finally watch the end of the series. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Love this series! Love being able to go to Amazon and get the full series for many of my favorite TV programs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was so enjoyable to watch wish there was more
Published 1 month ago by cassandra wischemann
5.0 out of 5 stars President Allen has "the right stuff"!!
This is a series that should have continued on for many seasons! It was well acted, had a believable story line, and had more than a few of Hollywood's Best! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carole Garrity
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent episodes
This series is just fantastic to watch. Once you start, you cannot stop to watch it. They should have this series extend more years.
Published 2 months ago by Chi Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series!
I loved this sorry they canceled it! Gena Davis is excellent it the part of the President of the United States!
Published 4 months ago by jeribelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it back!
This was indeed a wonderful series with all the actors doing a great job. I was so sorry it ended.
Published 5 months ago by EAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item.
Already left a review of this item. Love this item. Please don't force your customers to write more than they want just to fill a word quota. It is very annoying.
Published 6 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars great mini series
I loved Gena Davis in this role as the first female president and I always wanted this series to own. Superb!!!!
Published 6 months ago by cyoung
5.0 out of 5 stars commander in chief
great episodes; great acting, real-life situations and conflict with our first female head of America. sorry more episodes not made
Published 7 months ago by ollie fields
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too bad
This is my hope also. The concept of this show is too good to lose. It makes people think and prepares them for the future. I became an instant fan and was disappointed by the sporatic scheduling and episodes not shown even when listed in tv guide. Geena Davis was masterful in portraying a very... Read More
Aug 10, 2006 by C. Vandergriff |  See all 4 posts
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