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DAWSON’S CREEK chronicles a close group of friends’ passage from adolescence to adulthood in their small coastal town and a rapidly changing world. This landmark first season of the show marks the beginning of an unforgettable journey for cast members JAMES VAN DER BEEK, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOSHUA JACKSON, KATIE HOLMES and their characters, as they face the agony and ecstasy of teenage life. Exclusively available on DVD, this 4-disc presentation of the complete first season is a ‘must-own’ collectible for any fan of the smash-hit television series.


Even viewers who consider themselves beyond their teen-angst years might find Dawson's Creek compelling watching. For years Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes) have watched movies and slept in the same bed, but they find that as they enter high school their relationship will inevitably change. That becomes especially clear when Dawson is immediately attracted to Capeside, Massachusetts's sexy new arrival, Jen (Michelle Williams). Meanwhile, their friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson) pursues an unachievable love object.

Creator Kevin Williamson based Dawson's Creek on his own youth, and sure, the characters may not really look or sound 15, but the Dawson-Joey-Jen interplay--especially embodied by the sad-eyed and cynical (but still adorable) Joey and the smart but emotionally inept Dawson--gives the show its heart. And just like Williamson's fresh take on the teen-horror genre, Scream, Dawson's Creek has a winking self-awareness, for example when Dawson says they're having a "90210 moment" or explains that they use big words because they watch too many movies. Highlights of the first season include Dawson's discovery that his perfect home life may not be so perfect, an unwelcome reminder of Jen's past, the Breakfast Club takeoff "Detention," the Scream takeoff "The Scare," a beauty contest in which two unlikely competitors square off, and the heart-rending finale.

On the DVDs, Williamson and producer Paul Stubin have a commentary track for both the pilot episode and the last episode, in which they offer parallels between the two "bookends," notes on the locations, vast praise for their cast and affection for the show, and a few spoilers regarding subsequent seasons. Williamson and Stubin also do all the talking in an 8-minute featurette "From Day One," while Van Der Beek, Holmes, Jackson, and (briefly) Williams discuss their characters in the 7-minute "Season One Time Capsule," recorded back when the series premiered. On the downside, picture quality is sometimes quite grainy, perhaps because all 13 episodes plus bonuses are squeezed onto three discs. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on three discs: Pilot, Dance, Kiss, Discovery, Hurricane, Baby, Detention, Boyfriend, Road Trip, The Scare, Double Date, Beauty Contest, Decisions
  • "Dawson's Creek: From Day One" retrospective featurette
  • Season One Time Capsule

Product Details

  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Mary Beth Peil
  • Directors: Allan Arkush, Arlene Sanford, Arvin Brown, Bethany Rooney, David Petrarca
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 570 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOX3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Debra on February 23, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'll be the first to admit that seasons 5 and 6 of Dawson's Creek have not been great. However, the first four seasons WERE great, and then some. The first season introduced us to Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Pacey Witter, and Jen Lindley, in addition to other characters, in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts.
A lot of people who watched the first two, three or four seasons of Dawson's Creek have probably stopped by now. But they should still buy this DVD set because the first season was amazing. From the pilot, to the Saturday Detention episode, to the Beauty Pageant, to the first kiss shared by Dawson and Joey in the season finale, the first season was definitely memorable.
The first season writers, led by Kevin Williamson, knew how to write. They knew how to be dramatic without going overboard. They knew how to make viewers laugh and how to make them cry. They knew just how to get to that place in our hearts that would make us fall in love with this show. And even if you aren't in love with the show anymore, like me, this DVD set is definitely worth buying. It will bring back memories that you have long since forgotten, and it will instill in you a feeling of nostalgia and love for Dawson's Creek.
I hope that the remaining seasons are eventually released on DVD, as I will miss Dawson's after its May 14, 2003 two-hour series finale (which, by the way, should be as great as the first two seasons since it was written by Kevin Williamson). I am very happy this will be released soon and I can't wait to relive the first season.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2003
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It's amazing how times can change - how a series as good as this can turn into something as trashy, unoriginal and quite frankly...dull as the current Dawsons Creek. This series got me through my adolescence, with the references to 80's culture which took me hours to look up, and the conviction after watching every episode that someone else in the world was actually going through the same thing as me. I can't remember another teen show which made me cry as much as when Joey spoke to her father through the prison gate, or made me laugh as much as when Pacey explained his reason for being in detention. It introduced me to artists as good as Jewel and Sarah McLacland and films as great as "From Here to Eternity" and "The Breakfast Club". The characters were worth caring about it (let's face it, yes, we all hated Jen, but we did feel a little bit sorry for her too), the story lines did keep you hooked (how much was I DYING to see Joey and Dawson kiss by the end of the first series?), the music was uncommercial and had me rushing out to buy cds by people that I had never even heard of, and the lines were classic: "Hey Joey, I love your lipstick, what shade is that?" "Wicked red, I love your hair colour, what number's that?" What a shame it all had to change. The magic lasted until the end of the 2nd series, but since then it's been a downhill slide and now the show simply serves as nostalgia for episodes as good as 'Detention' or 'Breaking Away'. Dawsons Creek made long words cool, even for 15 year-olds, and was instrumental in defining the late 90s teenager. They don't make 'em like they used to.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Morgan on January 23, 2003
Format: DVD
I love how these episodes had plots somewhat like the movies, Detention being my favorite. Episodes include the following which aired in 1998, dates at the end:
1. Pilot (aka Emotions in Motion) 1/20
2. Dance (aka Dirty Dancing) 1/27
3. Kiss (aka A Prelude to a Kiss) 2/3
4. Discovery (aka Carnal Knowledge) 2/10
5. Hurricane (aka Blown Away) 2/17
6. Baby (aka Look Who's Talking) 2/24
7. Detention (aka The Breakfast Club) 3/3
8. Boyfriend (aka Escape From New York) 3/10
9. Roadtrip (aka In the Company of Men) 3/17
10. Double Date (aka Modern Romance) 4/28
11. The Scare (aka Friday the 13th) 5/5
12. Beauty Contest (aka Pretty Woman) 5/12
13. Decisions (aka Breaking Away) 5/19
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marc on June 3, 2003
Format: DVD
It's funny how you associate a cetain past-time in your life with the songs and TV shows that were popular at the time. When I was 16 I watched the entire first season of Dawson's Creek with an ex-girlfriend of mine. Much to my surprise, I got hooked in like a little teenage girl (which I constantly ragged on myself for) and ended up watching most of the second and third seasons as well. So the show was a little unrealistic... For example, when Pacey dates his English teacher and she never gets locked in jail, or the constant coaching that Dawson gives his parents and that other teens seem to give other adults in the show on a regular basis. Most 15/16 year olds don't have it together better than the adults around them. I guess a show needs to be a little unrealistic though, otherwise it wouldn't be telivision. With that aside, the show was amazing! It flawlessly captured certain moments that all teens go through on their journey to adulthood. The excitment and confusion of love, the strong bind between best friends, the times when you know things are changing but you just can't figure it out, it's all here in the first season. Although seasons 1 through 3 were all great, season 1 stood out and captured those moments that can make you smile or make you cry. When I popped this DVD into my player, it brought back memories of being 16 again. It wasn't just because I was watching Dawson and company struggle through adolescence again, it reminded me of where I was in my life when I used to watch this show. If you watched the first season back in 1998 like I did, go get yourself this DVD. You won't be disappointed. I graduated highschool and never got around to watching seasons 4-6, but if they come out on DVD maybe I'll revert back to my girly ways from when I was 16 and soak up the drama.
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