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Early Edition: Season 1

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This is an hour-long drama about Chicago native Gary Hobson who becomes a reluctant hero when his morning newspaper reports tomorrow’s headlines. Commodities trader Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) is losing it: his job, his home and his brilliant attorney wife. He thinks he may even be losing his mind when tomorrow’s newspaper mysteriously arrives today – giving him a disconcerting look into the future. What will he do with tomorrow’s news? While his best friend Chuck (Fisher Stevens) sees the newspaper as a ticket to personal gain, co-worker Marissa (Shanesia Davis) convinces Gary that the "early edition" should be used to better peoples’ lives. So each day Gary begins anew the struggle to make sense of a world turned upside-down by the changing course of events that come from reading the "early edition."

Kyle Chandler's thick eyebrows look like they carry the weight of the world in Early Edition, the beloved show about a guy who gets the next day's paper delivered to him by an orange cat. But Gary Hobson (Chandler) doesn't use this insight into the future for personal gain; instead, driven by what must be the world's most overachieving superego, he runs all over town to help people who are about to die or suffer other disasters. He is aided (or sometimes hindered) by his best friend Chuck (Fisher Stevens), who desperately wants to abuse this mysterious gift for wealth and glory, and by Marissa (Shanesia Davis), who acts as Gary's self-appointed conscience, though Gary is so driven he hardly needs one. Marissa pretty much embodies all the cliches of the wise ethnic supporting character (and not only is she African-American, she's blind), but Davis is appealing enough that she somehow makes Marissa engaging. But Early Edition depends on Chandler's charisma, and he manages to enliven good intentions that would make a boy scout roll his eyes. Handsome but modest, Chandler has the combination of underplayed charm and acting chops that can make any show watchable. Though the show rarely lets Gary do more than chafe at the responsibility that's been thrust upon him, Chandler is never less than sincere and compassionate. At its best, Early Edition combines dramatic tension with quiet questions about moral responsibility; at its worst, it comes across like a bizarre fusion of Touched by an Angel and The X-Files, tossing around portentous implications about destiny and a mysterious but clumsy history. Guest stars abound--including Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), singer Lou Rawls, and Adrienne Shelly (Waitress)--but extras are disappointingly sparse. For fans of the show, however, this first-season DVD is long overdue. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • All episodes from the 1996-1997 season on six discs
  • Episodic promos
  • Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions

Product Details

  • Actors: Kyle Chandler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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: CBS/Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 1020 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YA82GA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Early Edition: Season 1" on IMDb

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on June 4, 2008
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Early Edition was one of the most interesting and entertaining hours on television during its run and it's nice to see this fabulous show finally get released. The characters were likable, and all too human at times, making them even more likable. Kyle Chandler proved the perfect choice as a regular guy with foibles who at first tries to cash in like any of us would on his good fortune, then realizes the great responsibility which has been laid at his door, quite literally.

Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) has been kicked out by his wife and forced to find a hotel. A yellow cat accompanies a newspaper which Gary eventually discovers is quite special. It is tomorrow's news today, and day after day it is delivered to Gary's door. He reacts as most of us would at first but his good nature finally takes over and he realizes there is a reason he's been chosen to receive the paper.

What followed each week was fabulous. One week it was humorous and the next heartbreaking. Shanesia Williams was terrific as his blind pal Marissa, who tried to keep him grounded and lead him towards the right path when the direction seemed unclear. Fisher Stevens was perfectly cast as his pal Chuck, who wanted to take advantage of Gary's windfall but often ended up helping him instead because deep down he was a good guy. It was sort of like Rockford and Angel, just less pronounced. At least in season one.

What helped to make the show special was the Chicago atmosphere and some tightly written shows about delicate choices made from the heart, some of which had grave consequences. If you can't do both, do you stop a plane from crashing and taking untold lives, or attempt to save one young girl?
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Brent Hilton on January 23, 2008
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I hope all the buzz is true and Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) graces the small screen again in this wonderful series created by Bob Brush. The guy that brought you the Wonder Years another classic series. i really dug this series because gary was an average guy doing service for society daily, usually sometimes taken for nut or weird guy, but he got the job done and he was nice plus he had class. i was wishing that it would've gone for a few more seasons when it was airing on TV, but oh well. i do hope that all the music used in the series like both the themes and etc, music rights can be resolved so the music , theme or otherwise can be used, so us fans will not feel jipped/cheated in anyway, when we buy the DVD of this excellent series, only to find out that the music been changed from what we remember from watching on tv for the first time. SO Please don't change the music or edit the series in anyway leave as is CBS.

Personally i wish there were more quality shows on TV like Early Edition it was kinda of depressing when it went off the air and appeared on the PAX/I channel only to disappear again. Good Grief.

Highly Recommended Series For Families.

Update: This First Season Of Early Edition is wonderfully excellent. I love the packaging of set the way it was done on 6 discs with 4 episodes on each of them and the sound is great. Yes folks it's like you remember music and all, this one is a must get and to have in your TV DVD collection.

A NOTE TO CBS EXECS: Please don't jip or screw over the Early Edition fans when you released Season Two or any of the other Seasons coming up, like you did with the poor Fugitive Fans on Season Two Vol.1 and remove anything critical stuff like music/scenes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William A. Hughes on April 28, 2008
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I remember when this excellant Show got cancelled. I turned to my TV one Saturday Evening only to be greeted with a Lame Game Show! IMO This was the beginning of TV's Decline, as the years went by more and more Quality TV Shows were taken off the air and replaced with Shoddy "Reality", Game and News Shows. I look forward to seeing this fine show once again, this time without all those Inturruptions that have INFESTED Modern TV Programming!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blue Coronet on July 23, 2008
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Never having seen EARLY EDITION, I bought this set based on both the premise and the reviews. Having watched the Pilot last night, I was definitely interested in where the series would go. While the pilot was good, the second episode "The Choice" was amazing -- very well written, moving, and for the life of me I couldn't see where it was headed. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the episodes on this set. One reviewer mentioned WONDERFALLS and though very different, these two are also similar in a positive way. See them both.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rhianna Morgan on November 14, 2008
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After watching too many Stargate episodes, murder mysteries, and spy movies it was a relief to watch a TV series where people weren't dying left and right or constantly in mortal danger. Although action is exciting, watching so many people get hurt or killed makes me heartsick. Early Edition, a TV show about a man named Gary who got tomorrow's newspaper every morning, was a TV show with depth, an intelligent plot, character development, and impeccable acting. Gary's knowledge of the future leads him on many goose chases and puts him in hilarious situations. I was immediately caught up in Gary's struggles to accept the paper and figure out how to save everyone. As I watched the series I thought that the premise of knowing the future and saving lives would get old, but it did not. The screen writers were very creative and put unexpected twists in every episode. (Personally, I despise predictable plotlines) Not only were the stories captivating, but the acting was delightful. Kyle Chandler is the perfect actor to portray a man who isn't quite comfortable with being a goody two shoes. His best friend Chuck is the comic relief whose constant attempts to use the paper to get money kept me laughing the whole way. His other friend Marissa is a sweet reminder of what Gary's conscience is always telling him.
All in all, an excellent series with delightful dialogue and a smart sense of humor. This is a series that lifts your spirits. It has little swearing and no sex scenes, a great choice for family TV.
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Early Edition on TV!!!
OMG this show is awesome, i remember watching it as a kid, then it went off air. then i forgot all about this show until i saw it on some ones list. im definately gonna have to order this
Jul 12, 2010 by brian j wilkes |  See all 3 posts
Is this for real?
Season 1 will be officially released June 24, 2008 -- other vendors out there, I'm sure, are DVD-R copies of over-the-air broadcasts, hardly the same thing.
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