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Early Edition: Season 1 (1996)

Kyle Chandler  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YA82GA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Early Edition: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

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

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomorrow's News Today 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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Hope the Buzz Of Early Is True. 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back! April 28, 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Thoughts on "Early Edition" 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Rate, High Quality Show August 23, 2008
I watched this show when it was first on the air, and after watching it again on DVD for the first time in years, I was struck by how well it still holds up in this decade. In fact, if this show was airing right now, I honestly think it would be the best show on television.

To start, the premise is extremely interesting and original: a Chicago man, Gary Hobson, holds the future in his hand: he mysteriously receives tomorrow's newpaper a day early. He must make many moral decisions as to how he is going to use the paper - for his advantange, or for other peoples' advantage. Of course, for those who really appreciate Kyle Chandler's boyish, innocent looks, we already know he's a good guy in this.

Every episode involves stories in the newspaper, mostly tragic, that Gary must try to fix or prevent. However, such is life, where one thing is often connected to another, be it people or events, and situations are not always what they seem. Many episodes take us through exciting twists and turns, and before we know it, a 40-minute episode is sadly over.

What I love about "Early Edition" is its tremendous heart. I never cry when I watch television and most movies, but I think this show wins in making me tear up with gladness in more than several episodes throughout its four-year run, especially during the first season. Episodes like "The Choice," where Gary must decide who to save from death, "Gun," which shows the devestating effects of a broken-up family, "Hoops," and "Faith," where a young girl helps Gary reevaluate the kind of faith he puts in his paper, are uplifting and helps us believe in a world that still has hope and goodness in it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good program; makes me want more.
Interesting concept. I wish I had seen them all.
Published 1 month ago by Paul D. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great show
Published 1 month ago by James R. Lexsee
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Edition is Good News
This whole series is based on Gary Hobson receiving the daily newspaper a day early. He's always rushing out to rescue someone, whether they appreciate it or not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sweetbriar queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Edition
Really Enjoy this series Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Betty J Almasy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best television series ever produced!
Published 3 months ago by K. Printz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Have almost finished season one can't wait to see the rest. Great show
Published 3 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite tv shows
Every one should own or rent this tv series it is one of the best ones ever produced of all time
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Brings me back to my childhood with this series. Family sitting around the television on Sunday night. Thank you so much!
Published 4 months ago by Amy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT HOT HOT
I LOVE this show. Kyle Chandler is gorgeous and a great actor. The supporting cast is terriffic. The stories are well written. I can watch with my children and they enjoy it.
Published 5 months ago by bruce lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Everything was perfect.
My Dad and Mom use to watch this show, so he was so surprised to get this as a gift! Thank you!
Published 6 months ago by Sue
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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.
Apr 26, 2008 by William M. |  See all 8 posts
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