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Felicity: Season 1
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 3, 2009
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FELICITY has aged very well and is in no way dated. I grew up with this show and never purchased any of the seasons on dvd with their original release. The series is grounded by superb writing and direction, timeless storylines that affect college age people that never fade but most of all it is held together by the all around superb cast. The acting here is impeccable and runs the gamut from humorous to heartwrenching. And of course at its center is the star, the immensely talented Keri Russell. The weight of the show rests on her angelic shoulders and she carries it so gracefully. To follow her emotional journey becomes a gift to the viewer.

Most people reading this will agree with what I just said and are huge fans of the show. But what one wonders is why have these reissued boxed sets appeared and how is the quality? I never saw the original released boxed sets but know at that time series sets were rather bulky. This firs season is a very slim presentation with 6 discs perfectly placed in a plastic cd case which inserts into an outer cardboard protective sleeve. It is very attractive, takes up little room and I can only imagine that the show has continued to sell since its demise so they came up with a more user friendly version to hopefully get even more sales.

As far as I can tell everything abouth the discs and the video/audio presentation is exactly the same as the original set. The video quality is excellent even with the pilot episode. The show always has its emotional moments and the instrumental track works very well. The only complaint here was an issue with the original set as well. The show often used modern day popular songs and those songs are replaced on this dvd set for they chose not to pay the royalities to include those songs. Much effort was not put into choosing alternative songs. A perfect example is with the pilot. As we know Felicity corresponds with her friend Sally via tape. At the end of the pilot there is a voiceover of Sally's latest tape. The song in the background is obviously a replacement from what was originally uased and it is jarring, loud and it becomes very difficult to hear Sally. The song in no way reflects the emotions of the scene.

So bottom line. I highly recommend the series FELICITY. The video is here in all its glory and looks great. This boxed set is an elegant slimline version. Just note that if the only way you want to see FELICITY is exactly as it aired audio wise then these sets are not for you. The song replacement doesn't happen often but when it does it is jarring. Sadly there is no way to get FELICITY in its true original form audio wise. You must purchase it with this slight flaw or give it a pass. For me, once I adjusted to the switched occasional songs all was fine. The instrumental soundtrack is still intact. The show is still FELICITY and it delivers the same emotional wallop to me as it originally did.

The song replacement is obviously why I could not give this classic series 5 stars.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2002
Format: DVD
I love Felicity, and I would love this DVD box set if only Buena did not change nearly ALL of the background popular music. So now when you pop in a disc, watch an episode, you feel completely and utterly lost as the beuatifull music originally aired has been replaced with new "up to date" music. Exactly like the re-runs on thw WE channel, same "new" unfitting music. This is not what I have come to watch and love.
Would you buy the movie Ghost if the classic love scene would have another song playing in the background than Unchained Melody ? I'm sorry but changing the music alltogether is changing the overall feel and I don't get to watch the scene I remember the way they were done.
Poor judgment from Buena Vista to think nobody would notice that.
I'll stick to my VHS set thank you very much.
This is sad. Don't buy this unless you don't care about the memorable scenes with carefully chosen fitting music playing in the background.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2009
Format: DVD
I originally caught Felicity when I was in my late teens and it's one of the few shows I could really relate to. The show itself is great and I would recommend it to anyone, but the DVD set....absolutely NOT! I blame myself for not reading the reviews for the previously released DVD sets, but this one has NONE of the original music that first aired with the program. I knew something was a bit off when some songs played over bits of dialogue in the wrong places; and LOUDLY so I could barely hear what was being said. My memory of one scene in particular had a very lovely song that was replaced by some wretched watered down version of ANOTHER song. To me, it definitely changed the tone of some scenes and the emotional connection was somewhat lost. Also, there are no great new updates where the video quality is concerned. It's almost like the show was cut and pasted from the WB onto DVD format and slapped together with some new music that really sets the whole thing off-kilter. Grr...If you'd like to watch a very well-told coming of age story I definitely do recommend the show. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic for your past (as I was) and want to relive some memories, STAY AWAY from these DVDs!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2002
Format: DVD
Felicity is a wonderful show, no question, but what made it so great (aside from one of the best ensembles ever, as well as the wonderfully tender and funny storylines) was the music and how well it fit the scenes, underlined them, and made them more meaningful. I always notice the music in tv shows, and Felicity and Roswell were two of the best in terms of using music really effectively. Shows like Dawson's Creek especially would have songs that were top 20 assembly line popular and many would stick out like a sore thumb, most of the time having nothing really to do with what was going on, but with Felicty that was never the case - there was always a good array of music both in style, genre and age, and they always used songs that were unique in someway that added to the moment being played. However in this dvd for some reason they took out a lot of the songs that made some of these moments so perfect and memorable - I mean it really says something about how deeply the music was a part of the experience if i notice within watching just three episodes that at least two songs were replaced. And what is even more disapointing is that they were replaced for the most part with very uninteresting songs that all basically sound the same. I'm really at a loss as to why they would choose to do this... the show itself I guess doesn't really suffer - if you didn't know what was there you might not miss it, but I can't help but feel like something was lost. The dvd is still definitely worth owning, but I would really have liked some explanation as to why the soundtrack was edited - a song that even appeared on the first soundtrack was taken off... why mess with what worked so well?
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2002
Format: DVD
Felicity, for me was a show that was based on real situations, with real people and emotions. Every season of the show got a bit better than the previous.
It's a shame the rating's couldn't keep "Felicity" going, as i think it would have been really interesting to see in what direction the storylines and characters went after graduation and in the real world.
"Felicity" will surely be missed by a lot of viewers and fans like myself, but this DVD Edition of the 1st Season will serve as a long awaited window to the past of a great show. I only Hope Buena Vista will release the remaining 3 seasons.
Definetely all of them will be in my collection!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2002
Format: DVD
Everyone buy this collection of DVDs so we, the fans of Felicity, can prove to everyone that this show was amazing - and that we deserve all 4 seasons of this drama on DVD. I think this was an absolutely wonderful idea to put together all of the episodes from season 1 - and let's just hope we have a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th season coming soon!
Felicity rocks (and Ben does too)!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2002
Format: DVD
Felicity poinently reminds me of my own conflicts with youth/adulthood, love/loss, decision/indecision. Keri Russell beautifuly protrays a character writen so smart, so human it's scary. As a twenty something guy, it's also refreshing to see male characters portrayed without chauvinisism and misogynysm prevalent in mainstream media. The writing provides a fresh and honest look at life during formative college years in New York City.
Felicity has great music, progressive storylines, and a consistency of story quality that's really incredible. Felicity is by far my favorite television show of all time.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
It was interesting to go back and watch the freshman year of "Felicity" again on DVD, knowing who Felicity (Keri Russell) was going to end up with at the end of not only the first season but the entire series. You have to understand that I was always rooting for Noel (Scott Foley) over Ben (Scott Speedman) and ended up caring for Julie Emrick (Amy Jo Johnson) more than Felicity, even before she made the wrong choice. But then the first season of "Felicity" is all about wrong choices and the human train wreck that is Felicity Porter. Our local cable company lost its WB affiliate all I ever got to see of the second season was the first episode where I was outraged by the revelation of Felicity's decision and took a perverse satisfaction in the infamous hair cut. But then my anxiety was quickly shifted to finding friends or relatives around the country who could tape "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for me and I quickly forgot about "Felicity." When we got the WB back I caught a few of the finale episodes, including the "time travel" ones, which brought the whole first season back to light again.
Once upon a time a young girl named Felicity finally got the nerve after her high school graduation to finally go up and speak to the good lucky guy she always had a crush on. He signed her yearbook and what he wrote was enough to have her decided not to go to Stanford to study to be a doctor but to head to New York to follow the boy, Ben. The big public comment on the first season was that if you reversed the two roles you would have the story of a stalker. But since it was a girl doing the stalking and because she had wonderful ringlets of curly hair, the behavior was apparently okay. More importantly, Felicity pays for her actions in those first three episodes, where she crashes and burns at just about each and every opportunity, and the show is more about getting away from her parents than it is about pursuing Ben Convington.
Unlike "Twin Peaks," where the hook ended up destroying the series, "Felicity" avoids the mistake and comes up with the most credible job of showing what college is like on television since "The Paper Chase" (which was really on point only if you were in law school). The episode "Cheating" involved the topic of plagiarism while the two-parter on "Drawing the Line" dealt with the issue of date rape, both of which were dealt with in responsible manners. The second time I saw the latter I had the exact same thought when Ben starts beating up on Zach, who yells for him to stop, and Ben does saying: "When you said 'Stop,' I did. That's the difference between us." At the other end where we deal with comedy there is Noel on "smart juice" during "Finally," Felicity putting "sex with Noel" down in her day planner in "Give Me an O," and when Meghan's parents confront Felicity with what they found in "her" box in "Happy Birthday."
I also like the fact that although the show focuses on the love triangle between the three principles and the problems of Felicity's gal pals Julie and Elena (Tanig Miller), that background characters like Sean (Greg Grunberg) and Megan (Amanda Foreman) could emerge so strongly, especially the later, who starts off as a one joke characters as Felicity's absent roommate and ends up stealing every since scene she is in the rest of the season. But replacing Javier (Ian Gomez) with Abby and Danny was a mistake, that was thankfully rectified the next season. Yes, there are bits that will go too far for your tastes, such as Felicity agreeing to marry Javier so he can stay in the country (although I loved it when she brightly announced "I'm marrying a gay guy too" to Noel's gay brother's partner) and a college professor deciding to have an affair with a freshman, but there are enough legitimate track wrecks to keep you attentive.
The extras are sparse on these DVDS, with commentary by the creators on the first and last episodes, and my biggest complaint is that there are no chapter stops for the episodes, so that when I wanted to check and see if Bradley Whitford's name appeared in the end credits of "Birthday" it was a pain to check it out. On to Sophomore year so I can find out what happened to Felicity after she went bald...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2002
Format: DVD
Felicity was one of my favorite shows of all time. I became addicted within the first couple of episodes. I really loved the characters and the plot lines. I started out as a Felicity and Noel fan and only came to like Ben in later years. I thought this show had a great combination of humor, drama and fun. I am going to buy the first season on DVD when it's released. I really hope they release all of the other seasons on DVD too so I can see the episodes that I missed. I hope lots of people buy the first season so that they release the others too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2002
Format: DVD
I woke early yesterday and rushed to the store to buy the first season on DVD. I watched every single episode before I went to bed at 4 in the morning. Although I watched every episode on TV as it aired, there was so much I had forgotten. I knew that I loved the show, but had forgotten why. From the first glimpse of Noel Crane I was hooked all over again. And now I cannot wait for the Sophmore season to be released.
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