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House, M.D.: Season 1 (2004)

Hugh Laurie  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (634 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Laurie
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 1946 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (634 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WPM1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House, M.D.: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 3:
  • The Concept
  • Casting Session with Hugh Laurie
  • Medical Cases
  • Set Tour
  • House-isms
  • Dr. House

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    He pops pills, watches soaps, and always, always says what's on his mind. He's Dr. Gregory House (Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie, Blackadder). Producers David Shore, Bryan Singer, Katie Jacobs, and Paul Attanasio haven't rewritten the hospital drama--at heart, it's a cross between St. Elsewhere, ER, and C.S.I.--but they've infused a moribund genre with new life and created one of TV's most compelling characters. More than any previous medical procedural, it resembles Attanasio’s underrated Gideon's Crossing, but House is lighter on its feet. As fascinating as he is, the show wouldn't work as well if it were all House all the time (that would be like Sherlock Holmes without Watson or Moriarty). Fortunately, he's joined by an intriguing cast of characters, portrayed by a combination of experienced vets (Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein, Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard) and new faces (Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer). Aside from the complicated cases they tackle each week, the sparks really fly when House's brilliant, if naïve charges are put to the test--and as the head of a teaching hospital, it's his job to test them (although his tough love approach is constantly landing him in hot water with Edelstein's administrator). From the first episode, House attracted a talented array of guests, including Robin Tunney ("Pilot"), Joe Morton ("Role Model"), and Patrick Bauchau ("Cursed") as Spencer’s father. In addition, Chi McBride and Sela Ward appear frequently (with Ward returning for the second season). Viewers who first watched these 22 episodes on Fox will be gratified to note that the music has survived the transition to disc, such as the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," as featured in both the pilot and season finale ("Honeymoon"). The only apparent omission is the credit theme (Massive Attack's "Teardrop") from the pilot. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

    Product Description

    Go deeper into the medical mysteries of House, TV's most compelling new drama, as all 22 Season One episodes and exclusive bonus features come to DVD! Hugh Laurie stars as the brilliant, but sarcastic Dr. Gregory House, a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While his behavior can border on antisocial, Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving the medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Together with his hand-picked team of young medical experts, he'll do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case. Check out each gripping episode featuring some of TV's hottest guest stars, including Carmen Electra, Chi McBride, Scott Foley and Sela Ward. It's the intriguing new series TV Guide's Matt Roush hails as "… the uncommon cure for the common medical drama."

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    371 of 402 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Totally and utterly brilliant! June 20, 2005
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    "House, M.D." is one of the best shows on television right now. It has brilliant writing, great stories, and an amazing cast lead by the incredible Hugh Laurie.

    What's it about?

    "House, M.D." is about a brilliant doctor (named "House") who treats patients with ailments that other doctors have failed to cure. House is aided in his search for what is wrong with his patients by a skilled team of doctors. Among the more interesting cases are people suffering from hepatitus, rabies, and a tape worm.

    While the medical cases are facinating, the heart of the show is Hugh Laurie's performance as Dr. House. Dr. House is brilliant and damaged in soul and in body. He walks with a limp caused by muscle death in his leg. This ailment combined with his natural propensity for sarcasm make Dr. House a grumpy and blunt man who is not afraid to say what he thinks. Here are some of the most popular:

    From..."Mob Rules"

    MobsterLawyer: My brother's not gay!

    House: No, but he's certainly delightful.

    From..."Three Stories"

    "I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist. Just because you don't know what the right answer is - maybe there's even no way you could know what the right answer is - doesn't make your answer right or even okay. It's much simpler than that. It's just plain wrong."

    From..."Pilot"

    House: "Ah, yes, but as the philosopher Jagger once said, 'You can't always get what you want.'"

    Cuddy (later in the episode): "I looked up that philosopher, Jagger, you mentioned, and you're right, you can't always get what you want. But as it turns out, if you try sometimes, you get what you need."

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    158 of 175 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Bad News for Widescreen TV Owners May 14, 2006
    By T. F.
    Format:DVD
    Just to make something clear that isn't really obvious in the item description (or on the packaging itself)--the show is presented here in non-anamorphic widescreen. That is, it is NOT formatted for viewing on a widescreen television. Viewing on a 16 X 9 widescreen TV, you will have to choose between a picture that is distorted and stretched horizontally or one that has black bars on all four sides--top, bottom, left and right. Sadly, Universal's unfortunate and outdated decision has caused the quality of this DVD set to suffer.
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    148 of 164 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Let's face it, who cares about so-called 'reality' TV anymore? Hugh Laurie breathes new life into the medical genre with HOUSE M.D, the best show in years. Laurie's brilliant performance combined with a great supporting cast and some impressive celebrity guest stars, this has quickly become one of my favorite TV shows. Without any signs of slowing down, I hope House will carry on to many more seasons so viewers around the world can tune in to fabulously fresh and original episodes every week. Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman) handles the material well with a steady hand, shaping the show, while allowing the supporting cast room to breath. The music, pacing, and excellent writing from David Shore make every installment memorable. The DVD has all 22 episodes of the groundbreaking comedy-drama, and that's great to have so much to keep fans satisfied. The digital transfer is excellent too. If only other shows would take notes from House, then there would actually be something else to watch on television.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The anti-ER April 14, 2006
    Format:DVD
    Much as The Shield did for cop shows a few years ago, House has managed to breathe some new life into a tried-and-true TV format, in this case the medical drama. Granted, it's not even entirely accurate to call House a medical drama, as it largely subverts the form's conventions by mixing them with ample doses of mystery and comedy, not to mention a sardonic, pill-popping doctor who rarely sees his patients and doesn't even seem to care about them much of the time. Whatever the case, though, House is easily one of the best shows to hit TV in the past five years, and a reason to keep watching in spite of the reality glut. Sure, it doesn't boast the peity or ER or the sensationalism of Nip/Tuck, but in their place is reams of wit, insight, and plaintive musings on life and death.

    Dr. House is obviously in the lead (hence the title, duh), and Hugh Laurie's performance easily puts House right up there with Vic Mackey, Jack Bauer, and Eric Cartman in my personal pantheon of most memorable TV characters. House mostly works as a character because you can't really put a label on him--he's not quite a hero, but he's not quite an anti-hero either, and he's never just a stick figure. He's actually my favorite type of character--complex, deeply flawed, and undeniably human. Beneath all his sarcasm, skepticism, and cynicism is a genuine understanding of human nature and a commitment to doing the right thing even if it takes lying, deceit, and bullying to do it. Yes, he's a little over the top, but it wouldn't be much of a show if he weren't, now would it?

    Of course, it also greatly helps its cause that this show is frequently and hysterically funny. It's a sort of humor you don't see all that often on TV, too, except in shows created by Joss Whedon.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars House Pilot Episode Review
    Thorough story line and highly interesting characters. This episode offers plenty of real-life factoids that are worth the watch as well. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Janna Chow
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Lies....
    I got hooked on House back around season 5, the characters and how they intereact with each other is amazing and is the reason i bought this season even though i had seen it... Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Kyle Pinkerton
    1.0 out of 5 stars Never Seen It
    My parents broke up in 1995 when I was 11 and my mom's first boyfriend after the divorce was named Hugh. One star.
    Published 18 days ago by Shane
    3.0 out of 5 stars Scratched
    The front side of the discs were in good shape but the backs were all scratch so it kept jumping.
    Published 24 days ago by Kelsey Beck
    1.0 out of 5 stars always broken
    I've ordered two season one of House and both came through the mail with broken cases. Not very happy about that. My daughter is very picky and doesn't want a broken case.
    Published 29 days ago by Tamara Smith
    2.0 out of 5 stars Same outline every show
    Predictable outline over and over. Watched it a few times then just lost interest. Not much more to say about it. I know it's well liked, not for me though.
    Published 1 month ago by Gimmedap
    1.0 out of 5 stars So much cheaper on DVD
    Seriously, you can find this at around $10-$15 most places. Don't buy this instant watch for a penny more than that
    Published 1 month ago by Dylan Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars A plus series.
    One of the most interesting and complex series ever. Hugh Laurie and a stellar cast are fascinating. I am currently thru Season 3.
    Published 1 month ago by catherine martinez
    3.0 out of 5 stars shmeh
    the stories are good, but the inner body graphics are obnoxious...almost offensive in how cartoony they are. House's character is great, and fun to watch.
    Published 1 month ago by M Olson
    5.0 out of 5 stars :D
    Great show, great cast, tight writing - well worth the watch.
    I've watched it before, when it originally aired, it still holds up today.
    Published 1 month ago by DONALD F COSTABILE
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    Not really. The double sided disks are mildly annoying in that the print identifying Side A and Side B is really tiny, so you might get the wrong side sometimes if you are not paying attention. No bid deal.
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    It's because it is the pilot episode. I know what I said doesn't really make sense but look at it this way...when they make the pilot they put what money their budget allows into whatever they need to make the episode show as much as they can about the rest of the serries. In the case of this... Read more
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    Subtitles for the deaf
    Absolutely! There is ENGLISH SDH (Closed Captions/Subtitles) in the subtitles section in the menu. :) Was the first thing I looked for when I purchased this dvd set myself.
    Sep 29, 2007 by Barbara Dale |  See all 2 posts
    Season 2 DVD
    I read somewhere something around August 2006 or so
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    multiple Subtitles
    yes, just subtitles in spanish. audio is just in english
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