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Once and Again - The Complete First Season

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Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Sela Ward and Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell, Once And Again explored brave new territory with the compelling story of two families blending at the seams. The second marriage of Lily Manning (Ward) to Rick Sammler (Campbell) pushes both to the limit as they try for domestic normalcy while navigating divorce, parenting, financial hardship and many other life lessons.

From the creators of thirtysomething and My So-Called Life comes the complete first season DVD Collection. Enjoy all the moving moments and memorable performances of a brilliant supporting cast, including Shane West (A Walk To Remember) and Evan Rachel Wood (Practical Magic) once and again.

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Rick (Billy Campbell) and Lily (Sela Ward) are fortysomething parents with two kids; both are still feeling the repercussions of their failed first marriages; both are haplessly single and consumed by their family identities (plus, let's just face it, both are gorgeous beyond belief). Dropping off their respective kids at school in their respective SUVs, they spy each other across a crowded driveway. Granted, it's not terribly romantic, but sparks fly and tentatively, embarrassingly, like teenagers, they embark on a first date--awkward conversation and fumbling make-out sessions in cars included. So begins the acclaimed TV series Once and Again from producers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the guys who brought you über-sensitive dramas thirtysomething and My So-Called Life. And like those award-winning shows, Once and Again mines the mundane and ordinary to find extraordinary drama, tackling both midlife crisis and teen angst, as Rick and Lily's kids (most notably heartthrob Shane West and blooming wallflower Julia Whelan) navigate the perils of high school while their parents traverse the mine field of adult romance, with ex-spouses and disapproving family members lurking in the shadows.

The first season takes Rick and Lily from first date alone to first date en famille, in which their respective broods finally meet and confront the fact that their parents--gasp!--like each other. Along the way, there's amazing writing, pitch-perfect direction that takes scenes from comedy to drama in seamless swoops, and a tight-knit ensemble that hits all the right notes. Ward won an Emmy for this first season as the anxiety-ridden Lily, but she's equally matched by the quietly stunning Campbell, and their interaction is touching, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking--everything you could want in a romance, and more. --Mark Englehart


Special Features

  • The complete first season plus pilot episode

Product Details

  • Actors: Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jeffrey Nordling, Susanna Thompson, Shane West
  • Directors: Arvin Brown, Barnet Kellman, Claudia Weill, Dan Lerner, Edward Zwick
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 1080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once and Again - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Stanley Sturges on November 3, 2002
Format: DVD
"Once and Again" was a wonderful, brilliantly acted series, that ABC thoughtlessly cancelled earlier this year, presumably to make room for quality shows like "The Bachelor" (a joke) -
Sela Ward, Billy Campbell and especially the younger actors continually amazed me with their work on the show.
As a fan of the late, great "My So-Called Life", I found this show just as effective in showing what its like to be human.
About the only storyline on the show that bored me, just a little, was the one that featured "thirtysomething" hold-over, "Miles Drentell", but even then, actor David Clennon managed to show us the humanity behind his character's weasel exterior.
Shane West, and Julia Whelan (who resembles Claire Danes) both were stunning as the older children, and Meredith Deane, and especially Evan Rachel Wood, as the younger ones, were brilliant.
Wood was robbed of an Emmy nomination for her work on the show's third season, where she heart-breakingly portrayed her character's confusion over her burgeoning sexuality.
Finally, Susanna Thompson kicked out the jams during the "accident" storyline, and she, too, was robbed of an Emmy nomination.
A great series, that deserved another chance.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2002
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Once and Again was a wonderfully acted, written series and I will regret its cancellation always. There are not words for what this show has meant to a lot of people. If reviews count ..I hope this one helps, I want mine to say please please release all seasons (that's 3) on DVD. Life is just so beautiful, O&A gave me that and it is a lesson that I will never forget. Thank you to all those involved in any way with this series... and I'm so proud of all who are still keeping this show alive in hearts everywhere. Best of luck to all the writers, producers, directors, creators, guest stars and actors on this stunning show in their future projects. I will never forget this show. Never. That is something pretty powerful to say and mean. I watched every episode I could during its entire run and became a fanatically obsessed O&A advocate in its last season... buy the DVD!!! Live the DVD. Smile and be glad at least it happened at all, even if only for a much too short run. Thank you Sela, Billy, Meredith, Evan, Shane, Jeff, Susanna, Marin, Julia and Eric. We love what you are. And love what you do. I will always wonder what would have happened, and it will always hurt not to know with certainty. But it's an okay hurt. I seriously bought a DVD player just to watch THIS DVD!! (and I know I am not alone in this..) so please release all seasons so I have at least some semblance of a DVD collection. lol. Me and others. Remember those wise words, "Just finishing something is not an ending". Hope those in a position to help can see these reviews. Thank you!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda C. Elsaesser on June 28, 2002
Format: DVD
Excellent series that had a three year run. Herskovitz and Zwick of famed "thirtysomething", "My So Called Life", and "Relativity" fame brought this to the screen and it was a true gem. It's basic premise was Lily, 40, just about to go through a divorce, with two girls, and the in's and out's of it all including, and mostly what the storyline dealt with dating again and finding love. There were secondary stories with the ex's and sisters and families and the kids. It dealt with everything that was and is now, and echoes most of our lives that we are living out there.
Upon hearing the cancellation of the show, the viewers pulled an all out campaign to save it....to no avail. But with these upcoming editions on DVD Once and Again is sure to live on in our hearts and minds for everyone to watch and learn and dream.
This show was a true work of art and most fans look forward to the next show that the creators put together. When they put the three seasons out on DVD, hopefully with extras for all us true fans that worked hard to keep the show on the air, I would recommend giving this show a chance, it truly is a gem.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Tidline VINE VOICE on October 3, 2005
Format: DVD
When Once and Again first began I dismissed it as a show for just women. But after watching just one episode I found myself hooked. This was unlike any show I had seen before. I actually found myself drawn into the lives of these two families. Once and Again is not just a show about two divorced people who find each other and start to fall in love. It goes much deeper than that. Once and Again follows the lives of two divorced people and the lives of their children as well. But then it goes a step further and it follows the lives of their ex spouses as well. With the first season we see how the relationship begins to develop between Lily (Sela Ward) and Rick (Billy Campbell) and how their ex's still play a factor in their love lives and how their blossoming relationship has an effect on their children. Once and Again was one of the finest dramas on television and if given the respect it deserved could still be growing strong today. Even thought it's time on television was short Once and Again showcased the acting talents of Sela Ward and Billy Campbell and launched the careers of Shane West and Evan Rachel Wood. I am just glad that we are able to enjoy this fine show on DVD and that they have finally decided to release Seasons 2 and 3.
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