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Once and Again - The Complete First Season (1999)

Sela Ward , Billy Campbell , Arvin Brown , Barnet Kellman  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jeffrey Nordling, Julia Whelan, Meredith Deane
  • Directors: Arvin Brown, Barnet Kellman, Claudia Weill, Dan Lerner, Edward Zwick
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009F43G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,056 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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Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award(R)-winning actress 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 (THE UPDSIDE OF ANGER) once and again.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's hope they release the *entire* series November 3, 2002
"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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pasty Midwesterners are people, too. October 30, 2005
"And so my course is clear: to go through life pretending to have done and seen things that have hardened me -- made me aloof and unreachable. Which works, until I need to ask a stock boy where they keep their corn meal. Then the facade crumbles, and it's clear that I'm not a weathered loner who's seen too much; just a pasty Midwesterner who can't find the flour aisle."
- Mike Nelson, 'Movie Megacheese'

'Once and Again' is about people like this, people who live in America's fly-over country, have never been homeless, are not famous, don't fight crime or work in hospitals, don't shop in SoHo or Beverly Hills. In real life, they vastly outnumber the homicide detectives, criminals, trauma surgeons, and island castaways who comprise such a disproportionate percentage of the central characters on television dramas. Why? Two reasons: (1) Most TV writers think they're boring and lack the insight and skills to write about them in ways that viewers will find interesting. (2) When a show that deals with this kind of material makes it on the air, it depends on large numbers of viewers in order to remain in production. Most television viewers gravitate to sex, violence, and suspense (and combinations thereof), and they are addicted to heightened reality. They do not have the patience for character studies, and that's why 'Once and Again' lasted only three seasons. One imagines that it was able to go that long because small but loyal numbers of viewers are actually bored by explosions, artificial suspense, and mindless exhibitionism.

Now we have 'Once and Again' on DVD. I doubt there's ever been more genuine gratitude among fans of a TV show regarding its release on video.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All 3 seasons on DVD ...... 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful television series June 28, 2002
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 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Great Show
Published 3 months ago by William Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
Why dont they make shows like this anymore????? the writers Zwick and Berlanti are brillant prolific producers/creators/writers having done quite a few TV drama series (my so... Read more
Published 6 months ago by annadel
2.0 out of 5 stars EMPTY DISC
I was very disappointed when I started watching the first season of this series, and discovered that Disc 4 (episodes 13-16) was empty. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MLourido
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of DVD purchase
Great service from dealer. The TV series is interesting, but too much like soap opera. No interesting case of the week at work, etc. just personal lives.
Published 15 months ago by DenBob
4.0 out of 5 stars my thoughts
I ordered it for my wife she loves it , I watch it and enjoy watching on occasions . I don't watch a lot of TV
Published 18 months ago by tom heaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Series
Beautifully written and with a stunning cast, Once and Again remains amongst the few television series that actually communicates what real life iis often like without resorting to... Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Mr. T. J. Toft
5.0 out of 5 stars Once and Again
Watched most of the episodes when they first aired. Very much enjoyed watching them the second time around.
Published on June 2, 2010 by C. Corkill
3.0 out of 5 stars once and again dvd
the item was shipped quickly. There's a slight production problem with the first dvd, though. But the item was sealed, so it's not the seller's fault. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Nicola Haertel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama
I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Sela Ward really made the show. She's excellent and the storylines were exceptional.
Published on September 14, 2009 by Gabrielle Janik
5.0 out of 5 stars Once and Again -The Complete First Season
Fast shipping. Highly recommended. Item as described. Great packaging. Couldn't ask for a smoother transaction.
Published on July 8, 2009 by Tuyen K. Nguyen
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Now all we need is season 3 on DVD
Amen to that
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