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  • Actors: various
  • Directors: Kevin Hooks, Jefery Levy
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 1050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM67
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Profiler - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 21 episodes on six discs (no. 4 is not included)
  • Profiles of Evil: Inside the Criminal Mind episode of A&E's American Justice series
  • Photo gallery

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Ally Walker, Robert Davi, Dennis Christopher. A talented forensic psychologist who retired after the murder of her husband is coaxed back into action by her FBI mentor. Includes all 22 first-season episodes and more! 6 DVDs. 1996-97/color/14 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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The first season of Profiler gives fans and newcomers a fresh opportunity to view this popular TV series at its best. Premiering on September 21, 1996, the series lasted four seasons as part of NBC's Saturday-night "Thrillogy" lineup, attracting a predominantly female audience drawn to its lead character, FBI profiler and single mother Samantha "Sam" Waters, played by Ally Walker. As the pilot begins, Sam's living with her daughter (Caitlin Wachs) and roommate (a thankless role for Erica Gimpel), still traumatized by her encounter with Jack (a.k.a. "Jack of all Trades"), a psychotic genius who killed Sam's husband three years earlier. Sam's mentor and leader of the Atlanta-based Violent Crime Task Force, Bailey Malone (Robert Davi), convinces Sam to rejoin the Bureau, where her VCTF colleagues include former cop John (Julian McMahon), computer ace George (Peter Frechette), and forensics expert Grace (Roma Maffia). Taking a cue from The X-Files' "mythology," Profiler tracked Jack's killing spree for two seasons, challenging Sam in an extended subplot as the VCTF pursued weekly cases of murder and mystery, aided by Sam's uncanny ability to "profile" unidentified killers.

Profiler borrowed heavily from The Silence of the Lambs and The X-Files while cribbing its title sequence from Seven, but the series established its own dark identity through slick production values and gruesomely plausible plots. The miscasting of Walker reportedly troubled NBC executives despite her growing fan base, but Profiler earned respectable ratings, building its popularity on a compelling escalation of tension and terror. Walker's DVD commentary on the pilot episode repeats the official reason for her departure after two seasons (she'd grown weary of the show's humorless tone), while Davi's is refreshingly frank, citing on-set squabbles and network mismanagement as reasons for first-season hardship. Still, he's quite correct in stating that later, more successful shows (C.S.I., Without a Trace, and others) would not have existed without Profiler's stylishly trendsetting example. (Note: episode #4, "I'll Be Watching You," was omitted from this set due to prohibitively expensive music rights for the Police hit "Every Breath You Take," which featured prominently in that episode's plot.) --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

Fast services, well packed!
Barbara J. Summers
I enjoyed watching this DVD and can't wait until I finish getting every season available.
DEEDEEFOSHO
This was a great show when I watched the original episodes on tv.
Lisa M. Hester

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Roman Seano on July 11, 2004
I have to take issue with Amazon's Editorial reviewer Jeff Shannon, and his review of Profiler Season I.
Mr. Shannon attempts to review not the DVD itself, but what he *thinks* are the behind-the-scenes truths of the Profiler production. One, he refers to the DVD commentary of Ally Walker - suggesting that she is in fact giving the reason why she left after only "two" seasons. (Psssst, Jeff... it was after THREE seasons - not to mention she headlines the opener of the fourth season).
Then he gives more of his "insight" when he suggests that NBC was troubled by the "miscasting" of Ally Walker. Well, not that I believe Mr. Shannon has any reliable inside information, but what does that have to do with reviewing this DVD? I tend to think that Shannon was insinuating his own feelings about Walker, and trying to use the NBC network - based on rumor - as a way to reinforce them. A more candid review would have read, "I wasn't terribly impressed with Walker, and felt she was miscast in the role."
But that probably wouldn't have held-up against the enormous fan-following of Walker on this show (or as Shannon understated in his review, "growing popularity"), nor would it have stood up well against the fact that after Walker left and was replaced by Jamie Luner, the ratings pretty much tanked.
Make no mistake about it: this is a GREAT show. You will esecially enjoy this Season I DVD. The isolated, episodic stories are each fantastic in their own right, and the Jack thread is very addictive. Ally Walker's performance is compelling, and she leads a solid cast - notably Robert Davi, Peter Frechette, Julian McMahon, and Roma Maffia. You'll watch Season I, and you will RUN to grab Season II.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas M. Hulse on April 8, 2003
Profiler is truly a magnificent series. Starring Ally Walker as Samantha Waters, a brilliant forensic psychologist with a unique gift for understanding the criminal mind, the show focuses on the Violent Crimes Task Force, an elite unit of the FBI that investigates the most violent of crimes, including those perpetrated by the infamous serial killer, Jack of All Trades.
The storylines in this show constantly surprise and delight and the on-going cat and mouse game between Sam and Jack is handled with great aplomb. The first season finale, 'Venom', is perhaps one of the show's best episodes, with an intriguing storyline and a shocking cliffhanger.
The cast always turns in stellar performances. Ally is superb and flawless in her portrayal of the tormented but strong Sam. Julian McMahon and Robert Davi are equally good, but mention must be made of the fantastic Peter Frechette and Roma Maffia, who may not be featured as much in the spotlight, but turn in some wonderful performances each week, anyway.
I'm really looking forward to picking up this set, as I've only ever seen "Into the Abyss" and "Venom", the last few episodes of season one. I also really look forward to season two.
The cover art for this set is gorgeous, and keeps very much in with the dark nature of the show.
Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan-atic on December 28, 2006
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Profiler was a show way before its time. Atmospheric, well acted, stylish and yes, sometimes so edgy it was downright scary....many an episode will leave you with that uneasy feeling long after it is over. A great cast led by the incomparable Ally Walker, Robert Davi, Julian McMahon and Roma Maffia ( the latter two went on to star together in another edgy drama-Nip/Tuck)pulls down some serious dramatic performances....this is a cast ensemble you grow to really care for. The story revolves around Samantha Waters (Walker) a very strong profiler for the FBI's Violent Crime Task Force, who has taken a sabbatical from work after a serial killer known as Jack Of All Trades has fixated on her to the point of stalking her family and killing her husband, Tom, leaving her and her young daughter Chloe alone and vulnerable. Now living with her best friend, Angel, sam is called back into action when the latest MO on a serial killing spree matches Jack. The Jack story becomes a common thread throughout each weekly episode. As far as the boxed set is concerned, the sets are pricey although not much pricier than half of the HBO shows on the market today. In sett One, episode four is missing due to licensing issues over a song that could not be replaced since the story was closely connected to it. Some have found flaws such as picture and sound....I did not find this on mine. The picture is recorded dark and was so in its original run on NBC. I found the sound to be very crisp and clear on my stereo system, in fact louder than most and had to be turnedd down which is unusual with TV productions. not much for extras here...there are commentaries by Ally Walker and Robert davi on the pilot, an A & E episode of American Justice called Profiles of Evil as well as cast bios and stills.Read more ›
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sires on October 27, 2003
I was not a viewer when Profiler was first run on network television but now I've seen the first season and I can see both strengths and weaknesses.
Things I liked:
1. Samantha's character and her relationship with her friend Angel in the first couple of episodes. Ally Walker did a great job with this character.
2. Some of the cinematography-- the way the pilot was shot was very good.
3. The way Samantha's flashes of insight where dealt with in the story.
4. The sexual zing between Samantha and Coop, especially when they first met on the series.
Things I found distracting or unfortunate:
1. A lot of scenes are played out in the dark but with glints of light off eyeballs and teeth. The watcher may not know what else is going on but is never in doubt as to where the eyeballs and teeth are in these scenes.
2. Angel was shoved from an artist who created metal sculpture with a blow torch to a baby sitter-- ok, she was teaching art to inner city kids or something, but she was seen most of th time watching Samantha's kid. Really a waste of a good character.
3. Icky saliva sounds that went with all of the love scenes.
Just as a side note the commentaries from Ally Walker and Robert Davi on the pilot are unintentionally hilarious. Unlike a lot of these tracks, these were recorded separately so there is no intereaction between the commentors. Ally tells us things like Robert Davi's infatuation with hair spray and a stetson hat. Robert Davi seems really upset that the series didn't last longer or at least that they didn't do a made for TV movie spin off because NBC owned the whole package.
My final impression was that this was a good idea, that it had some good characters involved but all of the really good ideas were used early or muted down for one reason or another.
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If you are asking about Profiler Season 1, one of the reviewers said that it didn't have CC.
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