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Quantum Leap: Season 1

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Get ready to join Dr. Sam Beckett on the adventure of many lifetimes! Who will he be this time? Mafia hit man. Air Force test pilot. Professional boxer. Sam does it all in Season One of the groundbreaking, 5-time Emmy award-winning series.Scott Bakula plays Sam Beckett, a time traveler who never knows whose body he is going to "leap" into next and at what moment in history he may find himself. Sam is joined by a helpful but easily distracted holographic guide, Al (Dean Stockwell) who assists him on his missions and aids Sam in his ultimate goal of returning to his own life in the present.

They'll be dancing (well, leaping maybe) in the streets now that the first season of Quantum Leap, voted one of the 25 best cult series ever by TV Guide, has come to home video, a decade after its final year (1994) on the air (the pilot episode was released on DVD in '98). And why shouldn't they? This is a show, called "an imaginative diversion" by one critic, with a good premise that's cleverly and skillfully conceived, written, acted, and produced--ample evidence of which is spread out over three discs, each containing three episodes (plus some fairly meager extras) from the first season.

Scott Bakula, in the role that made him a star, plays Sam Beckett, a scientist who's part of a time-travel experiment that "went a little... ka-ka." Unable to return to his own time, and aided only by Al (Dean Stockwell, whose rapport with Bakula is one of the series' most appealing elements), his cigar-smoking, peculiar-dressing, sex-obsessed, holographic "enabler," Sam "leaps" unpredictably from one time period and person to another, usually completely out of his element (as a pilot, a boxer, a cowboy, an English lit professor, even an elderly black man in segregated '50s Alabama) and always in a situation that needs to be "made right" before he can leap onward. Generous helpings of humor, drama, physical action, and sentimentality (this is TV, after all) keep things moving, as do references to many other classic films and genres (Driving Miss Daisy in "The Color of Truth," Casablanca in "Play it Again, Seymour," boxing in general in "The Right Hand of God") and what creator Donald Bellisario calls the occasional "kiss with history" (Sam crosses paths with the young Buddy Holly and Michael Jackson, among others). It doesn't all work, as Quantum Leap occasionally becomes too cute and facile for its own good. But that and the set's paucity of bonus material (limited to one passable featurette and brief episode intros by Bakula) are the only real shortcomings of a boxed set that will likely earn multiple spins in the DVD player. --Sam Graham

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • A Kiss with History
  • Quantum Knowledge

  • Disc 2:
  • Quantum Knowledge

  • Disc 3:
  • Quantum Knowledge

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
    • Run Time: 428 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00005JM3A
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Quantum Leap: Season 1" on IMDb

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    107 of 115 people found the following review helpful By knightflights1013 on February 8, 2004
    Format: DVD
    Should have been done years ago. Release each season as a boxed set, include the extras, the out takes, the interviews, the gag reels; ring up Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell and all those concerned if you have to. They'll go for it. Those of us who loved the show deserve the extras. We sure waited long enough for Quantum Leap to be made available on DVD. I don't know about the rest of the fans of Quantum Leap, but I feel a bit like "Sam" with the way the show going to DVD has been handled. The writers of the show left "Sam" high and dry since the show went off the air and the fans have been left to battle excessive commercials and edits when we are lucky enough to catch it on television. It's way past time...Get it out there!
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    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By cyclista on February 29, 2004
    Format: DVD
    "Quantum Leap" is about Dr. Sam Beckett, a genius who has built a time machine. Sam is sent into the past, finding that his mind is inside someone else's body. Each person has had something gone wrong in what is now the future, and Sam's mission is to prevent the tragedy. The only problem is that his memory is "swiss cheese", with lots of holes in it. His coworker, Al, appears to him as a hologram that only he can see and helps him. A series with a deeper message that small interventions can make a difference. An excellent series that shows how one person can change other people's lives.

    Here is a brief episode guide:
    Pilot: Genesis, September 13, 1956: Sam goes into the accelerator even though it isn't ready yet. He finds himself an Air Force test pilot.
    1. Star-Crossed, June 15, 1972: As a literature professor, he must stop a co-ed from attaching herself to him.
    2. The Right Hand of God, October 24, 1974: Sam finds himself a boxer working with a group of nuns as his trainers.
    3. How the Tess Was Won, August 5, 1956: Sam becomes a veterinarian who becomes involved with a wealthy heiress.
    4. Double Identity, November 8, 1965: Sam has to figure out his mission as a Mafia hit man.
    5. The Color of Truth, August 8, 1955: Sam is a black chauffeur facing discrimination in the South.
    6. Camikazi Kid, June 6, 1961: Sam is a teenager trying to stop his sister's marriage. (guest star: Jason Priestley)
    7. Play It Again, Seymour, April 14, 1953: Sam leaps into a private eye trying to find his partner's murderer.
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    110 of 123 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2004
    Format: DVD
    Uh-oh. Deja-vu all over again. I won't comment too much on the show itself because anyone looking at this is probably considering buying it or they wouldn't be here reading. Quantum Leap was another of my favorite shows next to Northern Exposure. Unfortunately, like Northern Exposure the first season of Quantum Leap was a late season fill-in that only produced 8 episodes the first season. And like Northern Exposure, this DVD set is overpriced. Shame shame. Taking advantage of paying customers, the companies in charge of distribution should reconsider the cost and how much they may be driving good customers away. 5 stars for the show, 1 for the cost= 3 stars average.
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    57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Derek on October 14, 2003
    Format: DVD
    Why isn't this series on DVD yet ?? When you envision all of the money being spent by television studios to release all of the myriad shows currently coming out on DVD, it really makes you wonder who is making the big decisions. There are many thousands of die hard fans of this series who would gladly fork out the cash to get this show on DVD. With the SciFi channels recent (and inexplicable) pulling of the show from its rotation, fans have nowhere to go to see this excellent show.
    I for one, miss being able to watch a show that I both learned from and thoroughly enjoyed week after week.
    Its a shame that whoever owns the distribution rights to this, one of the best televeision series ever made is unaware of the loyal fan base that exists for it, even this long after the show ended.
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dennis K. Renfro on August 5, 2005
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Let me make myself perfectly clear here. This show is by far THE BEST science fiction TV show to ever deal with time travel. It works where so many other TV shows and movies fail because you actually feel like Sam Beckett has travelled back in time in each episode. Most entertainments use revisionist history to try to apply today's views on the past..and think that by playing an oldie on the jukebox they can get away with smoothing over racial relations and having people in the 60's wearing clothing from the 90's and today's hairstyles. The producers of this show paid attention to the details and had the characters use the vernacular of the time period, dress the way they did in each era, and were very good about not mixing decades. Like that other short-lived NBC show "Freaks and Geeks" you actually felt like you were looking back in felt authentic. Most shows and movies get it wrong. Now for my gripe...I think it was a mis-step by the people who put this DVD together to have you sit through actor commentary about the episode before you watch the episode. I like hearing behind-the-scenes details myself...but prefer the option of choosing to watch it AFTER I've seen the episode. For those who haven't seen each episode and aren't a bonafide "Leaper", these spoilers can make you not want to sit through the episode. That's why I give the DVD a 4 instead of a 5. Commentary is good when given an option to view it...but by placing the commentary before each episode instead of giving the viewer the option to view it later, I believe was a mistake.
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    Music problems?
    The series is still butchered. I would avoid it like the plague on Region 1 DVD. Music played a big role in this series and they gutted it. If you really want it, go online and look up how to modify your DVD player to be region-free, then import the Region 2 DVD's from the UK. They have all the... Read More
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