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Exclusive. "Honest, engaging"--"Newsweek." "Funny and fresh"--"Time." "Fiercely realistic"--"The New York Times." "Outrageous, heartbreaking and bitterly witty"--"Washington Post." Critics and viewers alike are turning verbal cartwheels over Showtime's ve

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They're here, they're queer, and they make Sex and the City look like a demure tea party. Showtime's quintessentially American Queer As Folk--based on the British miniseries--pours on copious amounts of hot and steamy sex. This slick (and slickly entertaining) series shares the same basic concept as its British counterpart--centering on a group of gay friends living in a primarily industrial city--but after that, all bets are off. Whereas the British version focused on the gritty, realistic drama of its characters, the American QAF is a glossy, fun soap opera that occasionally tackles big issues but never lets you forget that life at times can be a party, and you shouldn't be one of those poor suckers starving to death. A good part of the show's charm lies in its cast--boy-next-door Michael (Hal Sparks), ruthlessly seductive rake Brian (Gale Harold), out-and-proud Emmett (Peter Paige), wallflower Ted (Scott Lowell), and nubile teen Justin (Randy Harrison)--who grew from standard gay prototypes to intriguing characters by the first season's end. And while some subplots didn't work (such as Emmett's farfetched foray into gay-conversion therapy), others were quietly affecting, including Brian's coping with his father's death. Some may object to the show's relentless fixation on sex (and gay men--there are just two lesbian characters), but this is a series that in its own polished way is both engrossingly fun and truly groundbreaking. It's liberating to watch an American TV series in which the straight world is only peripheral. Let's hear it for the boys! --Mark Englehart

Special Features

  • 6-disc Box Set (22 Episodes)
  • Scene introductions by Hal Sparks
  • Behind the scenes outtakes
  • "Meet The Folk" section containing biographies, interviews and character profilesSeason 2 Sneak Preview
  • Music Photo Gallery
  • Episodic Index, previews & summaries
  • Approximately 3 hrs of special edition episodes & commentaries
  • DVD Rom weblink

Product Details

  • Actors: Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Peter Paige, Scott Lowell
  • Format: Widescreen, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 1205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RIY5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Customer Reviews

I have now watched every season and I love this show.
Enjoy this moment
Real Gay Situations - True to life..... I recommend this product to Gay or Straight people because of the true life style of young gay men.
Chris Roberts
I can relate myself to michael's character,i think i'm just like him,even from the very beginning.
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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Libretio on January 30, 2002
Format: DVD
QUEER AS FOLK: Season One

(USA - 2000/2001)

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
TV soundtrack: Stereo

"The thing you need to know is, it's all about sex."

That's the first line of dialogue, spoken in voiceover at the beginning of "Queer as Folk", a sprawling, impressively realized drama about the lives of several working-class gay men living in Pittsburgh at the turn of the 21st century. And, indeed, this 22-episode series - based on the British original which ran for eight episodes in 1999 before spawning a brief sequel the following year - presents a visual celebration of gay sex in all its forms, launching headfirst into NC-17 territory with unapologetic abandon. Some parts are raunchy and liberating, while others are soulless and ugly, yet the script never preaches or condemns, merely observes without judgment.

Using the narrative template established by writer Russell T. Davies in the UK version, many of QAF's initial episodes will be familiar to anyone who's already seen the original - same characters and situations, same dramatic arc - but it eventually finds its own feet, employing a defiantly American approach in terms of mood and execution, whilst remaining true to the spirit of Davies' initial concept. As might be expected, the show touches on a variety of pressing social issues including HIV and AIDS, homophobia and ex-gay ministries, whilst also confronting some ugly home truths, most notably the casual (and not-so-casual) drug use which enhances some people's lives whilst ruining others. This is ambitious, warts-and-all stuff, portrayed with integrity and passion.
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166 of 172 people found the following review helpful By turtlex on January 15, 2002
Format: DVD
Queer As Folk - The Complete First Season - Collector's Edition DVD Boxed Set.
A Showtime Original Series.
This is an excellent original series featured on an outstanding DVD collection.
I'll give you my condensed version: I enjoyed it a great deal. The acting is good, the stories are engaging and the characters seem real. I'm recommending it without reservation.
First, the packaging of this set is top of the line. The six-disc collection is a double-sided fold-in design. Each disc is colored with one of the rainbow pride colors-a very nice, and unexpected, touch. Also featured with this box set-a nice little rainbow pride disc place marker-it's a six-colored rainbow ribbon.
Before I get into my opinions, let me say that the discs themselves, quality wise, are outstanding. I watched every last minute of the six disc set, including the special episode editions and bonus material and had flawless picture and sound throughout.
Yes, I did enjoy the series.
I had never seen a single scene of Queer As Folk (QAF) before I got this DVD. That's not to say I hadn't heard about it, because I had. I've read a great deal about it: the sex, the drugs, the language, the lesbian bashing, etc.
What I found, upon watching it myself, was that I liked the stories and I liked the characters.
It's always difficult to forget what you've read when approaching a television series like this but I did my best to just approach it with my own personal life experiences as a guide.
To address the mini-points mentioned above:
There's sex and a whole lot of it. Much of it anonymous and much of it graphic. All of it gay/lesbian. Was I offended? No, not at all. As a matter of fact, the shear volume of sex actually makes it less shocking.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Rognlien VINE VOICE on March 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Let's face it - gays in television are stereotyped. Jack, on Will & Grace, is what I'd imagine many people in straight America envision gay men to be - queeny, vapid, self-obsessed and sexually compulsive.. yet in a very G-rated way.
I originally bought the British version of QAF (series 1) and while I enjoyed it, it lacked a certain believability for me, possibly because of the various cultural differences and overall attitude towards homosexuality in Europe.
The American version, however, I held off on purchasing, mainly because I didn't want to be fed 22 hours of stereotypes of gay men and lesbians that had absolutely no reflection of my personal experience.
Indeed, the first couple of episodes turned me off - cliche, sex-obsessed, and bitter overtones were almost too much to get past, but fortunately, I did.
The remaining 19-20 episodes of season one, in many ways, hit very close to home. Set in a real-ish city (P'burg), I felt immediately that the characters were in a "real" setting, unlike the world of Ross, Rachel and the gang in "Friends" - although the characters, at first blush, seemed to be slices of gay male stereotypes we've all seen before. The beauty of this show is the extensive character development, and the patience required of the audience to let their individual characteristics sink in.
Justin's childish infatuation with Brian grew from highly annoying to palpable and real; the various love triangles (Michael and Brian, Ted and Michael, Brian and nobody) became plausible. The issues in the relationships were real without being patronizing (commitment-phobia, drugs, unfaithfulness, etc) and developed WELL beyond the fleeting banality of the 30-minute relationships we're given via the girls on Sex in the City.
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Has this serie spanish subtitles???
no, none of the queer as folk seasons on dvd include spanish subtitles, only spanish dub (solo doblaje en español latino)
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