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Roswell - The Complete First Season (1999)

Shiri Appleby , Jason Behr , Arvin Brown , Chris Long  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino, Brendan Fehr
  • Directors: Arvin Brown, Chris Long, David Nutter, David Semel, James Whitmore Jr.
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: United Paramount Network (UPN)
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 968 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TPA6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roswell - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 23 episodes on six discs: Pilot, The Morning After, Monsters, Leaving Normal, Missing, 285 South, River Dog, Blood Brother, Heat Wave, The Balance, The Toy House, Into the Woods, The Convention, Blind Date, Independence Day, Sexual Healing, Crazy, Tess, Lies and Videotape, Four-Square, Max to the Max, The White Room, Destiny
  • Commentary by director David Nutter and executive producer/writer Jason Katims on the pilot
  • Commentary by David Nutter on 'Blood Brother'
  • Commentary by co-executive producer/writer Thania St. John on 'The Balance'
  • Commentary by Shiri Appleby (Liz) and Majandra Delfino (Maria) on 'Sexual Healing'
  • Commentary by Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino on 'Crazy'
  • Commentary by Jason Katims and director Patrick Norris on 'Destiny'
  • Deleted scene from the pilot
  • "Area 51" and "Roswell High" featurettes
  • Emilie de Ravin (Tess) audition tape
  • Sense Field's "Save Yourself" music video

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Opening with a Dido theme song and featuring character-driven, sweet-natured melodrama, Roswell was a show with a surprisingly dedicated fandom, who twice won it reprieve from cancellation. One of its main strengths was, of course, the extent to wh

Opening with a Dido theme song and featuring character-driven, sweet-natured melodrama, Roswell was a show with a surprisingly dedicated fandom, who twice won it reprieve from cancellation. One of its main strengths was, of course, the extent to which its premise--alien teenagers trying to sort out their identities while emotionally involved with their human contemporaries--was a free-floating metaphor for race and sexuality issues. Another was the strong ensemble that its cast developed: you believed in the strangeness of the alien trio and the well-intentioned normality of their three human friends. Jason Behr gave the alien Max a quiet authority and Majendra Delfino took the sidekick role of Maria and gave it both intensity and fine comic timing. It was also a show in which you were never sure which adults you could trust--William Sadleir trod a fine line of ambiguity as the local sheriff and Julie Benz was silkily sinister as an FBI agent. Anyone who ever loved this show will want these DVDs--and many others may want to find out what the fuss was about.

Roswell is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The special features include commentaries on six episodes by writer Jason Katims, the directors, and various cast members as well as a featurette on the making of the show and another on its adaptation from the original Roswell High series of young adult novels. The commentaries are unusually insightful on the casting process, and the discs also include the auditions for the part of Tess as well as a deleted scene and a music video. --Roz Kaveney

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roswell, a fresh calm in Iraq September 24, 2004
My name is Chris, and I am currently serving the Marine Corps in Al Fallujah, Iraq. I work the front-lines of 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. And here, life kinda sucks. But the one thing that I found peace and calm was watching whenever I could the incredible development of characters and events in the first season of Rosewell. Immediately I fell in love with Liz,Max and the rest of the gang. No other television series has portrayed the realities of what it like to be a teenager with secrets and those who share the same. Roswell captures the heart of being in love, the struggles a couple must face; heartbreak, betrayal, hope, and breath-taking 180's that leave you winded. yet wanting more. I strongly recommend anyone to become a Roswell fan. Because you will definitely see yourself in one or more of the characters, and then you will relate in ways you would never have imagined.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roswellians Rejoice!! February 18, 2004
I won't even try to persuade people to purchase this dvd set because I personally believe that if you watch the first episode of the show (try Sci-Fi channel) you'll most likely either become a life-long "Roswellian" or pass it off as boring television.
In my opinion, Season 1 is the "premier" season in Roswell's three year run on television. The sci-fi audience that is enamored with Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Angel (both decent shows) should look more to Season 2 & Season 3 when they are released. Season 1 has often been characterized as "slow and boring" by this particular segment of the Roswellian population.
Be aware that there are some dramatic music changes that were made to make the dvd affordable. And yes (as a previous reviewer mentioned), it does have a negative impact on a couple of very important scenes. It was a tough compromise that will probably anger quite a few fans.
BUT, it is still Roswell and to give it a one star rating merely for that is just petty.
5 STARS (even with serious music tampering done) - Watch & understand why this show has a fanatical fan base that spans across age, sex, race, and class.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Max, what ARE you?" November 24, 2003
So I was over at a friend's house last night, telling her all about the brilliant and woefully underrated show "Roswell", when she suddenly says: "Roswell. I think that's out on DVD." I nearly fell off my chair, recovering long enough to check. Yes, it's true! One of the all-time greatest teen shows, and a magnificent sci-fi show to boot, is finally out on DVD.

Based on the terrific book series, "Roswell" chronicles the lives of a group of teens living in Roswell, New Mexico. Some of them are human, some of them are not. You see, it turns out that a spaceship really did crash-land in the New Mexico desert in the 1950's, and after a period of incubation, three kids popped out: Beautiful, head-strong Isabel (Katherine Heigel), proud, rebellious Michael (Brendan Fehr) and quiet, gentle Max (hopelessly gorgeous Jason Behr). One day Max saves the life of Liz Parker (the radiant Shiri Appleby), setting off a chain of events that will change their lives forever. Rounding out the cast is Liz's best friend Maria (Majandra Delfino, providing much of the comedy relief) and geeky Alex (Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks). There is also a semi-evil Sheriff and assorted parents and schoolmates.

The strength of this show is two-fold: Excellent, heart-felt writing and spectacular chemistry between the leads. The first season is easily the best; later seasons became painful to watch as the characters we had come to care about were tossed about in all the wrong ways. The show always stayed compulsively watchable, though, never losing its poignancy. The first season's the only one I'll be buying, but if you're a newcomer you'll probably be totally hooked and want to see the whole thing through to its satisfying conclusion.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This TV series was too short-lived! October 30, 2003
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This is a phenomenal show and the first season was incredible. I was hooked after the very first episode and I'm not a huge Sci-Fi fan. The characters are so great and the story was captivating! I just had to watch every single episode! This series died way too young. I am so happy the episodes are available on DVD.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Year For Roswell Viewers! February 12, 2004
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To think it all started with Jason Behr's guest appearances on Dawson's Creek. Viewers of "The Creek" will remember him as Chris, the "rico suave" who acted in one of Dawson's movies. Apparently, "the powers that be" saw potential in Behr, thus Jason Katim's sci-fi teen drama was developed and formed around him. More recently, The Creek did the same thing for Chad Michael Murray, currently of One Tree Hill.

Immediately engaging and involving, Roswell raised the bar somewhat for teen dramas with an incredible cast, original storylines, and a near-perfect balance of sci-fi elements and teen angst. There's no wonder why so many have so much to express about the phenomenon that is Roswell. Life was good for Roswell until it started losing support during it's 2nd season due to what TV Guide Couch Critic Matt Roush called "convoluted storylines." "Too much stuff going on," he said. Yeah, right. In any case, WB dropped Roswell (along with Buffy) from it's schedule. Luckily, UPN picked up Roswell (along with Buffy) for the show's 3rd and final season. For its worth, Roswell went out fighting like a champ (along with my other canceled favorite of that year, ABC's Once & Again) with one of television's better series finales. Treat yourself to arguably the most anticipated DVD you'll buy this year.

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Roswell Season Two available October 5th!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very entertaining and funny.
Published 2 days ago by Juan R. Gomez
3.0 out of 5 stars boring!
what started as a very interesting sci-fic series in the first 2 or 3 episodes, turned into a teen drama with too much PDA ... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Carlos E Masis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The wife is currently obsessed with it.
Published 5 days ago by Craig C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 10 days ago by bobby k earles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good waste of time
Published 11 days ago by Brenda F Grogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It skips on a few parts
Published 11 days ago by Brittney dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars As additctive as potato chips
I love the Roswell series. The story line is the perfect balance between Sci-Fi and Romance; the young actors are talented and easy on the eyes; and the ultimate ending is happy. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Juliet Bushinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback Fun
I watched Roswell years ago when it was a new television show. The show was quirky and fun with good characters and an interesting major plot. Read more
Published 14 days ago by BB14850
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great series, and will buy the other seasons when ...
Being a science fiction fan, this is a great series, and will buy the other seasons when I am finished with Season 1. Read more
Published 15 days ago by sherlock
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the series
I watched this show when it first aired on TV and still enjoy watching it 14 years later. The first season is the best, well written for the premise and well acted. Read more
Published 15 days ago by pippin
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Extras? Blu-Ray release?
I read on TVShowsOnDVD that content is to be expected to be the same as the previous releases. Too bad, I seriously hope I'm wrong.
Mar 16, 2008 by Julien Lavoie |  See all 5 posts
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