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Soul Food - The Complete First Season (2000)

Nicole Ari Parker , Malinda Williams , Bethany Rooney , Clement Virgo  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams, Vanessa Williams, Aaron Meeks, Rockmond Dunbar
  • Directors: Bethany Rooney, Clement Virgo, Eriq La Salle, Helaine Head, Helen Shaver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 995 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094J5Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Soul Food - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • All 20 episodes on five discs

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Focusing on a family full of love, disagreements and a fair amount of drama, SOUL FOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON follows the lives of Teri Joseph (Parker), the oldest sister and a successful lawyer who is overwhelmed by her own success, Maxine (Vanessa Williams), the middle sister who is a stay-at-home mom aching for something more, and Bird (Malinda Williams), the youngest sister and hairdresser who is married to an ex-con who can’t seem to get away from his past. All in all a fairly typical American family with issues just like everyone else: they bicker over small problems, and then pull together when confronted by a big crisis which they must work together to overcome.

Soul Food, the richly emotional ongoing tale of three African American sisters and the men in their lives, has no obvious hook as far as the setting or the characters' jobs; it's just well-written, well-acted, and willing to let its characters be difficult, troubled, and pushy, as well as sexy, passionate, and caring--in other words, vividly real. Teri (Nicole Ari Parker), a divorced lawyer and demanding control freak, begins a relationship with Damon (Boris Kodjoe), a much younger delivery guy who's deliberately avoided the kind of high-pressure career path that Teri values. Maxine (Vanessa Williams) has three kids by Kenny (Rockmond Dunbar), including 12-year-old Ahmad (Aaron Meeks), who narrates portions of the show, and whose growing independence often leads to clashes with his strong-minded mother. Bird (Malinda Williams), a beautician, struggles to find trust with her ex-con husband Lem (Darrin Dewitt Henson), whose drive to support his family leads him down some dangerous paths.

The opening episode centers around the birth of Bird's first child, placing family ties at the core of the series--but Soul Food explores a broad spectrum of storylines, delving into class, crime, religion, sex, and more, rarely making race a central concern, yet never ignoring the role race plays in these people's lives. The creators of Soul Food have a keen eye for contrasting innocence (such as Ahmad trying to figure out how to use a condom) and danger (Lem slipping back into the criminal life). Though the show can be melodramatic (one episode features a hostage crisis in Bird's salon), more often it's just concerned with everyday events, made compelling by the charisma of the cast and the propulsive, well-observed writing and directing. The first season of Soul Food is simply a feast, 20 episodes of juicy, enjoyable television. --Bret Fetzer

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Below is a letter I have just written to Paramount concerning the release of Soul Food's subsequent seasons. I called them as well and they claim it is coming out but that they are dealing with some clearance issues...I feel like the fans are getting the run I say still campaign for a release! Feel free to copy my letter and add your personal spin to it and send it to the address listed. If you prefer the more direct approach as well -- Call at 323.956.5000 -- press 0 and ask for the Home Entertainment department -- leave a message --- they will call you back -- that's how I heard about the "clearance" issue. The guy I spoke to was nice and optimistic about a hopefully a release will in fact occur SOON! I have been told this is the most requested DVD. Even some of the operators at Paramount are waiting for a release. Go figure!


Yes, it's that time again for you to hear yet another request for the release of "Soul Food" - Seasons 2-5.

First, I would love to know what is taking so long? I've been told that the sales of the first season were not up to par, so that's why the second season has been delayed THREE years. But, perhaps it's not the series; perhaps you need a better marketing plan when it comes to promoting the "Soul Food" DVD (i.e., you could have deleted scenes, commentaries, bloopers, free gift certificates to certain Soul Food restaurants, the options are endless). Or, perhaps the price was too high for the first season - I've heard that from consumers as well. Whatever it was, clearly there is a demand for the series, especially since it has been added to basic cable (i.e., BET (but realize this is the edited version - which takes away the passion of the series)).
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming series June 20, 2004
Every once in a while I would be channel surfing and come across Soul Food on Showtime until once I stopped and watched an episode. I got the first season on DVD right away after that. This is a greatly written series, which presents the events in the life of a normal family. The viewer gets to see all kinds of emotions among the different characters, from love to rage, hope to disenchantment, trust to suspicion, etc.
Big Mama held the Joseph family together, and when she died they went through a rough patch, events that are shown in the movie that originated the series. Now, the three sisters and their loved ones have to fend off by themselves through this maze called life. Teri (Nicole Ari Parker) is the successful lawyer, who spends most of her time trying to make partner and who is going through a divorce after her husband cheated on her with her own cousin. Bird (Malinda Williams) is having a baby in the first episodes of the series and looks forward to life with her husband Lem, who has supposedly rehabilitated after being in prison for a short period of time. But Lem is having trouble getting a "regular" job, so his options are running out and he may be forced to go back to his previous activities. The third sister, Maxine, is a stay-at-home mom, with three kids, married to Kenny, owner of his own business. Her oldest kid Ahmad, who is entering into adolescence, is one of the central characters of this story. He is the one that brought the family together in the movie, and now he has the role of telling the story and sharing his thoughts with the audience.
All of these different characters have their problems and they usually find in their loved ones the support necessary to resolve them.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series!! June 2, 2003
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Why is this show unbelievable? Is it because it shows blacks in a positive light instead of the jive talkin', rappin, loud talking, fool acting people that blacks potray in most of these dumb tv shows on today? Blacks can be successful and it is about time a TV show like Soul Food was made to show it. This is one of the rare exceptions that the TV remake is actually better than the original movie. Most white people don't believe this, but there are sucessful blacks out here that are not sports stars or rappers. This show potrays middle class blacks going through everyday (and some not so everyday) problems that people go through. If this was a white show it would have earned several Emmys by now.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Food April 10, 2004
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I was so happy when finally the word came out that Soul Food's first season was being released. I did not subscribe to Showtime when it initially aired and missed the entire season. I was however, very troubled by the high price of the set. On every dvd site I've checked, Soul Food's price for a 5 dvd set surpasses other hour long dramas with 6 dvd's (eg The Sopranos, Once & Again, Felicity). I suspected that the price was set high to DISCOURAGE purchases and in effect justify the non-release of subsequent seasons.
Anyway, I bought a used set and am quite satisfied with it but hope that if they release Seasons 2-5, they keep the price in line with other series ($35 for a 5 dvd set is reasonable, $80 IS NOT!!!!!)
And to that poster from the lovely, racially enlighted state of KY: you seem to be someone who did not really watch this series and is a caucasian who does not know any African-Americans personally. It is 2004 - we are doctors, lawyers, professors, investment bankers, business owners - in other words, we are just like you. So why is it unbelievable to see a family where there is a lawyer, two business owners and a stay-at-home mom venturing out into the workplace? Would it have been more believable to you if they were all unemployed & on welfare, selling drugs and shooting each other?? You need to open your mind and refrain from making such stupid/uninformed comments about people that you obviously know nothing about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars But I loved this series many moons ago when it aired on ...
Just received my dvds yesterday. But I loved this series many moons ago when it aired on Showtime. Can't wait to dig into the episodes to cry and laugh with the characters again. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lashawnda Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was delivered promptly with no issues!
Published 8 days ago by nnamdi wills
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SERIES!
Published 1 month ago by Eve Jones
Published 1 month ago by vernadette thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Characters, situations and relationships are realistic and reflective of the African American experience. Read more
Published 17 months ago by imani
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Food is soooo good for the soul!
I am almost finished with season one of "Soul Food" and my only regret is that I didn't purchase the entire series! Read more
Published 19 months ago by strawberrylynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, great season
Have always been a fan of this show and am glad I made the decision to start purchasing it by season. Read more
Published 20 months ago by BIGG HANK
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I was addicted to soul food at one time, not seeing it when orginally aired, once I started watching I was hooked, I dont know how people waited for continuing seasons when this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by DeShawn
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad packaging
I purchased this some time ago so I cannot remember who the seller was but what I do remember is that the packaging was not great. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ms Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this SHOW!!!
Where have shows like this gone, especially when it represents a black family and lifestyle in a realistic positive light. Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by DaintyNYC
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