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The Real World - The Complete First Season - New York (2006)

Heather B. , Michael Blakey , Alan Cohn , Andrew Hoegl  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Heather B., Michael Blakey, Rebecca Blasband, Andre Comeau, Norman Korpi
  • Directors: Alan Cohn, Andrew Hoegl, Anthony Dominici, Bill Richmond, Craig Borders
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 303 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006DXXR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Real World - The Complete First Season - New York" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Never-before-seen original seris pilot
  • Cast profiles

Editorial Reviews

The very first reality" series was this tale of Andre, Becky, Eric, Heather, Julie, Kevin and Norman living and putting up with each other in a stylish SoHo loft in New York City. All 13 episodes on 2 DVDs. 1992/color/6 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
The original and best (in my opinion) season of MTV's "The Real World" finally sees a DVD release! But beware... although everything you've seen involving Norm, Heather, Julie, Eric, Becky, Andre', and Kevin is here- the music has been rescored. I'm sure that getting the home video rights to all of the songs that were used when the show was originally aired would have been a logistical nightmare. If you want to relive Norm, Heather, and Julie roller skating to Cece Peniston's "Finally", you aren't going to see it here. You'll see them skating, and you'll see their lips moving to a song, but what you'll hear is some generic, instrumental song instead. If you want to relive Eric's ex-girlfriend Missy coming to visit him to the tune of Prince's "Diamonds And Pearls"... again, you're not going to see it on this DVD collection! The scene is there but the music is not.
Rescoring music for home video release has long been commonplace in the video industry. "Sixteen Candles" (the 1980's Molly Ringwald flick) had about half of its theatrical music deleted and replaced when it made it to video. The difference between that and this is that the "Sixteen Candles" video packaging offered a disclaimer: "Some of the music has been changed from the original theatrical version." There is no disclaimer on the "Real World" packaging. This is quite misleading.
If you can get past that (and I must admit... it does make a difference. The tone of the show has been changed somewhat, but it's still entertaining nontheless), you'll love this collection. The original pilot (featuring a different group of 7 strangers) is included, as well as a copy of Julie's acceptance letter.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the show it has become September 22, 2005
The first Real World was fascinating because it took 7 people who each had their own ambitions and wanted to take on New York City and become artists: a dancer, a model, a rapper, a poet, a folk singer, a grunge singer, and a painter. They had issues with each other, there was a little in-house romance, and the whole series was more compelling and interesting. The show really is about 7 people confronting real world issues and problems, and being young adults.

Watching it made me really sick about what the show has become-- an extended spring break for college kids with three priorities-- taking their clothes off, having sex with each other, and getting drunk. Don't get me wrong, I like all of those things, and enjoyed doing them in college very much. But as a TV show, it is SO MUCH BETTER when the cast members have real reasons for being there, and lives to pursue outside of hangovers and hooking up.

I miss the music, but all in all, this is a wonderful glimpse into reality TV before it got too TV to be real, overrun by attention whores living on islands, running amazing races, working for Donald Trump, swapping wives, and singing for Simon Cowell.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And this is from a die-hard RW fan. March 15, 2004
By A Customer
Ok. I love the Real World. Love it. Watched it from season one on . . . religiously until season nine or so. I bought this DVD the day it was released.
I could not have been more disappointed.
The original soundtrack is gone, replaced by a horrible, grating score (no "Finally" at Roxy?!). The crawl is gone (and some of the best moments--like Eric's scar story--took place during the closing credit sequence). The features (asinine episode intros and a schlocky "pilot") just suck.
My advice to fans: Get a DVD recorder and wait for a marathon on MTV.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely bland without the original music. September 4, 2005
By Summer
Boring and flat. It's amazing how much the soundtrack really pulled the entire show together. I was mainly waiting for season two to come out on DVD, but if this is what we're left with once the music is subtracted, I can't imagine it would be any better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars real show... fake music February 18, 2003
By Nikky
I love the Real World series. I started watching at the Chicago series, then watched the other seasons and loved them all... the earlier ones are the better ones. Since I loved the New york season (it was the most real and they didn't act), I bought the dvd. Before even the first 10 minutes, I turned it off. I noticed something strange... there was different music! All of the original musci from the show was changed to newer, but worse music. I loved the original 1990's music! ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is the one of two seasons to watch. The first and the second. It's not ridiculous staged drama and people getting drunk and sleeping with each other and arguing EVERY episode. It's real. It takes 7 people who are all SO different and sticks them with each other in 1992. They all stereotype each other but also learn SO much more than any of the others have tried. No one went on the show to become famous or get their 15 minutes of fame. They went on the show for a learning experience that they will never forget.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...but what happened to the music?? June 29, 2005
I am so upset that NONE of the original music is in these episodes. I'm sure theres legal reasons behind it but I'm still pissed. The music for me, is one of the most crucial parts of the real world seasons. Its what truly transports you to that time period. Without the approptiate music, its just seriously lacking and not as impressive as I remember. The whole nostolgic vibe is gone so I'm REALLY disappointed about that. I know it seems silly, but its one of the major reasons why I bought this season. Dont get me wrong, I'm glad to relive this season but its totally not the same without the right music. Whats worse is they edited over the original music with these terrible faux early 90s beats. Gross. My final complaint about these dvds is that there are no extras or deleted scenes or anything like that. It wouldnt have killed them to throw in an extra disc considering I'm sure they have hours of uncut footage. I'm still glad to have it but overall, I'm pretty disappointed. MTV could have done a much better job. And a word to MTV...start introducing the other real world seasons please!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by david laselva
2.0 out of 5 stars fast shipping,great quality,good customer service
this season was ok,it wasnt all that and i wouldnt buy the second season was very old like,whoever shot the film shot it very old like.
Published 4 months ago by cassie heath
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
Really fun to watch after all these years. I havent seen the show since it originally aired, quite an early 90's time capsule! The birth of reality TV!
Published 12 months ago by Brian McClanahan
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed the music
I missed the music. MTV without the music,that is what is wrong with it now. Other than that I enjoyed it the second time around.
Published 18 months ago by ronald newman
1.0 out of 5 stars Who's idea was it to replace the original music?
I am interested in the Real World San Francisco (season 3) but when I watch it on the MTV website, some fool decided it was a good idea to change the music! Read more
Published 21 months ago by George
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much unbearable
Let me start this off by sharing that I am a huge, huge fan of The Real World. That being said, I have learned my lesson, and that is this: in order for The Real World to be... Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by The Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show - Bad DVD
I'm a big fan of the show and am glad to have it on dvd since MTV has stopped showing reruns in recent years. Read more
Published on May 6, 2009 by Euce
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of Reality TV
This DVD brought back so many memories for me. I was just 12 when the Real World debuted on MTV and what was the start of reality tv as we know it. Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by Angela Margie
4.0 out of 5 stars I want the first
I wish I could own every season but that would be kind of excessive lol..I like this season..when u watch it u can totally tell its age but its still good
Published on September 16, 2006 by Miss Shari E
3.0 out of 5 stars Sigh...
This is the first, and I think the best season of the show. The cast was interesting and had actual lives--they didn't go to the bars and get wasted every night, unlike current... Read more
Published on November 22, 2005 by T. Kidd
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