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While Desperate Housewives yearned to be a suburban satire with bite, Weeds was the real deal, skewering upper-middle class mores with a sharp eye, a keen wit, and a mostly forgiving heart. In episode after episode, the show's creative team (led by creator Jenji Kohan) pulled back the layers of Agrestic's superficiality to show what lies beneath the squeaky-clean exteriors and smiling faces; it turns out that hunger, fear, desire, and, yes, desperation aren't that far down. However, Weeds forsakes pulpiness and florid drama for biting yet affectionate humor--its heroine is a woman with sliding morals, but one you'll root for to the very end. The effervescent Parker, the only actress who can mix perkiness with morbidity in just the right amounts, anchored the show with her amazing turn as Nancy, who by the end of the first season had become a kind of soccer-mom version of Michael Corleone, entering a corrupt world with both trepidation and fascination--and totally enamored of the power it brought her. Also perfectly cast, Perkins found the role of a lifetime as the bitterly hilarious Celia, and entering the show in its fourth episode, Justin Kirk (Parker's co-star in Angels in America) proved to be a potent secret weapon as Nancy's brother-in-law Andy, a slacker who wasn't above peddling t-shirts to elementary school kids. As icky as these characters might appear on the surface, Weeds made them all immensely appealing and great company to be around. Don't say we didn't warn you: one hit and you'll be hooked on this show. The DVDs feature six episode commentaries with cast and crew, outtakes, original featurettes, a music video, and most enjoyably, Agrestic Herbal Recipes (for entertainment value only, we assume) and the "Smoke and Mirrors" marijuana mockumentary. --Mark Englehart
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If the framerate of the UK version runs at 25 fps instead of 24, I assume that alone would make each episode maybe 2-3 minutes shorter than the US version. But some shows are converted from NTSC to PAL without decreasing the duration, so maybe I'm wrong.
Apr 13, 2009 by Guillermo B. Gomez | See all 8 posts
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I liked it and I don't smoke pot. It doesn't glorify pot-smoking. It's about a newly widowed housewife/soccer-mom who tries to make ends meet by becoming the neighbourhood pot-dealer. She lives in a typical, idealised, picture-postcard, upper-middle-class, suburban neighbourhood. Hence the... Read More
Aug 13, 2006 by dooby | See all 7 posts
You may want to check the specs again. It states that the show is 2.35 to 1 which would make it a qoute widescreen release. 4.3 to 1 is the old fullscreen.
Apr 1, 2007 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
Apr 27, 2007 by April Holt | See all 6 posts
Yes, it was broadcast in widescreen, this DVD release is them screwing the fans over. The R2 UK release is in 16:9, buy that instead.
Feb 7, 2007 by S. S. Ying | See all 5 posts
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