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American Dreams: Season 1

Extended Music Edition

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4.8 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews

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American Dreams is brighter, bolder and better than ever! This Emmy Award-winning series features incredible extended performances from some of today's hottest music superstars, including Usher, Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, and many more.Loaded with hundreds of unforgettable rock 'n' roll hits exploding in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, this 7-disc collection takes you beyond the extraordinary TV series.

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The 2002 first season of American Dreams introduced one of the more ambitious new dramas on a major television network since the debut of The West Wing. Deceptively nostalgic, American Dreams looks, at first blush, like a bone tossed to baby boomers who remember black and white TV, American Bandstand, and what class they were in when word spread of JFK's assassination. But the more one watches the show, the more apparent it becomes that American Dreams is not about memories but about bringing a pivotal chapter in 20th century U.S. history to life--sometimes electrifyingly so.

The series pilot, set just before and on the day of Kennedy's murder, introduces Philadelphia family the Pryors, white, middle-class Catholics whose stern but not undiscerning patriarch, Jack (Tom Verica), gets an earful one night over dinner. Eldest son J.J. (Will Estes), a star running back at high school and candidate for a Notre Dame football scholarship, announces he's leaving the sport, feeling unappreciated for his mind and inspired by Kennedy's outreach to young people. Teenage daughter Meg (Brittany Snow) allows that she'll be dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Jack's wife, Helen (Gail O'Grady), later lets fly that she's moving on from her boring book club to spend time with a new friend, a feminist academic (Virginia Madsen), and strongly hints that she's done with adding more babies to their brood of four. The times are indeed a-changin' for the Pryors--who have chugged along on WWII vet Jack's fiercely protected vision of picket fences, cooperative kids, and a wife who doesn't upset his equilibrium with needs of her own. But the rest of the country is changing, too, and American Dreams captures--with subtle precision--the erosion of comfortable assumptions at the onset of the Vietnam war, the escalation of the civil rights movement, the British Invasion, reproductive rights for women, and much else.

The series flows, often with stylish splendor, between the Pryors' home, the Bandstand studio set, and Jack's retail television and radio shop, where Jack's sole employee, an African American father, Henry (Jonathan Adams), wonders silently about the options a racist society will offer his talented son, Sam (Arlen Escarpeta). Wordlessness is a hallmark of American Dreams: An exchanged look between Meg and Sam is shattering testimony to the confusion of racial prohibitions among well-meaning kids. Part of every show finds historical reenactments of '60s musical acts appearing on Bandstand, and sometimes these artists are played by contemporary musicians such as Nick Carter (as Jay of Jay and the Americans) and Third Eye Blind (as the Kinks). This boxed set includes real Bandstand clips that are contemporaneous with the series' timeline. --Tom Keogh


Special features

Disc 1:
  • "Pilot" Commentary with Executive Producer Dick Clark and Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan Prince
  • "Pilot" Commentary with Cast Members Rachel Boston, Ethan Dampf, Will Estes, Gail O'Grady, Sarah Ramos and Tom Verica
  • "Pilot" Commentary with Cast Members Vanessa Lengies and Brittany Snow
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 2:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 3:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 4:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 5:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 6:
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights


  • Disc 7:
  • "City on Fire" Commentary with Executive Producer Dick Clark and Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan Prince
  • "City on Fire" Commentary with Cast Members Rachel Boston, Ethan Dampf, Will Estes, Gail O'Grady, Sarah Ramos and Tom Verica
  • "City on Fire" Commentary with Cast Members Vanessa Lengies and Brittany Snow
  • Time Capsule
  • Back to Bandstand Highlights
  • "My Boyfriend's Back" Music Video by Stacie Orrico, Brittany Snow and Vanessa Lengies
  • NBC News Time Capsule with Brian Williams

  • Product details

    • Actors: Brittany Snow, Tom Verica, Gail O'Grady, Will Estes, Sarah Ramos
    • Producers: Dick Clark
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 7
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
    • Run Time: 1094 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B00005JNAF
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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