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Laissez le Bon temp rouler... let the good times roll!

Nothing is simple in The Big Easy, the setting for Season One of this sexy, action-packed crime series. In New Orleans steamy Latin Quarter, passions run as hot as Tabasco, loyalty has the life expectancy of a Rum Hurricane and the dark waters of the Louisiana bayou tell no tales.

Based on the hit 1987 film, THE BIG EASY stars Tony Crane (WISHMASTER) as Remy McSwain, a freewheeling Cajun cop not above committing a crime to solve one, and Susan Walters (SEINFELD s Mulva )as beautiful but dedicated federal agent Anne Osborne, who will go the distance to uphold the law... even as far as jumping into Remy s bed.

Costarring Barry Corbin (NORTHERN EXPOSURE) and produced by Sonny Grosso, whose career as a New York City cop inspired THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE BIG EASY ran for two seasons on cable television's USA Network, bringing to discerning viewers a level of violence and eroticism at that time uncommon for prime time TV.

Includes all 22 episodes.


Available for the first time on DVD.


Originally aired on the USA Network.


Based on the critically acclaimed feature film starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin

Shot on location in New Orleans.

Stars Tony Crane (Wishmaster), Susan Walters (Seinfeld s Mulva ), and Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure).

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Inspired by the feature of the same name, The Big Easy aims to re-create the steamy, sexy vibe of Jim McBride’s 1987 film and its New Orleans setting for the small screen. All things considered, these 22 episodes (on four discs; there are no bonus features) from the first season (1996) do a decent job of it. This is not a show that relies much on storytelling; the plots, all of them involving murder mysteries, tend to be pedestrian and obvious, although "Snakebit," in which victims are dispatched by an enormous python, is a notable exception. The emphasis is more on the characters, including pre-Katrina New Orleans and its distinctive lingo, neighborhoods, and music. As for the folks who populate the Crescent City (which might as well be called "The Big Sleazy," considering that everyone is on the make in one way or another), the good guys include veteran Barry Corbin as Remy’s boss, Capt. C.D. LeBlanc, and Eric George as trumpeter-police informant Smiley Dupree, while others run the low-rent gamut from crooked politicians and snaggle-toothed bayou boys to transsexual prostitutes and bookies with names like Automatic Slim. The principals, as in the film, are smooth-talking, rule-bending Det. Remy ("like the cognaq--smooth but strong") McSwain and his love interest, government attorney Anne Osborne. Neither Tony Crane nor Susan Walters is likely to make anyone forget Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin in those roles, but that's not simply because the actors aren't as good (which they aren't--Walters in particular lacks the seasoned sensuality Barkin brought to the role). As is the case with pretty much any relatively low-budget cable production (The Big Easy ran for two seasons on the USA Network), the show’s writing simply can’t measure up to big-time Hollywood standards; in going for a light touch, too often it comes off as lightweight instead (although the dialogue is mostly good, the cutesy, almost constant arguing-flirting between the two leads quickly becomes tiresome). Still, any show that features the sounds of N'Awlins legends like Fats Domino and Earl King has its heart in the right place, and even if The Big Easy is neither good enough to be a consistent pleasure nor bad enough to be a guilty one, there’s still enough here to laissez les bon temps rouler. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Big Easy
  • Directors: Jim McBride
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015I2RZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Easy: Season 1" on IMDb

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By Victoria J. Merlo on August 23, 2008
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Like many others, I have waited a LONG time for this series to come out on DVD. I loved this show, although I have to admit that I didn't feel the same about it once Susan Walters left the cast. The chemistry between Susan Walters and Tony Crane was steamy...and I only wish the writers and done more to tempt us with their relationship later on in the series. The writing changed and some of the characters seemed to disappear about midway through the first season, but I still consider this one of my favorite series ever. The New Orleans setting, the music, the quirky characters, the push-pull relationship of Remy and Anne - I loved every minute of it. THANK YOU to whomever was responsible for finally bringing this show to DVD!
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I'm really enjoying this show. Never had pay channels before so I never heard of it. I've wanted to try it out but it was just too costly. finally went on sale a bit and I'm thrilled I took the leap. It's way better than it gets credit for - takes three episodes before you're hooked though - then you can't stop watching. I wish there were more shows like this in the sense that it's different, unique geographically and in character. Most crime dramas are all the same - even the great ones are all very similar. Because of the location, the accents, the "big Easy" culture, it is very unique. Every big city crime show tends to end up the same, it's rare to have a crime drama in such a unique location with actual southern accents. Every show these days is in the same old big cities where everyone in the show is a city person, they all sound the same and look the same - even the shows I love don't have any character diversity, location diversity, etc. I really love the show.
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The Big Easy has been long overdue for a dvd run. The series is a deliciously written storyline woven through the streats of New Orleans, with a hometown cop/detective and district attourney from the northeast at the center of it all. Definately worth it to watch, as the southern charm, good humor and occasional steamy encounters can keep one glued to their seats.
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I used to watch this show when it came out on TV in the late 90s and I loved it. Well, I was also a kid back then and easily impressed I guess. I mean wow was I enamored by Tony Crane who captured Remy McSwain's arrogant and sexy swagger so deliciously. I also loved the sexual tension between him and Ann Osbourne and the steamy, sexy New Orleans scene and shots of the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. The movie just had a certain charm to it.

Anyway, now, looking at the show I must say it is pretty bad. I love the music, the setting and the sexy vibe of it all, but story and acting wise it leaves much to be desired. It is just not very sophisticated. Remy McSwain (Tony Crane) is your typical film-noir detective. His character is pretty one dimensional and he acts more like he was a private eye than a cop. He is a caricature of your typical loner detective who has a problem with authority really and who roams the steamy city with driving a metallic blue Corvette with the top down while wearing white linen suits with yellow silk shirts and a gold ring. He really doesnt have much of a personality beyond that. I seriously doubt any cop could walk around and behave like that - not even in NO; then again, this is one of the charming things about the show - although it would have been nice to have a multidimensional character.

Ann Osbourne (Susan Walters) who's supposed to be the assistant DA is not very believable in that role, mainly because she spends most of her time chasing people around while playing detective with Remy and throwing in the occasional legal jargon to create tension between her and Remy.

The series is filled with clichees like that.
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What a shame that this show was even canceled after season 2. They should have recasted the main female role and kept us going with it before filming season 2. The location is so wonderful, I couldn't get enough of it. The chemistry between the actors, the setting, all perfect. You don't see stuff like this! Spoiler-If I had it my way, they would have slowed down the main couple getting together, believe me, you want them to! But prolonging it would have been great considering that the main female lead left the show and they way they sent the character off after all the explosive chemistry was just.....unfair, to put it lightly. THAT'S how great it was, so to have her leave...devastating. I haven't popped this into my DVD player yet to see the condition of the discs, but I will soon and I can hardly wait!
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I am so happy season one is being released. I really enjoyed the characters and location of the series and was very disappointed when it went off the air. Hopefully season two will also get the nod for DVD release.
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I used to live in New Orleans and remember seeing the crews filming this show all around my neighborhood. It's a great show with a great cast...and, most importantly, a great tribute to New Orleans!
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This show is even better than I remembered. I hope they release the remaining episodes quickly. What I don't understand why did they cancel this show for LeFemme Nakita?
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