CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1
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Disc 1: Pilot, Cool Change; Crate and Burial; Pledging Mr. Johnson
Disc 2: Friends and Lovers; Who Are You?; Blood Drops; Anonymous
Disc 3: Unfriendly Skies; Sex, Lies and Larvae; I-15 Murders; Fahrenheit 932
Disc 4: Boom; To Halve and to Hold; Table Stakes; Too Tough to Die
Disc 5: Face Lift; $35K O.B.O; Gentle, Gentle; Sounds of Silence
Disc 6: Justice is Served; Evaluation Day; Strip Strangler
Disk 6 of the DVD also includes the following special features:
* Featurette: "CSI: People Lie...But The Evidence Never Does"
* The Who's "Who Are You" Music Video
* Character Profiles
While keeping abreast of cutting-edge technologies, CSI combines the ingenuity (and fallibility) of villains with the appealing humanity of its heroes. CSI director and entomologist Gil Grissom (played by series coproducer William Petersen) is introverted but ethically intense; he's both mentor and moral compass for his night-shift team, including a former stripper-turned-CSI (Marg Helgenberger); a recovering gambler (Gary Dourdan); an eager ace (George Eads) with room for improvement; a workaholic (Jorja Fox) who can't always remain emotionally detached from her cases; and a chief detective (Paul Guilfoyle) who's a necessary link to police procedure. Like The X-Files, CSI supports its characters with feature-film production values, employing a Rashomon structure that turns murder into a progressively accurate study of cause and effect. Script quality is consistently high ("Blood Drops" and "Unfriendly Skies" are exceptional), direction is slick and sophisticated, and the mysteries are complex enough to invite multiple viewings. Despite a regrettable shortage of DVD features, CSI's inaugural season remains addictively worthy of its lofty reputation. --Jeff Shannon
- Featurette: "CSI - People Lie … But The Evidence Never Does"
- Character Profiles (Menu Feature)
Top Customer Reviews
In some ways, as the precursor to some other high quality shows such as `Numbers' and `House, M.D', `CSI' has dealt and played the `Sherlock Holmes' card to the hilt, spicing their stories with whodunit puzzles which would have taxed even that most marvelous of scientific detectives. Both Holmes and `CSI' dealt not only with puzzles, but with puzzles solvable by scientific methods.
I am not sure if this is a source of the show's popularity, but I can attest, as a former analytical chemist, that virtually all of their scientific techniques, and the way they show them, are dead on accurate. Sometimes, there is a bit of sloppiness, as when one of the supporting scientists back at the lab is a bit too fast on the draw with an automatic micropipette, and mananges to draw up about as much air as they do sample, but otherwise, they push the envelope very little at the edge of modern forensic and chemical science.
I suspect that next to the interesting puzzles, the biggest interest in `CSI' lies in the accuracy of the relations between the CSI team members. In contrast, I offer the opinion that `NCIS', an almost direct copy of `CSI' is really a very weak shadow of it's paradigm in that the relations between the team members are comic book images of how real knowledge based law enforcement officers would act toward one another.
`NCIS' may offer the argument that they are much more action based than is `CSI'.Read more ›
William Petersen really makes his role as Gil Grissom convincing and draws us in with his infectious interest and love of the job that just doesn't seem to be there in the Miami C.S.I spinoff.. I got into the show about 2nd Season, got the Season One DVD with the desire to play catch-up and got my husband (who originally wasn't a fan) totally hooked watching it with me! I'm really looking forward to when the 2nd Season set becomes available.
If you're into C.S.I this is a fun,engaging show.. Great stories, great acting.. graphics that grab you and pull you right in.. Well worth it and a keeper..
Only downside, I found was that I wish there could have been some kind of director/producer commentary included. My husband's one complaint was that the C.S.I. profiles wasn't featured on the first disc instead of the last one. By the time you get to the last disc, you already know the characters and their foibles. Still, well worth it!
Crate 'n Burial
Plegding Mr. Johnson
Friends & Lovers
Who Are You?
Sex, Lies, and Larvae
To Halve and to Hold
Too Tough to Die
Sounds of Silence
Justice is Served
The Strip Strangler
These are the 23 episodes of the first season that will be included.
I have taped (on VHS) every single episode since the third episode of the series, but now i can watch them with much better quality. This is by far the best show on television!
What sets this first season apart was that aside from the weekly crimes, the show actually dealt with the personal lives of the characters, and most episodes had continuing plotlines which were separate from the "crimes-of-the-night": Catherine had her child custody issues with her ex, Nick had his complicated relationship with a hooker, Sara had to deal with being the new person on the team, Warrick had his gambling problem/corrupt judge subplot, and Grissom had his romance with "face lady", his rivalry with the daytime CSI team's chief, and his professional problems with the sheriff and the mayor.
Such subplots vanished in season two - Catherine suddenly appeared as if she had no family, Grissom became a complete eunuch, as did Nick, who never had another girlfriend. But the ratings improved, so I guess that's what people prefer - a more classic, completely episodic crime series without the continuing subplots that give it a soap-like quality.
But for me, I miss those subplots, which is why I think this first season of CSI is a must-have on DVD. It was CSI at its best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a great start to a great show - nice to have on Amazon, not available on NetflixPublished 6 days ago by LaurenA
I love this show & season 1is the hardest to see but ince again Amazon to the rescue! Now I can see it when I want too.Published 7 days ago by Sherrie Sullivan
I am not a TV watcher, but I wanted to see how interesting this show was. I am hard of hearing and found out that the DVD has no subtitles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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