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Felicity - Freshman Year Collection (The Complete First Season)

4.6 out of 5 stars 236 customer reviews

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Product Description

It's high school graduation day and from the moment shy, beautiful Felicity Porter asks handsome Ben Covington to sign her yearbook, the course of her life is changed forever.

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever," states Felicity in the pilot episode of this fervently loved series. Not that impulsively defying your parents, ditching plans to go to Stanford Medical School, and moving 3,000 miles to New York to follow an unrequited high school crush who doesn't even remember your name is a small decision. But it does indeed change our winsome heroine's life forever. Golden Globe winner Keri Russell lights up the screen in her star-is-born role as the luxuriantly maned Felicity. For its audience demographic, the "previously on Felicity" soap opera elements make this series' freshman year as compellingly watchable as the early years of Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson's Creek.

Propelling the first season is the triangle of Felicity, the charismatic Ben (Scott Speedman), and charming doofus Noel (Scott Foley). But at the heart of the series is its real-world portrayal of college life, and Felicity's struggle to forge a life independent of her disapproving but ultimately supportive parents. Her sardonic, spell-casting now-you-see-her-now-you-don't roommate Meaghan doesn't think Felicity will last the year. "This might all be a colossal mistake," Felicity admits early on. (No, that would be your ill-advised haircut in Season 2.) Felicity's ensemble also includes former pink Power Ranger Amy Jo Johnson as Julie, Felicity's best friend and later rival for Ben's affections, whose own personal travails include searching for her birth mother (Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek). Look for a pre-Alias Jennifer Garner as Noel's old girlfriend Hannah in the episode "Thanksgiving," and listen for Janeane Garofalo as the voice of the unseen Sally, with whom Felicity shares audiocassettes relating her coming-of-age experiences and hard-earned life lessons. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Includes pilot and 21 episodes

Product Details

  • Actors: Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley, Amy Jo Johnson, Tangi Miller
  • Directors: Brad Silberling, Danny Leiner, Ellen S. Pressman, Elodie Keene, J.J. Abrams
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Felicity - Freshman Year Collection (The Complete First Season)" on IMDb

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By barry VINE VOICE on July 3, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
FELICITY has aged very well and is in no way dated. I grew up with this show and never purchased any of the seasons on dvd with their original release. The series is grounded by superb writing and direction, timeless storylines that affect college age people that never fade but most of all it is held together by the all around superb cast. The acting here is impeccable and runs the gamut from humorous to heartwrenching. And of course at its center is the star, the immensely talented Keri Russell. The weight of the show rests on her angelic shoulders and she carries it so gracefully. To follow her emotional journey becomes a gift to the viewer.

Most people reading this will agree with what I just said and are huge fans of the show. But what one wonders is why have these reissued boxed sets appeared and how is the quality? I never saw the original released boxed sets but know at that time series sets were rather bulky. This firs season is a very slim presentation with 6 discs perfectly placed in a plastic cd case which inserts into an outer cardboard protective sleeve. It is very attractive, takes up little room and I can only imagine that the show has continued to sell since its demise so they came up with a more user friendly version to hopefully get even more sales.

As far as I can tell everything abouth the discs and the video/audio presentation is exactly the same as the original set. The video quality is excellent even with the pilot episode. The show always has its emotional moments and the instrumental track works very well. The only complaint here was an issue with the original set as well. The show often used modern day popular songs and those songs are replaced on this dvd set for they chose not to pay the royalities to include those songs.
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By A Customer on November 6, 2002
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I love Felicity, and I would love this DVD box set if only Buena did not change nearly ALL of the background popular music. So now when you pop in a disc, watch an episode, you feel completely and utterly lost as the beuatifull music originally aired has been replaced with new "up to date" music. Exactly like the re-runs on thw WE channel, same "new" unfitting music. This is not what I have come to watch and love.
Would you buy the movie Ghost if the classic love scene would have another song playing in the background than Unchained Melody ? I'm sorry but changing the music alltogether is changing the overall feel and I don't get to watch the scene I remember the way they were done.
Poor judgment from Buena Vista to think nobody would notice that.
I'll stick to my VHS set thank you very much.
This is sad. Don't buy this unless you don't care about the memorable scenes with carefully chosen fitting music playing in the background.
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I originally caught Felicity when I was in my late teens and it's one of the few shows I could really relate to. The show itself is great and I would recommend it to anyone, but the DVD set....absolutely NOT! I blame myself for not reading the reviews for the previously released DVD sets, but this one has NONE of the original music that first aired with the program. I knew something was a bit off when some songs played over bits of dialogue in the wrong places; and LOUDLY so I could barely hear what was being said. My memory of one scene in particular had a very lovely song that was replaced by some wretched watered down version of ANOTHER song. To me, it definitely changed the tone of some scenes and the emotional connection was somewhat lost. Also, there are no great new updates where the video quality is concerned. It's almost like the show was cut and pasted from the WB onto DVD format and slapped together with some new music that really sets the whole thing off-kilter. Grr...If you'd like to watch a very well-told coming of age story I definitely do recommend the show. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic for your past (as I was) and want to relive some memories, STAY AWAY from these DVDs!!
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Felicity is a wonderful show, no question, but what made it so great (aside from one of the best ensembles ever, as well as the wonderfully tender and funny storylines) was the music and how well it fit the scenes, underlined them, and made them more meaningful. I always notice the music in tv shows, and Felicity and Roswell were two of the best in terms of using music really effectively. Shows like Dawson's Creek especially would have songs that were top 20 assembly line popular and many would stick out like a sore thumb, most of the time having nothing really to do with what was going on, but with Felicty that was never the case - there was always a good array of music both in style, genre and age, and they always used songs that were unique in someway that added to the moment being played. However in this dvd for some reason they took out a lot of the songs that made some of these moments so perfect and memorable - I mean it really says something about how deeply the music was a part of the experience if i notice within watching just three episodes that at least two songs were replaced. And what is even more disapointing is that they were replaced for the most part with very uninteresting songs that all basically sound the same. I'm really at a loss as to why they would choose to do this... the show itself I guess doesn't really suffer - if you didn't know what was there you might not miss it, but I can't help but feel like something was lost. The dvd is still definitely worth owning, but I would really have liked some explanation as to why the soundtrack was edited - a song that even appeared on the first soundtrack was taken off... why mess with what worked so well?
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