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Northern Exposure: Season 1 / Northern Exposure: Season 2 Value Pack

4.5 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews

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Special Features

Northern Exposure: The Complete First Season:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unexposed Footage


  • Northern Exposure: The Complete Second Season:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unexposed Footage

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, John Corbett
    • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • 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: 4
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
    • Run Time: 715 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0037XPP9I
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Format: DVD
    I had previously purchased seasons one and two separately and wish they had this option then. You get both seasons one and two for less than the price of season one's issue price alone. I recommend you buy this set if you are a Northern Exposure fan or are just discovering the series. Seasons one and two contain some of my favorite episodes and begin to establish the characters and provide the basic information about the dynamics of Cicely Alaska that will help you enjoy the later seasons. My favorite episodes in these first seasons include: The Series Pilot; Brains, Know how and Native Intelligence; The Aurora Borealis; The Big Kiss and Spring Break. Here is a brief description of all episodes, enjoy!

    Season One

    1.1 One-Hour Pilot

    Dr. Joel Flesichman, an inveterate New Yorker, arrives in Alaska with plans to fulfill his medical school financing obligation by practicing in metropolitan Anchorage. However, he is quickly informed that his services are not needed in Anchorage, but in a small, remote village by the name of Cicely.

    1.2 Brains, Know-How and Native Intelligence

    While Joel is struggling with evergrowing frustration over faulty plumbing in his cabin, he sensitively deals with Ed's uncle Anku, a proud but ill medicine man who is reluctant to embrace modern medicine.

    1.3 Soapy Sanderson

    After the passing of one of Cicely's most-loved eccentrics, Soapy Sanderson, Joel and Maggie battle over the proper handling of his one hundred acres of land, left to them in his will.

    1.4 Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens

    Holling gets cold feet and leaves a pregnant Shelly at the altar, while Joel and Maurice try to make a deal with visiting Japanese businessmen to build a resort in Cicely.

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    I intend not to beat a dead horse, so I'll be brief. Without the same music, this is not the same show. Not bad, just different. I once read a critique of X-Files that likened that show to chamber music. Northern Exposure held the same attraction: atmosphere. I understand the predicament is one of licensing. Perhaps a second version, true to the original, could be released at a commensurate price. I, for one, would gladly pay the premium.
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    Apparently, the product being sold here is not the original series, but instead sort of a music-remake. My wife and I were going to buy this for my folks as a gift, since they never saw the original series. But after reading about how they changed out the music, we are no longer interested in purchasing it.

    Since the DVD producer has apparently been duplicitous, Amazon.com should do the right thing and disclose up front that this is not really the original series due to the swapped out music.

    The apparent dishonesty of the DVD producer is not surprising. But it is surprising that Amazon.com would not have higher standards of integrity. Or, perhaps Amazon.com was also duped and is, in some abstract sense, also a victim.
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    The pricing of this and other Northern exposure seasons seem to vary a lot. I bought season 1&2 at $19.99. At this moment it is $29.99. I ordered season 3 at $29.99, then within the hour I was fortunate enough to notice that the price was $19.99, so I removed the higher priced season from my order and then reordered. Hold out for the lower price!
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    OK, this is how it should have been done from the outset. For those who either don't know or don't remember, NORTHERN EXPOSURE was originally a summer replacement show, beginning to run only a couple of weeks after TWIN PEAKS in 1990. That first summer season ran 8 episodes and the following spring the second season ran for 7 episodes, meaning that Seasons One and Two run to a grand total of 15 episodes. Despite this, the first two seasons were originally released as separate box sets but priced as much as full single seasons. It was one of the most overpriced pair of sets in the relatively short history of DVDs. No sane person would have considered buying them (I rented from Netflix). Now, however, sane people can consider getting the first two seasons. I already own Seasons Three and Four, and now I can add Seasons One and Two.

    Before saying a couple of things about the seasons, let me say that people who complain about the soundtrack really need to . . . I apologize beforehand for any impoliteness here . . . shut up!!! Look, music substitution is just going to be part of the future from here on out in TV shows coming out on DVD. There is simply no way around it. Or rather, if you want to blame someone, blame ASCAP and BMI and RIAA. Here is the real deal: as long as these folks continue to exact such huge royalties for the use of songs, we are going to get vastly less expensive songs substituted for the original ones. There is simply no way around it. The makers of the DVDs have two choices: substitute music and sell the sets at reasonable prices or use the original music and sell the sets at absurdly high prices. Want to pay $100 per season of NORTHERN EXPOSURE? Well, neither do I. But to get the original music that is what it is going to cost.
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