- 6-disc Box Set (22 Episodes)
- Scene introductions by Hal Sparks
- Behind the scenes outtakes
- "Meet The Folk" section containing biographies, interviews and character profilesSeason 2 Sneak Preview
- Music Photo Gallery
- Episodic Index, previews & summaries
- Approximately 3 hrs of special edition episodes & commentaries
- DVD Rom weblink
Queer as Folk: Season 1
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A group of gay friends, men and women, live out their day-to-day lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A groundbreaking series set in a work-a-day blue-collar world, "Queer As Folk" is the first TV drama that treats gay people simply as real people. Contains 22 episodes.
They're here, they're queer, and they make Sex and the City look like a demure tea party. Showtime's quintessentially American Queer As Folk--based on the British miniseries--pours on copious amounts of hot and steamy sex. This slick (and slickly entertaining) series shares the same basic concept as its British counterpart--centering on a group of gay friends living in a primarily industrial city--but after that, all bets are off. Whereas the British version focused on the gritty, realistic drama of its characters, the American QAF is a glossy, fun soap opera that occasionally tackles big issues but never lets you forget that life at times can be a party, and you shouldn't be one of those poor suckers starving to death. A good part of the show's charm lies in its cast--boy-next-door Michael (Hal Sparks), ruthlessly seductive rake Brian (Gale Harold), out-and-proud Emmett (Peter Paige), wallflower Ted (Scott Lowell), and nubile teen Justin (Randy Harrison)--who grew from standard gay prototypes to intriguing characters by the first season's end. And while some subplots didn't work (such as Emmett's farfetched foray into gay-conversion therapy), others were quietly affecting, including Brian's coping with his father's death. Some may object to the show's relentless fixation on sex (and gay men--there are just two lesbian characters), but this is a series that in its own polished way is both engrossingly fun and truly groundbreaking. It's liberating to watch an American TV series in which the straight world is only peripheral. Let's hear it for the boys! --Mark Englehart
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It's not all sex,drugs, and club mixes however. The story lines about individuals and the various couple relationships are worth watching. The main pairing of Brian and Justin is a fascinating look at starcrossed lovers who make-up and break up on a continuous loop due to various insecurities and damaged psyches from past physical and emotional abuses. But they always manage to find each other again and the deep love they have for each other, whether willingly admitted or not, is always evident.
The package, however, was not in the greatest of condition. When I recieved it in the mail, it was all beat up, and the box was coming apart. Not to mention I didn't recieve the product shown. Instead of recieving the fold out DVD case, I got a box with DVD boxes inside of it. When I recieved it, I didn't exactly care about the condition of the box since I was so excited about watching the show. I kind of forgot about the condition of the box, since the DVDs ran pretty well. By the time I got to the last disc, which was a few weeks later, since I was watching all the episodes in succession and I didn't have time to watch them all quickly. I was watching the 21st episode and I got about halfway through it, and it skipped like half a scene. I took out the disc, thinking I perhaps got fingerprints all over it, so I could wipe it off. When I looked at the disc, however, there was a large, circular scratch around the outside of the disc. I tried cleaning it off, but it didn't come off. Fortunately, after cleaning it out, it only digitized a little at the part, and the sound was unaffected. Also, none of the other episodes were affected, so I really don't think it's that big of a deal.
However, next time I order something from Amazon, if it's damaged, I'm sending it right back. I'm not going to take any risks.
Still. It's a wonderful thing to have in my possession, so I'm happy.