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Dawson's Creek: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
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DAWSON’S CREEK chronicles a close group of friends’ passage from adolescence to adulthood in their small coastal town and a rapidly changing world. This landmark first season of the show marks the beginning of an unforgettable journey for cast members JAMES VAN DER BEEK, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOSHUA JACKSON, KATIE HOLMES and their characters, as they face the agony and ecstasy of teenage life. Exclusively available on DVD, this 4-disc presentation of the complete first season is a ‘must-own’ collectible for any fan of the smash-hit television series.
Even viewers who consider themselves beyond their teen-angst years might find Dawson's Creek compelling. In the first series we are introduced to Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), who for years have watched movies and slept in the same bed; but they find that as they enter high school their relationship will inevitably change. That becomes especially clear when Dawson is immediately attracted to Capeside's sexy new arrival, Jen (Michelle Williams). Meanwhile, their friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson) pursues an unachievable love object.
Creator Kevin Williamson based Dawson's Creek on his own youth, and even though the characters may not really look or sound 15 years old, the Dawson-Joey-Jen interplay--especially embodied by the sad-eyed and cynical (but still adorable) Joey and the smart but emotionally inept Dawson--gives the show its heart. And just like Williamson's fresh take on the teen-horror genre, Scream, Dawson's Creek has a winking self-awareness, for example when Dawson says they're having a "90210 moment" or explains that they use big words because they watch too many movies. Highlights of the first series include Dawson's discovery that his perfect home life may not be so perfect, an unwelcome reminder of Jen's past, the Breakfast Club takeoff "Detention", the Scream takeoff "The Scare", a beauty contest in which two unlikely competitors square off, and the heart-rending finale. --David Horiuchi
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The secret to enjoying "Dawson's Creek" is to realize that Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) is the least interesting member of the core group. This is not to say that he is boring, but when the entire series starts with him coaxing Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) into his bed because they always sleep together on movie night while remaining oblivious to the fact that the girl across the Creek is (a) in love with him and (b) a righteous babe, it is clear that this guy does not have a clue. Throughout the first season Dawson pretty much revalidates that idea at each and every opportunity, especially once "new girl" Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) literally moves next door. Meanwhile, loveable loser Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) is putting the moves on Tamara Jacobs (Leann Hunley), the gang's new English teacher. This last aspect becomes the proverbial exception that proves the rule because otherwise this coming of age drama would, rather ironically, be about teenagers NOT having sex.Read more ›
I remember the show coming on and immediatley you could tell that this was ground breaking and so different from other teenage dramas around at the time. Though it only had 13 episodes, it set a foundation upon which season 2 and three, (the best seasons) were established.
Though the show has ended, it is worth buying this great DVD boxset. Lets hope Season 2 follows quickly!
The four episodes that you must own are...
Detention (take off of the Breakfast club)
The Scare (take off of Scream)
Two commentary's from Williamson complete the package. As a writer myself I'm intrigued to listen to them and catch up... with the gorgeous Kate Holmes!
There's no denying it's a great storyline- 3 friends growing up in a small town when in steps this wild child from New York to rock their world! Pacey doesnt really get the chance to shine as much here as in later seasons, which is a shame.
I think this season is essential to anyone who got into DC later on, as this season really lays the foundations for the whole Dawson- Joey- Pacey thing that comes later.
Even if you werent a fan of later seasons of DC I think you would like this- it's much more light hearted than later seasons and has some cracking episodes, especially that one that takes off "The Breakfast Club"
I'd definitely reccommend it!
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Great stuff. Dawson is still a pompous bore but Pacey was always my favourite character anyway.Published 3 months ago by Amandajp
although in used condition every disk was there no scratches and has allowed me to re live my youthPublished 8 months ago by jennie slack
So impressed at the value for money this was, second hand and fantastic qualityPublished 13 months ago by andrea longley
US drama does not get much better than this gem !!It formed a basis for other dramas like smallville etc . Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by coached88
I had missed the whole Dawson's Creek phase so gave this boxset a go - it's al-right at best. For chicks only!Published on 5 April 2013 by JGI Reveals All
Dawson's Creek was ok, but the writing rarely reached the heights that its contemporary, Party of Five did. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2010 by Andy K