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House - Season 1 (Hugh Laurie) [DVD]

Hugh Laurie , Lisa Edelstein    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0RFY0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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He pops pills, watches soaps, and always, always says what's on his mind. He's Dr. Gregory House (Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie, Blackadder). Producers David Shore, Bryan Singer, Katie Jacobs, and Paul Attanasio haven't rewritten the hospital drama, but they've infused a moribund genre with new life and created one of TV's most compelling characters.

More than any previous medical procedural, it resembles Attanasio’s underrated Gideon's Crossing, but House is lighter on its feet. As fascinating as he is, the show wouldn't work as well if it were all House all the time (that would be like Sherlock Holmes without Watson or Moriarty). Fortunately, he's joined by an intriguing cast of characters, portrayed by a combination of experienced vets (Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein, Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard) and new faces (Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer). Aside from the complicated cases they tackle each week, the sparks really fly when House's brilliant, if naïve charges are put to the test--and as the head of a teaching hospital, it's his job to test them (although his tough love approach is constantly landing him in hot water with Edelstein's administrator).

From the first episode, House attracted a talented array of guests, including Robin Tunney ("Pilot"), Joe Morton ("Role Model"), and Patrick Bauchau ("Cursed") as Spencer’s father. In addition, Chi McBride and Sela Ward appear frequently (with Ward returning for the second season). Viewers who first watched these 22 episodes will be gratified to note that the music has survived the transition to disc, such as the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," as featured in both the pilot and season finale ("Honeymoon"). The only apparent omission is the credit theme (Massive Attack's "Teardrop") from the pilot. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Go deeper into the medical mysteries of House, TV's most compelling new drama, as all 22 Season One episodes and exclusive bonus features come to DVD! Hugh Laurie stars as the brilliant, but sarcastic Dr. Gregory House, a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While his behavior can border on antisocial, Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving the medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Together with his hand-picked team of young medical experts, he'll do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case.


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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Laurie is Outstanding 23 Feb 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As a big fan of CSI and medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy, I could hardly wait to buy House on DVD, and I wasn't disappointed. Like so many other shows, House works brilliantly when watched in chunks - 2 or 3 episodes at a time! I lost a lot of sleep watching the series 1 through the first time, and when I finished, I simply threw the first disc back in the player and started again from the beginning.

I remember Hugh Laurie from the Fry and Laurie days of long ago, as well as Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, and so on, and have always been a fan. But I was still amazed by the quality of his acting on this show. His American accent is so realistic, you forget he is English (in fact I almost got a shock listening to his English accent on the bonus features), and his comic timing makes the best of a witty and clever script. His banter with Dr Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) is really enjoyable, as is his relationship with the doctors on his team, although honestly, I don't think they can hold a candle to Laurie in terms of ability or on-screen charisma.

Personally, I like the formulaic nature of each episode, as the characters, the humour and the tremendous variety of sometimes bizarre medical problems stop it getting boring. However, my favorite episode of season 1 was the one that broke the formula by following three cases at once. In this penultimate episode of the series we get a deeper insight into House's character, his past and his leg injury, which stirs up more sympathy for his character, as well as giving Laurie an opportunity to demonstrate some really fine acting.

I recently introduced the series to a friend of mine who is a critical care nurse and she loved it! I'm just about to buy series 2!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Drama at its best 17 Nov 2006
By Thomas
Format:DVD
From the first show to the last, this is one of the best TV Drama shows to his the screens in a long time. Hugh Laurie playing the character of Dr House is absolutely amazing, portraying a cynical, sad man with an inredible talent in diagnostic medicine, yet with little people skills!

Although each show follows a set pattern, very soon it is not anymore about the cases he solves, but the lines he delivers and the side stories that unfold as the show progesses.

Well worth watching, and I can only recommend it!!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By Mr
Format:DVD
First of all, I'll just agree with all the other reviewers in saying that this is an excellent series, and Hugh Laurie's performance is fantastic and totally believable playing as the misanthropic wise-cracking lead.

However, the main point I wanted to make is just to make people aware of the shows style, and give my own opinion about the repetitive structure of the show; Something that other people have mentioned.

Basically, you shouldn't really be thinking about House in terms of a typical hospital drama like ER, or Chicago Hope, or etc. etc. The genre that House is most like is actually the detective story, and if you think of House as "Columbo with a Stethascope" then you will be closer to the mark.

Each episode involves him tracing the clues that will lead to the cure of a patient, but there are also some excellent sub-plots running through all the shows, and lets not forget, House gets to deliver some seriously funny lines.

This is a must buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
After ER, Chicago Hope, and dozens of other medical dramas, how many really good stories could be left? Turns out, quite a few if done in the right way with an excellent cast. House M.D. breathes new life into the hospital drama by adding a dash of CSI type sleuthing with a stellar cast, led by the genius British actor Hugh Laurie (Jeeves and Wooster) as Dr. Gregory House and also starring Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, and Robert Sean Leonard.

Dr. Gregory House is an incredibly unusual doctor. He dislikes patients, is partially crippled by a muscular disorder, pops Vicodin like they are tic-tacs, and is addicted to reruns of General Hospital. He would rather read a medical journal or hide out in the OB/GYN lounge than deal with a patient. His true purpose in life is leading a team of young doctors in diagnosing the usually rare and fatal maladies that baffle most doctors. Here House is part Sherlock Holmes and part Gil Grissom. He assembles the puzzle, often failing to get the pieces right, until finally the solution is arrived at. In the meantime he runs rampant across the hospital, badgering or simply bullying his way into getting what he needs to try and help the patient. His bedside manner is not pleasant, in fact House is a jerk because being a jerk is the fastest way to get patients healthy.

Besides trying to diagnose diseases that would baffle Doogie Howser, he is forced by the hospital adminstrator to treat patients during free clinic hours, a fate which to House is akin to death. He hates patients, who he believes are by nature liars, but having to deal with them face to face allows a slightly softer side to House to shine and also give the show some needed humor amidst the darkness.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average medical drama 8 Oct 2007
By Matt
Format:DVD
Everything about House is a little bit different; the teaching hospital setting, the stylish glass and wood interiors and of course the acerbicly witty Dr Gregory House (Hugh Laurie). However, as with many US series, designed to be drawn out over hundreds of episodes, you won't notice all its facets at first. The show has a very particular formula - a medical whodunnit (or whatisit) where a patient is admitted with mysterious or misdiagnosed symptoms. House and his team of junior doctors spend the episode using differential diagnosis to try and find the cause of the symptoms before it's too late - which occasionally it is. On watching the first few episodes of the first season, you'll mainly find that it's this formula being developed and the writers using the hook of Dr House's dry wit to lure viewers. However investing a little time in the show and you'll start to see the central and supporting characters blossom and develop in different directions, and the inventiveness of the different ailments and approaches to diagnosis stops the format from becoming stale - in fact a format such as this is refreshing compared to the complicated, twisted threads and general chaos that defines dramas like ER.

A different story each episode, twinned with decent development arcs for the characters, gives House the best of both worlds, making it an easy show to pick up but also one that holds your interest. Hugh Laurie in the central role has become a very memorable character, with his comic timing not wasted on House's barbed, irreverent tongue. The writers don't let this overshadow the rest of the excellent cast though, making a very well rounded television series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
Loved it and now on season 4. Will be sorry when it all ends. House's wit is hilarious. Recommended to try
Published 2 days ago by lyn farr
5.0 out of 5 stars House - season 1
He was his usual miserable self. Yet thoroughly watchable, for some strange reason I liked him, he obviously knew what he was doing.
Published 1 month ago by emerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Not much out there medical-drama wise that's better. Green wing springs to mind (and it's probably a better representation of the nhs) but otherwise this is up there
Published 1 month ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
It's wonderful and I love it. Nice value for money. Glad I bought it. Could not be happier with it.
Published 3 months ago by Cami the Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars wrong boxset
The wrong box set was sent out I ordered house and received heroes but it was for a gift and didn't have time to return for correct item so ended up giving a gift not really wanted
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good condition, a bit of wear on the outer sleeve, but nothing serious. The discs were in great condition, thoroughly enjoyed the product.
Published 4 months ago by Rowena
5.0 out of 5 stars why buy
if your stuck for a present this year this is the one to buy I never thought I would but if they have everything else what the hell
Published 4 months ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping!
Even if you're not into medical dramas simply watch it for Hugh Laurie's brilliant sarcasm and attitude. Well worth anybodies money and it is pretty good at educating viewers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nathan Hier
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift!
Great item and fast delivery!
Excellent show and loved by the whole family! Mostly because hugh laurie's character is definitely our father! lol
Published 5 months ago by angel2011
5.0 out of 5 stars House DVD
This item arrived on time and in very good condition. We would recommend this dvd set to any one who enjoys a good drama.
Published 6 months ago by Frenchie
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