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House - Season 1 (Hugh Laurie) [DVD]


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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 (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0RFY0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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


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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By 2madkatz on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Corwin on 8 July 2006
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on 17 Nov 2006
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C T Boulton on 14 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
There are dozens of reasons not to like House - it is outrageously formulaic, ludicrously far-fetched and often overly contrived and laboured - it is also one of the most wonderful television shows I have had the pleasure of watching. The pithy dialogue, thoughful direction and most of all, the beautifully measured acting of the central cast more than make up for any shortcomings. Hugh Laurie delivers a tour-de-force performance as the flawed genius - proving my long held theory that genuinely great dramatic performances are best achieved by casting comedians. The supporting cast, whilst always playing second-fiddle to Laurie, are equally competent performers and the will-they-won't-they relationship between House and Dr Cameron (the gorgeous Jennifer Morrison) provides a welcome romantic subplot - although is strangely remensicent of the Grissom/Sara relationship in CSI. All-in-all this show is (almost despite itself) captivating and I challenge anyone to not be so obsessed with its protaganist that by the penultimate episode - easily the season's best - they will be aching to know more about what makes this man tick. I absolutely recommend without question this genius piece of television gold.
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