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Malcolm in the Middle: The Complete First Season [DVD]

Frankie Muniz , Bryan Cranston    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
Price: 15.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Erik Per Sullivan, Justin Berfield
  • Producers: Todd Holland
  • Format: Box set, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073V2GIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,903 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This release is intact as originally aired with no cuts, and with the original music.

'Is it just me or is my life starting to get weird? Here's what I did this week: I ate waffles while my dad had his back shaved, I found out I had an I.Q. of 165, I threw chocolate pudding in a guy's face, I yelled at a kid in a wheelchair, I got transferred to a new class, and somewhere in there, my butt got dipped in red paint. That's normal, right?'

Enjoy all 16 episodes from Season 1 of this much loved series Presented in its original widescreen!

Customer Reviews

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Years in the waiting... 13 Feb 2012
Almost ten whole years ago now the US got their hands on Malcolm in the Middle: Season 1 on DVD. The set sold so well that FOX immediately announced plans for a Season 2 set to be released in 2003. Those plans fell through. Why? All because of music clearances. Due to FOX being... not entirely forward thinking it would have cost a fortune to be able to acquire the rights for the music used in the show to release on DVD and thus the show became suspended in limbo for years and years and years.

For many years I've been keeping a close eye on for Malcolm to appear. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air seasons 5 and 6 were announced on there after a 4-year gap for the same reason of music costs and when the news broke I was overjoyed, however this website does not report the Region 2 (UK) releases. Today, I was flicking through the ratings for my favorite TV shows, making sure they were 'okay'. I was a bit curious about how 'Supernatural's ratings had decreased over the last season or two which led me to learn all about the 'Friday night death slot', that wiki article lead me to Malcolm in the Middle, which was shunted to this death slot in it's final season resulting in it's cancellation and upon scrolling down the page I saw the news. The news that Fabulous Films would be releasing all 7 seasons in the UK this year.

I let out a squeel of joy, what I had been waiting for for so many years was finally a reality. Anyway, every month now, culminating in a 'Complete Collection' before Christmas a new season of Malcolm in the Middle will be released on DVD. It's been a long and tumultuous wait but that is finally over now.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars R2 Release: Technical Quality Issues 25 Oct 2012
I've just acquired the R2 Release and given Disk 1 an initial playing. I've owned the R1 Release for some time, and I think it goes without saying that Malcolm in the Middle is a superb series from start to finish and much loved by many. I therefore submit this review for those interested in the technical quality of this Release compared to the previous R1 "NTSC" set sold in the US.

Firstly, I discovered that the picture format on the R2 disks is actually 720 x 480 at 30fps. R2 is normally formatted for PAL compatibility, which would require 720 x 576 at 25fps (576i 50Hz). What we have here is the same picture format as the R1 release, which is intended for the NTSC standard. Both Releases are interlaced (480i 60hz). The menus and navigation are almost identical to the R1 Release.

I quickly noticed a problem with a juddering effect on panning scenes, where the motion appears to be rather jerky. On investigation, this looks to be due to the source material having been de-interlaced and then re-interlaced. This results in a bigger, so less fluid movement between each frame, as well as every fourth frame being shown twice in a five-frame set; all contributing to the effect, which personally, I find quite distracting. The R1 Release does not suffer this problem. It also suggests this R2 transfer is from another video source rather than from the original film.

Also to note are the average bit rates on the R2 Release Disk 1, which are significantly lower than the R1 set. I thought this might be to make space on the dual-layer disk for the Original Pilot, which is not on the R1 set, but curiously, less than 7Gb of the available 8.5Gb is actually used.

The early episodes do seem to exhibit quite a bit of grain and noise.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK release at last 8 Feb 2012
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More than twelve years after the pilot was first broadcast, the UK is finally getting the DVDs. The music industry is the most annoying thing in the world; music clearance was the only hurdle! The DVD features commentaries, a behind-the-scenes episode and deleted scenes. Since these features were made for the American DVD release, I don't think any later UK DVDs will have special features on them, but I could be wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarous 15 Jan 2013
By Joanne
Bought this for my 11yr old daughter. She loves it & is begging for season 2. Character's are all hilarious & you would watch over & over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Malcolm in the Middle DVD 12 Jan 2013
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Great product. This is a rare find and does not lose its initial quality. Very clever comedy, which is rare from the United States.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 10 Jan 2013
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Having seen many episodes over the years, usually out of sequence, it's great to be able to view in the order they were made. Not eveyone's cup of tea, but the antics of this disfunctional family make me laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Review 5 Jan 2013
By idonut
The DVD arrived in its factory seal wrap and it also arrived quickly. The DVD works fine on my DVD player but there is a crack in the case so it doesn't close properly but no other problems apart from that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 Nov 2012
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Really wanted this DVD for ages as I watched it when I was younger after school! Even my mum likes it! Excellent quick delivery!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very watchable
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. Stammers
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comedy series ever
I was waiting for ages for these DVD's to come out so I eagerly snapped them up when they did. I could watch and re-watch Malcolm in the Middle all day, because it is that funny,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jack D
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst picture quality ever.
I've been buying DVDs since 1999 when they were very expensive. I've since moved on to Blu-Ray and HD/3D TV. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Des Grant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yahoo ... season 1
It was with a great sense of nostalgia that I ordered the first season of Malcolm. I had seen a few of the episodes on TV but nothing past season 2. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James C
1.0 out of 5 stars Very scratched
When I first saw this had come out on dvd I was so incredibly excited, it being years since I'd seen this wonderful show, and I thought it would be a great birthday present for my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
Malcolm in the middle is always one of my favourite tv shows i used to watch years ago. The first series is the best as the introduction of all the characters is good and despite... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Much loved show
I have been hooked on Malcolm in the Middle since i first saw the Red Dress episode and it is great it finally have it on DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pachacuti
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter Loves it
Bought it for my daughter who has not stopped watching it since it arrived, thinks it's one of the best series ever
Published 16 months ago by peter7512c
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent series , I'd recommend it if you need a laugh out loud experience it is brilliant . .
Published 16 months ago by J. Coombs
5.0 out of 5 stars MITM Series One R2 - Episodes 5 stars, DVD set 4 stars
'I want a better family.'

The adventures of a boy genius growing up in a crazy family and unfair world. This is the show's premise, but it offers so much more. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark I. Lloyd
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