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Masters of Sex - Season 1 [DVD]

Beau Bridges , Michael Sheen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Beau Bridges, Michael Sheen, Margo Martindale, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin Fitzgerald
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2014
  • Run Time: 649 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HVAK6YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,750 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Masters of Sex stars Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson and the effect their research had on the family and colleagues around them. Their study ignited a sexual revolution and took them from a Midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. Also starring Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears and Nicholas D’Agosto. Guest Starring two-time Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series 13 Jun 2014
By Reviewer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I watched this on Channel 4 and it was excellent. Michael Sheen is great in everything but he excels in his role as the very serious Dr Bill Masters. He hires Virginia Johnson (Lizzie Caplan) as his Secretary. Virginia is a modern woman very in touch with her sexual self! Bill is married and he and his wife are trying for a baby. What comes to light in that respect makes the viewer see Bill as a rather cold and calculating individual. The fact this story is based on real life couple Williams and Johnson makes you realise that somewhere in the coming Seasons, Bill's poor wife is going to get terribly hurt. In fact quite a few characters will be effected by Masters and Johnson's actions.

Masters wants to know what happens to the body during sex. He is not exactly personable with the people he enlists to take part in his study. Realising Virginia is a people person, he enlists her as his Assistant. They begin experiments on prostitutes, anonymous couples and single men and women and observe their bodies responses during sex and masturbation. There are lots of sexual scenes in this series but nothing offensive. As the series progresses you sense Bill becoming attracted and intrigued by Virginia. I didn't sense Virginia reciprocating with the attraction until near the end of the series but by then, she has befriended his wife so as I said before, I'm beginning to feel sorry for his wife especially as it's based on a true story. After a while of experimenting on others, Bill and Virginia decide to participate in their own study, having sex with each other and monitoring their responses. I did feel the chemistry between them. Lizzy Caplan is fantastic in her role as Virginia. She's super confident and I loved it when she stood up to Bill.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 23 May 2014
Format:DVD
I watched this on Channel 4 primarily because of Michael Sheen. I love him in anything. I had never heard beforehand of the real life couple the series focuses on, Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson but I have since done a bit of research on them and it was certainly interesting!

This series deals with how Virginia first comes to work for Masters but it also includes many other characters and storylines. I particularly liked the storyline concerning Master's Mentor, Scully, played by Beau Bridges and the story with his wife. That was actually quite poignant and some great acting by the actress Alison Janney playing Scully's wife Margaret.

Masters is almost repressed. He shows very little emotion. We are given tiny clues into why he is the way he is. He is married but it doesn't appear happily on his part.. His wife is trying to get pregnant which is a storyline that plays a big part in this series. Virginia is a very modern woman for her time. She knows what she wants sexually and she's not afraid to ask for it! Masters is intrigued by Virginia and soon she begins to work closely with him on his research into human sexuality. The programme does contain a lot of nudity and sex scenes but nothing too gratuitous.

Knowing this is a true story and that eventually Masters and Johnson did become a couple almost spoils the 'will they, won't they' aspect created in this series because of course we know they do get together but what is interesting is they made Masters wife Libby a really lovely character who it's easy to feel sorry for so knowing what is to come concerning her marriage leaves me as the viewer very sympathetic towards her. Virginia's character is also interesting, she basically has a pair of balls!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and very thought provoking! 7 Jan 2014
By Sasha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Masters of Sex is my favorite show of 2013. It's eye opening to be shown a time when women had very few rights and almost no one had a clue about their sexuality or their own bodies for that matter. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are fantastic. Their chemistry is so palpable and their acting is top notch.

Speaking of top notch Allison Janney is absolutely heart breaking in her role as the provost's wife. She makes you ache for her. The sadness of her situation is deeply felt thanks to her incredible acting. She moved me to tears more then once. I loved her performance.

This show despite it's time frame is so relevant today. We owe a lot to the brave research of Masters and Johnson. Master's of Sex brings their lives and struggles to life in such a well done manner. I absolutely cannot wait for Season Two to begin!
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Clitoris Beat My Vagina? That's Crazy! 5 Jan 2014
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. William Masters wants to know what happens to the body during sex. To find out, he and his assistant, Virginia Johnson begin to observe anonymous couples and singles as they engage in various kinds of sex. But things get complicated when Masters and Johnson decide to participate in their own study.

Michael Sheen is dead on as the coldly serious William Masters. He deserves his Golden Globe nomination and if there is any justice should win. Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson exhibits a warmth unknown to her counterpart. They are opposites driven by a common goal. Caplan should have been nominated for a Golden Globe and should have won. How could she have been overlooked? For me, the Golden Globes have lost all credibility. Masters of Sex is easily the best dramatic series on television.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new shows, period. 26 Jun 2014
By James Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Sex.

Let's just think about that word for a moment and what it means. To the world of today, sex seems to be just another word, because it pervades every part of our life; our literature, our news, our culture. in the world of this show though, set in the 1950's, sex was something that married people did merely to conceive a child, and no one EVER talked about it, much less studied it. However, when William Masters and Virginia Johnson started their pioneering work at Washington University, they were on the edge of a revolution that would change the way that couples all over the country regarded sex. And while this is the basis for Showtime's brilliant new drama MASTERS OF SEX, it's only part of what the show is actually about, which is one of the things that makes it so good.

Masters (the brilliant Michael Sheen) is one of the country's leading obstetricians, celebrated to his abilities to help couples conceive. He won't deny anyone his care. His brilliance also has led him to become incredibly arrogant and dismissive. His wife Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) is an intelligent, beautiful, and somewhat antiseptic woman who is proud of her husband but ashamed of herself in her inability to conceive for him, believing she's incapable of pregancy. Masters' young protege, Dr. Ethan Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) is a amazing young surgeon who is looking for the right woman. Due to the nature of his work, Masters wants to begin an official study of sex and all its aspects with funding from the university, which goes right up against the grain of the medical school's provost, Barton Scully (Beau Bridges, in his best role in years). Enter Virginia Johnson (a phenomenal Lizzy Caplan), a former lounge singer with a deadbeat ex-husband and two young children who works in the secretarial pool at the university. She catches the eye of Haas with her beauty and modern attitudes and catches Masters with her out-of-the-box thinking in regards to his study. Suddenly, Masters has subjects that he can observe in the study, and Johnson is right there beside him, helping him gather more subjects and moving the research further. However, as their study intensifies, the other parts of their lives become more perfunctory.

Showrunner Michele Ashford, whose only previous recognizable work is being on the writing and producing staff of the HBO series THE PACIFIC, shows that she is more than capable of handling the multitude of characters and plotlines while making sure that all of them get their due. If the show were run with a different sensibility, though, it would be far easier to sell the show merely based on the steamier side of the premise, but while the show does have a steamy side, the sex of the show never seems gratuitous. MASTERS OF SEX prefers to stick with the characters, and leaving the characters propelling the plot forward instead of the other way around. And the performers playing these characters are all pretty much perfect. Sheen and Caplan are amazing as Masters and Johnson, and their chemistry together is so incredibly unforced that it seems like they've been working together for ages. Fitzgerald is another shining star of this show as Libby. The show never forces her character into a cliche, and she plays her with gravitas and melancholy. Another great supporting performance is Julianne Nicholson as Dr. Lillian DePaul, another obstetrician who is trying to make the same strides that Masters is in regards to female health, but being a woman in the 50's wasn't easy, and Nicholson again takes a character that could have been cliched and gives her a fully realized and three-dimensional performance. The brightest supporting stars of the show, though, turn out to be Bridges and Allison Janney, who plays his wife Vivian. The arc these characters have is possibly the most moving and honest of the show so far.

What also makes the show so unique and so great is how the female characters are so fully fleshed-out, which sadly is something that you don't see often in most forms of entertainment. It also marks another show in Showtime's repetoire with an incredible female lead, like Claire Danes in HOMELAND and Eva Green in PENNY DREADFUL. Caplan's performance deserves to be spoken of alongside the likes of Danes, Green, and ORPHAN BLACK's brilliant Tatiana Maslany.

From a writing and directing standpoint, the show fires on all cylinders. They never go for cheap and sleazy, but rather for introspection and examination. To be sure, there is a lot of sex on this show, but some of it is almost clinical in its observation when necessary, or is highly erotic and sensuous. There's also a good degree of humor to the show, but when the characters suffer and are at odds, you feel it as keenly as any great drama.

MASTERS OF SEX is easily one of the best new shows on television this year, and might even have been the very best, if this had also not been the year of TRUE DETECTIVE.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series 14 Jun 2014
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
I watched this on Channel 4 (UK) and it was excellent. Michael Sheen is great in everything but he excels in his role as the very serious Dr Bill Masters. He hires Virginia Johnson (Lizzie Caplan) as his Secretary. Virginia is a modern woman very in touch with her sexual self! Bill is married and he and his wife are trying for a baby. What comes to light in that respect makes the viewer see Bill as a rather cold and calculating individual. The fact this story is based on real life couple Williams and Johnson makes you realise that somewhere in the coming Seasons, Bill's poor wife is going to get terribly hurt. In fact quite a few characters will be effected by Masters and Johnson's actions.

Masters wants to know what happens to the body during sex. He is not exactly personable with the people he enlists to take part in his study. Realising Virginia is a people person, he enlists her as his Assistant. They begin experiments on prostitutes, anonymous couples and single men and women and observe their bodies responses during sex and masturbation. There are lots of sexual scenes in this series but nothing offensive. As the series progresses you sense Bill becoming attracted and intrigued by Virginia. I didn't sense Virginia reciprocating with the attraction until near the end of the series but by then, she has befriended his wife so as I said before, I'm beginning to feel sorry for his wife especially as it's based on a true story. After a while of experimenting on others, Bill and Virginia decide to participate in their own study, having sex with each other and monitoring their responses. I did feel the chemistry between them. Lizzy Caplan is fantastic in her role as Virginia. She's super confident and I loved it when she stood up to Bill.

There are lots of different characters, all of them interesting but the stand out side character for me was Margaret Scully. She is married to Bill's mentor. Without spoiling anything, there is a really moving and poignant storyline involving this couple. The actress who plays Margaret gives a stunning performance. Beau Bridges plays her husband Scully and although I didn't like his characters actions, he plays a great part.

I'm not sure if many people overlooked this when it was on TV but if you did, then buy the DVD and be prepared to be amazed at a great storyline and superb acting. There is humour, sex and sadness. I'm eagerly awaiting series 2 but can't find a date for it as yet in the UK.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Beyond Expectation 31 Jan 2014
By Hot to Trot - Published on Amazon.com
I was glued to my TV set during every episode. Superb character development and great acting by the lead characters as well as others in their supporting role. I was going to cancel my Showtime subscription until this series came along. It is always challenging to create a series based on actual events and the writers, actors and producers are to be commended for an excellent job. Will definitely buy the DVD as soon as it is available and cannot wait until Season 2.
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