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Medium - Season 1 [DVD]

Patricia Arquette , Jake Weber    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patricia Arquette, Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassileva
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 684 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D12IPA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

It's not a coincidence that Medium represents not only Glen Gordon Caron's best TV work since Moonlighting but also his most successful siege on the American ratings since the 1980s heyday of the latter show. In an interview included in this five-disc set (which contain all 16 episodes from the first season, in addition to bountiful bonus features), the writer-director-producer confides that the series was partly inspired by films like Something Wild and Married to the Mob, in which director Jonathan Demme achieved a balance of what Caron calls "the serious and the frivolous." Medium also contains elements of Moonlighting and another Caron creation, 1999's underrated Now and Again; there are echoes of The Sentinel and The Dead Zone as well, not to mention a hefty dose of The Sixth Sense. So while it's not what you'd call unique (then again, what on TV is?), Medium nevertheless provides engaging, rewarding entertainment.

Patricia Arquette stars as Allison DuBois, whose skills as both a medium (i.e., she sees dead people) and a psychic (she can fairly accurately read minds and predict future events) make her an invaluable help to the Phoenix district attorney (Miguel Sandoval). But like most characters possessed of extraordinary powers, Allison isn't entirely comfortable in her own skin; plagued by awful nightmares (one of which kicks off every episode), she tends to become cranky and depressed, has a hint of a drinking problem, and regularly gets into it with her supportive but skeptical husband, Joe (Jake Weber). Those are the very characteristics that make the show consistently watchable. Although one might wish that she would find herself in real danger more often as she deals with everything from necrophiliac serial killers and air crashes to ghosts and child molesters, Caron focuses less on special effects and police procedure than on Allison's humanity, including her efforts to balance work and family responsibilities (sub-plots involving her young daughters are usually effective, if sometimes a bit too cute). It's the stories and the writing that make Medium work; Caron, in fact, is the show's real star. --Sam Graham

Synopsis

Based on the book DON'T KISS THEM GOODBYE by real-life psychic investigator Allison DuBois, NBC's popular television series Medium blends crime-drama with the supernatural for a smart and chilling spin on the detective genre. Patricia Arquette (True Romance, Stigmata) stars as a fictionalized version of DuBois, a family woman and aspiring lawyer who has been haunted all her life by strange visions and dreams. When she realizes she has the capacity to communicate with the dead and to read minds, Allison puts her unique skills to work for a sympathetic district attorney (Miguel Sandoval) while depending on her husband (Jake Weber) and two daughters (Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark) for moral support. Dark, moody, and creatively original, the series' debut season is presented in its entirety with this collection of episodes.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and brilliant 16 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Starring Patricia Arquette as medium Alison DuBois, Medium is the story of a woman with the gift of receiving messages from the dead, usually murder victims whose killers have not been found. Each episode, the same basic premise applies, however, unlike a lot of shows, Medium never feels formulaic and each episode is usually as strong as the last.

The show is often compared to the Jennifer Love Hewitt lead Ghost Whisperer, which is a good show, but the comparisons end at the fact that both it's protagonists speak to the dead. Where as Ghost Whisperer goes for the emotions and heartstrings as well as having a more supernatural edge, Medium is slanted towards an older audience and deals more with violent crimes and the more realistic side of death.

The show started way back in January 2005, the same year as Ghost Whisperer, and surprisingly hasn't had a lot of respect over the years. It's never been consistent on the TV schedules, here or in the US, but it has found a fan base and it has lasted five seasons, and is preparing to go into its sixth this year. But if you are a new viewer, then definitely start at the beginning. We are introduced to the show as Alliosn's gift is becoming stronger, and with that she gets a job at the D.A.'s office, where she was previously an intern.

The pilot episode is amazing, I have often found pilots to be fairly dull and spend too much time with back story to be a really good episode. Medium however, has one of the most unconventional pilot episodes in TV history. Most of the action is actually set away from the D.A.'s office where in future episodes is the main base of action, either there or the DuBois home. I don't want to spoil any potential viewers but if you were thinking of skipping the pilot - don't!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need sub-titles? 15 Dec 2009
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Sub-titles are English for the Hearing Impaired, English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian and Swedish
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comes at you from another angle. 28 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
Having just finished season one, I'd say this is tv for grown-ups and generally pretty good, and I'll gladly give season two a chance.

Medium didn't go down paths of well-trodden cliche and it certainly didn't deliver clean endings all the time, which makes a nice change to the usual dramas which clog up the tv. The characters and their backgrounds developed at a good pace and hopefully many of them will not be retired after just small appearances but will have more to do in future seasons.
But to be fair, having just praised it, some episodes fell flat for me (such as the one where the daughter keeps falling asleep at school and having dreams of a missing girl... very contrived) and a few were a bit of a 'Mommy Melodrama' which passed me by, hence it loses a star, but overall the standards were high and the ups and downs of having the ability to contact the dead were balanced out well. No secret was made of the gift being almost as much a curse as a blessing, and also the quirk I'd never thought of - meeting a vicious murderer years before they commit any crimes! That was a twist which is typical of the show. You think the story is going down one path, and then suddenly it's going down an entirely different one which didn't appear to be there before! Clever stuff, at times.

The actors are good, and I applaud the casting folks for not picking another perfectly enhanced actress to have the lead. Patricia Arquette is believable as an ordinary housewife with an extraordinary ability juggled with motherhood, and she shows the vulnerability, frustrations and insecurity of someone in such a position with real conviction, and her character even takes refuge in the bottle at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medium season 1 review 12 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
Excellently produced, directed, and acted series dealing with a tricky subject sensitively and openly.
Patricia Arquette is brilliantly suited to give the lead role a believable credulity even to the most sceptic of people. Good entertainment that, for a change, causes us to contemplate beyond the end of our noses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
I cant believe it as taken me until now to watch medium, was gripped from the first episode. Iv now already ordered season 2 and 3. Totally addictive
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series 21 Aug 2009
By taylzo VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this as it was reduced on amazon, and I'm as fan of shows like Ghost Whisperer and CSI I thought it might be interesting. Now I am hooked! Be warned though, the final episode has 2 parts, Part 1 is in the boxset, Part 2 is the first episode of season 2! As soon as I watched it I had to go online and order Season 2 and wait on it arriving!! Definitely worth watching.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars medium season 1 11 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this so much had to get season 2 straight after veiwing this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
By Tracy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medium series 1
We enjoyed series one, which is now being shown on TV - better to see the series in order as there is a story regarding Alison, her marriage and children and it is easy to lose the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by moreton
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting program
I am getting into this series now and beginning to enjoy it so will look forward to the next part.
Published 9 days ago by Jorg Wheelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased with item
Published 9 days ago by andrew crombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Medium
Excellent, amazing service! Would recommend too family and friends. Bought several more similar items as the price is great and there good value.
Published 1 month ago by lisa martin-flaven
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent product
happy that it turned up and there were no scratches on the disk and that the film plays just like brand new
Published 7 months ago by Liza Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic series!
Love this series. Bought to introduce my partner to it even though I have seen it before he now loves it too!! fantastic price and has kept us entertained for hours fab.
Published 15 months ago by Andrew Barry Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars TV series
V good enjoyed all episodes but you would need to ahve seen series before to know what was going on
Published 15 months ago by nannyodd2books
1.0 out of 5 stars I beg to differ
I seem to be the only one who doesn't like this show, but maybe it's just too mainstream.

The premise is good, the plots actually not too bad, and the supporting cast... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars medium series 1
thank you very much for sending this dvd so quickly i have brought the complete series now and can,t wait to start watching them all now i love this series its brilliant
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by jenny robson
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
bought this dvd for myself love this series i never watched all of the first series so i am looking forward to seeing the first one.
Published on 22 April 2012 by tanya
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