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Melrose Place - The Complete First Season [DVD]


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  • Actors: Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Amy Locane, Doug Savant, Grant Show
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 1450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D12IQY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,336 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Apartment block-based Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff series deals with coming-of-age, ambition, backstabbing, greed and lies. Set in an apartment block in the West Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Melrose Place starts off a tame tale of fairly average 20-something Joes living in a funky apartment block in Hollywood. We follow their fledgling careers, their first live-in relationships, and their troubles. Then the show's ratings were tallied and writers decided it was time to bring on the sleaze. The ethically-challenged Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear) buys the building, moves in and goes through the whole goody-two-shoes block like a dose of salts, breaking hearts, treading on toes and stealing opportunities.

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This highly successful spin-off of Beverly Hills 90210, is set in an apartment block in the West Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Melrose Place sets the scene for the stories of the lives and loves of a group of young adults, each with their own dreams and drives and the inevitable conflicts and conquests that they endure. Storylines won’t fail to entertain; from characters coming back from the dead, multiple personalities and a bomb destroying the apartment complex this series is packed full of soap opera excitement.

Synopsis
TV drama following the lives and loves of several young adults who reside in Melrose Place, a small apartment complex set in the fashionable West Hollywood district. Despite introducing a whole new cast, the show starts out with former Beverly Hills 90210 babe Jenny (Kelly Garth) moving into Melrose Place to pursue a romantic relationship with carpenter Jake (Grant Show). However, when things don't work out between them, she returns to her 90210 post code. The potent mix of over-the-top storylines, shocking twists, and frank sexuality earned the show much popularity, and helped actress and co-producer Heather Locklear relaunch her career. Includes every episode from the first series.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Lancaster on 1 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Ok, not everyone likes the first series of Melrose Place, but I must be in the minority.

I would have to say that the series was a bit more substantial at the start and was not as outrageous and sensational as it became the following season (and only got more so).

Season 1 did a good job of introducing us to the residents of Melrose place, to Shooters and to D & D Advertising.

The main characters are Billy, Allison, Jake, Sandy, Michael, Jane, Matt, Rhonda (I don't think I've missed anyone) with small appearances by Kimberley and Amanda (towards the end of the season).

All the characters are developed quite well with the exception of Sandy, they don't seem to know what to do with her. One minute she has a strong Texas accent, the next it's gone! One minute she can't live without Jake, the next she's moving away (without even saying goodbye to him or any of the other residents in person). So as you may have guessed she disappears from the series after a dozen episodes.

Her character is replaced with a new one called Jo, who is actually an improvement.

Enough about the series, if you are looking into buying this you probably know a bit about the series anyway.

Specifically about this DVD set - there are no extras! Not a thing, the menus aren't even animated. In the USA there were some extras (but not many) but for some reason in the UK they have left these out.

Speaking of left out. If you glance at the episode guides on TV.com you will be able to see all the music used in the show such as U2 and The Cure, not in this set!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on 28 May 2009
Format: DVD
Watching Season One of Melrose can be likened to watching a great artist at work. As it nears completion, you begin to understand what it will be, but for much of the time up to that point it looks sketchy - and you're watching paint dry.

The end result - of course - is a fun, sudsy, over-the-top drama: the worthiest American soap of the mid-90's. The crucial pieces come very late in Season One. But when we're talking about HEATHER LOCKLEAR; DAPHNE ZUNIGA; LAURA LEIGHTON and MARCIA CROSS - you know it's worth the wait!

What precedes it are some forgettable issue-of-the-week episodes (such as the controversial "Alison wants to sell her Ford Escort" story). A relationship with a married man, and a pregnancy fend off a complete coma, but that's all really.

The good stuff really comes from the episode "Single White Sister" onwards, where Leighton debuts as Sydney. Two episodes later - Heather Locklear's Amanda marches in. Then the fun begins!!

The last ten episodes of the season are a taste of what is to come when the show goes into overdrive for Season 2.

THE PACKAGE

The picture is quite crisp, and it's nice to have 8 single-sided discs, which help the quality. Sound is ok, but not amazing.

Despite the Region 1 version being FULL of featurettes and interviews, the British version is a very sad bare-bones affair. No bonus material at all.

The whole package gets 2 stars from me, sadly the decent latter part of the season has to be rated together with the soporific start it had, and there's no excuse for the extra features not making it across the Atlantic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
We came into MP late on during reruns on Sky maybe 10 years ago and found it quite entertaining and compelling. We couldn't remember much about it so decided to buy Series 1 just to see how it kicked off. To cut a long story short, it's pleasant enough, if forgettable early on, fluff based on several typical token characters, with the main players being the impossible-to-dislike Alison and Billy.

The entry of Jo, as a slightly edgy love interest for the hunky Jake perked the show up a bit, but Rhonda and the gay guy are just plain dull. I could have done without the Aids infomercial episode, but maybe it seemed worthy at the time. Like others say, around episode 16, Amanda enters the picture and livens the show up no end. Not normally a fan of blonde bimbos, I actually look forward to her screen time, as she's so bitchy to Alison. However, I just can't see her falling for Billy the way she seems to, as she's very much a rich sugar-daddy sort of gal, but maybe there's more to come.

Even the boring married couple liven up no end, with the help of the just plain gorgeous and wonderful Bree from Desperate Housewives. I remember her as as total nut-job in later series, so I can't wait to see what happens.

I've now bought Series 2 and 3 and am looking forward to getting into them , as I know that things get even livelier. It may be bubblegum TV, but it's strangely compelling and addictive and well worth the money, especially at 32 episodes a go.
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It was only in 2006 that some CBS mogul remembered the phenomenon that was 'Melrose Place'. Series 1 may be deemed tame and virginal to some but, for me, it was a series to be valued. Without the ubiquitous bedhopping, Kimberly's reign of terror and Amanda's cutting putdowns, 'Melrose' dealt with worldly topics such as a young, struggling actress (Sandy); an immature, uninspired writer (Billy) and a trainee doctor and his designer wife (Jane and Michael Mancini). The list goes on.

Admittedly, 'Melrose' wasn't at its peak but it had a soul. The episodes were based around brief storylines which would usually be resolved within the 45 minute show (excluding ads) . However, by the end of series one, no-one was quite as squeaky clean as they had started out. Amanda found her first conquest in Billy, while Alison's married boyfriend, Keith, developed a creepy obsession. The jaded Jo was wooed by Jake and she seemed to portend a change as 'Melrose' became less of an episodic drama and more of an outrageous soap opera. The new format, adopted about two-thirds the way through the first season, was undoubtedly linked to the arrival of 'Dynasty' star Heather Locklear. She played ad-exec Amanda Woodward who managed to encroach upon just about everyone's territory and went on to reveal that she OWNED the tenants at the end of series 1...or at least the apartment building! As such, Sandy and Rhonda departed and were missed by no-one, except for perhaps the token gay (Matt) who was given just one two-episode long storyline during the entire first series.

But even at Series 1, when 'Melrose' dusted off the ole TV chesnuts - race issues, homophobia, stalkers, miscarriage, death, affairs and love triangles - it is still a 'must have' and (dare I say it?) a guilty pleasure for all to enjoy. If you don't buy series 1, at least buy the following ones because 'Melrose' just gets more far-fetched and more ludicrous, yet loveable and definitely addictive!!
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