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Six Feet Under : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD]

Alan Ball    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Alan Ball
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087JI4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,434 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six Feet Under is not just a smartly written, sublimely acted soap that happens to be set in a funeral home; it's a profound mixture of emotional truths and whimsical black comedy that uses its setting to comment upon the way we live, with the omnipresent spectre of death throwing life's problems into sharp relief. Creator Alan Ball (American Beauty) understands modern neuroses more than most, it seems, and his rich sense of the absurd is given added potency, not to say piquancy, by the sometimes comically ridiculous juxtaposition of life and death.

The first series introduces the Fisher family, whose already weighty emotional baggage is bolstered by the sudden demise of their patriarch, who has willed the family funeral home to his two initially hostile sons, wayward Nate (Peter Krause) and in-the-closet David (Michael C Hall). Teenage younger sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose) and repressed mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) have their own problems, as does put-upon mortician Federico (Freddy Rodriguez). The first year's unfolding story arc includes the family's resistance to a hostile big corporation, Nate's budding romance with wild card Brenda (stunningly good Rachel Griffiths), David's attempts to reconcile his Christian faith with his homosexuality, Claire's self-destructive boyfriend trouble and Ruth's gradual realisation that, although she was a wife and is a mother, she's entitled to have a life too.

On the DVD: Six Feet Under, Series 1 spreads 13 episodes across four discs. Care has been taken to reflect the show's stylish look in everything from the novel external packaging to the menu layouts. Picture is good, but only standard 4:3 ratio, though sound is vivid Dolby 5.1. The bonus features include two episode commentaries from creator Alan Ball, who happily chats about the pilot and the season finale, both of which he wrote and directed. There's a 22-minute "Behind the Scenes" featurette--standard HBO fare with cast interviews. More interesting is "Under the Main Titles", which explores Digital Kitchen's creation of the fascinating opening title sequence and talks to genius composer Thomas Newman about his theme music. The music can also be heard in an audio-only track as well as in Kid Loco's "Graveyard" remix. Text biographies, episode synopses and Web links complete the extras. One minor niggle: there's no "Play All" facility, so you can't indulge the luxury of watching uninterrupted episodes back-to-back. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Series 1 (4 disks). Immaculate like new except slight storage wear on corner of the setbox. Dispatch from UK


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 24 Jan 2013
By R. Forse TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's a rare commodity; a TV show that can push every button and tug at every emotion. I watched this from series 1-5 back to back over a few months and it more than maintained my interest throughout. There was not many episodes where I wasn't laughing, crying or empathising, but most of all I was believing. You get wrapped up in this quirky world where peculiar things happen all the time but they all seem to fit in the world in which this beautiful show is set.

Some of the characters are, I found, a little annoying but even they are multi layered and interesting and the performance of a young Michael C Hall (amongst others) is phenomenal.

This is in the same category to me as Breaking Bad, Sopranos and Dexter, just a cut above almost everything else out there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an era. 19 April 2010
Format:DVD
I bought all five dvd-boxsets of this tv-show after being recommended by many friends and after seeing the rave reviews, I decided I would buy them (as I love most other HBO series) I had no idea what I was getting into but I'm glad I did. This show is one of the best things ever to grace our tv's- truly. This show has depths, it is packed with laughs and tears. After watching the amazing "American Beauty" I did some background research and found that it was written from the same producer (Alan Ball) that wrote for Six Feet Under and writes for "True Blood" after learning this, I immediately began watching. With superb performances from Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Rachael Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters) and Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money) this show is one of the few out there that are truly amazing- add this to your basket now- you won't be disappointed. Warning: Contains the odd, graphic sex scene, hard drug use, very strong language and nudity. This show is not rated 15, as indicated by Amazon, it is, in fact, 18, as does the box inform. Happy watching!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality unknown on TV 13 July 2003
Format:DVD
Quite simply, Six Feet Under takes everything that is glorious about being a TV show and develops it structure like a fine art, giving us a finished product that is nowhere short of perfection.
The premise of the show is unbelievably simple, it follows a dysfunctional family who run a funeral home. However, you only need to scratch the surface of the show to reveal the complexities of all the characters. Ruth Fisher is going through a kind of mid-life crisis following the death of her husband, David Fisher is being pressured to come to come to terms with his sexuality, occassionally from corpses, Nate Fisher has to deal with running a business/life that he had long run away from, whilst his girlfriend has such unbelivable depth of character that you'd imagine you'd need a series of novels about her to really understand where she's coming from.
Nothing can sum up this show, it simply has to be seen. This DVD release is perfect for beginers, its unbelivable value for money, you get the whole first series so there's no need to wait for the next great episode, and the extras are pretty neat, especially a detailed examination of the making of the opening credits.
Hopefully a second series box set won't be far behind, after seeing the multiple cliff-hanging storylines at the end of this, any length of time to wait would be too long.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best TV show ever 31 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The second series of Six Feet Under ended not so long ago, and it's gone and left the same void in my life that the first one did when it reached it's dramatic climax last year. Because unless you're into watching talentless teenagers whine on shows like Pop Idol and Fame Academy, there's nothing on TV worth watching. Thankfully the first series of this amazing show is available on DVD and I don't have to live without it until Series 3 comes to terrestrial TV. It's quite weird how this show draws you in, and suddenly you can't bear to live without a weekly dose of the Fishers.
There are few things, either on TV or in the cinema, that blend gripping drama and dark humour together as well as this. The funeral home setting is original and gives the series it's running theme - a family that faces the impact death has on a person every single day. This brings each family member to face something about themselves during the series, and makes for some pretty barmy situations. The central characters are fascinating and likeable and the drama is shocking and arresting. It's difficult to say what's so brilliant about SFU without spoiling it, but the quality of writing and acting is so high throughout...
If you like dramatic, funny TV that dares to be different, you've probably seen Six Feet Under already, and should be getting this now. The extras on the discs are pretty lacklustre, but the strength of the series is enough to guarantee it'll be worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 15 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have just watched...and am grieving over...the end of Breaking Bad! Wonderful series!

Feeling that NOTHING could match up to that, I started watching Six Feet Under...EXCELLLENT!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Season Rocks!!! 16 Aug 2004
By Ravi R
Format:DVD
Ah! The life of morticians... How dead their lives must be? Oh, how wrong we all are... 'Fisher & Sons' may be a funeral home but it's a funeral home that's about to change...
The story opens with one Nathaniel Fisher (Richard Jenkins) making his way to the airport to pick up Nathaniel Jr (the underrated Peter Krause) whose flying in for the annual Christmas dinner. While on the phone with his wife, Ruth (the most realistic fifty-something mother on the box succulently played by Frances Conroy), Nathaniel gets hit by a bus and the "new hearse" along with Nathaniel, "is totalled." Awaiting the arrival of his father, Nath, is taken for a "ride" at the airport. The woman you ask, one Brenda Chanowith (the most convincing un-American American ever! Australian actress Rachel Griffiths assumes this position). Add some spice in the form of a seventeen-year-old Claire Fisher (TV's little angel Lauren Ambrose) and her messed-up closeted, law aspiring and now mortician forever brother David (Broadway's Michael C. Hall) and you have a show that's got more flavour and originality than The Sopranos!
Academy-Award winning writer Alan Ball is at the helm of yet another unique and odd look at American life with an HBO original series called "Six Feet Under." Ball's outstanding look on life is something that many of us crave and you know what - we just might get it. As creator, executive producer and occasional director on this much-anticipated show we see life through the eyes of the Fishers. With each writer's outstanding contribution to the number one show ever, we begin to identify with the characters and in this way enhances our views on life. Ball's universal themes of acceptance, depression and happiness subtly encapsulate the world into a single unit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of TV's finer ever moments
One of the best TV series ever made. Whilst watching, I was constantly debating whether this was as good as The Sopranos. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Steamboat
5.0 out of 5 stars Six feet under
I got this as a present and it was not returned. I guess it was good and I may watch it myself one day.
Published 2 months ago by Adam Makowski
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
I wasn't very happy with this order as it didn't state it was a region that my DVD player wouldn't play
Published 4 months ago by corinna atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series
I like this series but have to say it took a while for me to get into...but love it, thanks
Published 8 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars CAtch up
Picked up Series 2 for pennies in a charity shop and decided to go back to the start and catch up with the whole series. Looking forward to it
Published 9 months ago by Alan J W
4.0 out of 5 stars The secound half ruins it for me.
The first half of the season is a masterpiece as is the pilot, as I preferred the dark comedy elements. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jeromy
5.0 out of 5 stars good
great service...havent had time to watch a lot but am sure i will get to it soon as. great thanx
Published 22 months ago by jebs
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
"Six Feet Under" is one of the most demanding pieces of TV drama that I have seen for a long time. It's definitely NOT in the "put something on in the background while I do... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by The Green Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this but not for the homophobic
I was pleasantly suprised by this series. Deep, dark humour and the characters are great. Only downside for me is that its not widescreen so you have to zoom in or have white lines... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by stevieewatson
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Feet Under
An excellent TV Series. Probably one of the best series there has ever been. Item in excellent condition and arrived nice and early. Very many thanks. Mick
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Mick Craig
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