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  • Actors: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053WRSE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,099 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Following the widely publicised incarceration of the Chicago state attorney for a series of sex and corruption scandals, his wife must now reinstate her career in an attempt to protect the family name and provide for her two children. This cleverly written drama captures the struggle of a middle aged woman as she attempts to build a career from the bottom of the ladder amidst both a personal and family crisis. This box set features series both one and two in its entirety.


Season 1 review:

The US TV schedules have never been shy of legal thrillers, and at first glance, The Good Wife is the kind of show that might easily blend into the crowd. And yet is has some key assets in its corner that lift it into something altogether more interesting. The key asset to The Good Wife is Julianna Marguiles in the lead role of Alicia Florrick. Not long after we meet her, we discover that her life has been blown apart by the actions of her husband. Thus, in the middle of her life, she has to restart her career as a junior at a law firm, where she finds herself competing against the younger, fresher graduates. It’s an interesting dynamic, and one that’s strengthened enormously by some terrific writing and thoughtful cases. For it’s the storytelling that’s the other main strength of The Good Wife, and that’s likely to keep you gripped right the way through this maiden season. Granted, there’s a feeling that it often covers ground that many shows have got to before. Yet The Good Wife puts a strong enough spin on the formula to emerge as a quality TV show in its own right. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Foster on 14 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I absolutely love love LOVE this programme. Started watching the first series on Channel4 and was immediately hooked. Im not usually into dramas or the infatuation with dramas such as Lost, house etc. This is just compelling viewing. Each story is great i love watching each law case. The outcomes aren't always obvious and your always kept on your toes. But to stop it being just about the courtroom there's the will they wont they love triangle, which pops up with short adoring looks and looks that need no words, makes an at home mother like me feel wibbly inside!
The good thing about it is it's not all about Alicia. To be honest she isnt even my favourite character, i love Eli, Will and Cordelia.

The second season is even better than the first, which is an unusual triumph.

Get it in your life and stay in for the whole week to watch it!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 6 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Movie directing brothers Ridley and Tony Scott are Executive Producers of "The Good Wife" and the series is of as high a quality as you would expect from such Hollywood high fliers.

Series one begins with a bang as it is revealed that Chicago State's attorney Peter Florrick has been seeing a prostitute. He is also implicated in corruption and may be heading to prison. The good wife of the title is Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Marguiles. She reacts to this trauma by moving into a small apartment with her two teenage kids and getting a job as a lowly associate at a major Chicago law firm. She never speaks publicly about what her husband may or may not have done.

One of the great things about the show is the many different story threads running through it. Alicia is the common strand in them all. We see the internal politics of the law firm as associates try to impress the partners. We follow Peter Florrick's time in prison and his appeal against his conviction. We see Alicia trying to cope with the demands of being a single parent, helped and sometimes hindered by her mother-in-law. It also just happens that one of the partners in the firm is an old flame of Alicia from college!
Each episode usually focuses on a case that Alicia is involved with but the other stories come in and out of each episode in a way that could be confusing but never is.

The acting is top class. Marguiles excels as the taciturn title character. She is intensely private and is horrified that her husband has put her in this position. However she still loves him and feels an obligation to support him for the sake of their kids at least. She is perhaps a bit of a goody two shoes but maybe this is to contrast with the dodgy legal manoeuvres that all around her seem to be engaged in!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr. 880 on 7 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
Julianna Margulies has been in Chicago a long time. From the roving camera pans of ER as Carol Hathaway (not to mention the roving hands of partner-in-time Doug Ross played by Mr. Clooney) to the now redoubtable halls of Lockhart/Gardner as Alicia Florrick, repressive summer heat and six-feet winter snowdrifts come and go, but Margulies remains resolutely Chicagoan. The setting and context for her latest show has all the dyed-in-the-wool ingredients that long-standing American series require, and reveal why the likes of Law and Order, Grey's Anatomy and the rest last as long as they do. What makes The Good Wife stand out, however, and what the show's creators discovered either by accident or happen-stance, is a ensemble cast that can simply deliver gilt-edged drama with style and panache. Czuchry, Panjabi, Charles, Baranski and Noth come from a variety of well-known and not so well-known backgrounds for British viewers and their chemistry is there for all to see week-after-week. But it is Margulies as the emotionally-scarred wife of a philandering state's attorney who needs to carry the show and both here and in the US her talents have not always been appreciated. But it is in fact her very reticence, the painstakingly reserved persona she inhabits that make The Good Wife compelling from start to finish. You can virtually feel the whole audience squirm with embarrassment whenever she ends up having cocktails with Kalinda in some downtown, swanky hotel as she tries to make sense of the emotional turmoil going on around her while her firm's PI consultant has taken to casual liaisons with female law enforcement officers in lock-up garages!Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Lacroix on 14 Jan. 2012
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I am no fan of American series generally. This is not about being snobbish, it is simply that so many of them are so disappointing that you lose faith in finding something worth watching and give up on any new one after watching the first episode and grinding your teeth at the banality of the acting, dialogue, plots... This is so different I am still amazed that they managed to spin something that good. I watched, quite by chance, an episode on TV that must have been at the beginning of the second series (at that time I hadn't a clue what is was about as I had watched none of the first series). The episode managed to hook me in about 30 seconds I guess. It is true that I have a weakness for legal dramas but all the same, this is something else. So I watched that episode, which was followed on the same night by another one, that I enjoyed just as much, then when they announced a third one I thought to myself "oh no, you've got work tomorrow, you can't stay up that late" but I did!!I certainly wasn't going to miss anything! Since then I've watched the rest of the second series and have bought this to get to grips with the beginning. I have often been unable to ration myself and have often watched four episodes one after the other. The whole package is amazing, acting, plots, dialogue, the mixture of professional and personal stories, everything is perfectly balanced and I don't see how it could be bettered. A fantastic series and unforgettable characters among which I must single out Kalinda, played by British actress Archie Panjaby. She has gone a long way since East is East and she is just wonderful. (as is Alan Cummings, incredibly convincing as Eli Gold)
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