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The Practice - The Complete First and Second Seasons [DVD]

Dylan McDermott , Lara Flynn Boyle    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn Boyle, Camryn Manheim, Michael Badalucco
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Mediumrare
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 1632 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064OOFTI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Bobby Donnell is a young, passionate lawyer struggling to keep his small Boston law firm afloat. Full of idealistic dreams of defending the innocent, he quickly realises that being a good defence lawyer is more challenging than he ever expected. Along with his associate attorneys he walks a fine line between his own principles and his legal obligations to his clients. Striving for justice, Bobby squares off against formidable adversaries like tenacious and sexy prosecutor Helen Gamble, a relationship that catches fire both in and out of the court. The Practice ran for eight seasons winning 7 Emmy awards and 3 Golden Globes and stars Dylan McDermott (ALLY MCBEAL, WILL & GRACE), Lara Flynn Boyle (TWIN PEAKS), and Steve Harris (LAW AND ORDER).

Extras: Featurette Setting Up The Practise and Stills Gallery.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Carol Haynes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Lots of very unhappy people in the US have wanted this to be released for years. The first mini-season was released but later seasons only been available as very expensive streaming video - and then only to US residents.

Finally the first two seasons get a UK release - lets hope there is enough interest for the rest of the series to be released too.

The series is based in a gritty Boston law firm based in the underbelly of Boston society and the lawyers do whatever is necessary to get their sleezy, usually guilty, clients off.

Doesn't sound a promising idea but the cast is brilliant and it is full of dark, often bizarre, humour as well as a lot of character development within the firm.

This was written by David E Kelley and ran at the same time as his other shows Ally McBeal (about a surreal law firm) and Boston Public (about the school system). In later series there are crossover episodes where cases occur across the two series. You don't need to watch Ally McBeal or Boston Public to know what is going on but it is a brilliant idea - all the more remarkable because Ally McBeal is almost the anti-Practice - a firm so frivolous and zany that they seem to be on completely different planets.

If you want to see some of the best drama from US TV this is a must buy - plus it will help to encourage the release of the other seasons.

As a last word - the final season (8) is basically the springboard into Boston Legal (which went in another totally different direction) and introduces us to a rather darker version of Crane, Poole & Schmidt through the characters of Denny Crane, Alan Shore and Tara - the last two of which emerged from the series The Practice and carried over into Boston Legal.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice Seasons 1-2 1 Mar 2012
By Mekhi
This is an execellent legal show, one of the first legal shows I watched over ten years ago. Even after all this time, it is a great show to watch.

I managed to watched both seasons in two days, it is that addictive. The show has a more serious feel than Boston Legal and Ally McBeal and for that reason I feel that it is more superior.

Execellent cast and execellent writing. A must buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice series 1 and 2 25 May 2012
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At last The Practice on DVD. I have just finished watching series 1 and 2 and it is as good as I remember when I watch it on TV several years ago. I hope they soon issue the rest of the series, can't wait. It is a great programme would recommend it highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practice makes Perfect 31 July 2013
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Some amazing shows have come out from America. This is one of them. From the incredible and clever opening music (ep.2 0n )comprised of an exciting repetitive beat and punctuated with slamming cell doors, pistol shots, typewriter sounds and street cars honking through to the thought provoking, ethics searching, creative storytelling, each episode will carry you through an array of emotions. As has already been written, the Practice is about a small law-firm in Boston. It deals with the lives and personalities of those who work within it and the legal cases they are involved in. And the episodes don't always have happy Hollywood endings. The characters have their flaws and frailties and sometimes they do not always succeed. Right is not always done.
If you have enjoyed dramas such as Hill Street Blues and Chicago Hope you will no doubt enjoy The Practice. The genres are different - the style and quality are similar. Superb writing, excellent acting and a wonderful pace which can include tension, sadness, and humour all within the same storyline.
I have owned the box set of series one and two for some time. I have just bought a second set as a birthday present. If you are an intelligent viewer who likes to be entertained by thought provoking yet totally satisfying drama then The Practice is for you.
Where are all the other episodes? I want them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practice ...makes perfect... 27 May 2012
Although David Kelley's trademarks include quirky humour alongside gritty legal-based storylines, 'The Practice' has less of the former and more of the latter; it is without doubt the most consistently excellent legal series I have seen.... and I grew up watching 'The Paper Chase,' which I never thought would find a rival for my TV affections.... and it's frustrating that in England only series 1 to 7 were shown, albeit in edited form; series 8 as far as I know has never been seen here, despite introducing the two main characters, who went on to form the basis of the spin-off series 'Boston Legal' ('Alan Shore' and 'Denny Crane')... I hope the DVD releases follow for all 8 seasons, but if the production company are watching this, a word of advice: if sales are lower than expected, and if you wonder whether or not to risk further releases, please think about releasing season 8... promote it as the unseen pre-Boston Legal series. Update January 2014: It appears that series 8 is about to be released in the US by another company, so if you have a region free DVD player...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Series 23 Dec 2013
As a late comer to Boston Legal, I have just started to watch its predecessor - The Practice. This is much different but equally enjoyable. Casting is superb and the storylines are much more realistic and down to earth. Strongly recommended. Bring out series 3 to 8 - please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice 18 Oct 2013
One of the best law shows to be on television. The acting is passionate and believable, each episode is interesting, dramatic and well written. Eagerly awaiting the rest of the series to be released on DVD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars When will they sell the other 5 seasons?
Really good series, and having loved Boston Legal, which I think is the best thing David Kelly has done, I really want to see the rest of the series of The Practice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. S. Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A superb show. Great performances from the leads who blend really well. Sadly missed but enough series to watch to keep me satisfied.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Pearce
2.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles
I'm afraid we have been spoilt by DVDs with subtitles so that when we come across something like The Practice with actors who mumble their lines we get a feeling of annoyance that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Kitroeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific show - release a complete boxset please!
I've watched all of Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and now, having very recently been fortunate enough to get the chance to watch show from start to finish, am happy to have seen all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars practice
Great film i hope that another season is going to come out as i love the practice it is just great
Published 5 months ago by janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame there are no subtitles!
Although I didn't purchase this item from Amazon, it looks to be exactly the same item.

I've only seen part of the first series, but am very, very disappointed that it... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wild about Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice - finally!!
I have been looking to buy this box set for the last few years!! It's one of the best American tv dramas and I love it! The characters and the story lines are brilliant! Read more
Published 13 months ago by rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release ALL seasons of The Practice
Every so often I look for my fave series that haven't been released on DVD.. Only this time it had!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by MalibuSteph
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Legal show ever
I thought Boston Legal was untouchable - until I watched The Practice. Its darker and more gritty than its offspring but it is a wonderful show that has terrific story lines and a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by TwoTanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series
A brilliant TV series, loved it when I first saw it and enjoyed watched it again. Can't wait for the next series to be released on DVD.
Published 19 months ago by PoppyTeddyWoody
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