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The West Wing - Complete Seasons 1 and 2 [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford
  • Writers: Aaron Sorkin
  • 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: 12
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TFG8C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Episodes:

  • Pilot Episode
  • Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
  • A Proportional Response
  • Five Votes Down
  • The Crackpots And These Women
  • Mr Willis Of Ohio
  • The State Dinner
  • Enemies
  • The Short List
  • In Excelsis Deo
  • Lord John Marbury
  • He Shall From Time To Time...
  • Take Out The Trash Day
  • Take This Sabbath Day
  • Celestial Navigation
  • 20 Hours in L.A.
  • The White House Pro-Am
  • Six Meetings Before Lunch
  • Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
  • Mandatory Minimums
  • Lies Damn Lies And Statistics
  • What Kind of Day Has It Been
  • In The Shadow of Two Gunmen Part One
  • In The Shadow of Two Gunmen Part Two
  • The Midterms
  • In This White House
  • And It's Surely To Their Credit
  • The Lame Duck Contest
  • The Portland Trip
  • Shibboleth
  • Galileo
  • Noel
  • The Leadership Breakfast
  • The Storyline Develops
  • Bartlet’s State of the Union
  • The War at Home
  • Ellie
  • Somebody’s Going to Emergency Somebody’s Going to Jail
  • The Stackhouse Filibuster
  • 17 People
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • The Fall's Gonna Kill You
  • 18th and Potomac
  • Two Cathedrals

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Aaron Sorkin's American political drama The West Wing is more than mere feel-good viewing for sentimental US patriots. It is among the best-written, sharpest, funny and moving American TV series of all time. In its first series, The West Wing established the cast of characters who comprise the White House staff.

There's Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer), a recovering alcoholic whose efforts to be the cornerstone of the administration contribute to the break-up of his marriage. CJ (Alison Janney) is the formidable Press Spokeswoman embroiled in a tentative on-off relationship with Timothy (Thirtysomething) Busfield's reporter. Brilliant but grumpy communications deputy Toby Ziegler, Rob Lowe's brilliant but faintly nerdy Sam Seaborn and brilliant but smart-alecky Josh Lyman makes up the rest of the inner circle. Initially, the series' creators had intended to keep the President off-screen. Wisely, however, they went with Martin Sheen's Jed Bartlet, whose eccentric volatility, caution, humour and strength in a crisis make for such an impressively plausible fictional President that polls once expressed a preference for Bartlet over the genuine incumbent.

The second series of The West Wing takes up where the first one left off and, a few moments of slightly toe-curling patriotic sentimentalism apart, maintains the series' astonishingly high standards in depicting the everyday life of the White House staff of a Democratic administration. With Aaron Sorkin's dialogue ranging as ever from dry, staccato mirth to almost biblical gravitas, an ensemble of overworked (and curiously undersexed) characters and an overall depiction of the workings of government that's both gratifyingly idealised yet chasteningly realistic, The West Wing is one of the all-time great American TV dramas. --David Stubbs

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. V. Stewart VINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have 'comfort movies' and The West Wing never fails. Why? because it is multi-dimensional in its excellence. Sometimes I watch for the brilliance of the dialogue delivered by superlative actors. Sometimes I select the episodes which are side-achingly funny. Then again, there are episodes which make me want to be a better person, or show me what real patriotism means - not this plastic stuff currently peddled. Always, I learn, and I find something new.
It's a pretty close rendition of the realities of politics at this level. Sometimes they fail; sometimes they get things wrong. What never fails is the sense of teamwork between the characters and the actors; I couldn't pick a favourite character, but Martin Sheen yet again reveals himself as an extraordinary human being.
The West Wing has a huge fan club, which in itself speaks volumes. This is the best fictional thing on television for at least ten years. Set aside a weekend and treat yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
If you're like me then you will have seen the odd episode of the West Wing on the insanity that passes for scheduling between Ch4 and E4, which essentially means that unless you happen to know it's on and book your time to watch it, you miss it and you somehow lose the thread. Yet for each episode I watched, I somehow got the feeling that there as something really, really good lurking if I could get to grips with it.
When you're right , you;re right and there is something really good in the West Wing, and this first two season box set is the absoultely best way to get into it. I've watched my share of American drama before, but the rest are relegated to the "should be as good as The West Wing" category, because it is simply the best written, acted, and directed piece of drama I have seen since.......well i actually don't know what is better. To really get to this point, you kind of need to watch the episodes in sequence, and that is what my wife and I did over a couple of months, an episode or two at a time. All I can say is that after this she's as hooked as I am, and we can't wait for Season 3 to come out.
Watch it and you'll love the writing, the characters and some stunning performances from Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing, John Spencer and frankly just about everyone you see on screen. No prizes for guessing I love this and this 2 series box set is brilliant value, and a sure fire way to get into it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anon Starter on 1 May 2004
Format: DVD
If there are three things that a film or television show really depends on to shine, it's writing, directing and acting. The West Wing is probably the best written show on TV, and the other two of those key features are utterly fantastic too.
I bought Complete Seasons 1 & 2 because it was very cheap (£34:99). I'd never seen the show before. But I'm extremely glad I have done now.
The first thing that strikes you about the show is how interesting the characters are. The dialogue is as sharp as, well, a really really sharp blade. The story arcs range from whimsical to heavy and issue-laden. There is a lot of politics in the show, but written well enough not to bore those who despise it, perhaps to even engage them.
I could name some standout episodes but to be honest they're all excellent, and I don't want to ruin anybody's enjoyment. But suffice it to say, when you come to the very last moment of the second season finale 'Two Cathedrals', you will be so enthralled you'll want to run out that very moment and buy the third series...
...only the UK version of the third series on DVD is a poorly produced, overpriced release. Normally I'd say these first two seasons are quite barebones in terms of extras, but at such a low price you really can't complain - and the show itself more than makes up for it.
The West Wing is a really intelligent show, and I just cannot iterate how good the writing is. Aaron Sorkin is truly a master.
If you haven't already seen these two seasons of absolute top quality television, you really ought to. Ignore the naysayers' ramblings about it being overly patriotic. It ain't. It is unashamedly brilliant TV.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mairimccallum" on 14 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
To quote Sam: "Let's forget that you're a little late to the party and embrace the fact that you showed up". I picked up the WW towards the end of the 2nd series but wow! was it good. So I went out and bought the first series and then the complete second as soon as it came out.
This has got to be amongst the best television I have ever seen. The writing is superb. The acting never fails to hit new heights. One minute you're laughng, the next you're crying. Sorkin manages to take the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster and yet it never feels fake or contrived. It's also ununsual in the sense that for an ensemble piece, I have no favourites and no one I would gladly throw into the Potomic.
I had doubts that the second series would live up to the high standards of excellence of the first but I was so wrong. The characters develop and grow. The writing hits new highs culminating in the superb "Two Cathedrals", which to this day has to rank high in my top 5 episodes.
From Bartlet's entrance in the Pilot (which must go down as one of the BEST dramatic entrances EVER) to the press conference at the end of "Two Catherdrals" with Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" playing in the background, this is wonderful and fully deserving of each and every award it has won.
I can't wait for the 3rd season on DVD and for the 5th series to start on E4. It'll be interesting to see WW-post Sorkin. So far the reviews from the States have been mixed but none have said that the writing is the same as Sorkin's poetry. So if you buy this DVD, do it for no other reason that this kind of writing may never been heard of again.
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