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Product Features

  • Retrospective Documentary: The OC Obsess Completely
  • Gag reels
  • Commentaries on key episodes
  • 7 Featurettes (Casting The OC, Inside the Real OC, The Music of The OC, and more...)
  • Plus an Atomic County Excerpt

Product details

  • Actors: Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher, Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 28
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 3987 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W71ZRI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Season 1
When Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie), a tough, guarded, fiercely intelligent 16-year-old, plunges headlong into the wealthy, privileged community of Newport Beach, California, he soon discovers that the ruling families of Orange County are every bit as territorial as the tough crowd with which he ran on the streets of Chino. For Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher), the idealistic public defender who takes Ryan in; his wife, Kirsten (Kelly Rowan), the linchpin of OC society; their awkward adolescent son, Seth (Adam Brody); and the beautiful, troubled girl next door, Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton)--Ryan's presence will forever change their lives.

Season 2
At the end of the first season, the Cohen household had been reduced to two--parents Sandy and Kirsten, as the boys had flown the coop, moody Ryan back to Chino and goofy Seth for the wide expanse of the Pacific (somehow ending up in Portland, Oregon). Once the prodigal sons returned home, thanks to a lot of persuading, both tried to mend relationships with their former girlfriends, Marissa and Summer (Rachel Bilson). While friendships were solidified, everyone was dating someone else: Seth was with sultry club manager Alex (Olivia Wilde), Summer with sensitive polo jock Zach (Michael Cassidy), Ryan with smart girl Lindsay (Shannon Lucio), and Marissa with her family's pool guy and a bottle of vodka. Both Sandy and Kirsten found themselves tempted away by more-than-willing suitors, and wicked Julie (Melinda Clarke), Marissa's mom, cheated on new husband Caleb (Alan Dale) with ex-husband Jimmy (Tate Donovan). An extremely tangled web from which the show almost didn't recover.

Season 3
In season three, Kirsten befriends a mysterious woman in rehab. Strapped for cash, Jimmy returns to Newport Beach and even tangles with Julie again--but he's in way over his head this time. After the shocking events at the end of her junior year of high school, Marissa finds herself in the role of a princess who has definitely been knocked off her pedestal, further straining her relationship with Ryan. With Marissa temporarily brought low, Summer's got some new competition for social chair. And although his marriage with Kirsten may be on the mend, Sandy may have to embark on a brand-new career as a result of the changes in Kirsten's life.

Season 4
High school seems like a distant memory to the young graduates at the centre of The OC, particularly because they have been thrust into adulthood after the death of their beloved friend Marissa Cooper. The Cohens struggle to keep Ryan focused on the future, fighting the forces that threaten to pull him back into his old life. Having left Orange County, Summer attends Brown University in Rhode Island, where she has reinvented herself as a left-leaning, tree-hugging activist. And, lonely in Orange County, Seth works at a local comic book store. Much has changed for the residents of Orange County, but in the end, the bonds between them will never be broken.

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Since its debut in 2003, US teen drama The OC captivated audiences with its fresh dialogue, clever wit, steamy storylines and the mesmerising power of Peter Gallagher's eyebrows! During its four-year run it became a trendsetting force in terms of popular fashion and music tastes among teenagers worldwide, and it will remain a series regarded with great affection by many of its audience. Following the trials and tribulations of a misfit collection of rich and glamourous residents of Newport Beach, California, The OC was at times witty, moving and downright bizarre, often in the same episode. Storylines were at times laughable, but somehow it still managed to carry it off, due perhaps to the acting ability of its ensemble cast. And when the show eventually came to an end, with just 16 episodes made in the final season, the finale encapsulated what many audiences already knew - that despite the show’s popularity and cultural impact, it never took itself too seriously.
For the first time, all four seasons are brought together in one box set, comprising 28 discs with every episode and some bonus extras such as unseen OC footage and The Atomic County comic. --Sally Giles

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Rudd on 13 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
The OC can be summed up in one simple word: escapism. It is a story of sunshine, affluence and beauty of which all but the most cynical secretly crave at some point in their life. But The OC is also a story of two halves. One half resulting in numerous awards, an addicted fan base and critical acclaim; the other resulting in the show being prematurely axed due to low ratings.

The first season sees Ryan Atwood's (Ben McKenzie) life being transformed from a Chino juvenile delinquent into a member of the lavish Cohen household in Newport Beach after public defendant Sandy (Peter Gallagher) takes pity on his case. Ryan gains new friends, including the fast-talking son of Sandy, Seth (Adam Brody), new enemies, and comes to make an impact of almost every person he comes into contact with. His story is ultimately the quick-fix American dream. The episodes are often light hearted, funny and endearing as the viewer comes to realise that like everyone else, the rich have their ups and downs.

It is deliciously far fetched, beyond the remit of reality, yet delivers a plausibility to the characters that makes you want to keep watching further. We are led to loath Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke), mother of sociopath Marissa (Mischa Barton); laugh at the callous insensitivity of Caleb Nicol (Alan Dale) and lust after the figure of Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson).

But where the first season succeeded, it's successors never quite managed to. Season two is highly watchable, yet more improbable that the first. It waxes and wanes between drama and soap opera, constantly meddling with the lives of its protagonists - perhaps not always when it should. Most characters are rarely far from catastrophe, and the adults enjoy a more promiscuous and precarious life that their offspring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mad Moo on 30 Sept. 2011
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We had already seen all of the O.C on tv and loved it so much we wanted to watch it again & again! Being able to get the box set at such a fab price was great. If you've ever watched any of the O.C and liked it then this box set is a must. A great series about the trials & tribulations of being a teenager and everything that goes with it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MM123 on 11 Sept. 2010
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I like the show but there are extras missing compared to the Region 1 Version (contrary to what some people write in their reviews). Particularly the Season 3 and 4 Bloopers/ Gag Reels which can be found on youtube (which are normally the best extras you get with DVDs!). Also Season 1 is in 4:3, it looks ok on a laptop but it might look wierd on some TVs. Other than these things it has everything the Region 1 Version has so I'm happy with my purchase!

Here's the list of extras you get on the Region 2 Bonus DVDs for completeness:

Season 1:

The OC Unseen - Unaired Scenes
Casting of The OC
The Music of The OC
Inside the Real OC
Season 2 Sneak Peek (Not that you need it..)

Season 2:

Beachy Couture - Costume/Fashion Design
The OC: Obsess Completely - Documentary on success of Season 1
Gags and Goofs - Bloopers for Seasons 1 and 2

Season 3:

Pass The Remote - Josh Schwarz and others scene surf

Season 4:

Disc #1:

Unaired Scenes
The Magic that is Chrismukkah - Featurette about the holiday
Summer Roberts, Beauty Meets Brown - Look into how Summer's changed

Disc #2:

Women of the OC
Atomic County Webisodes

[Note that there are some commentaries and a couple of small extras on some of the episode CDs]
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robohunter on 29 Aug. 2011
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Season 1 is in 4:3 format - the only downside to a great value box set. It seems strange, given that seasons 2, 3, and 4 are not only in widescreen, but are available elsewhere (on iTunes) in HD. I already had season 1 in the older "gatefold" packaging. The season 1 in this set is absolutely identical in terms of the discs, albeit they are packaged in a slimmer plastic box. The "16:9" mark on the bottom of the outer box is therefore a bit misleading. That said, this set is a bargain and the show puts newer "teen dramas" in the shade.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geo Blorge VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2008
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Come on, people, where is your sense of fun? Critics around the world flock to shows like The Wire and The Sopranos, citing them as the only 'worthy' programmes on TV. Yes, they are exceedingly well made, but TV shows excel in different ways. The OC is funny, touching drama. It's easy to watch, but wickedly smart at the same time.

These four seasons ran between 2003-2007, and if you go back to the early episodes, you see that it's becoming a product of its time. For anyone who was at the apex of their youth during those years, it was essential viewing, even though storylines tended to repeat themselves and certain guest characters dragged the life out of it.

I get a little bit fazed by people who criticise shows like The OC, though. It's not really about grand, overarching storylines and a commentary on the changing state of capitalism - it's a witty show that centres on character, above plot. Accept this, and The OC is a great deal of fun for every one of these 92 episodes.

This boxset does the series an unusual amount of justice; really, I've never seen anything like it. Designed as a sort of scrapbook, with tons of stills and episode pics blazed across shiny, high-quality paper, the book is bound by a holographic hardcover, and slides into an epic plastic case. The discs are a part of the book, which is also very cool. It's the best-looking TV boxset ever, by quite some way.

Throw in an introduction by creator Josh Schwartz, as well as a nostalgic conversation between him and Executive Producer Stephanie Savage, and the passionate conception of this boxset is undeniable. WB have chucked in all of the extras from the US releases, too (aside from having season 1 in Widescreen. Balls), so it really does feel like the complete OC experience.
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