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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2002
CSI just has to be the best crime series out there. It's true to life which is one of it's best features. Unlike the sloppy British counterparts which see pathologists doing detective work (like when does that ever happen?!), CSI sticks to the "job description" if you will, of a crime scene investigator. It's about time there was more emphasis on forensic science - most crimes are identified and cases solved by using forensics but very few people - and that includes police - know very much about it; how evidence can be found and recovered, and what it can tell us. CSI brings this to life with incredibly well cast characters and enthralling storylines.
Another brilliant point is that the CSI unit doesnt always get the result they want. I for one am sick of the police detective always getting the bad guy - that's not real, it doesnt always happen, and CSI shows that.
One of the most brilliant episodes - though perhaps disturbing for those faint of heart - is "Blood Drops". Its a fascinating insight into just how complex forencic science can be - and how the crime scence investigator pieces together the chain events from the evidence they find.
It's not to be missed.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2002
...Crime Scene Investigation is an invigorating breath of fresh air amongst a television schedule filled with less than ordinary viewing.
Here is your chance to own the first twelve episodes on DVD. The DVD's themselves are housed in a Digi-Pak type of packaging ala Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. There are three discs with four episodes per disc. C.S.I. is filmed in widescreen yet the transfer on the discs is formatted for a regular television (4:3)...The transfer itself is very good. Grain appears a little throughout the episodes but it is not distracting. I am pleased to say that aliasing is not a problem and there does not appear to be any major artefacts. Very pleasing to the eye indeed.
Now to sound. It presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo)... The voices spoken are clear and easy to understand. The subtitles appear to be mostly true to what is actually being said....
Special Features include cast and crew interviews, a trailer, character profiles and some behind the scenes footage.
In summary the DVD set is a must own for any C.S.I. fan. The video is very good but not perfect. The audio is clear and does the job. The extras are minimal and it presented in a beautifully designed package.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2002
We all love a good crime drama but with CSI you get much more. As an article in American Cinematographer stated; "...it's not so much a whodunit but a howdunit."
Jerry Bruckheimer does an excellent job taking the viewers into the science of the crimes and the scripts are well written to help explain how some of the more complex techniques work without sounding patronising. If you were ever fascinated by how some of the science behind the crime worked then this show is a must watch.
Remembering the fact that this is still a drama in that the CSI team wander around crime scenes without the proper clothing and move vital pieces of evidence without gloves on etc. then there should be no reason for anyone to dislike this.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2002
CSI Season 1 box set is an amazing collection of the hit programme from Las Vegas. The plots are cleverly thought out and inter-twine marvelously.
Imaginative storylines which aren't too far-fetched and keep you guessing right until the end.
Like a murder mystery which you love to try and solve before they do.
Cast are well-suited to their roles, and make for extremely informative and exciting viewing!
A must for any crime viewers or anyone who likes a good video! Brilliant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2004
Although in my title for this review I have stated that CSI: Series 1 - Part 1, is a must for all US cop show style fans, I don't wish to imply that CSI is only suitable for US cop show fans. On the contrary, I think CSI holds a more diverse appeal than it presently receives. Everyone should be made to watch this!
This box set provides the perfect introduction into the world of Crime Scene Investigators, which is set in Las Vegas so many of the crimes and investigations take place with the casino's and desert as the backdrop. The acting is first-class (and the actor who plays Grissom can also be seen as the lead role in the film Manhunter) and with the mixture of superb camera shots and close-ups inter-twined with the gritty scientific equipment and processes, it's difficult not to feel deeply engrossed.
Considering that each episode is around 42 minutes in length, the amount of sheer action and excitement that is packed into each episode is unbelievable! This box set DVD contains the first 12 episodes of Series 1 and has a few neat (although brief) featurettes thrown in for good measure e.g. cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes documentary. So even if you haven't seen CSI before (I'd only seen one episode on telly before I bought this box set) it's well worth your time and money!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
CSI is a series set in Las Vegas which centres around a team of Crime Scene Investigators. Each week sees various different crimes committed, some of which are very disturbing, that are solved by some very interesting methods of investigation.

The Forensic science of the show is truly fascinating and at times is so absorbing it feels as though you are watching a documentary. The characters in the show are very well written, and although each episode centres mainly on the crimes being investigated, there are small details which emerge about them to actually make you care about them all. We see very little of their private lives so to have such strong feelings about each character is an exceptional acheivment. Some viewers may not like this but It is interesting that after 7 seasons the main focus is still on solving crimes and not turning the programme into a soap opera about each characters life outside of work. For such are dark programme there is quite a lot of black humour throughout the show which adds to the overall enjoyment. Some scenes are very graphic (especially on the autopsy table) but are not gratuitous and only help to enhance how shocking some of the crimes are.

The programme is very entertaing and educational (without being boring) and I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of 'whodunnits'.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2006
The original C.S.I (as there are as you probably know two spin off shows) is a series based around the work of crime scene investigators - hence the title. It is based in Las Vegas and includes the characters of Gil, Catherine, Sara, Warrick and Nick who all work the graveyard shift in forensics dealing with anything from kidnapping to murder trying to find even the tiniest piece of evidence left behind by the perpetrator. Each episode is usually self contained and rarely interacts with the next with the investigators looking for clues to solve sometimes several crimes in one episode.

The series automatically starts off with a surprise with someone that you think is going to be a regular as a new intake on the C.S.I team only to get killed off by the perpetrator of a crime she's investigating. That's what C.S.I is about. The element of surprise as usually the least obvious explanation is the true one. C.S.I always keeps you guessing and that can be down to nothing more than clever writing by the creator Anthony Zuicker.

I actually bought this first part of the series without having actually ever caught an episode on it despite having Sky and it being on a lot, but I'd heard so many good things about it and something which can create two other successful spin offs has got to be worth a look. Also, I have an avid interest in true crime so this seemed like the perfect series for me and I was not wrong. The cinematography is incredible and the way in which the crimes are re enacted even to the point of showing a bullet piercing a body as the camera acting the part of the bullet is an incredible idea. Lets be honest though. This series was never going to be amateur with Jerry Bruckheimer on board.

The only reason I took a star off this is due to one of the characters - well the main character to be exact. Gil Grissom (played by William Peterson) I do not think is written as a likeable character. I don't know whether it's just me but he does appear to be incredibly smug and the way in which he quotes random literary lines and other little cheesy references like how the dead person told him who killed him by the evidence to name one of many really got under my skin. I know it's done for TV sake and a lot of American shows are guilty of cliched responses but I find him annoying. There is also very little about the lives of the C.S.I team outside of the job and I don't know as yet whether this avenue is explored in later seasons. Those are the only things that stopped this series getting the big 5. Be prepared to listen carefully as the forensics side can get a tad complicated with a lot of jargon. If you don't concentrate you could miss easily how they worked out who the perpetrator was.

One last thing. These box sets are brought out in two parts and then released in a complete box set. For some reason in most places it's still cheaper to buy the two parts but if you're prepared to wait a while the full box set may come down in price and be cheaper than buying separately.
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on 23 January 2015
The first 12 episodes of this fascinating,informative and entertaining TV series that is still on our screens today . The CSI team examine and investigate various crimes in and around Las Vegas and each episode shows the viewer different aspects of forensic detection .
The team is a tight knit group of individuals, each with their own distinct personality and much of the charm of the series is seeing them work together to catch the bad guys . The stories are cracking, the dialogue is sparkling and it is all believable .
If you are interested in crime dramas then this is definitely one for you, it is refreshingly different to the normal detective series and as a result is a delight to watch, even if it can be a bit gruesome at times .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2006
I started to watch CSI a while back and since I have watched many episodes on DVD. I found this box set essential as it starts it all off. This series shows how Sara Sidle comes to work at the Lab and what happens to Holly Gribbs. This show is full of originality and flair, becoming my favourite show within watching 3 episodes for a reason. Crime Scene Investigation may sound gruesome and gory, and it is, but it is the humor around the show that gives it its uniquity, i strongly recommend this DVD to anyone who bothered to read this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2006
I'm not someone who generally likes programmes about crime but these first 12 episodes of CSI are a joy to watch.The discipline and ingenuity with which the forensic scientists do their jobs is only equalled by the discipline and ingenuity that all the writers,directors,editors and production staff bring to CSI.

It never ceases to amaze me how the fast moving episodes manage to tell an interesting and convincing story and to give the characters such deep and involving personalities.
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