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House - Season 1 [DVD]
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Go deeper into the medical mysteries of House, TV's most compelling new drama, as all 22 Season One episodes and exclusive bonus features come to DVD! Hugh Laurie stars as the brilliant, but sarcastic Dr. Gregory House, a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While his behavior can border on antisocial, Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving the medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Together with his hand-picked team of young medical experts, he'll do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case.
He pops pills, watches soaps, and always, always says what's on his mind. He's Dr. Gregory House (Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie, Blackadder). Producers David Shore, Bryan Singer, Katie Jacobs, and Paul Attanasio haven't rewritten the hospital drama, but they've infused a moribund genre with new life and created one of TV's most compelling characters.
More than any previous medical procedural, it resembles Attanasios underrated Gideon's Crossing, but House is lighter on its feet. As fascinating as he is, the show wouldn't work as well if it were all House all the time (that would be like Sherlock Holmes without Watson or Moriarty). Fortunately, he's joined by an intriguing cast of characters, portrayed by a combination of experienced vets (Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein, Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard) and new faces (Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer). Aside from the complicated cases they tackle each week, the sparks really fly when House's brilliant, if naïve charges are put to the test--and as the head of a teaching hospital, it's his job to test them (although his tough love approach is constantly landing him in hot water with Edelstein's administrator).
From the first episode, House attracted a talented array of guests, including Robin Tunney ("Pilot"), Joe Morton ("Role Model"), and Patrick Bauchau ("Cursed") as Spencers father. In addition, Chi McBride and Sela Ward appear frequently (with Ward returning for the second season). Viewers who first watched these 22 episodes will be gratified to note that the music has survived the transition to disc, such as the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," as featured in both the pilot and season finale ("Honeymoon"). The only apparent omission is the credit theme (Massive Attack's "Teardrop") from the pilot. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Product description
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Of course the main reason for the show's success has to be the wonderful cast. Hugh Laurie is superb! I have always watched Hugh in programmes like Blackadder and I was concerned to begin with that it would be impossible for him to be convincing as a serious actor. I needn't have worried... he heads the show spectacularly... as his numerous awards prove! Robert Sean Leonard is a pleasant surprise. I hadn't seen any of his work before but I find that he is one of my favourite actors in the show. He's a brilliant comic actor. The rest of the cast are brilliant too and the guest stars are always great additions.
I have to admit that I am relieved that the show's structure is being changed for Season 4 as it could get a bit boring after a while with each episode following more or less the same outline. it's good to see a show that isn't afraid to change so that viewers are kept interested.
As far as the DVD's themselves are concerned- i haven't experienced any problems. The extra's are great too... especially the blooper reel!
House is a character that you love to hate... which makes for extremely interesting viewing. I can't wait to see what Season 4 has to offer.
I remember Hugh Laurie from the Fry and Laurie days of long ago, as well as Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, and so on, and have always been a fan. But I was still amazed by the quality of his acting on this show. His American accent is so realistic, you forget he is English (in fact I almost got a shock listening to his English accent on the bonus features), and his comic timing makes the best of a witty and clever script. His banter with Dr Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) is really enjoyable, as is his relationship with the doctors on his team, although honestly, I don't think they can hold a candle to Laurie in terms of ability or on-screen charisma.
Personally, I like the formulaic nature of each episode, as the characters, the humour and the tremendous variety of sometimes bizarre medical problems stop it getting boring. However, my favorite episode of season 1 was the one that broke the formula by following three cases at once. In this penultimate episode of the series we get a deeper insight into House's character, his past and his leg injury, which stirs up more sympathy for his character, as well as giving Laurie an opportunity to demonstrate some really fine acting.
I recently introduced the series to a friend of mine who is a critical care nurse and she loved it! I'm just about to buy series 2!
The cases provide a central theme for the drama. Patient with impossibly, incurable disease that just gets worse all the time: no-one can cave him now, he's going to die...and badly! Cue mystery, intrigue, drama, and suspense with some eye candy in the form of Dr. Allison Cameron (for the guys) and, well I suppose its subjective for the girls.
This is a fascinating program, streaked with humour in the form of the relationships within it, and feeling/compassion the guise of the patient's illnesses and the doctors struggle to remain impartial. My only criticism is that the other characters, with the exception of Dr. James Wilson: quietly intriguing, are bland in comparison, with House stealing the show in every way. Even House's nasal overtwanged american accent the show is most enjoyable. Even that, like House's invasive personality, grows on you.
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