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The OC - The Complete First Season 2003


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All 27 episodes from the first season of the racy US teen drama. In the pilot episode, troubled teen Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is taken in by the wealthy Cohen family after being arrested for car theft in his hometown of Chino, California. In 'The Model Home', Ryan decides to run away from his cushy new home, but is persuaded to stay by his new friends Seth (Adam Brody) and Marissa (Mischa Barton). 'The Gamble' sees Ryan's mother Dawn (Daphne Ashbrook) making a surprise visit to her son's new home. Newport's finest young ladies are preparing to enter society in 'The Debut'. 'The Outsider' sees Ryan taking a job at the Crab Shack diner. Marissa must choose between Ryan and Luke (Chris Carmack) in 'The Girlfriend'. In 'The Escape', Seth, Ryan, Marissa and Summer (Rachel Bilson) take an end-of-summer trip to Tijuana, Mexico. 'The Rescue' sees Ryan enrolling at his new school. School begins in 'The Heights', and Marissa finally chooses her man. 'The Perfect Couple' sees Ryan and Marissa planning their first date. In 'The Homecoming', it's Thanksgiving - and Ryan gets a call from his family back home. 'The Secret' sees Ryan and Luke making friends. In 'The Best Chrismukkah Ever', Seth is still stringing two girls along. It's New Year in 'The Countdown', and Seth finally makes his choice. In 'The Third Wheel', there's an unwelcome guest in the Cohen household. 'The Links' sees Summer getting used to being just friends with Seth and Anna (Samaire Armstrong). Summer has found herself a new boyfriend in 'The Rivals'. Relationships are looking fragile for a few couples in 'The Truth'. In 'The Heartbreak', it's Valentine's Day and Marissa confesses her true feelings to Ryan. In 'The Telenovela', Ryan and Marissa are having trouble staying just friends. 'The Goodbye Girl' sees Anna leaving Newport to return to Pittsburgh, much to Seth's dismay. In 'The L.A.', Summer and Marissa get invited to a Hollywood party. 'The Nana' sees Nana Chen (Linda Lavin) arriving in Newport for Passover with some tragic news. 'The Proposal' sees Luke becoming the victim of a tragic accident. In 'The Shower', everyone is in shock after Caleb (Alan Dale) and Julie (Melinda Clarke) announce their engagement. In 'The Strip', Seth and Ryan get into a sticky situation in Las Vegas while attending Caleb's Bachelor party. Finally, in 'The Ties That Bind', Juile and Caleb get married, while Ryan faces a difficult decision.

Melinda Clarke, Mischa Barton
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  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 5 ages_15_and_over
  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 6 ages_15_and_over
  • OC, The - Complete First Season - Disc 7 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 16 hours 39 minutes
Starring Melinda Clarke, Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Chris Carmack, Tate Donovan, Kelly Rowan, Peter Gallagher, Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody
Genres Drama
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Thinking of buying this boxed set for a friend, I was immediately struck by the two (identical) one-star reviews at the very top of the list, written by an incomprehensibly enraged 'viewer' who condemned the OC as shallow, badly acted trash before grandly predicting a second Wall Street Crash as a symptom of modern society- and all this from someone who, amongst other things, spelt 'lobotomy' with an 'a'.

I'm writing this, then, for two reasons; firstly to encourage prospective buyers not to be put off and to give it a go, but also because I seriously do enjoy the series.

The OC is described on the official review as 'edgy', a term which sums it up well; it may be set in the materialistic, artificially beautiful world of Orange County, but a more than desultory flick across channels makes it clear that this is completely self-aware. The OC is a show about outsiders. Revolving around Ryan, a resented lower-class arrival into the community,and Seth, a geek despised for not fitting in, the mere fact that the series was written by Josh Schwartz,(who in his teen years suffered bullying in Orange County) should make it clear that while it may take us into the homes and stories of beatified, trivial rich kids, it is far from celebrating them. It will not be too much of a spoiler, hopefully, to say that Marissa, who with her water-polo playing boyfriend fits initially fairly well into the 'rich kid' category, finds that when her desperate attempts to break away from the Orange County tight social circle lead to emotional disaster; society is unwilling to let go of her, a beautiful 'rich kid', as much as it is the customary outsiders.

I could say more but hope I've made some case for the OC.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2006
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The story of a delinquent who finds himself living in wealthy Newport Beach, California, is fun to watch over and over. We can again meet Chino bad boy Ryan (Benjamin Mackenzie) and follow him as he is rescued from jail by his attorney, Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) and becomes part of his family. Wife Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) isn't sure she wants the brooding boy near her son Seth (Adam Brody), who is the quintessential comic book geek. And then there are the girls: Moody Marissa (Mischa Barton), Seth's secret crush Summer (Rachel Bilson), and spunky Theresa from Chino. Marissa's troubled parents and Kirsten's parents have their share of drama, too, and who could forget Luke or Haylie. It's simply the best season of the show, with the most memorable one-liners. Who can forget Summer's first "Ewww!" or Luke's "welcome" speech to Ryan.

Teens like the show for the trendy music and fashions, while people over 20 consider it a guilty pleasure; it certainly is deliciously decadent, romantic, funny, shocking, and, of course, luxuriantly beautiful. The secret lives of the fabulously rich Newpsies contrast nicely with the outsider's two-fisted approach to life, until he realizes they're not so different after all. Season One has all the angst of high school junior year, as well as the social and financial machinations of the middle-agers. The action all revolves around Ryan, sensitively played by Mackenzie, and the loving Cohen family, with the wonderful Peter Gallagher anchoring it all as the kindly and wise dad. Creator Josh Schwartz has made fascinating characters and an addictive story line. Extras are few; there are no bloopers or commentary, but it's still a terrific DVD set that will satisfy your craving for all things O.C.
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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2004
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People everywhere have been talking about the OC, and I never really gave it a chance. But after receiving the box set as a Christmas present, and having watched the whole of the first season in a span of no less than 3 days, I can confirm that all the hype is necessary. I have never watched anything so gripping, dramatic and unpredictable as the OC. The plot is so engrossing and addictive, it's almost impossible to stop watching. There is comedy, as well as tragedy. You will be shocked by many of the intense revelations and it'll have you both laughing and crying. The balance between the two is what makes the OC particularly special.
The OC has it all. The overlapping storylines include relationship problems, covering themes like jealousy, infidelity and heartbreak, as well as the development of other relationships and friendships, with the odd punch-up or cat fight in between. The introduction of new characters keep the flow of story interesting and there is always something new going on. It never gets boring.
Entertaining, full of surprises, with an amazingly talented cast, 18 hours of television masterpiece. What more could you ask for?
Bring on Season 2!
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I was counting down the days until this DVD came out and now I finally have it! Anyone who has seen the OC will understand why it is such a good show, but for those who haven't, I will explain why it's a must have DVD!!
It's essentially about a young kid named Ryan who is chucked out by his mother and brought into the home of his lawyer, Sandy Cohen. But it's not any old home. Sandy lives in Newport, an incredibly superficial world full of the rich and the beautiful; the complete opposite of his home town Chino.
The series follows Ryan as he starts a new life living with Sandy, his wife Kirsten and their son Seth. Seth is the dorky but adorable one who doesn't quite fit in. He loves sailing and comic books and doesn't really have any friends until Ryan comes along. Nextdoor neighbour Marissa appears to have the perfect life but her Dad goes and ruins all that!
We learn how Seth has been in love with Marissa's best friend Summer for years and years, but she doesn't even know who he is. (He named his boat "Summer Breeze" after her) That soon changes as the super popular Summer falls for geeky Seth. Oh dear, what will that do to her reputation?!
Other important younger characters include Marissa's boyfriend and then ex-boyfriend Luke, Marissa's therapy buddy and all round weirdo Oliver, Seth's other lady Anna, and Kirsten's sister Hailey.
Although the OC is largely a teen drama, the parents have just as big a part as the youngsters. Sandy's wife Kirsten, Marissa's parents Jimmy and Julie not forgetting Kirsten's father Caleb, the scheming and manipulative businessman.
There's not a bad or boring episode in this series. Every episode is so witty and the sarcasm from characters such as Seth is hilarious.
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