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Alias: The Complete First Season

Jennifer Garner , Ron Rifkin , Barnet Kellman , Craig Zisk    Unrated   DVD
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Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is a super (and super sexy) spy, fighting nefarious villains and working for the good guys--or so she thinks. Recruited as a college freshman for espionage work, Sydney found her true calling with SD-6, a secret division of the CIA. When her hunky doctor-boyfriend proposes to her, she decides to let him in on the truth she's not supposed to tell anyone: she's not a grad student with a demanding job for an international bank, but a secret agent who constantly puts her life on the line for the free world. But when SD-6 discovers her security breach, her fiancé is brutally assassinated, and Sydney suddenly finds herself face-to-face with the truth: she's been working for the bad guys. Deciding to become a double agent for the CIA and bring down the evildoers, Sydney gets one more surprise--her estranged father (Victor Garber) is also working for SD-6, and the CIA as well. Welcome to the family, Syd!

Confusing? This is all just in the first episode of Alias, the brainchild of Felicity creator J.J. Abrams that plays like a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Bond. With its double-edged tension (how long can Syd play double agent?) and one heck of a MacGuffin (the dreaded Rambaldi device, the mythic creation of a Renaissance genius), the show leads its viewers from episode to episode with visceral, compelling action, not to mention the nascent romance between Syd and her CIA handler, Vaughn (Michael Vartan), and her clashes with her heretofore distant father. Sharp, smart, and always suspenseful, Alias' center was held by the gorgeous Garner, a stellar action heroine and an even better actress who could pull off Sydney's exotic undercover missions and conflicted emotions with equal dexterity. By the end of this first season, which concludes with a breathtaking cliffhanger, you'll be seduced into Alias' world with, happily, no desire to escape. --Mark Englehart

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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: one dose of "Alias" will addict you June 9 2004
I had heard that this show was good, and received this boxed set as a holiday gift. It took me a couple of months to get around to spinning it up on the DVD player, but once I did ... *WOW*, what a show!! Jennifer Garner as agent Sydney Bristow (who becomes DOUBLE-agent Sydney Bristow in the premiere episode) and Victor Garger as her father (and also agent) Jack Bristow both provide stellar performances.
Jennifer Garner (Sydney) must show a huge emotional range -- from very reserved as an on-mission CIA agent to distraught due to personal tragedies. Victor Garber (Jack) gets to play a much more subtle range ... initially as cold, hard, and calculating, but very gradually showing greater emotional range as the series progresses. Each time he shows slightly more emotion, you notice because it's surprising.
The show is visually stunning ... the sets are elaborate, the special effects are extremely well done. You know that effects MUST be in use at times, but they're subtle enough that you can't tell where the "live" shots end and the effects begin.
The Rimbaldi puzzle weaves another fascinating mystery throughout the series.
This show was not just thrown together -- the story through the whole first season (and into the second season) was VERY carefully woven, to maintain several story-line threads throughout.
This is pure "TV heroin" -- one dose and you will be completely hooked. I planned to watch one episode per night, and usually watched two (sometimes three), then had to go in to work bleary-eyed the next morning.
The good news is, watching it on DVD is the way to go -- no commercials and you don't have to wait a week for the next episode (which would be pure torture). We've bought the Second Season and "have to" pre-order the Third Season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best tv shows ever June 4 2004
This is a must buy...
Best Tv show on at the moment.
People often mention Buffy the Vampire slayer and Angel as not being as good as shows as alias and X-files, people often forget that Buffy and Angel are for all people, young and all. Alias is not. Buffy is a very daring show. That's why a lot of people don't think it's in the same highed as shows like Alias.
Buffy was in the shadow, because if it's stupid name.
Alias is a top show and have the best actress ever on it, Jennifer garner.
It's a must have show and If you loved BTVS/angel and the X-files. Then this is a must buy.
If it wasn't for BTVS, alias would never have been. We have everything to thank, buffy for. Course now we have strong female roles, finally on TV, That's because of Buffy.
Alias is simply amazing and is a top notch. And is a very realistic show as well.
BUY it NOOOOOOOOOOW!!! That's how good it is.
I was just so blown away by this genius and brilliant show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, great DVD June 10 2004
By DRB999
I had never watched Alias before due to it being on against other shows I liked and watched every week. I had heard good things about it on the internet and was curious about the show. I wasn't sure if I'd buy the DVDs since I had never seen it before but I do like espionage and spy stories so I was inclined to try it out. I also became a fan of Alias star Jennifer Garner due to her role in the movie Daredevil so that factored in. I went ahead and bought it after a few weeks of deliberation. I'm glad I did! I became hooked on the show after watching the first couple of episodes. I watched the entire set in a few days. I then went ahead and bought season 2 before I even finished season one. The stories are interesting and the cliffhangers are well executed and leave you wanting more and more and more.
The picture and sound quality are excellent and the extras as interesting. All in all it is a total quality package. I highly recommend it.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Winston Churchill once said the Soviet Union was "a mystery wrapped in an enigma," which is a good description of "Alias: The Complete First Season." The initial premise is that Agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is working for SD-6 (Section Disparue 6, as in the one that disappeared), which she believes to be part of the CIA. Instead it turns out that she is working for the very people she thinks she has been fighting against. After you get past the point in the first season when Sydney understands what is going on, the opening narration each week explains the situation and the cast of characters. That is necessary because anyone who skipped an episode in the first season was going to be missing one or more pieces of the puzzle and be even more in the dark than they would otherwise. Fortunately, when you have the entire first season on DVD that is not a problem. You can even go back and try to piece together what is happening and try to connect the dots.
For those television viewers who have been looking for something more challenging that regular dramatic fare, "Alias" could well constitute an overdose. The only thing really comparable on television is "24," but "Alias" has more gadgets, better action sequences, and a whole lot better costumes (both quantitatively and qualitatively). Beyond Churchill the other relevant quote would be with regards to tangled webs of deception, because this show gets really complicated. Did Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) work for the KGB as an assassin? Is Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin) Sydney's real father? Is jouaanlist Will Tippin (Bradley Cooper) going to discover the truth about Syndey's "real" job?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alias Season 1 DVD
Great to buy from. The order came even quicker than I expected and was in great condition. Will buy from again.
Published on Aug. 27 2011 by BsuGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Disc Doesn't Work On All DVD Players
The series is great but the disc wouldn't play on the DVD player hooked up to my TV. Only my portable one.
Published on Aug. 25 2009 by timmy1putt
1.0 out of 5 stars Langue anglaise seulement
Je regarde la série au canal Z et ce, en français depuis 1 an ... Je ne comprend pas pourquoi les producteurs vendent les coffrets de DVD en anglais seulement !!! Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2004 by Isabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything that entertains
The first season of Alias was the best season of any drama in television history. Packed with adventure and plot twists it has enough action to keep you on your seat. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Marcus Simmons
1.0 out of 5 stars HOW CAN PEOPLE WATCH THIS S***
Published on June 30 2004 by V. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M A NEW FAN!
Just got this DVD set. I had never watched the show on TV, but it always looked good. I watched the first 2 episodes, and now I can't stop watching the rest of the season! Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by "zavalajaime"
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Alias could be classified as a controlled substance. It is a spy drama, with soap opera and sci-fi-ish elements. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Melissa McCauley
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awe Inspiring Show
Alias is a truly remarkable show. Created by a writer who's cult fame and praise rivals Joss Whedon of Buffydom, J.J. Abrams created an awe inspiring show with Alias. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by "exarphion"
5.0 out of 5 stars Alias a Fine Spy Drama
You would not expect a daring, fresh show like Alias to be produced and sustained for so long by one of the three major networks. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by L. Mintah
2.0 out of 5 stars In short
A painful cross between a videogame and a soap opera, supervised by an anime robot. Watch it to find out why you don't watch TV.
Published on May 22 2004 by Plaku
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