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Opening with a Dido theme song and featuring character-driven, sweet-natured melodrama, Roswell was a show with a surprisingly dedicated fandom, who twice won it reprieve from cancellation. One of its main strengths was, of course, the extent to which its premise--alien teenagers trying to sort out their identities while emotionally involved with their human contemporaries--was a free-floating metaphor for race and sexuality issues. Another was the strong ensemble that its cast developed: you believed in the strangeness of the alien trio and the well-intentioned normality of their three human friends. Jason Behr gave the alien Max a quiet authority and Majendra Delfino took the sidekick role of Maria and gave it both intensity and fine comic timing. It was also a show in which you were never sure which adults you could trust--William Sadleir trod a fine line of ambiguity as the local sheriff and Julie Benz was silkily sinister as an FBI agent. Anyone who ever loved this show will want these DVDs--and many others may want to find out what the fuss was about.
Roswell is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The special features include commentaries on six episodes by writer Jason Kanims, the directors, and various cast members as well as a featurette on the making of the show and another on its adaptation from the original Roswell High series of young adult novels. The commentaries are unusually insightful on the casting process, and the discs also include the auditions for the part of Tess as well as a deleted scene and a music video. --Roz Kaveney
The beginning of a great series. The first set is a bit mushy for my tastes but it establishes the characters well. Read morePublished on July 5 2009 by Dave and Joe
I just purchased Season 1 of Roswell. I had never been able to watch the whole season until now. I live in Canada and never had the WB until the show was moved to UPN in the... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2005 by Laura L Griffin
I did not follow this series and decided to take a chance and bought the first and second seasons on DVD and I just finished viewing both seasons. It is pure magic... Romance... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2005 by SlyFox
I became fan instantly upon watching the first episode.The only show I have finished watching the whole season in less than a week. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by A. BORJA
I loved the show. I am not sure why the network decided to cancel it. I thought it had a huge following. When are the next two seasons coming out on DVD???
I do not watch TV. I do not like TV. I admire almost nothing on it, and bought this along with several other DVDs on a whim.
This show blew me away. Read more
I have been a Roswell fan since the pilot and was very upset at what the networks did and then took it off the air. This is truly my all-time favorite tv series. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by PurpleroseM
This show was so great and had an awesome cast, story, and music. At first it started out as a teen drama but rapidly turned to sci-fi which is a shame. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by KiWiSouP