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Shiri Appleby , Jason Behr , Arvin Brown , Chris Long    DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Roswell is Missed!!!!! Nov. 11 2003
An extraordinary show that touched the hearts of many, "Roswell" was cut short after only three seasons. Jason Behr, Shiri Appleby, Katherine Heigl and the rest of the cast brought to life such wonderful, lovable characters. Every week, the show explored a double-edged sword of fantasy/reality as the series tugged at the hearts of it's loyal fans. Whether it was sending bottles of Tabasco sauce or any other method of showing support to the show, "Roswell" fans are truly devoted and it's a sad loss to see the show end after 3 short years. From the moment Max saved the life of Liz, to the day they were married, these two star-crossed lovers made it impossible for people not to love "Roswell." Don't miss out - get your copy of season one and live the magic that touched so many hearts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roswell's got it ALL! BUY THIS! Nov. 4 2003
At long last, one of the most original and gripping TV shows comes out on DVD! The suspense, drama, romance and human interest of season one will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for seasons two and three to make their DVD debut. Aliens Max, Isabel and Michael, imbued with human DNA and assimilated into Roswell's human society, desperately try to keep their real origin secret from the local sheriff, the government and the FBI---out of fear and necessity. Though alien, they're the "good guys" trying to merely survive in a world of cynical and threatening humans. Their narrow escapes and their desire to remain apart from and still interrelate with humans makes for very interesting viewing. "The White Room", a late first-season episode, ranks with some of the most suspenseful and action-filled plots in the history of television. This is one DVD set you won't see on the "used" block. Buy it---you will definitely want to keep it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Much Mush-room July 5 2009
By Dave and Joe TOP 50 REVIEWER
The beginning of a great series. The first set is a bit mushy for my tastes but it establishes the characters well. The romance between Max and Liz is mostly charming but becomes silly in some episodes, over emphasized in others. The supporting characters get to grow and develop throughout the series changing dynamic and tension - just like they are supposed to. The premise of four teen aliens in Roswell High is wonderfully camp and is carried off with both humour and seriousness. It's definately worth a look.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great quality but not what was promised us April 24 2004
By A Customer
When the announcement was made that a DVD set of Roswell would be coming out with ALL THE DELETED SCENES, I pre-ordered the set. The promise of those deleted scenes is the only reason I bought the it. I was seriously disappointed when I got it and found that only 1 scene was included.
Yes, there are music changes and I can live with those not being a big music buff. But what would it have cost to include the scenes and gag reel we were promised????
If season 2 comes out, I won't pre-order it. I'll wait to find out if we were shafted again. I buy DVDs for the extras. If I only wanted to re-watch the shows... I could watch my VCR tapes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! Aug. 8 2005
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 third season. I had to watch it on The Space Channel. They did have a Roswell marathon but having a small child I could not watch it everytime it was on. No matter I was hooked! Now I own the series and I have watched it twice now! I do not even notice the change in the music. In my order there was a note from Jason Katims explaining the change in music. He said it came down to changing the music or not releasing the DVD's. I think he deserves a pat on the back for going through with the release. He did a great job. I do not like change but if it means I can see Jason Behr and Shiri Appleby whenever I want then change is good! I highly recommend this set to anyone that every watched and enjoyed the show. It is too bad that it was only three seasons! Laura, Nova Scotia, Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Feb. 1 2005
By SlyFox
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... Romeo and Juliet of modern times. It is not often that you find a series that captivate you like Roswell. I recommend it to anyone that would love a mix of romance and sci-fi. It is very unique! I can't wait for the third season now, but at the same time it is sad that they only made three seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest TV show I have seen!!!! July 15 2004
I became fan instantly upon watching the first episode.The only show I have finished watching the whole season in less than a week. Once I started the pilot, I really don't want to stop.
Luckily I don't have much problem with the original songs since I did not really watched the originals. Dido provided a nice touch. But ofcourse I should agree that if they retained the songs it could have been more great but might make the price higher!
Now it's time for me to wait for the Second and third season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved The Show!!! July 15 2004
By A Customer
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???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away
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
Published on July 10 2004 by A. Smythe
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Got to See It
Thanks for finally coming out on DVD. If you missed this great series on television, you now have a chance to see it on DVD. It offers something for everyone. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!
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 more
Published on July 7 2004 by PurpleroseM
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
A few years ago I put my tv on and bumbed onto Roswell. During the pilot I found myself caught in the story of three aliens who try to survive on Earth and try to figure out where... Read more
Published on July 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars You're from Up North??!?!
Why did I not watch this show until the DVD? I was afraid it would be BUFFY meets DAWSONS CREEK -- BUFFY's CREEK or DAWSON THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Brett D. Cullum
4.0 out of 5 stars This Series Got Off To An Amazing Start.
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 more
Published on July 1 2004 by KiWiSouP
5.0 out of 5 stars The most original show on local tv!
True, following mysterious events in Roswell is no new subject. However, aliens that are basically human in everything but their blood type that allows them the abilities even most... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Timothy Cade
5.0 out of 5 stars "I prefer the term, 'Not of this Earth'."
This DVD is A-Must for All Sci-Fi Fans, as it combines Great Story Lines, with Hilarious Dialogue, Dealing with Real-Life Relationship Issues and Very Touching, sometimes... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Brainwave
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