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Sex and the City: Season 1 (2 Discs)

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  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth
  • Directors: Alison Maclean, Darren Star, Matthew Harrison, Michael Fields, Nicole Holofcener
  • Writers: Darren Star, Candace Bushnell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: May 23 2000
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004RFCM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,885 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This hilarious look at dating, mating and relating in New York is "a thinking person's sitcom, brutally honest and hilariously funny." - The San Francisco Examiner. Can women have sex like men? What's it like to date someone younger? And what is "The Rabbit"? Find out in "Sex And The City."

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Now you can achieve multiple viewings of the best Sex on TV. Winner of Golden Globes for Best TV Series and Best Actress, Sex and the City is based on Candace Bushnell's provocative bestselling book. Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Carrie Bradshaw, a self-described "sexual anthropologist," who writes "Sex and the City," a newspaper column that chronicles the state of sexual affairs of Manhattanites in this "age of un-innocence." Her "posse," including nice girl Charlotte (Kristin Davis), hard-edged Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and party girl Samantha (Kim Cattrall)--not to mention her own tumultuous love life--gives Carrie plenty of column fodder. Over the course of the first season's 12 episodes, the most prominent dramatic arc concerns Carrie, who goes from turning the tables on "toxic bachelors" by having "sex like a man" to wanting to join the ranks of "the monogamists" with the elusive Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Meanwhile, Miranda, Cynthia, and Samantha have their own dating woes, few of which can be described on a family Web site. Seinfeld has nothing on Sex and the City when it comes to shallow, self-absorbed characters or coining catch phrases. Episode 2, for example, introduces the term "modelizer": a guy who is obsessed with and will only date models. Some may accuse this series of male bashing. But women, after years of enduring shows with "men behaving badly," will relish the equal time. Some may blanch at the ladies' graphic language and ribald humor, or dismiss some of the situations as unrealistic (Carrie doesn't bat an eye when she discovers that an artist friend surreptitiously videotapes his sexual conquests). Still others will view Sex and the City as documentary. Regardless of your view, this groundbreaking series will have you longing for more. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
Okay, I've been meaning to deal with my feelings about this DVD release for some time now. Here goes...
It would have been nice if other reviewers had remembered that they were rating this DVD release, not the TV show itself. As such, HBO has received ratings for this DVD release that are ridiculously high and quite simply not justified. Congratulations on telling HBO that their viewers are suckers who will pay anything for their favourite shows in any substandard format.
The video quality is so grainy and poor that it looks like it was downloaded from the Internet (at a low resolution). This makes me pause to wonder what the show would actually look like downloaded from the Internet - TV static, perhaps? - but I digress.
You are paying full price for 50% of the number of episodes you would get in a season of Friends, for example. So if you are missing any of the seasons of Friends, go out and buy that instead. With Friends, you'll get twice as many episodes of an equally great show, but with episodes of a professional-looking and -sounding quality, and real - actually fun - extras.
Which reminds me: the extras for the Sex and the City are woefully inadequate. A few minutes of Sarah Jessica Parker speaking generally about the show and some other, even more lame and equally short craptacular feature are the "extras".
The packaging itself is cheap plastic, perhaps an HBO-patented package called Craptic (TM) that will rip, dent and mangle with normal handling.
And now, for those Sex and the City diehards who weren't gouged enough paying for substandard season sets, they now face the release of the complete set with a number of extras included.
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I got into this series when it was almost over and can recommend it. Yes, it's explicit at times so beware of that, but it's fresh and fun and most importantly absolutely fabulous. The characters are all played wonderfully by this cast and the stories have you chatting later about it with your friends saying things like "GEEZ, I'd never put up with that" etc. Depending on your favorite character as a woman it's easy to find yourself in one of the cast.
LOVE THIS SERIES!
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I became a fan of "Sex and the city" during its 4th and 5th seasons, so I was always curious about the earlier episodes. Having now seen all 12 episodes of the first season, I have to say that I have become an even bigger fan. While the later episodes became more plot-driven, with story arcs focusing on each of the 4 girls' love affairs, most of the episodes in the first season were pretty self-contained. They are also interesting because in many of them, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) breaks the 4th wall by addressing the audience directly. Also, there are many instances when other characters are "interviewed" by the camera about the specific topic of the particular episode, which I find rather amusing. These moments add to the offbeat charm of the series. In these first 12 episodes, a wide array of topics are discussed, many of which, I believe, are directly taken from Candace Bushnell's novel (on which the series is based). Episodes like "Models and Mortals" (about men who only date models), "Secret sex" and "The turtle and the hare" are truly hilarious, and wonderful little vignettes of Manhattan social life in the late 1990s. If you are a "Sex and the city" fan, you must check out the first season! Highly Recommended!
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Samantha. Carrie. Miranda. Charlette. Four names that television history will never forget. This show embraced the beauty of being single, living large, enjoying sex, and doing it all with a killer attitude to match that killer Prada mini-skirt.
Though some have argued that Sex and the City didn't really pick up until later on in the show, it is still sublimely brilliant, even in this first season. Every word of the show is poisonously funny and oddly very melodramatic. Carrie pours her heart, and the hearts of her friends, into her column titled "Sex and the City." In it, she discusses the faulty and/or nonexistance of romance in modern society. The show is sort of sad in a way, reminding us all of the pain of being single. But it's such a joyous work of entertainment that there's no reason to waste your time shedding tears for it.
When you watch Ms. Bradshaw and her friends (the INFAMOUS Samantha as played exquisitely by Kim Catrall included), you will be positively mezmerised, praying that each episode could last a little bit longer. I would be shocked if you too aren't rapturously swept away in the complicated and delightful plotline.
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I don't have cable. Everytime I travel, cable seems like a vast wasteland of reruns & infomercials. So I've been waiting, until Dec 2003, for Sex & the City (SATC) and The Sopranos DVDs to come down in price to see what the buzz is all about.
Well, the very first episode of SATC got me hooked! How Carrie deals with her "toxic bachelor," well, years ago I heard that a co-worker did the same thing! Most of the subsequent episodes had some vignette or catchphrase that evoked another memory of being single and running wild with friends in Hawai'i, of all places! And their conversations over meals, well, I'm still having chats like that with friends today!
The Baby Shower episode was especially poignant, about losing one's identity in marriage and motherhood, and the tension between singles and marrieds. Most of us succumbed to the pressure to marry, though none of us actually had any children! To paraphrase Joseph Campbell, once you've reproduced, and replaced yourself in the world, then you're as good as dead.
Then, there's the City, which is like another character. Many scenes take place at 81st & 5th, at the northern end of the Met, right across the street from where I went to grade school! I used to watch the pigeons on the roof of the Met during 4th grade French class! Even Carrie's Baby Shower reverie in the playground is on that corner. And a block away, The Stanhope, favored by JFK Jr. when he needed a break from Carolyn, is featured in all its luxe!
It's smart, it's witty, it's funny, and it feels so real - I'm sorry I waited so long to buy Season 1. But there's a lot to be said for delayed gratification! Do I wait for Season 2 to go on sale or do I splurge now and indulge in instant gratification?
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