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Six Feet Under: The Complete First Season [4-Disc DVD]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodrguez
  • Directors: Alan Ball, Allen Coulter, Jeremy Podeswa, Jim McBride, John Patterson
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: Feb. 4 2003
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006NT1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,775 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Product Description

From Alan Ball, the Oscar(r) winning writer of "American Beauty", comes a series that digs where others fear to tread. When a bus kills Nathaniel Fisher, owner of the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in Los Angeles, the tragedy casts a pall on the homecoming of his prodigal son Nate. Together with with mother Ruth, brother David and sister Claire, they must address the family business, and the many more personal matters that arise when your life is Six Feet Under.

Special Features

Audio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titlesAudio Commentary: Audio commentary by Adam Ball Featurette: Behind-the-scenes 20-minute featurette, including interviews with Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick, and Alan Ball 15-minute featurette on the making of the Six Feet Under titles --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hind on June 11 2003
Format: DVD
"Six Feet Under" is truly one of the finest shows to ever grace the small screen. Its first season proved to be a very strong start for the provocative HBO series. Viewers immediately became intrigued with the Fishers, a Los Angeles family who own a funeral home. When patriarch Nathaniel is killed in an accident, wife Ruth, sons David and Nate, and daughter Claire are forced to suddenly deal with the loss of their beloved, but twisted family member. The plots center around the family moving on (slowly and emotionally) from their father's death, and then trudging through the issues of their separate lives.
Ruth (Frances Conroy) becomes riddled with guilt for cheating on her husband while he was alive. Nate (Peter Krause) begrudgingly rejoins his family after his rebellious escape to Seattle and begins a chaotic romance with bizarre Brenda. David (Michael C. Hall) suffers with the secrecy of his gay life and the responsibility of running the business in his father's absence. Claire (Lauren Ambrose) is caught up with a bad crowd in school, uses drugs, and has a volcanic relationship with her criminal boyfriend. They are not the perfect family, which always makes for great drama.
Other characters add depth as outsiders to the Fisher struggles. Freddy Rodriguez is excellent as Rico, a young embalmer who is trying to decide if staying with Fisher and Sons is the right thing to do. It goes without saying that Rachel Griffiths is a scene-stealer as Brenda, Nate's dysfunctional massage therapist lover. She's already won an Emmy and much critical acclaim. Keith, played by Matthew St. Patrick, is also a unique character. He is David's lover, but he's not the stereotypical gay man. He's a huge, authoritative, intimidating police officer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Lunn on May 25 2004
Format: DVD
HBO have definitely become the purveyors of top quality television with the likes of Sex And The City and The Sopranos becoming cultural icons and jdging by the first season of this superb series, Six Feet Under is next in line for that recognition and just watching the first five minutes as to should be described as one of the best pilots, it's easy to see why. Yeah, dysfunctional families - every US series seems to endorse it these days, but the Fishers really do come as the dysfunctional without it being drilled down your ears every five seconds. The father Nathaniel Fisher, owner of ailing funeral home Fishers & Sons get killed in the pilot and haunts his loved ones of a regular with wife Ruth confessing to having an affair wi th her hairdresser at the funeral. That leaves the Kids - Nate, the prodigal son who reluctantly has to take charge of the funeral business with closeted brother David (who spends most of the season in denial of his sexualty) and social misfit Claire, with an unstable boyfriend to boot. Other characters include Nate's complicated girlfriend Brenda (whose family really is messed up), David's cop lover Keith and Fisher & Sons talente mortuary worker, Federico. Episode highlight include both opener and finale (Six Feet Under and Knock,Knock - both have commentaries for), the revealing An Open Book, directed by the wonderful Kathy Bates, the harrowing instalments Life's Too Short and A Private Life, in which David's sexuality is brought to the fore. Extra wise, besides commentaries for the opener and fianle, there's interviews with the main cast and behind the scenes fun, including a detailed look of the making of the title sequences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 24 2002
Format: DVD
This is a watershed series in American television. HBO, which has created some of the best written and realisticly in-your-face programming in the history of television (the Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Oz) has re-written what is possible on the small screen with Six Feet Under.
The first season of the series deals with issues such as death, drug use, homosexuality, family alienation, mental illness, divorce, bankrupcy, co-dependency and incest. The amazing part is that it NEVER comes across like a soap opera or ABC Afterschool Special. It is very real, and moving.
Alan Ball, the extraordinary writer of the film "American Beauty" writes and directs this tour de force in television excellence. While this show is not for everyone, if you enjoyed Ball's previous work, you no doubt will love this show as much as the critics and millions of fans have. I think the Sopranos and Six Feet Under are reason enough to get HBO.
Ball creates multi-layered, complex characters for this ensemble cast, and allows them to develop throughout the season. What you see up front is not always what you get in the end.
For the price, I would have liked some extra features, like behind the scenes or a "making of" featurette, or interviews with the stars. Many of those are already available on HBO's website, I don't think it would have killed them to include a little extra for the {price}. However, that being said, you are paying {much} for 13 HOURS of entertainment. That is fairly in line with the 2 hour movie average price on DVD. And this is INFINITELY better than 99.999% of the movies that have come out in the last 10 years.
Buy it, enjoy it, and wait patiently for the next season...coming soon.
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