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

Peter Krause , Michael C. Hall , Alan Ball , Allen Coulter    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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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.

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Six Feet Under ~ Season 1


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death and drama starring the Fisher family June 11 2003
By M. Hind
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
5.0 out of 5 stars We're Gonna Love The Fishers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey...no extras, but an INCREDIBLE series! Dec 24 2002
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars different storyline
This had a unique story line which i really liked will be getting the rest of the seasons when i can
Published 12 months ago by T. Holden
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised!
Wasn't sure what to expect with this series and so far so good. Really gives the idea of how modern day families live with a few twists.
Published 14 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I'm very happy with my purchase. And it arrived in great timing! Will purchase again from you in the future.
Published 17 months ago by bronte
5.0 out of 5 stars I know I will love it.
I cannot say for sure yet because I just acquired the entire series and I didn't watch it yet I just know it will be great with Michael T. in it.
Published 17 months ago by Leola Derrah
4.0 out of 5 stars Six Feet Under
This product is so overpriced that it's laughable. Other online companies are offering the very same thing for under half the price. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2011 by K. LENOVER
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching, well written television
One of the BEST TV Series ever. When you finish the series, you find yourself missing the characters.
I HIGHLY recommend!
Published on Dec 13 2010 by Kles
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good... cost of set..
I really enjoyed this series. After watching just the first two episodes I couldn't go to bed because I just had to see more! Read more
Published on July 18 2007 by R. Kells
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper at Best Buy
Under $90 --- I noticed it there the other day.
Published on July 21 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly funny
The DVD collection gives you a commentary on the series which explores the symbolism used throughout the shows. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2004 by Book Club Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from HBO ...
American Beauty and Twin Peaks rolled into one, this series offers black humor, twists and turns and more character development than the first three seasons of Sex and the City. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Mr Pocket
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