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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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4.0 out of 5 stars different storyline Aug. 19 2013
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This had a unique story line which i really liked will be getting the rest of the seasons when i can
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Soapy Sept. 13 2003
Season One of Six Feet Under didn't live up to my expectations for it. Hoping for something fantasticly abnormal, weirdly humored comedy/drama, what it has become so far is an occasionally humorous, sometimes weepy drama that sporadically bursts out into fits of soap opera surreality, and, alternately, inspired inverse gallows humor.
As it stands, Six Feet Under is definately above-average compared to most TV programing. I will probably rent successive seasons (especially after reading glowing reviews of the 2nd on Salon), but probably not until a day I'm very very very bored.
As for the dvd, it's pretty skim, but the feature on the very good looking title sequence was interesting. I wouldn't recommend buying it, especially since it seems to be popular at rental stores (well... even my town's mom+pop rental place carries it...).
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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
"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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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper at Best Buy July 21 2005
By A Customer
Under $90 --- I noticed it there the other day.
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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
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 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Six Feet Under Jan. 13 2011
This product is so overpriced that it's laughable. Other online companies are offering the very same thing for under half the price. You're my first stop Amazon but you're letting me down here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly funny Oct. 17 2004
The DVD collection gives you a commentary on the series which explores the symbolism used throughout the shows. I enjoyed the interviews with the producers and the special effects team.
Six Feet Under is a story of losers and their struggle through the societal boundaries of life. We see that people can find happiness and love despite themselves.
I enjoy the way the father speaks from the grave to each family member and former employee. This builds in subtle layers of why the family and the funeral business has grown in its quirky way.
The story line is of course about the meaning of death and life and how people interprete its inevitability - denial. The reappearing dead father adds that reminder that death is out there and today, it could be tickets for you. So get off your sofa and get out and love your family and the people around you.
A strangely upbeat message for a dark topic.
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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 13 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 16 months ago by bronte
5.0 out of 5 stars I know I will love it.
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Published 16 months ago by Leola Derrah
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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars HBO broke the mold, when they made Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is one of HBO's outstanding programs, as well as others such as Sex and the City and The Sopranos. Read more
Published on June 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, something awesome on the tube!!
What a great show! The entire writing, editing, camera work is truly amazing. The introductory segment of each show, detailing the actions of the cadeavor of the show were some... Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Alan N
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