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Roswell Season 1 (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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yes, the music has changed a bit, but if you actually bought the set and did not download it illegally or copy a friend's, you can read the memo that states "if the music was not changed, it never would have been released." I admit, the music changes drastically effect some episodes, and 99% of the new music sounds like the exact same band from a garage with the doors shut and no real sound equipment. But I would rather have the set and not worry about it.
As far as the first season being the worst, it's not true, the third was the worst (it was the x-files on crack). The only real bad thing about the first is the fact that it took 26 episodes for them to form a cool group of central characters. the whole "trying to keep it secret" thing was suspensful, but also extreemly anoying.
When I bought the DVD, I had to buy it in France by the way cause in Belgium I could hardly find it, I watched the 22 episodes in like, two days. I hardly slept in between but it was so worth it: this DVD is the best ever!!! My mother practically had to drag me off the computer (haven't got a normal DVD-player, had to watch it on my computer)
Roswell is a series that combines the highschool issues and alien problems perfectly. There is no series like it and there probably never will be again. I noticed the change of music and do find it a pity but at least now it's affordable.
I hope season two will be released on DVD soon, I will definitely buy that one too. I don't think I will buy the season three DVD since I hate what UPN did to my favourite series.
Still, this series just rocks!
The story is about alien teenagers who live as humans in Roswell, and the impact they have when their secret is outed when a random act of violence forces one of them to save the life of a girl he has loved from afar. Secrets fester, and love rears its head as the whole town begins to suspect something is up ... especially when the FBI comes in under everyone's radar. I gauge good Sci Fi by how much it explores what it means to be "human", and this series does that EXTREMELY well.
The DVDs are in widescreen, and have commentaries scattered throughout. 23 episodes, and a couple of featurettes -- one on the making of the series, and another about the BOOK SERIES this show was based on. A GREAT CAST, a wonderful pilot and set-up, beautiful music (Dido's "HERE WITH ME" in the opening fits so well!), and solid stories make this definitely a DVD to check out.
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The beginning of a great series. The first set is a bit mushy for my tastes but it establishes the characters well. Read morePublished on July 5 2009 by Dave and Joe
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2005 by Laura L Griffin
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2005 by SlyFox
I became fan instantly upon watching the first episode.The only show I have finished watching the whole season in less than a week. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Ziegf
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???
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
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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by PurpleroseM
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