HOUSE- Season One
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 978 minutes (22 episodes on three double sided discs), featurettes
RELEASE DATE: 8-30-2005
Disc 1, Side A: PILOT/PATERNITY/OCCAM'S RAZOR/ MATERNITY
Disc 1, Side B: DAMNED IF I DO/THE SOCRATIC METHOD/FIDELITY/POISON
Disc 2, Side A: DNR/HISTORIES/DETOX/SPORTS MEDICINE
Disc 2, Side B: CURSED/CONTROL/MOB RULES/HEAVY
Disc 3, Side A: ROLE MODEL, BABIES & BATHWATER/KIDS/LOVE HURTS
Disc 3, Side B: THREE STORIES/HONEYMOON/ featurettes
HOUSE is one of the big suprise success stories. The show started
low in the ratings, but it picked up steam and turned into a hit for FOX. Dr. House isn't nice to his patients
or co-workers (also on pain meds all the time), but he tell it as it is without all the crap and he does care about saving
his patients. Big mysteries intrigue him. He has to solve them. The writing is super with a fantastic
acting job by Hugh Laurie as the snarky House. I was hooked with the pilot episode directed by Bryan Singer.
Hugh Laurie can be funny and serious in the same scene as Dr. House Season One has some bumps like the cliched episode
arc with guest star Chi McBride, but THREE STORIES (the 21st episode) is the best episode of the show so far (thankfully Chi
McBride's character was gone by then. Expect sparks since Sela Ward returns in season two as House's ex-lover, Stacy.
VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Non-Anamorphic)
No matter how good looking the transfer may be, Universal should have held off the release
and made the episodes available in Anamorphic Widescreen. It is bad enough the menus are Anamorphic.
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English Captions
Sound is OK, but it is nothing impressive. Dialogue is clear though.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Side B of disc 3 has five short featurettes (THE CONCEPT,
MEDICAL CASES. ET TOUR, HOUSE-isms, and DR.HOUSE) and part of the casting tape with Hugh Laurie. The Set Tour is the
bets of the bunch. Everything else is basically promo fluff. I wish they had recorded audio commentaries
for this release.
FINAL ANALYSIS: HOUSE Season One is a flawed DVD Release since the episodes are on-Anamorphic
this DVD Release is (c)8-31-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.
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