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Any ER: Season One reviews yet?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Iain Jackson, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Iain Jackson

    Iain Jackson Second Unit

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    Has anyone heard anything about the ER Season One boxset? It's coming out in less than two weeks and I've yet to find any reviews of it anywhere.

    Also, is there any confirmation of how many discs this set is? The press release and all the online shops claim it will be a four-disc set, but with 19 hours of episodes plus quite a lot of extras, I really don't see how this can be any less than six discs...

    (I know there was an older thread back when this was announced, but I felt that a new thread was suitable.)
     
  2. Gord Lacey

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    Hi Iain,

    I don't think anyone has received copies of the set yet (I know I haven't). I have seen 2 of the documentaries and they are very good, and very thorough. They interview a TON of people. I was amazed by the names I saw...pretty everyone except Eriq La Salle.

    The set is 4, DVD-18 discs, so no need to worry about space.

    Gord
     
  3. Iain Jackson

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    Ah, DVD-18 discs... it all makes sense now... [​IMG]
     
  4. LukeB

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    Some places are listing Fullscreen, some Widescreen. The Japanese DVDs for this season were Fullscreen, and that's how they aired, so I'm hoping they're not simply matting to give us Widescreen for the sake of Widescreen.
     
  5. James Reader

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    I wonder if the new special features have been filmed in Widerscreen, hence the listings?
     
  6. Herb Kane

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    Iain:

    ER is one of the sets I have ordered for the August reviews for the forum. I got word last week from Warner Bros. that a few titles were late coming in (don't know which ones), so I don't know which title is holding things up. Sorry.

    BTW, my chart shows a street date of August 26th, so a review couldn't be posted any earlier than August 12th according to WB rules. Hopefully, it'll be here soon.

    Herb.
     
  7. Gord Lacey

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    No, the docus are full frame, and the show is widescreen. I haven't seen an episode of the series in widescreen, so I can't comment on it being matted or not.

    Gord
     
  8. LukeB

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    Can't believe there are still no reviews of this just one week before release.
     
  9. Duncan_N

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    Surely this isn't being released in 16:9. Although that's how it is shot now, Season One was definately 4:3. I will be cancelling my preorder if this is the case![​IMG]
     
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  11. Robert Harris

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    E.R. was beautifully photographed for wide-screen even when broadcast in 4:3.

    Titles are full screen; production photography is 1.78:1.

    Although not yet confirmed, it does appear that the 4:3 image was cropped at the sides for broadcast, as the wide-screen proportions look totally perfect and to proper scale.

    The series is being viewed as photographed for the first time.

    This is a superb boxed set and is highly recommended.

    RAH
     
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  14. David Von Pein

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    I'm on the fence on the ER: Season 1 release.

    Haven't watched this show much.

    Somebody sing the praises of this program for me.

    I'm leaning toward getting it.

    Knock me off this fence toward that batch of ER discs on the other side. [​IMG] (Thanks.)
     
  15. LukeB

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    It does seem odd that they'd film a television program for widescreen in '94.

    If anyone has the Japanese DVDs, maybe a ratio comparison can be done.

    DavidVP, first few seasons of ER rocked. Best cast, and the stories were fresh. Definitely get it - it's as good as TV drama gets. [​IMG]
     
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    for $40 you really can't go wrong buying ER especially the early years as somebody mentioned. One of the best shows of the 90's for sure. some might even place it as one of the best all-time shows.
     
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    Having viewed the pilot episode, which I originally saw during a dubbing session on the "big" screen, I am amazed at the sheer amount of information which is shared during its length, precisely what information we are given about each character as they are introduced and how that information is offered.

    RAH
     
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    Fuck this now. I don't care if it was originally shot 16x9. It's broadcast ratio was 4x3. No better than open matte, in my opinion. I guess I'll be waiting until the 16x9 matted seasons then.

    EDIT: Unless the creators insist that they composed for 16x9, which seems a bit retarded since no one would see it like that.
     
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