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Alias: The Complete First Season
Genre: Television - Drama

Reviewed In Issue 77 (Oct 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, Merrin Dungey, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman & Victor Garber

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Audio commentary tracks are available for Episodes 1, 2, 17, and 22. Disc Five offers the last three episodes of the season, as well as bonus features to thrill fans of the series. There is a 19-minute Pilot Production Diary, a 10-minute look Inside Stunts, six deleted scenes, a three-minute gag reel, five TV spots, a video game preview, and a sneak peak at Season Two. DVD-ROM content is also available on Disc One.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Buena Vista Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 31216
(MPAA Rating): TV14
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(Retail Price): $69.99
(DVD Type): Six-Disc Set
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 1005
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001/02
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 09/02/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): J.J. Abrams, Ken Olin, Mikael Salomon, Harry Winer, Daniel Attias, Jack Bender, Perry Lang, Davis Guggenheim, Craig Zisk & Barnet Kellman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jennifer Garner plays Sidney Bristow, a double agent for the CIA trying to immobilize the evil SD-6 agency who trained her as a spy in the popular television series "Alias." The pilot episode and entire first season is presented here in a six-disc DVD set.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVDs exhibit the excellent image quality of this series that was broadcast in high-definition. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, bright hues, and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, sometimes with exemplary textures and fine definition. Other scenes can exhibit a slightly soft focus. The picture can, thematically, have a dark character, but contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. There are few signs of smearing and rare instances of pixelization. However, some edge enhancement is apparent, which can be a bit of a distraction for picky viewers, but overall the series offers very pleasing image quality. (Suzanne Hodges)

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