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ER: The Complete First Season
Genre: Drama

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

Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Eriq La Salle & Julianna Margulies

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features are found on Disc One and Four of this four-disc set. Along with the pilot and two episodes, Disc One includes two pilot audio commentary tracks: the first featuring creator/executive producer Michael Crichton and executive producer John Wells and the second commentary with director Rod Holcomb, casting director John Levey, associate producer Wendy Spence-Rosato, editor Randy John Morgan, and supervising sound editor Walter Newman. Along with the last two episodes of the season, Disc Four includes a Behind The Curtains menu with two featurettes: the 21-minute Prescription For Success and the 21-minute First Year Rotation: Caring For ER; a nine-minute featurette on the medical realism of the show; a five minute post-production highlight; three additional scenes; a 10-minute outtake reel that will thrill fans of the series; and a First Year Intern

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 24629
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $59.98
(DVD Type): Four-Disc Set: DVD-18 x 3 / DVD-9 x 1
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 1178
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994/95
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/26/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Elodie Keene, Vern Gillum, James Hayman, Daniel Sackheim, Felix Enriquez Alcal
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The emERgency room at County General is almost always at full capacity. Good thing Doctors Greene, Lewis, Ross, and Benton are on-staff to take care of your emergency medical needs. Included here in a four-disc set are the pilot episode and the entire first season.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVDs exhibit images that can be sharp and detailed, though many scenes are soft or downright blurry. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. At times, contrast can seem slightly low, but shadow delineation appears to be quite natural. Flecks of dirt and minor scratches are noticed in the source element. Edge enhancement is not a problem with this series, but there is some minor smearing and occasional

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