: : : C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete First Season

Story

Murder, and its tale-telling aftermath, is the compelling subject of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Since it premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000, CSI was a ratings triumph, spawning a spinoff (CSI: Miami) and positioning itself for long-term success. As the first season demonstrates, creator Anthony Zuiker's foolproof formula was established early on, bolstered by a fine ensemble cast and requiring minimal tweaking as the season progressed; its Las Vegas-based "criminalists" eventually became "CSI" steeped in the scientific minutiae of forensic investigation, but the series arrived essentially intact, with an irresistible (and seemingly inexhaustible) supply of corpses and the mysteries that surround them. Influenced by the graphic precedent of movies like Seven and Kiss the Girls, CSI matches morbidity with dispassionate methodology; viewers are so fascinated by the investigative process that they're unfazed by intimate autopsies and internal (i.e., digitally animated) views of traumatized flesh, bone, and sinew.

While keeping abreast of cutting-edge technologies, CSI combines the ingenuity (and fallibility) of villains with the appealing humanity of its heroes. CSI director and entomologist Gil Grissom (played by series coproducer William Petersen) is introverted but ethically intense; he's both mentor and moral compass for his night-shift team, including a former stripper-turned-CSI (Marg Helgenberger); a recovering gambler (Gary Dourdan); an eager ace (George Eads) with room for improvement; a workaholic (Jorja Fox) who can't always remain emotionally detached from her cases; and a chief detective (Paul Guilfoyle) who's a necessary link to police procedure. Like The X-Files, CSI supports its characters with feature-film production values, employing a Rashomon structure that turns murder into a progressively accurate study of cause and effect. Script quality is consistently high ("Blood Drops" and "Unfriendly Skies" are exceptional), direction is slick and sophisticated, and the mysteries are complex enough to invite multiple viewings. Despite a regrettable shortage of DVD features, CSI's inaugural season remains addictively worthy of its lofty reputation. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • All 23 episodes on 6 discs
  • Featurette "People Lie...But Evidence Does Not"
  • Character profiles
  • Music video
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

William PetersenGil Grissom
Marg HelgenbergerCatherine Willows
Gary DourdanWarrick Brown
George EadsNick Stokes
Paul GuilfoyleCaptain Jim Brass
Royce D. ApplegateMr. Laferty
Aasif MandviDr. Leever
Jorja FoxSara Sidle
Vyto RuginisPhil Swelco
Grant HeslovCoroner Corbett
Milo VentimigliaBobby Taylor
Timothy CarhartEddie Willows
Andy BuckleyJason Hendler
Glenn MorshowerSheriff Brian Mobley
Marc VannConrad Ecklie
Dakota FanningBrenda Collins
James AveryPreston Cash
Fred KoehlerDanny Hillman
Gregory ItzinNorman Stirling
Aldis HodgeTony Thorpe
Reginald VelJohnsonDr. Philip Kane
Eric SzmandaGreg Sanders
Tom GallopAttorney Randy Painter
Rainn WilsonGuy in Supermarket

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