: : : Roswell - The Complete First Season

Story

Opening with a Dido theme song and featuring character-driven, sweet-natured melodrama, Roswell was a show with a surprisingly dedicated fandom, who twice won it reprieve from cancellation. One of its main strengths was, of course, the extent to which its premise--alien teenagers trying to sort out their identities while emotionally involved with their human contemporaries--was a free-floating metaphor for race and sexuality issues. Another was the strong ensemble that its cast developed: you believed in the strangeness of the alien trio and the well-intentioned normality of their three human friends. Jason Behr gave the alien Max a quiet authority and Majendra Delfino took the sidekick role of Maria and gave it both intensity and fine comic timing. It was also a show in which you were never sure which adults you could trust--William Sadleir trod a fine line of ambiguity as the local sheriff and Julie Benz was silkily sinister as an FBI agent. Anyone who ever loved this show will want these DVDs--and many others may want to find out what the fuss was about.

Roswell is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The special features include commentaries on six episodes by writer Jason Katims, the directors, and various cast members as well as a featurette on the making of the show and another on its adaptation from the original Roswell High series of young adult novels. The commentaries are unusually insightful on the casting process, and the discs also include the auditions for the part of Tess as well as a deleted scene and a music video.

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 23 episodes on six discs: Pilot, The Morning After, Monsters, Leaving Normal, Missing, 285 South, River Dog, Blood Brother, Heat Wave, The Balance, The Toy House, Into the Woods, The Convention, Blind Date, Independence Day, Sexual Healing, Crazy, Tess, Lies and Videotape, Four-Square, Max to the Max, The White Room, Destiny
  • Commentary by director David Nutter and executive producer/writer Jason Katims on the pilot
  • Commentary by David Nutter on 'Blood Brother'
  • Commentary by co-executive producer/writer Thania St. John on 'The Balance'
  • Commentary by Shiri Appleby (Liz) and Majandra Delfino (Maria) on 'Sexual Healing'
  • Commentary by Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino on 'Crazy'
  • Commentary by Jason Katims and director Patrick Norris on 'Destiny'
  • Deleted scene from the pilot
  • "Area 51" and "Roswell High" featurettes
  • Emilie de Ravin (Tess) audition tape
  • Sense Field's "Save Yourself" music video

Cast

Shiri ApplebyLiz Parker
Jason BehrMax Evans
Katherine HeiglIsabel Evans
Majandra DelfinoMaria DeLuca
Brendan FehrMichael Guerin
Colin HanksAlex Whitman
Nick WechslerKyle Valenti
William SadlerSheriff Jim Valenti
John DoeJeff Parker
Michael HorseDeputy Owen Blackwood
Kevin WeismanLawrence 'Larry' Trilling
Richard SchiffAgent Stevens
Julie BenzKathleen Topolsky
Steve HytnerMilton Ross
Daryl SabaraCorey
Diane FarrAmy DeLuca
Emilie de RavinTess Harding
Jim OrtliebEd Harding
David ConradDaniel Pierce

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