Paul Tapner Reply to on 7 February 2009
|the first season of a comedy classic, complete on dvd. Doctor frasier crane, a supporting character in legendary sitcom cheers, was spun off into his own show, a comedy that lasted as long as cheers and became just as legendary in it's own right. it succeeded because it was able to develop the character and take him in new directions and make him the centre of the show. because it had a wonderful ensemble cast who complemented each other perfectly. and the writing and the acting were top notch. dry witty urbane and clever this was delightful comedy.
people do say it's lost it's way a little in later years, but this is the first season and nobody quibbles about the quality of the early years, so let's not get into that debate here. There are twenty four episodes of comedy gold on display across four discs.
each disc contains six episodes.
each has language tracks in english spanish and french.
and subtitles in english danish norwegian and swedish.
each disc also contains celebrity voices, a short extra running from two to five minutes depending on which disc you're on, showing clips from the episodes on them where guest actors would do the voices for people calling frasier's radio show.
disc one has a commentary on the first episode from two of the creators of the show. the subtitles for this are english spanish and french.
and disc four also offers a twenty one minute long documentary about the creation of the show. dating from 2003 this features contributions from two of the creators and all the main cast, and is a fascinating look at the creative process. and at the sitcom kelsey grammer could have been in post cheers.
there's also frasier's apartment. there are two screens to this extra showing a still of the set, and if you watch the disc on a pc and move the pointer around over the first screen till it lights up when you're over the door, click on that to see a very short piece by the set designer looking at the creation of that area of the set.
on the second screen of this feature similar short features can be found by clicking on the couch and the table behind it and the table with a sculpture on it to the side of that.
a good box set for a classic comedy