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Creek: The Complete First Season
Spanish, Portuguese, Korean
TriStar Home Entertainment
commentaries with writer Kevin Williamson
||"Dawson's Creek: From
Day One" featurette, "Season One Time Capsule" featurette
Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson
I guess it had to happen sometime.
It was only a matter of time after "Felicity" hit DVD that
"Dawson's Creek," the crowning achievement of creator Kevin
Williamson's career and the show that brought the WB to the
attention of audiences everywhere, would make its way to the
home viewing format. Ever since the show's original season
in 1998, the series has garnered a cult following of hardcore
fans and devotees, many of whom would rather die than miss
a single episode. Call it a soap opera; call it a teen movie
stretched to television length; call it whatever you like,
but don't dare say it didn't grab anyone's attention. ***
The singlemost attractive factor
of the show was quite obviously its attractive cast. James
Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua
Jackson, playing slightly younger characters (like anyone
really noticed, or even cared), became the ideal vision of
teen life for the faithful viewers. Their clothes, their surroundings,
and their lives... they were everything that people wanted
to be. Williamson, who also penned the first two "Scream"
films, knew how to work the public into a frenzy: with horror,
he turned the routine into something smart. With the Creek,
he mined the realm of teenage melodrama for something that
would become vastly popular and ultimately rewarding for all
This first season, the one that
started it all, is one of the series' best; the show would
eventually go downhill after Williamson made his exit after
two seasons. So turn off the lights, grab some popcorn and
a comfy cushion, and relive the experiences of Dawson, Joey,
Jen, and Pacey.
For such a hit, Columbia TriStar
hasn't really done much with the quality of the presentation.
Each episode is measured in the fullframe ratio of 1.33:1,
and is much less appealing than most other TV-to-DVD transfers
I've seen. The good news is that there is a sufficient lack
of artifacts or enhancement halos. The bad news is that colors
are marred by bleeding and intrusive noise, and contrast is
wanting in detail. The overall picture looks very flat and
muddled; let's hope that the ensuing season sets will show
some vast improvements. ***
Also failing to make much of an
impression is the Dolby 2.0 Surround presentation, which sounds
fine for what it is, but is less immersive than other tracks
of its kind. Dialogue sounds good and the front channel separation
is admirable, but the surround usage is wanting in use of
music or atmospheric sounds. Good, but not great.
from the commentaries, there's not much to this three-disc set.
Two featurettes have been included, both on the first disc,
beginning with the newly-produced "Dawson's Creek: From Day
One," which features some interviews with Williamson plus some
footage from behind the camera. This is followed by "Season
One Time Capsule," which is composed of some vintage interviews
with James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and
Joshua Jackson. Also included on this disc are four theatrical
the pilot and season finale, there are commentary tracks by
creator Kevin Williamson and producer Paul Stupin. Like Williamson's
discussions for the "Scream" DVDs, these two tracks are engaging
and very informative about a variety of subjects. There is much
to learn about the first episode, which was shot as the series
pitch and then refurbished with new footage for the first airing.
Fans of the show will definitely want to check these out.
I'm not one of the people who plunks myself down on the sofa
once a week for "Dawson's Creek," I'm willing to admit that
the earlier shows do have a pull to them that tends to suck
the viewer in. This DVD should please the fans of the series'
start, but let's hope that they plan to do more with the upcoming