“ Genre: Television - ER: Emergency Room / Theatrical Release: 1994 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies ... / DVD released 2004-02-23 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Box set, Collector's Edition, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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ER: Emergency Room - The Complete Season 1 (DVD)
ER began back in 1994 with twenty five episodes to its first season, each being 45 minutes long (with the two hour pilot episode). I have to admit that I did not watch ER from the start and only got into it around the season six mark, though recently I have started to purchase the series boxsets right from the start. As ER has been out a long time, I was able to find the complete DVD boxset for this first season for only £5.00 in my local discount DVD store which is a great bargain!
So what is ER?
ER is an American drama series following a group of doctors and nurses primarily in the emergency room, dealing with day to day patients and emergencies as well as troubles and strife's in their own lives.
We begin to meet the main characters very early on, though it was only due to my later season knowledge that I took to each specific character straight away. I find that at the beginning, it does take a while to explore the different characters and get to know them, and even then, a lot we do not find out until later seasons though this keeps us in suspense for longer which is a good thing. The main cast in this first season consists of some great characters including Mark Greene who is a chief resident at this point, and the very opening character to the series who is considering a move to a private practise at the request of his wife, though things do not turn out for the best with his marriage and luckily for us, Greene stays! Pediatric resident Doug Ross, who is played by the brilliant George Clooney who has previously had a relationship with Carol Hathaway who deals with her own suicide attempt right at the beginning of the season. Susan Lewis is a second year resident and John Carter is a medical student who has only just begun his career at the hospital. Carter is possibly one of the most important characters in the whole of ER as he begins his career at the start of the first season and progresses all the way through until the end, changing dramatically, though that is for another review!
There are some great moments in this first season, and it is not a surprise to see why it was such a big hit. There are some very graphical medical scenes which make Holby City and Casualty look so tame, and some scenes may be a little difficult for some due to the deep subjects in which they cover brilliantly such as death, divorce, violence, mental illness and so forth.
Some favourite moments of mine include the scenes with Carter, who at this point is hilarious with his accidents, fainting at the sight of blood and so on, which sets the scene for some other funny moments mixed with the blood and gore.
Main cast list:
(Obviously there are a load more actors in this series, though these are the main ones to look out for)
* Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene - Chief Resident
* George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross - Pediatric Resident
* Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis - Second Year Resident
* Noah Wyle as John Carter - Third Year Medical Student
* Julianna Margulies as Nurse Manager Carol Hathaway
* Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton - Second Year Surgical Resident
If you are a fan of ER then this first season is a must. In comparison to other seasons it might not be as strong but it is certainly brilliant. If you have never seen ER then £5.00 for this first DVD boxset is a perfect way to start, though if you are very squeamish over the sight of blood then maybe it isn't for you!