‘ER' Emerges on DVD29 May, 2003 By: Brendan Howard
Quick! To the DVD player -- stat!
Warner Home Video is releasing the complete first season of the hit TV show “ER” in a four-disc DVD set.
It streets Aug. 26 (prebook July 29) at $59.98.
Fans may ask why the show, which debuted in 1994, took so long to get to DVD. But they may forgive the lateness when they see the ambulance-load of extras.
In addition to 25 episodes, including the 90-minute pilot, the set features two brand new documentaries: one with Steven Spielberg and executive producers Michael Crichton and John Wells; the other with interviews from the show's cast, including Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle and Julianna Margulies.
There are a number of audio commentaries for the set, including two for the pilot episode (one with Crichton and Wells, and another with pilot director Rod Holcomb) and director and crew commentaries for the episodes “Sleepless in Chicago” and “Love's Labor Lost,” in which Dr. Greene (Edwards) races to save a pregnant woman and her baby, but is only able to save the child.
Other extras include “The First-Year Intern Handbook,” an interactive feature with character profiles, 45 “patient” histories of “ER” guest stars, and a medical terminology glossary; two featurettes; director and crew commentaries on the “Love's Labor Lost” episode; outtakes and never-before-seen footage; and hidden bonus materials.