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DVD Review: Friday Night Lights: Season 1

DVD Review: Friday Night Lights: Season 1


Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book and acclaimed theatrical feature, the Emmy nominated Friday Night Lights: The First Season debuts on DVD on August 28, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Executive produced by Peter Berg (who directed and wrote the feature film) and Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Friday Night Lights has won viewer devotion and critical praise for its look at the emotional dynamics of small-town life. Featuring outstanding production values, insightful writing and compelling characters, the series has received several prestigious honors including two 2007 Primetime Emmy nominations including Best Directing, the 2007 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding New Program, The George Foster Peabody Award and the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 2006 Television Program of the Year. All 22 episodes of the initial season, available for the first time on DVD, come with outstanding bonus features including a “Making of the Final Episode” featurette, special commentary by the show’s producers and deleted scenes from some of the season’s most memorable episodes.

Friday Night Lights tells the story of life in the small town of Dillon, Texas, where everyone comes together on friday nights when the Dillon High Panthers play. But life is not a game; and the charismatic players, new coach and the passionate fans find that their biggest challenges and obstacles come off the field in the compelling day-to-day dramas of their tight-knit community. Bringing this story to life is an impressive ensemble cast including Kyle Chandler (King Kong) Connie Britton (“24”), Scott Porter (Music & Lyrics), Gaius Charles (“The Book of Daniel”), Taylor Kitsch (The Covenant), Zach Gilford (The Last Winter), Minka Kelly (“What I Like About You”), Adrianne Palicki (“South Beach”) Jesse Plemons (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Aimee Teegarden (“Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”). Season 2 of Friday Night Lights premieres Friday, October 5 (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

This series is a favorite among critics and fans alike. If you haven’t had a chance to catch any of the first season now is the perfect time to get caught up before the new season! Feeling a little ify about purchasing a dvd set of a show you’ve never seen? Well you shouldn’t! Universal is actually offering a money back guarantee with this set. If you’re not completely satisfied with the series and it’s outstanding production values, insightful writing and compelling characters, you can get the full price of the set back! So how can you not check it out? You can find out more about the guarantee here.

This series hasn’t performed too well in the ratings department last season. It’s a great show that won’t be around much longer unless more people start watching this season. It truly is a diamond in the rough. So be sure to check out this dvd set and get hooked like we have! You’ll be glad that you did! And don’t forget to check out season 2 this October on NBC!

Review by Emma Loggins

Grade: A+
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Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. As an internationally recognized "Geek Girl", Emma updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002 and is also considered to be one of the top Atlanta bloggers and influencers!


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