AMERICA?S NEXT TOP MODEL: CYCLE ONE has 14 beautiful contestants taking part in a series of tests over the course of the series to determine who has the sheer strength, will and attitude to make it as America?s Next Top Mo... more »del. Along with Tyra Banks, notable fashion editors, photographers and agency reps judge the girls each week and decide who should pack their bags and go home and who becomes one step closer to being America?s next top model.« less
Karen D. from SAYLORSBURG, PA Reviewed on 1/13/2008...
I really enjoyed the first season of this series. It had a lot of drama of course but I also liked the different photo shoots and challenges the girls had. It was interensting how without casting it this way that the show wound up with the final few girls split into two separate groups. The bible readers and the non bible readers.
You can tell by the way the shows were filmed that it was the first season because it seemed to me to be a little "cheap" looking. The camera angles for the filming seemed "off" or awkward.
Even with the fiming issues I would have said this was my favorite cycle of America's Next Top Model.
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A Fun Show
Jim M. | Springfield MA | 05/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had never seen ANTM until the Fall of 2004, having missed the first two seasons. I have zero interest in fashion, but heard that, as far as reality shows, it was one of the most entertaining. It was always being talked about and quoted in Entertainment Weekly. So, during an ad break in one of the early episodes of LOST, I flipped over to ANTM. I've never flipped back to LOST and have been watching ANTM ever since.
The show is incredibly entertaining. And season 1 (which I had never seen until it was released on DVD) is a great season. You have all sorts of conflicts. The devout Christians vs the atheist being the biggest one.
The DVDs are well put together. Three discs. Four episodes on the first two and the finale on the final disc.
The only extras are three, short featurettes (each 5-10 minutes in length). One about the casting, one about the making of the show, and a final one about the two Jay's. They are fun, but nothing special. To be honest, when it comes to TV on DVD, I'm more interested in the show than any extras so I'm not upset with the set.
The set is well worth picking up. Even if you don't care about fashion or modelling. The cast makes the show work. A very entertaining series."
Walk like you're selling it and the Rent is due Tonight!
Brett D. Cullum | Houston, TX United States | 03/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (ANTM for short) was brought in during the Summer of 2003 for 9 episodes, and became a huge hit for UPN. And why not? The first season showed 10 beautiful women who ranged from an atheist brainy waif to a bald black lesbian and some Bible thumpers - all put through their paces and taught how to walk and pose - let the catfights begin! It was great television and a surprise hit that did well with women and men for being fun, smart, and interesting. The DVDs offer all nine broadcast episodes, a look at the casting process, a recap of the first season, and a feature on the two Jays (make-up man and catwalk coach). It's on three DVDs, and the shows look like when they aired (a little spotty in places, but bright and colorful). It takes a lot to be a model, and this show proved it. The girls faced bikini waxes, posing with snakes, nudity, and being set loose alone in Paris with tons of appointments and no directions. This is a great show no matter what you think of models! Great stuff!"
A "fierce" set for fans, but lacking one thing...
Stephanie Crawford | Las Vegas, NV | 03/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For fans of this fairly unique reality show, getting the entire first season on DVD so soon (and with some featurettes!) is pretty exciting. This is definitely the type of show you can re-watch, especially if you're interested in the modeling, fashion, and/or makeup field. Or just awesome catfights and really pretty girls. Unlike most reality shows, this is still fun after you find out who wins because the show structure made it so it's interesting to watch the girls personal interactions AND see the "behind the scenes" of photo shoots and makeovers and how they turn out. Season 1 was still the best in my humble opinion, with its prolonged audition process (always the best part) and fantastic clashes with Bible-carrying christians and hardcore atheists. It was also America's introduction at the catwalk Master Miss Jay, who is so funny and so truthful that I think he needs his own talk show.
My only real complaint is lack of one of my favorite DVD special features that would have worked perfectly on this set: commentaries! I think it would have been perfect to hear Tyra Banks, the winner Adrianne Curry (who we know is outspoken as she has moved on to another popular reality show The Surreal Life) and even the other models look back on the experience while watching the episodes. On the same track, seperate or in mixed groups, I don't care! Watching the VH1 "reunion/retrospective" show made this even more obvious.
Tyra Banks obviously works personally in all aspects of the show, and the "models" seem to have no end of stories and gossip to share, and I'm dying to hear what some of them are up to. How fabulous would it be to have "the Jays" and even mean ol' Janice Dickinson pop in? This feature would have been easy to do since the show is still being made, and a big treat for fans. If the producers are reading this- consider it for the future sets, please? (Not to mention those hi-larious Cover Girl "tips" Jay did in between breaks with that model for season 3: "and it smells like cupcakes!" Genius.) Until then, I'll still be watching whatever Top Model crumbs they throw out- I'm a sad addict and couldn't be happier."
garen | canada | 09/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a huge fan of the tv series, I was practically first in line at the store to buy this one. (I couldn't wait to have it shipped to my house.) It's great to watch your favorite episodes without the interruptions of commercials. So two thumbs up for that. I was a bit disappointed by the bonus features. The boxset's final disc (all nine episodes and bonus features are provided on three discs) shows merely a few moments of inital castings and how the girls were chosen. It also shows a few interviews with Jay Manuel (the make-up artist) and Jay Alexander (the runway coach). I was hoping for more footage of the girls' catfights and behind the scene footage of the judging sessions. All in all the first season on DVD is great but I hope UPN provides us with a bit more when the second season comes out."