Every compelling and provocative episode from the first four seasons of House is now available in the House Seasons 1-4 collection. Join two-time Golden Globe® winner and Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Hugh Laurie in his cr... more »itically acclaimed role as Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant physician who can solve the most baffling medical questions but is always a puzzle to his staff and patients with his sarcastic bedside manner. Don?t miss a minute of the show that critics hail as ?entertaining and interesting on every level? (Chicago Sun-Times).« less
"I am a long-time very devoted fan of Hugh Laurie, so naturally, I watch House religiously. I already had seasons 1-3 on DVD, but when it was confirmed that this set contained season one on single sided discs, I had to buy it! I needed season 4 anyway, so it was well worth the money, and I gave my old season 1-3 sets to a friend who was very happy to get free dvds. House is without a doubt the best show that television has to offer these days, and while the whole cast is great, Hugh is the reason I watch; I'm not sure any other actor could make the show as wonderful as it is. If you're at all frustrated with the double sided discs of season 1, or just love the show anyway, don't hesitate. Buy this set, sit back and enjoy!"
Jay Schufman | Little Falls, MN USA | 08/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We've just received our 4-season "Catch Up with House" collection from Amazon! And we're thrilled to have this series on disc and commercial free! The 1st season has been re-issued on 6 single-sided format discs (instead of the previously issued 3 double-sided format discs), to address a question previously discussed! I paid my $132.99, and I'm happy! js"
Gregory House is an exceptional Sherlock Holmes
J. D. Best, author | Arizona | 09/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great series with fine actors given extraordinary scripts so they can show off their talents. House is the perfect antihero. He's certainly not Doctor Kildare, but despite his handicaps, physical and emotional, he never wavers from doing right--at least in his eyes.
Have we seen this character before? Of course. As many have pointed out, Gregory House is based on Sherlock Holmes. He's arrogant, a drug abuser, solves murderous mysteries, plays a musical instrument, has a best friend named Wilson instead of Watson (who, like Holmes, he always calls by his last name), lives at the same street address (221B), gets bored easy, and at a glance he can deduce a person's recent activities
The creators pay homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (a doctor that says Holmes was based partly on Dr. Bell) by giving their characters similar names to Doyle's creation and throwing occasional hints at the audience; like the episode where House says he got another Conan Doyle book for Christmas or giving the man who shot House the name of Moriarty.
If you find the Holmes/House connections interesting, you might try http://www.housemd-guide.com/holmesian.php, a site dedicated to the House series.
Most people don't realize that Sherlock Holmes is the most depicted character in film--over 200 movies or TV shows. Perhaps they ought to add all the House episodes to this tally.
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Not exactly what I expected
Nancy L. Kemper | USA | 12/22/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It was a boxed set of the first 4 seasons all in 1 box, the dvd's were not in cases but in plastic sleeves, I've only watched the first 2 disks and they freeze up and skip sceens, so I'm hoping they all don't do that and it wasn't a waste of over $100. I was expecting the individual boxes for each season as seen in stores and on the site. Even the e-mail they sent me to review my purchase had the picture of each season in the seperate boxes. I'm a bit disappointed and can only hope all the other disks will play without freezing and skipping. If I had it to do over I would just buy them in a store, so I could simply exchange it for a dvd that works. Not So Happy House Fan."
The Full Laurie
Pyanfar Chanur | USA | 01/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"House is an extremely well-done show: Hugh Laurie's character is the centerpiece, but the interesting balance of supporting cast really brings out the chemistry. Critics complain that each episode is predictable, but that's not the point. An episode of House isn't about the "patient of the week"--it's a Sherlock Holmes story, where how the mystery is solved is far more interesting than the fact *that* it is solved.
If you're in the medical profession, a lot of this may seem unbelievable. Just remind yourself that the secondary enjoyment of this show is the vicarious thrill of watching House say things every doctor wishes they could say, or do things to a patient for which any normal doctor would be fired, or even arrested.
The House Seasons 1-4 collection is just that: a bundled package of all four boxed sets of House on DVD. There are no bonus bundle goodies, but you get a much better deal on the set than if you'd bought each season singly. That's not to say there's no bonus material here: in each season you'll find extras aplenty, from deleted scenes to behind-the-scenes to bloopers, outtakes, and goofing around (Season One, for example, has scenes that for some odd reason were shot in Valley-Girl-speak). The menus provide easy access to all episodes, an episode index, of the bonus materials, and in a nod to convenience, each disc will tell you which disc in the series contains which bonus materials: no repeat swapping to find the bits you want to see.
If you're interested in House, I highly recommend you go ahead and buy the set: these seasons don't disappoint, and you'll end up getting more for your money."