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Full House - The Complete First Season



DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 572 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 27 minutes (unaired pilot, commentary not included)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Subtitles in English, French and Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Original Unaired Pilot that features a different actor portraying Danny Tanner; Commentary by Creator and Executive Producer Jeff Franklin on "Our Very First Show" & "Mad Money"; "House of Trivia" Selectable Fast-Fact Subtitle Track on the episode "The Miracle of Thanksgiving"; "Celebrating 50 Years of the Best Shows on Television" Commemorative DVD Volume 4.


FULL HOUSE, the smash-hit, warm and cozy family comedy is now available in all it's season one glory on a four disc box set. Enjoy all 22 Season One episodes of the hit comedy that ran on ABC from 1987 until 1995. The premise behind the series is an unconventional look at a family that's different from the rest. Follow along as widower Danny Tanner welcomes his polar opposite brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and his longtime best friend, the comical Joey (played by Dave Coulier) into his house to help him raise his three daughters. Candace Cameron portrays DJ, the oldest daughter. Jodie Sweetin portrays Stephanie, the middle child, who often times is good for a great comeback and baby Michelle, played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen steal nearly every scene they are in.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The Season One episodes are all very funny and memorable. Relive many great memories, such as when Joey and Jesse struggle to change Michelle's diaper in "Our Very First Show," or watch as Danny, Joey and Jesse spend the day with a nervous Stephanie on her first day of kindergarten in "The First Day of School", or when Jesse uses Michelle to snag a date with Danny's sexy co-worker in "Half a Love Story," and how about when DJ ditches school, only to get caught in the act, by of all people, Michelle in "DJ Tanner's Day Off," and even more hilarious is when Danny gets an even bigger surprise on his birthday than the party himself: his beloved car at the bottom of San Francisco Bay on "The Big Three-O." Some guests include: Kirk Cameron, Chelsea Noble, Ernie Hudson, and Perfect Strangers and George Lopez co-star Belita Moreno. And in this season, we get a hilarious cameo from comedian Phyllis Diller.


The cover art is blue and green in color and features all six cast members in their own box. It's a simple design and the pictures denote what the cast looked like in the first season. The case that holds the four discs is the same used in "The Golden Girls" set, surprisingly enough, and is a flip fold case. Inside is a pamphlet of sorts that lists all the episodes and a brief description and which disc they are on. It's a nice feature. Disc 1 has a green background and uses the same picture of John Stamos as Jesse on its cover. Disc 2 features Bob Saget as Danny. Disc 3 features Dave Coulier as Joey while Disc 4 has all three of the kids (Candace Cameron as DJ, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie and Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen as Michelle). All discs are the same overall design. And finally, Disc One contains episodes 1-6, Disc Two contains episodes 7-12, Disc Three contains episodes 13-18 and Disc Four contains episodes 19-22.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu screen is as colorful as the set is. It has a photo of the cast and the theme music (shortened, but with lyrics) loops in the background. The first selection is "Play All" followed by "Episodes" in which you can go to another menu screen (with no music) and choose the episode you want to watch. The third selection is "Special Features" that lets you choose the special features located on the discs. And finally, "Languages" which let you choose "Spoken Languages" (only English is an option) or Subtitles that range from English, to French, to Spanish. Each episode contains the entire unedited theme song and they are unedited and run for 23 to 24 minutes in length.

Video and Audio Quality:

For a show that's nearly twenty years old from the premiere date, the video is quite good. The audio, like on older show sets, was low, so it may require you to increase the volume on your TV quite a bit. But there were no major issues to be concerned with on this set. And on this set, closed captioning as well as Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are available. One bad thing is that there are no chapters or scene selections! It is hard to get from one point to another without that.

Special Features:

The special features are pretty good for this set. On the first episode, as well as the twenty-first episode there is commentary by Executive Producer and Creator Jeff Franklin. On Disc One, the Original Unaired Pilot is available, too! The original unaired pilot is basically the same premise as the first real episode, but features actor John Posey in the Bob Saget role. It's literally the exact same. The opening credits are also the exact same. Just replace Bob Saget with John Posey. The scenes are exactly the same in the opening credits as you see on the entire first season. A few pieces of dialogue are different in the episode, but overall it's the same. On Disc Two, during the episode "The Miracle of Thanksgiving" there is a great feature that explains behind the scenes and fun facts from the show. They are exactly like subtitles. Some interesting gems discuss how most of the San Francisco establishing shots was done in a single day, and how Full House started off Friday's at 8:00PM and slowly beat out competitors "Rags to Riches" and "Beauty and the Beast". Also, too, they explain that in the opening credits, Mary Kate and Ashley are credited as one person "Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen" as to not reveal there are two different girls playing Michelle. It's a nice feature that I would love to see on other sets for other shows.

Included in this season set of FULL HOUSE are two specialty releases: one episode each of "Growing Pains" and "Step By Step." The case that this disc comes in is cardboard. It's listed as "Volume Four" and a "Commemorative DVD". The disc slips out and the disc has the same cover as the case itself. There is no promotion for either show on the actual Full House Box, or the case the disc comes in. Only when you look at the disc is when you can see that the first selection will be Growing Pains and the second selection will be Step by Step. The menu screen follows the same design as the cover. And surprisingly enough, all it has is "Play Show 1" or "Play Show 2," not even the show names, or their episode names either! It was a bit surprising. I expected a little bit more out of this, although I'm not sure why.

The "Growing Pains" episode has good audio and video. The episode is unedited and runs approx. 23 minutes. The episode of Growing Pains included is "Jealousy," an early episode from the very first season that has Jason up in arms when Maggie begins working late on a story with a handsome co-worker. The "Step By Step" episode also has good audio and video. Unfortunately, this episode is edited, and runs only 21 minutes in length. The episode they chose to use for this series was "Pilot" in which Frank moves his kids into Carol's house and Al has to get her appendix removed.

Although I applaud Warner for including these two shows in this set, it was disappointing to see the episode of Step by Step edited. It's probably a complicated matter, but one could argue, if you have an uncut episode of Growing Pains, how do you not get one of Step by Step? Is it because Growing Pains might be coming soon as a season set, since it is unedited? I think it's nice to have these two shows included in this set, but I'm not entirely sure just what Warner Bros. wants to accomplish. Is it to garner more interest in the shows used as specialty discs, or is it meant to test the waters for possible releases, or is their hope that fans of Growing Pains and Step by Step will purchase this set for just one single episode of their favorite show? Only time will tell.

Final Comments:

In conclusion, I believe any fan of Full House will enjoy this set very much. For the extremely low price of thirty dollars, this is a wonderful set to own. Even though I'm not a diehard fan, I think this set is great. I also think that future releases of other shows can try and incorporate the "Fast-Fact Subtitle" idea used (the first season of "Gilligan's Island" includes this feature, though) as well as including the pamphlet that lists the episodes, some episode stills, and a brief one sentence description. I encourage every fan to buy this set.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 02/12/05

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