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Reviewed July 10th, 2000 by Brian White


HBO has packaged the first season of its excellent Sex and the City onto two DVDs. As seen on the Larry Sanders Show, and the Sopranos, HBO is capable of creating very new and different television. HBO shows involve characters doing things that are unheard of on regular TV. Sex and the City is no exception, and it stretches the boundaries of sex and the depiction of women beyond borders previously seen on the tube.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Carrie Bradshaw, a sex columnist. She and her friends: Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) make a pact to break out of their roles, and have sex like men. A very basic premise, but it allows for so much, as is demonstrated in these 12 great episodes. While some people can't get beyond the controversy of the show, it will have a legacy: if not for what it is, then for what it inspires.

The video quality on these discs is very grainy. One might expect a much greater quality than that seen on television, but it just isn't here. The DVDs are presented in 4:3, full frame aspect ratio. The discs are not enhanced for 16:9.

The sound is a rather flat 2.0 digital stereo (not the “digital surround” cited on the menu). The music on the menus sounds much better than the audio in the episodes.

For extras, HBO has included a featurette, bios, and web content. When the viewer selects an episode, a synopsis is displayed, and the viewer can view a trailer for the selected


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