Epitomizing the idea of “family” television, the entire first season
of “DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN,” is now available in a boxed dvd set,
courtesy of A&E.
Few actresses have aged as beautifully as Jane Seymour, and while she’s never
given a startling performance, her beauty and adequate acting ability have
enhanced the romantic elements of such work as “SOMEWHERE IN TIME,” and this
television series. Each of the 16 episodes and pilot, included herein,
make for extremely clean, syrupy family entertainment. “DR.QUINN
MEDICINE WOMAN” is extremely safe viewing, but that also means there’s
virtually nothing daring about it either.
In the “Pilot” episode which premiered over ten years ago, we meet Michaela
Quinn(Seymour) as a physician leaving Boston to aid the needy in the frontier of
the Wild West. We also meet her future romantic interest, Sully(Joe Lando)
as well as get a hint of troubles to ensue in future episodes with the Indians
and Calvary. Some episodes are more entertaining than others, and for
dramatic tension, and “some” limited believability, subjects relating to
alcoholism, difficult brain surgery and other matters are subtly explored.
A&E has preserved the show’s original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. While
there is some minor grain during a few episodes, overall, the color quality is
solid. The image is sharper than in its regular television airings, with a slick
image, and excellent contrast. Fleshtones appear natural.
A&E has provided a Dolby Digital Stereo mix for this release. While
this isn’t an aggressive mix, there is a fair share of separation in the front
soundstage, and dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Being that this is an A&E production, the entire A&E biography of Ms.
Seymour has been included, and it’s extremely entertaining.
An interactive extra allows the viewer to select various locations within the
town and learn about the 1800s, in relation to making drinks, the Morse code,
and other nostalgic elements.