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Six Feet Under from Warner

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Six Feet Under - Series One Box Set for July 7th 2003. All 13 episodes from the first season will be presented in 1.33:1 Full Screen video and will be accompanied by the following bonus features...

  • Audio commentaries on the first and last episodes
  • Episodic previews and recaps
  • Deleted scene from pilot with audio commentary
  • Digital Kitchen: Making The Opening Sequence piece
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Music tracks (main theme and never before released Kid Loco Remix)
Retail is £49.99. Here is a look at the box artwork and some info along with an episode guide from the press release...



Launched on Channel 4 in 2002 to outstanding critical acclaim, this ground-breaking series from Alan Ball, the Academy-award winning writer of American Beauty, takes a darkly comic look at life and death from the perspective of a dysfunctional family that runs an independent funeral home in California.

Winning three Golden Globes in 2001 including Best Television Series, six Emmy Awards in 2002 and nominated for four Golden Globes this year, Six Feet Under is a quality comedy of the absurd realities of life.

When a bus kills Nathaniel Fisher, owner of the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in Los Angeles, his family are left to address the business of grief management, while at the same time managing their own grief and getting on with the business of living. But events such as a messy end for a bakery worker, a much-mourned loss of a larger-than-life porn star and a death of a Mexican-American gang member ensure that this business rarely runs smoothly…

Cast:

Peter Krause as elder son Nate Fisher (The Truman Show)
Frances Conroy: Ruth Fisher (Maid in Manhattan, Sleepless in Seattle, Scent of a Woman)
Lauren Ambrose as daughter Claire Fisher (Law & Order, Party of Five)
Rachel Griffiths as Nate’s love interest Brenda Chenowith (Hilary and Jackie, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Muriel’s Wedding)
Richard Jenkins as patriarch Nathaniel Fisher Snr (Changing Lanes, One Night at McCool’s, Random Hearts, There’s Something about Mary)
Michael C Hall as younger son David Fisher (star of numerous off-Broadway shows)
Freddy Rodriguez as mortician Fredrico (Dead Presidents, Walk in the Clouds)

EPISODE GUIDE

Pilot
Los Angeles, Christmas Eve, Nathaniel Fisher, owner of the Fisher and Sons Funeral Home, is killed when a municipal bus broadsides his new hearse. The tragedy casts a pall on the holiday homecoming of son Nate, as he must not only deal with the death of a father, but the traumas facing his unusual family.

The Will
The inventor of a franchise pyramid scheme dies in a pool accident, leaving his widow and infant daughter with a mountain of debts and no money for a proper funeral. Nate offers a solution: rent a top-line casket, then cremate the body after viewing. There's just one problem: by law, a used casket cannot be re-sold. At the reading of Mr. Fisher's will, Ruth gets cash, stocks and insurance money, Nate and David split the funeral business (much to David's chagrin), and Claire gets college tuition, which she considers trading for cash. Later, Nate learns the meaning of "Angel Lust," Ruth breaks up with Hiram during a nature hike, David receives an unexpected visit from his ex-fiancée Jennifer, and Gabe gets Claire to suck on his toes in the back of her hearse.

The Foot
A bakery owner meets an unsavoury demise - and it's up to Fredrico to put the pieces back together. The Fishers decide to sell out to Kroehner, but Nate backs down after meeting with Gilardi. Claire finds a disturbing way to pay back Gabe for blabbing to the school about her toe-sucking exploits. A vengeful Gilardi tells Nate that Kroehner has bought the abandoned house across the street, and plans on turning it into a cheap crematorium. Looking for a way to feel ‘alive’, Ruth visits the horse track with best friend Amelia, but loses a bundle. After Nate and Brenda make love in the Kroehner house, it suspiciously catches fire.

Familia
A Mexican-American gang member is killed, and the Fishers find that the family's wishes for burial are at odds with those of the gang's leader. Meanwhile, with arson investigators breathing down the family's neck, Nate, David and Ruth wonder if Claire might have had something to do with the fire across the street. Brenda arrives for her first dinner at the Fishers, but fails to make a favourable impression with Ruth. And David gets courage from an unexpected source to end a feud with Keith - and stand up to Gilardi's threat to destroy the Fisher's business.

An Open Book
The death of a porno queen shocks Ruth, who is not prepared for the crush of co-stars who arrive at the Fisher's home to eulogize the fallen star. Keith takes issue with David's desire to replace his father as deacon at the family church. Claire and Ruth attempt to spend some more quality time together, and make a spontaneous visit to their cousins' Cleaverian home. Nate has dinner, sans Brenda, with her psychiatrist parents Bernard and Margaret, and has an unsettling first encounter with her brother Billy.

The Room
A grieving widower camps out in the Fisher Funeral Home after the death of his wife of 56 years. Sparks fly when Claire meets Brenda's brother Billy. Ruth spurns Hiram after running into him at a church; later, Nikolai, the Fishers’ Russian florist, woos her. While serving church meals to the homeless, David finds himself pursued by pushy divorced parishioner Tracy Montrose Blair, and an examination of funeral-home receipts leads Nate to uncover some of his father's secrets.

Brotherhood
When a young Army veteran dies of Gulf War syndrome, his embittered brother decides to eschew a military funeral in favour of a simple cremation and disposal. David casts the swing vote in the church search committee's decision to hire a progressive young associate priest. Claire has trouble recognizing the value of algebra at school and in her life, while Nate and Brenda plan to spend their first weekend away - but Billy has other ideas.

Crossroads
With a lull in business at Fisher's, Nate and David decide to rent out a room at the funeral home to make some extra income, and Rico is tempted to take on some extra work at Kroehner's. Claire struggles to grasp the lessons of her outreach hike in the mountains, and Ruth struggles to reconcile her feelings toward Hiram with her need for excitement. Connor, a long-time Aussie friend of Brenda's, gets under Nate's skin. David's mood is buoyed by some good news: a bus crash has killed scores, and many of them are local!

Life’s Too Short
A tragedy reunites Claire with ‘foot guy’ Gabe who sullied her reputation at school. David and new boyfriend Kurt explore the disco circuit. To improve Nate's sales skills, Brenda suggests they pose as bereaved relatives at several funeral homes in the area and Ruth finds a weekend camping trip with Hiram to be an eye-opening experience.

The New Person
Nate and David decide to hire a replacement for Rico: Angela (Illeana Douglas), who does good work and speaks her mind - too well. Billy has a gallery exhibit for some recent photos, including one taken of a surprising (and surprised) subject. David reacquaints with Keith, Ruth dines with Nikolai, and Claire frets over Gabe's inconsistent behaviour.

The Trip
David, Nate and Brenda travel to Las Vegas to attend a funeral directors conference, and experience the highs and lows of Sin City. Ruth takes a floral-arrangement class, and learns to listen to her inner self. A baby's death from SIDS cast a pall over the Fisher and Sons return of Rico, whose wife is pregnant with the couple's second child.

A Private Life
The homophobic killing of a gay man forces David to confront his own fears about his lifestyle - and life choices. After a particularly sick "joke" by Billy, Nate agrees with Brenda's parents that Billy should be institutionalised, but Brenda isn't convinced - yet. Ruth shares a secret about her love life with fellow florist Robbie, Claire shares a secret about Gabe with her school shrink, and David shares a secret about himself with his mother.

Knock Knock
David and the rest of the Fishers experience the control-freak side of Tracy Montrose Blaire when she envisions a "resplendent" funeral for her dearly departed Aunt Lilian. Brenda visits a remorseful Billy in the institution, and then gets into an argument with Nate that has some serious repercussions. David is forced to take a stand at church when he and the other deacons are told that Father Jack has been presiding over same-sex marriages. Gabe reverts to some bad habits when he and Claire attend a party hosted by her sometime friend Parker. Ruth closes one door on Hiram, and opens another with Nikolai and Rico celebrates his son's christening with a spirited reception at Fisher and Sons Funeral Home.

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