I didn't watch this show when it first ran,
probably because it was on opposite other shows I
watched...this was back in the "old days" before we had
VCR's, DVD's, DVR's or streaming shows. Or perhaps I
was just too busy. It debuted in 1981, when I was struggling
on my own. I started watching it later, and watched the
earlier episodes in re-runs. It's great to have them
on DVD because they're just so good.
all, I love the story of Krystal torn between the suave,
rich, handsome Blake and the young, virile, handsome (but
married) Matthew. Matthew's wife was in the hospital
because she had a breakdown, but he refused to divorce her.
Krystle was clearly in love with both men. Eventually
they wrote out the middle-class Matthew and concentrated
just on the rich folks. At the end of this season, they
brought in Alexis, which completely changed the tone of the
show. It became all about the big rivalry between Alexis and
Krystal. They probably got better ratings from that.
The great thing about watching any old TV shows is to spot
actors when they were very young. There are two "Days of Our
Lives" stars in this series. Wayne Northrop (who
played Roman for many years on DOOL) plays the chauffeur
with whom Fallon has an affair. Stephen Nichols
("Patch" on DOOL) has a very small part in the first episode
as an airline pilot.
There are some really
good interviews with Al Corley (the original Steven) and
Pamela Sue Martin (the original Fallon). It's clear from
what they both said that the writing got worse as time went
on, and that's part of why they both left the show. In the
case of Steven, the network wasn't good at figuring out
whether he was gay or bisexual, so they kept changing the
character. The show really did jump the shark later on
as it got more and more outlandish. It started out as
a very realistic melodrama.
Any fan of soap
operas or old 80's TV should love this disk set. I really
enjoyed the special features. Besides those two character
profiles, there's a good one called "Family, Furs and Fun:
Creating Dynasty." I look forward to future seasons!
They actually did come out with all of the seasons before,
so I guess they are starting over with a better format.
There's going to be a new "Dynasty" show, so I assume that's
the main reason they came out with it again.
Dynasty: The First Season DVD
Street Date: February 7
season of Dynasty,
the powerhouse primetime 80s soap opera,
begins with oil tycoon Blake Carrington
marrying his former secretary, Krystle.
Krystle's former lover, Matthew, returns
to town and causes more problems when he
tells Krystle that he's still in love
with her. Blake's daughter Fallon does
not support his marriage, and chooses to
marry childhood friend Jeff Colby just
for her father's benefit.
Relive all the glitz, glamour and
drama from the premiere season of the powerhouse
;80s soap opera, Dynasty
, on DVD for
the first time in over a decade. Created by
Richard and Esther Shapiro, and produced by TV
legend Aaron Spelling, the Dynasty: Season
DVD colleciton includes all 15
episodes from season one, plus special features
including cast interviews and Family, Furs
and Fun: Creating Dynasty
, a featurette that
dives into the making of the series. Dynasty
follows the Carringtons, a wealthy family
residing in Denver, Colorado. After oil tycoon
Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) marries his
former secretary, Krystle Grant Jennings (Linda
Evans), her former lover Matthew Blaisdel (Bo
HOpkins) who has been working as a geologist on
one of Blake's oil rigs, returns to town and
causes further problems when he tells Krystle
that he's still in love with her. Blake's
daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) does not
support his marriage, and chooses to marry
Childhood friend Jeff Colby (John James
Anderson) against her father's wishes. Dynasty: Season
also includes guest appearances from Golden
Special Features: Al Corley
Character/Steven Carington Profile
Interview with Al Corely on his character,
Steven Carrington.Pamela Sue Martin
Character/Fallon Carrington Colby
Interview with Pamela Sue Martin on her
character Fallon Carrington Colby Family,
Furs and Fun: Creating Dynasty
with show creators Richard and Esther Shapiro,
and actors Al Corley and Pamela Sue Martin,
along with a behind-the-scenes look at the
making of the series.
Full Screen format; English mono; English SDH
Rating: Not rated.
Approximately 11 hours, 58 minutes.
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