BURBANK, CA (September 2, 2003) - Warner Home Video (WHV) has formally elected November 18th, 2003, as the official DVD release date for the first season of the critically-acclaimed, and three-time Emmy Award winning program for Outstanding Drama Series, The West Wing. In addition to featuring 22 episodes encompassing the high-profile political drama's premiere television season (1999-2000), which made television history by winning a record-breaking nine Emmy Awards, the inaugural four-disc collector's edition will present a wide array of exclusive special features for consumers. The set will be available for $59.98 (SRP) with an order date of October 21st.

Special features to be integrated into the DVD set include:

- Commentaries from Aaron Sorkin, The West Wing Creator and Director Thomas Schlamme on five key episodes, including the "Pilot," "What Kind Of Day Has It Been," "Take This Sabbath Day," "In Excelsis Deo" (featuring additional commentary from Co-Executive Producer/Director Alex Graves) and "Celestial Navigation" (with Co-Executive Producer/Director Chris Misiano joining Sorkin and Schlamme)

- Cast and crew interviews

- "The Primaries" and "The West Wing Inauguration" - in-depth making-of documentaries

- Exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage from The West Wing's first season, including "Capital Beat" and "Sheet Music"

- Deleted scenes not incorporated into any of the 22 episodes from The West Wing's first season

- "Gag Order" - a collection of outtakes and bloopers

- "Off the Record" - outtakes from various cast and producer interviews

Regarding the announcement, Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing, stated, "The West Wing is one of the most impressive and pioneering series in the history of television. With strong ratings, wonderful praise from critics and a multitude of industry accolades, this DVD is a must-have for not only fans of the program, but also those who missed out on this extraordinary series when it first aired on television."

From Creator Sorkin and Director Schlamme ("Sports Night") and Executive Producer John Wells ("ER," "Third Watch"), and featuring one of the most talented ensemble casts ever to star in a drama series, The West Wing's Fall 1999 debut on NBC immediately received an extraordinary reception from viewers and television critics alike.

The high-profile drama series uniquely documents the daily activities of a fictitious U.S. President's (Martin Sheen as U.S. President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet) highly talented administration portrayed by Dul