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Old May 12 2012, 08:55 PM   #46
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God yes. Even worse, the Stargate SG1 releases - 4/5 episodes per release, and then 5 releases per season, and not even the option of a full season set until much farther down the line (season 7 or 8 onwards).
Werent the full season collections (in the huge boxes as they were basically the episode dvds stuck in one box) available much earlier? I know you could get the early seasons in those collections a long time before season 7/8 came out.

I was quite disappointed with the last season of Scrubs (well the last season proper, before the medstudents season). No commentary on the last episode!!
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Old May 12 2012, 09:09 PM   #47
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Poor wording on my part.

The earlier seasons were available in season form prior to season 7/8 releases, however they were some way behind the individual releases. Season 1 for example came out in season form 4 years after the series had aired on TV and at least 3 years after the individual DVD releases.

To be fair, SG1 wasn't the only series where that happened. Farscape was similar.

That carried on until season 5, when they eventually caught up to a point.
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Old May 14 2012, 04:46 AM   #48
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Poor wording on my part.

The earlier seasons were available in season form prior to season 7/8 releases, however they were some way behind the individual releases. Season 1 for example came out in season form 4 years after the series had aired on TV and at least 3 years after the individual DVD releases.
Season 1 is a bad example since that was never properly released individually in R2 - there was a 'best of season 1' set with Children of the Gods and the last 3 episodes, while 2 more episodes (IIRC Thor's Hammer and Hathor) were added as a bonus to the last disc in Season 2 - the rest of the season was never released outside of the boxsets

To be fair though, from what I remember the whole concept of complete season box sets never really caught on in the UK for several years - for years we were plagued with best of and single-disc releases - what boxsets did come out were extremely expensive at the time...
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Old May 14 2012, 08:08 AM   #49
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Box sets on initial release can still be expensive in the UK. Though to be fair to the SG-1, you can't say that they were light with the special features, episode commentaries on most episodes etc...
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Old May 14 2012, 05:50 PM   #50
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I find it disappointing that in the past region 4 releases often lacked the special features of their R1 releases.
The R4 Farscape sets were a particularly outstanding example of this. The extras were absolutely pathetic (and something as basic as subtitles weren't included). To top it off, each disc "features" the channel 9 logo before the menu - good ol' 9, the network that completely screwed the show in Australia.

(Why yes, I'm still disgusted about that. However did you guess?)

I've pretty much given up on TV box sets as released in Oz; now that our dollar and the US dollar are more or less even I find it's cheaper to buy from overseas - even with postage factored in. It's a pathetic situation that probably won't change any time soon.
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Old May 14 2012, 06:30 PM   #51
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Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction... Fox still hasn't released the entire series yet. They've only released the first season, which isn't bad... but still I'd love to get a hold of the entire series, not just one part .
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Old May 14 2012, 10:55 PM   #52
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The DVD release of M*A*S*H pisses me off.

First, there were no special features. That's fine. I can live with that. But then, after waiting six months or more between seasons, about a year after they released the final season they re-released the series. In slim cases. And they released a special collector's set with special features.

I'm not big on fancy boxes for special editions that don't fit on the shelf but it really pissed me off that they re-released the series in the slim cases which would take up half the space the original release does.
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Old May 14 2012, 11:27 PM   #53
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I was twerked when "Gods of the Arena" didn't have commentaries on the DVD set. That season (and I assume the next/Spartacus Vengeance) was only on the blue ray set.
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Old May 14 2012, 11:33 PM   #54
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The DVD release of M*A*S*H pisses me off.

First, there were no special features. That's fine. I can live with that. But then, after waiting six months or more between seasons, about a year after they released the final season they re-released the series. In slim cases. And they released a special collector's set with special features.

I'm not big on fancy boxes for special editions that don't fit on the shelf but it really pissed me off that they re-released the series in the slim cases which would take up half the space the original release does.
What's as annoying is where there change the design part way through the series. I.e S1/2 will have a picture forming on the spine but S3-5 won't. Or they move to slimline packaging halfway through.

Is it so hard to ask that once you start a certain format to keep it?
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Old May 15 2012, 05:13 PM   #55
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The DVD release of M*A*S*H pisses me off.

First, there were no special features. That's fine. I can live with that. But then, after waiting six months or more between seasons, about a year after they released the final season they re-released the series. In slim cases. And they released a special collector's set with special features.
Back in 2007 Fox released a special three disk set consisting of the series finale and the special features from the complete series set after fans bitched about no features on the regular sets. It pissed me off too, but I went ahead and got it for the bonus stuff. I ended up giving my extra copy of the finale to a friend in the hopes that he would become a fan.

He didn't.
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Old May 16 2012, 03:37 AM   #56
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The DVD release of M*A*S*H pisses me off.

First, there were no special features. That's fine. I can live with that. But then, after waiting six months or more between seasons, about a year after they released the final season they re-released the series. In slim cases. And they released a special collector's set with special features.

I'm not big on fancy boxes for special editions that don't fit on the shelf but it really pissed me off that they re-released the series in the slim cases which would take up half the space the original release does.
At least there's one thing that (AFAIK) all M*A*S*H DVDs have in common: They let you disable the laugh track.
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Old May 16 2012, 03:58 AM   #57
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These complaints aren't specific to any one DVD, but are about general trends in video releases:

1) lack of special features on the 1-disc DVD. You have to buy at least the two-disc version to get what used to be the "standard" package of extras. Some properties take it 1 step further and have Blu Ray only extra features. This is patently unfair to those who cannot afford the 2-discers or are stuck with DVD as opposed to Blu Ray.

2) Series that don't complete their DVD releases. I'm still waiting for X-men Evolution S4 and seaQuest S3.

3) Price gouging on season sets. Paramount/CBS I'm looking at YOU. $25-50 is the standard season set price...Why do you insist on charging $100+ retail for Trek sets?

4) Blu Ray only release (Paramount, looking your way again)...as I said before, not all of us can afford to buy a new player, and the Blu Rays are $10-15 higher than DVD for the same material.

5) poor quality transfers, esp on materials from the late 90s-early 00s. Esp a problem with animated shows as there seems to be a lot of "ghosting" and "strobing" image-wise. X-Men Evolution, for example, has this problem in spades.

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Old May 16 2012, 05:32 AM   #58
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You forgot: Shitty packaging.

The TNG sets had this problem, and how. You had to take one box out of another box, then unfold about six or seven times before you could get to the disc you wanted. Nowadays almost all DVD boxed sets have those little slimline cases inside, one for each DVD, which is much better. But those damned fold-fold-fold-fold...
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Old May 16 2012, 06:15 AM   #59
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The TNG DVD packaging was divine compared to the crappy packaging that Paramount offered for the DS9 DVD sets.
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Old May 16 2012, 09:24 AM   #60
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The TNG DVD packaging was divine compared to the crappy packaging that Paramount offered for the DS9 DVD sets.
Agreed. I treat my dvds very well and yet all my DS9 sets either have tiny cracks in the thin plastic disc holders or the inside cover with the episode listings has snapped off. They are very badly made.

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