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First of all, the 2-hour Pilot was NOT included in the "Complete First Season." Mindboggling, especially since there was room on the DVDs - the third DVD had 6 episodes instead of 8. The inclusion of the Pilot would have also meant that both parts of "Victoria's Secret" would have been on the same side of Disc 3. As it stands, you have to flip the disc to see part 2, which interrupts the flow of that episode.
I was also disappointed to find that the DVDs contain absolutely nothing in the way of bonus features. The ability to choose from either English or French subtitles and audio tracks just doesn't cut it. Sorry. Other TV series sets have set the bar for this one, and the Due South DVDs, sorry to say, don't achieve those high expectations.
The third & last flaw in the set is the truly abysmal design of the case. I've never seen another set that crammed 3 discs into one case, requiring that two discs overlap each other and that the third disc is more or less hidden under the insert. The overlapping discs are very hard to remove, and I'm sure I'm not the only person who worries about breaking or scratching the discs. I bought extra DVD cases just for these discs, to avoid the overlapping case.Read more ›
When the dvds arrived I watched the first few episodes with no problem, but as I got to the second disc I found that the first episode was corrupted, the playback would stop and start and then just freeze altogether making the episode unwatchable. I looked through the rest of the episodes and found that two others had the same problem and most of them did not play back smoothly all the way through. Even the episodes that I could watch were made less enjoyable because of the jerky playback.
I was very much looking forward to having a marathon after so many years but now I've just lost all enthusiasm because the set has been so badly butchered.
Having read some other reviews I do not share the greivance over the double sided discs, the packaging or the lack of extras provided because I only wanted the episodes, but these are perfectly valid complaints.
I think that any true fan could probably look past these things, but to be sold a set this basic at an unfairly high price that is actually unwatchable is truly unbelievable to me, and I am disgusted with Alliance Atlantis for doing this to fans of the show.
Condsidering that they are involved in the 'CSI' shows which have been given perfectly good dvd trasnfers and most likely bought them large finacial success I cannot understand how they can treat Due South with so little respect that they cannot correctly encode or write the episodes to discs.Read more ›
For the price, I expected something better. For example, SG1 boxsets which are almost half the price have much better packaging - single boxes for each disc (5 discs total for whole season, like Due South). Or like 24 where it's a fold out box with each disc having their own holder.
As for the show, there are definitely no complaints there. It's all wonderfully crisp and clear, and no commercials! One gripe, as other reviewers have mentioned is that the pilot isn't released as well. Although I've heard that they now will include it in Season 3 boxset which will be forthcoming later this year. (...)
The scripts are tight. The characterization reflects consideration of personal experiences. The stories keep the viewer watching. The visuals are strategically placed. Nothing is taken for granted -- once the viewer knows what to look for, in rewind or second viewing, one can actually see what Benton Fraser observes and reports. The humor is clever. Fraser's "life lessons" are delightful ("Duck means duck" or "Don't follow a man over a cliff" or "When the Inuit go fishing..."). The wolf's "dialogue" with Fraser cracks me up.
Paul Gross curls my toes. Benton Fraser does it for me also.
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I bought the Due South Ultimate Collection and am so disappointed. I have scene the entire collection several times on Netflix and loved it. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Sharon Carey
This is a great series with action, adventure, and humor all wrapped into one tight package. Highly recommend this set!Published on July 26, 2013 by Chew Man
I actually got the tape because I wanted to see Victoria's Secret uncut; no dissapointments there. But I ejoyed each episode, even with the dated clothing and city life stereotypes... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Vihuntr
Season One (1) and Season Two (2) are available now at Target for $5 each. Season One (1) includes the two hour pilot episode. I loved them both. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Beach Princess
If you like a blend of action and comedy, you can't go wrong with Due South, which features a fish-out-of-water Mountie and a rough Italian cop teaming up to fight crime in... Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by Viva
An absolutely unique and delightful show! BUT...stop at the end of Season Two. Season Three is almost wholly abominable.Published on August 1, 2007 by AndrewQ
Thanks to other reviews for this item I was aware of both the difference in image quality, what constituted the various "seasons" of this series, and the mismatch in cost of the... Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by yourlibrarian
"Due South" was a classic! The first season, with RCMP Constable Benton Frasier, (accompanied by his deaf wolf, Diefenbaker) totally removed from his Yukon roots, and dealing with... Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by The Old Ranger
This is a note about the cheaper Best Buy DVD's that some here have mentioned. While it is true that Best Buy tends to sell the sets cheaper, as far as I know there is no new... Read morePublished on July 13, 2006 by V. Wong