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Weak Effort by Buena Vista...
on December 3, 2004
I really enjoy watching Home Improvement. (The show itself would get 5 stars!) I was able to get in to watch the show taped twice. I've visited every Disney store I was ever around to ask why they didn't have HI merchandise and asked the store people to make the suggestion to higher ups.
I was signed up for notice of the release of these on Amazon several months before it came out. I forwarded the information to many of my friends who also enjoy the show.
I love having all 24 episodes, commercial free in DVD quality video and sound.
HOWEVER, it gets only 2 stars because there are virtually no extras. There is commentary by writers, producers or someone on THREE episodes. THREE? Why not get some of the cast involved. Why not do ALL of the episodes. This looks like just enough effort to be able to say "commentary available" or something like it on the case.
Extras? About 10 minutes of collected moments from the show grouped into 9 topics like Tim Grunting, Jill's bites, Wilson's Intro's, Al's Comebacks and some more. While it is entertaining (minimally) it is only barely worth considering as an extra. In my opinion, it shouldn't even count as an extra because it's nothing that isn't in the episodes anyway.
Having watched the DVD's of other "TV Seasons" with cast and crew commentary on every episode, outtakes, interviews and other "insider information" I was very disappointed.
There are NO out takes. That's right NONE. The first season doesn't even include the ones at the end of the show - these were introduced in later seasons. Having seen filming twice, I can tell you that as good as HI is, the stuff that gets cut is many times FAR, FAR funnier than what made the screen.
I'm not sorry I bought them. I'll buy several more seasons. I'm just disappointed that the studio didn't spend more time beefing up the offering. Future purchases will certainly not be made with anywhere near the sense of expectation. I'll probably just wait a few months until after the releases and pick them up used. I guess I just hoped for too much from Buena Vista.