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Northern Exposure - The Complete Series (1990)

Rob Morrow , Joe Napolitano , Randall Miller  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rob Morrow
  • Directors: Joe Napolitano, Randall Miller, Matt Nodella
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 26
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 5093 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LSO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Northern Exposure - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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The Northern Lights shine brighter than ever in Northern Exposure: The Complete Series! Available together on DVD for the first time, this must-own 26-disc anthology includes every episode from all six seasons of the groundbreaking Primetime Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning hit series. Join Dr. Joel Fleischman (Primetime Emmy Award nominee Rob Morrow), Maggie (Primetime Emmy Award nominee Janine Turner), Chris (Primetime Emmy Award nominee John Corbett) and the rest of the quirky and beloved residents of Cicely, Alaska, as they show how life in a small, arctic town can bring big laughs and heartwarming adventures. Northern Exposure: The Complete Series: take it home today and come in out of the cold!

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690 of 713 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Incomplete Series January 9, 2008
By ceeb
Unfortunately, this series is *not* complete. It's been butchered for a quick buck. Only season one has the original music, as is well documented. It's such a shame to ruin what is one of TV's finest and most original shows.

Do yourself a favor and skip buying this set. I was able to obtain/bootleg all of the episodes on DVD, which I felt I had no choice in doing (I'd rather buy a factory set), recorded from Canadian TV (which, by the way, even has more footage in some of the episodes than the syndicated U.S. broadcasts). This way it's intact, the way it was intended, with the original soundtrack---not the pusillanimous generic elevator music that the studio hastily replaced it with in the DVDs. It's just not the same show without the original soundtrack.

A faux-suede satchel or fake parka case doesn't come close to making up for compromising the artistic integrity of Northern Exposure. Sorry Universal, but you aren't getting one red cent from me until you get this right.
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393 of 407 people found the following review helpful
I would love to buy this. It would be my most prized DVD set. But I cannot until they present us the episodes in their complete and original forms. What a sad waste. They could have sold 100X this many and had steady post release sales had they not gutted this fantastic show. Sad.
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440 of 462 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! December 3, 2007
Great show but it needs the original music. It's too integral a part of the presentation. Kind of like watching a Fred Astaire movie with someone else doing the dancing.
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107 of 113 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Series Ruined By a Shoddy Release... December 17, 2007
By Snoo
I'm writing this review because I just want to echo the other reviewers displeasure by the choice of the publishers to butcher the series' soundtrack. Perhaps with enough negative publicity, the studios may take notice and do a proper release.

Purchasing the full series would be a no-brainer if it were fully intact, but many fans I've spoken to are choosing to not buy, or in some cases, purchasing bootlegged DVDs of the show as aired because they are truer to the show than the official DVDs.
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144 of 154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful bundle with a well documented flaw September 6, 2013
If you spend time on amazon you know they love to do collections like this. They take all of the DVD seasons currently available and they strap them together to give you every episode ever at a pleasantly discounted price.

- all content from the previously released seasons are here
- picture quality is excellent
- despite their only being 5 boxes you will get all six seasons ( seasons one and two are in one DVD set)
- the biggest and most obvious pro is that you get to watch all 110 episodes
- no known issues related to double sided discs
- all extras from original season are included such as deleted/extended scenes. There are even some extras highlighting lot lines that were dropped from the show. Also expect the occasional gag reel.

- ****the biggest and most noticeable con is that with this set you will NOT get the original music from the series. The music has been switched out for royalty free music. This is not the end if the works but you will real a lot of negative reviews due to this. It kinda feels like the soul has been sucked out if the show. If you watch a lot if old shows you will be used to this. See the Wonder years on Netflix for similar disappointment.
- the fluffy parkas are included. This was only part of the original separate season 1 and season 2 separated sets.
- the messenger bag packaging is not included
- small con episodes are on double sided discs. I have not head of any issues with this particular set but double sides discs in the DVD community can sometimes lead to issues from cheap production.

This is a fantastic collection and is far cheaper than buying the individual seasons. If you know you love this show then you will love this bundle.
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109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DUBBED MUSIC A RIP OFF December 5, 2007
By scudder
It is absolutely infuriating that this is not released as aired, original music intact. There are MANY fans that have waited years for this complete release, and now to find that they've cheaped out. I don't care about the cost...have a cheap version for those that can't afford it, and the true version for those who are willing to pay the difference. Just nuts. Any fan, not just purists, will tell you that the music in the show was instrumental to every episode. Whatever possessed these people to think this would fly? .....maybe they should drill holes in their heads to let the demons out....
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Series (Item Review) January 29, 2009
I recently received this series set and thought a review of the product, and not the series, was called for. I couldn't find these answers anywhere else, so here you go:

The series comes in a cheap faux-suede bag with a cardboard insert to keep the DVDs from sliding around. The DVDs fit well and do not rattle or slide. You can remove the insert and use the bag by itself if you'd like.

The DVDs are the same DVDs as you would receive if you ordered the individual seasons seperately from Amazon. There are two packaging differences, though. First, the DVDs are not wrapped in the novelty gift parkas that the individual seasons have. Second, the DVDs come in the "slim" style of cases instead of the standard DVD cases.

The special features provide no commentary. There are a few bloopers and a few outtakes, but that's about it.

I'm giving this four stars because I'm pleased with the product, which is a no frills collection of six seasons. The set loses a star because the original music is gone, and season six was and still is sub-par.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gift Ever...
I bought this great TV series as a gift for my husband. He enjoyed it the first time around. And, I'm convinced age has made him appreciate it even more in 2014! (me too! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Linda H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Not much to say, if you know the show you know how good it is. We watch and re watch it.
Published 22 days ago by Molly Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Be Better
I had this exact set when it first came out, and watched it over the years along with the complete Magnum PI, all of Numb3rs and a lot of favorites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sreep11
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great series.
I watched the series as it came out, then watched it again on Netflix, so decided to go ahead and buy whole thing when it was on sale. Can't wait to watch it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sammy64
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad discs
So far we have had 3 bad disks. Season one disc 2, and season 5 disc 3 & 4. Very disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by dolores halbin
5.0 out of 5 stars northern exposure 16 years later
I love this show, its been 16 years since I last saw it and it was really great seeing it again, wish i could find a town in real life like it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love NX
Glad to finally be able to get the complete series. Wish it was still on the air. I watch it about twice a year.
Published 2 months ago by carol crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure, bringing it back.
Like usual, I waited til the last minute this year to finish up my Christmas shopping. I ordered this box set... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RUTH A BAXTER
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift.
It was a gift for my mother. I know a lot was made of the music. but I didn't think my mother would even notice and she didn't. She loves the stories and the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelly A.Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after all these years!
It was our favorite TV show when it aired, and most of the charm is still there. Happy I got it.
Published 2 months ago by Bob Palmer
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Does anyone know if the music problem is fixed in this new set?
I have all of the DVDs, except the last season, which I plan to get soon. I also have every episode on VHS. Yes, there are some music changes, but not all of the music is different. Some of the most important music is still there, such as the scene where Ed and Chris do the crane dance, the scene... Read more
Nov 7, 2007 by A. Harper |  See all 36 posts
can anyone tell me what's inside the bag?
It has the original packaging of the individual seasons without the outer boxes. There is a piece of cardboard inside the bag that provides support for the slim cases. All the discs are single-sided, by the way.
May 12, 2008 by Sydnius3D |  See all 2 posts
Do the Individual Season DVDs have Replaced Music Also?
I would like to have the 'originals' of this show as well. If someone knows of a source for them, preferably DVD's, please let me know.
Seasons Greetings, Scott
Dec 6, 2008 by Scott Knight |  See all 2 posts
Northern Exposure
See the thread "Does anyone know if the music problem is fixed in this new set?" which is in this forum, all the answers you're looking for are within that.
Sep 17, 2008 by Conner Macleod |  See all 4 posts
English Subtitles
yes, they are all subtitled. i got it last year to replace the bulky vhs tapes i had of the series. this is one of my all time favorite shows, and got me through two very depressing years in my twenties.
May 19, 2009 by K. Samson |  See all 2 posts
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