on June 17, 2006
If you're a T.V. Seinfeld fan you will absolutely love the DVD's. The scenes that are cut to insert commercials by syndicators are restored on the high quality, uniterupted DVD versions. I grew up in the United States and had always liked the series from television. I was married while living/working/studying in China in 2002 and bought the DVD's for my wife on our coming to the United States in 2005. She had never seen Seinfeld before and had never been exposed to this style of humor or the slice of American life that the series presents. We have watched the DVD's over and over again and they never fail to make us laugh and lift our spirits when we've had a bad day. We utilize the closed captioning option and it has been a great help for my wife in acquiring an understanding of casual English usage including slang, and idiom. On a more serious note, owning so many seasons and watching the episodes regularly makes you realize the sad truth that much of American life really is focused on the themes of myopic self-interest presented and ridiculed in this series. I sometimes worry that individuals may actually see the series as a validation of their lack of ethics, morals, and connection with the Creator instead of as a revelation and jabbing at today's inappropriate social dynamics; just as the Archie Bunker/All In the Family series did in the 1970's.
The DVD sets include great special features from "How It Began" to "Making a Seinfeld Episode", deleted scenes, behind the scenes commentary from cast and creators, never-before-seen standup footage of Jerry, original NBC promotional ads and trailers, outtakes and bloopers, and much, much more. It's obvious that a lot of thought and work went into producing the DVD sets and I can't wait until the remaining seasons come out for sale at Amazon. After all; "Who wouldn't love Jerry?"
Episodes included in this set are:
Season 1- The Seinfeld Chronicles, Male Un-bonding, The Stake Out, The Robbery, The Stock Tip.
Season 2 - The Ex-Girlfriend, The Pony Remark, The Busboy, The Baby Shower, The Jacket, The Chinese Restaurant, The Phone Message, The Apartment, The Stranded, The Statue, The Heart Attack, The Revenge, The Deal.
Season 3 - The Note, The Truth, The Dog, The Library, The Pen, The Parking Garage, The Café, The Tape, The Nose Job, The Alternate Side, The Red Dot, The Suicide, The Subway, The Pez Dispenser, The Boyfriend, The Fix-up, The Limo, The Good Samaritan, The Letter, The Parking Space, The Keys.
Season 4- The Trip (Parts 1&2), The Pitch/The Ticket (1hour), The Wallet, The Bubble Boy, The Cheever Letters, The Opera, The Virgin, The Contest, The Airport, The Pick, The Visa, The Movie, The Outing, The Shoes, The Old Man, The Implant, The Handicap Spot, The Junior Mint, The Smelly Car, The Pilot (Parts 1&2).
Season 5 - The Mango, The Glasses, The Puffy Shirt, The Sniffing Accountant, The Bris, The Lip Reader, The Non-Fat Yogurt, The Barber, The Masseuse, The Cigar Store Indian, The Conversation, The Stall, The Marine Biologist, The Dinner Party, The Pie, The Stand-In, The Wife, The Fire, The Raincoats, The Hamptons, The Opposite.
Season 6 - The Chaperone, The Big Salad, The Pledge Drive, The Chinese Woman, The Couch, The Gymnast, The Mom & Pop Store, The Soup, the Secretary, The Switch, The Race, The Label Maker, The Scofflaw, The Highlights of 100 (Parts 1 & 2), The Beard, The Kiss Hello, The Doorman, The Jimmy, The Doodle, The Fusilli Jerry, The Diplomat's Club, The Face Painter, The Understudy.
I actually went ahead and purchased this set, since it turned out to be a cost effective way of purchasing the first six seasons. However, I have to wonder about my purchase since I imagine there will be a "Special Collector's Edition" of all of Seinfeld's seasons after the ninth and final season is released individually on DVD, but it is only a guess. That is, I expect this to happen if Seinfeld is like all other long running TV shows recently released on DVD. Unlike a simple bundling of individual season DVDs such as this, a collector's edition is bound to have lots of extras and all nine seasons at an even steeper discount than this bundle.
At any rate, this contains the first six seasons of Seinfeld which can basically be broken into two parts. The first part consists of the abbreviated seasons one and two, and is good comedy, but you can tell the cast and writers are trying to figure out what exactly this show is supposed to be. The second part is seasons 3-6, and consists of the first four of Seinfeld's five "golden years". Starting in season three the show really hits its stride, and continues to do so through season seven. At the conclusion of season seven Larry David left the show's executive producer slot, and although Seinfeld was still great and innovative in it last two seasons, to me it just never quite reached the peaks of seasons 3-7.
Now, though, seasons 1-7 are being sold as a pack, and season eight is on the way, so I would no longer advise this bundle as a good value.