46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2002
I want Seinfeld on DVD. Why? Because I cant see it on TV any more. In Australia, no free-to-air network now shows the series, it is being shown on Pay-TV, which 1 million out of the 20 million people in this country have access to (I'm one that doesn't have access to it). I understand ours is a smaller market and will probably make less money than the US market, but Seinfeld has an unbelievably huge following in this country. If Jerry Seinfeld, and the owners of the series want to make real money in Australia, stop showing it through FOXTel, and release it on DVD to EVERYBODY, people want to watch, and have access to their favourite episodes.. The special features could be amazing, with commentries, outtakes, deleted scenes, etc... It will make many people happy, and as a by-product, make you $$$.. :)
63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Get Out! "Seinfeld" on DVD? He's already the Master of His Domain why would it need to be released it on DVD? Because the fans demanded it and justice can only be served if one of the most popular and best sitcoms can be viewed, uncut and with lots and lots of background material on this groundbreaking show. Just a warning this review is for the gift set which includes the salt shakers, playing cards and a copy of one of Larry David's scripts. That's the main difference between this gift set (that and the fact that it includes the two boxed sets including the first three "seasons"). The first season consisted of five episodes (including the pilot)while the second consisted of 13 episodes as the network decided to commit to the show when the show received solid ratings. The third season consists of 22 episodes. All the episodes are the uncut original episodes that aired on NBC (most of the episodes in syndication are usually trimmed by a minute or two). The boxed set has a slipover case. Inside the inside slipcase each disc is nicely housed in individual slim DVD holders. 15 commentary tracks (if I'm counting correctly)for both sets. Deleted scenes, unused stand up bits, promos, featurettes make this a generous set particulary when compared to the bare bones releases for other similar (although not as funny) series.
When "The Seinfeld Chronicles" (the original title) first aired as a limited series no one suspected it would be the next big thing. Seinfeld and his collaborator/co-creator/co-producer and frequent co-writer Larry David pushed TV comedy to its boundaries and then demolished them. They'd then establish new boundaries and demolish those. That's groundbreaking, important television. It's also what made "Seinfeld" unique. Sure, "Who's The Boss?" could be funny but it had to be about something where someone learned something in every episode. Seinfeld's and David's mantra "learn nothing and be about nothing" proved that TV touching on the absurdity of real life could be funnier than TV where the characters learned valuable lessons and became better people. In truth, that rarely happens in the real world and the fact that Seinfeld made fun of and played with that convention made it important. It helped that it was damn funny as well.
An exceptionally sharp looking high definition transfer makes this one of the best looking transfer I've seen in awhile. The pilot episode doesn't look quite as sharp. It's clear that it's drawn from a second generation videotaped master. The colors bleed a bit but and the image isn't quite as sharp as the rest of the series.
The hour long documentary has interesting, revealing tidbits including a shocker from Julia Louis- Dreyfus-she never saw the original pilot episode. In fact, she didn't see it until she prepped for the commentary tracks and interview for this boxed set. Larry David's acerbic dry fatalistic sense of humor (which informs his terrific show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO) along with the witty, informed but ultimately wacky observations of the rest of the cast and crew make this a marvelous documentary. Unlike the featurettes or documentaries on a lot of TV shows (any of the "Sex and the City" ones for example), to invert a famous quip by a famous writer, "there's there there". Substance for a show about nothing what an ironic twist but in reality "Senfield" was about something. It was about the absurd little moments that populate our lives but a little more twisted.
We also get a trivia filled "Notes About Nothing" that can be viewed while watching the various episodes. Sometimes it's about...well nothing but most of the time there's fascinating bits of trivia in this text commentary. "In the Vault" includes deleted scenes from season 1 & 2. Finally, we get commentaries from Jerry, Larry David, writer Larry Charles and Jason, Julia & Michael on 6 classic episodes. There's also two versions of the pilot with interesting differences included (not the least of which is the weak opening music which doesn't compare to the final theme).
So...yada, yada yada buy this today....yada, yada, yada.
45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2002
Where to even begin...... Firstly, I think whoever is in charge of making the executive decision to get all 9 beloved seasons on DVD and still has not done so should be deported to India with BaBoo Baut!! Seinfeld is undisputedly the greatest TV series ever made! My entire family adores the show.... my efforts, along with my mother and brother taped every single episode on VHS totalling 18 VHS tapes. I watch 2-3 episodes every night before I go to sleep!!
Now... I know what your thinking.... "if he has every episode on VHS, why is he so adimant about getting it put on DVD?!?" Well, I will tell you why!! First, the quality between DVD and VHS is like that of cassette tapes and CD's..... there simply is no comparison. VHS tapes eventually get worn and will not play any longer... the quality has already been substantially reduced from watching them so many times! Second, I have no idea what episode I am about to watch whereas if it was on DVD.... I could go right to whatever show I wanted to see!! And last and most certainly not least.... all of the great extras and bonus material they could put on the DVD collection!!
I have put a lot of thought into this and I would be willing to pay up to [$$$] for all 9 seasons of Seinfeld on DVD.... all 9 seasons... immortalized till the end of time so that all may see the best show ever made!!
Well, I think I have made my point.... get with it you white-collared pencil necks and release the greatest show ever on DVD!! I go into Best Buy and every crappy show on the planet is now on DVD from Malcolm in the Middle to Friends! Every great series is for some reason not being put on DVD?!? I would like to see not only Seinfeld on DVD, but also Curb Your Enthusiasm (every other mediocre show on HBO has been put on DVD),GI Joe complete series (Transformers has been released... what's the deal?!?), and the Spider-Man animated series from the early 90's (Spawn has been released and Spider-Man is popular again.... Serenity NOW!!!!)
Welp... I have said more than enough... if you agree with me... drop me an email to say hi... the seinfeld fanatics and true fans of good comedy need to unite!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2005
'Seinfeld' is a show people have waited a long, long time to see on DVD. I was one of them, but, I actually only caught the show through re-runs. I'm only fifteen, and never really saw an episode while the show was on (although my dad watched every week), but the re-runs left me in stitches and I wondered when the day would come that we would see the show on DVD. Well, the day came Christmas time 2004, and I was very happy to unwrap volumes one and two, seasons one, two and three, Christmas morning. I zoomed through the first three seasons, laughing all the way, and here are my thoughts on the first volume, which contains the first and second seasons, which aired from 1989 to 1990 and 1990 to 1991.
'Seinfeld' started as a little known pilot called 'The Seinfeld Chronicles,' which aired July 5th, 1989 on NBC. The show starred Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Jerry Seinfeld, living in NYC and observing things with a sarcastic point of view. His co-stars were Jason Alexander as his best friend, George Costanza, Lee Garlington as the friendly waitress, Claire, at Pete's Luncheon, and finally Michael Richards as Kessler, Jerry's bizarre neighbor who hadn't left the apartment in ten years. This is all the pilot, mind you. When the show was picked up for a ridiculously short first season (only four episodes; the shortest in television history!), it dropped the waitress from the main cast and added the amazing Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine, Jerry's ex-girlfriend. Their unique friendship is a major part of what made the show very special. Unlike the other typical sitcoms which set up two characters meant to be together but kept apart, these two remained just friends for pretty much the entire show (except for one brief episode from season two, 'The Deal'). But, I'm getting ahead of myself. In the first season, not a lot happened. It did change Kessler into Kramer, delete his dog and change his storyline so that he had indeed left the building before. The first season consisted of 'Male Unbonding,' 'The Stake Out,' 'The Robbery,' and 'The Stock Tip.' Despite some funny parts and some great little observations which would become standard (my favorite is when George exits the bathroom at Monks and gives a little speech about how great the mirror is and how he looks like Robert Wagner, and I love Jerry's thoughtful reply, 'It's a good mirror'), the first season doesn't really stick to the memory, and it performed dismally in the ratings, which is what made it so strange that NBC picked it up for another season. This season was still abbreviated, but not nearly so much, at thirteen episodes. This is where the show really starts to get special. 'The Pony Remark' is probably the first true classic episode. In it, Jerry makes a disparaging joke about any child who ever owned a pony, outraging his relative (second cousin?), dn then he worries that he killed her when her death is announced. This episode sets the standard for what would make 'Seinfeld' brilliant, where serious things happen and they are treated like comedy. The rest of the second season goes on swimmingly. It still hasn't prefected itself. One thing I noticed is that Kramer is treated as much more of an outsider than in the following seasons. In most episodes, whenever the characters meet at the coffee shop, it is just Jerry, Elaine, and George, while Kramer mostly appears within the apartment. He doesn't even appear at all in 'The Chinese Restaurant.' Also, you get a lot more of Jerry's stand up skits in this set. He does several per episode, but they slowly fade away until they don't appear at all in the eighth and ninth seasons. But, this is still a hilarious year. 'The Chinese Restaurant' is another classic, being that it takes place completely in real time. The commerical break is even placed in the middle of Jerry's sentence, and then his sentence continues after the break. This episode inspired many other shows to do real time episodes, including 'Friends,' which aired one in the third season ('The One Where Noone's Ready'). I also love 'The Jacket,' in which we meet Elaine's father, for the first and only time. If you wanna hear about why he never appeared again, watch the fascinating 'Inside Look.'
Speaking of which, 'Seinfeld' has set a new benchmark in how to do TV on DVD. This set is like an encyclopedia of information. we have an hour long documentary entitled 'How It Began,' which covers the entire beginning, and the struggles to keep the show on the air. But what really makes the set special is the individual attention each episode gets. EVERY SINGLE episode contains 'Notes About Nothing,' which has quickly become my favorite feature. You can learn all sorts of random, often very interesting facts about all the episodes. It is this individual attention that makes these sets better than any other TV shows on DVD. Plus, these episodes look, frankly, amazing! They have been remastered in high definition, and even the casual viewers will notice. Remember the grain of the syndication versions? Long gone. These episodes are just beautiful to look at. And these are the original NBC versions. No more re-run cutting. We can now finally see the full, uncut, versions, not seen since the very early nineties. In some cases, episodes which have been slightly changed in syndication have been presented as originally aired, with its syndication counterpart. Two episodes are given this tretment in this set. The first is 'The Seinfeld Chronicles.' Being that this was the pilot, nothing quite matches with what comes later, and the music is no exception. This pilot, when originally aired, contained a ver cheesy 80s pop type theme. In re-runs, it was replaced with the typical score which comes in the next episode. Both versions are included for you to analyze. And the second episode is 'The Revenge.' As any fan knows, this is technically the first episode to feature Newman, later played by Wayne Knight, but in this episode he is only a voice at the end. In the original version, Larry David provided Newman's voice. In the third season episode 'The Suicide,' Wayne Knight took over the role, adn went back to 'The Revenge' to overdub Larry David's voice in the final scene. Both versions are available! Also, rather than presenting these episodes in airing order, they are presented in original production order, which really makes a difference. For instance, 'The Stranded' was produced as part of season two but put off of airing until season three. This created an inconsistency in airing since he loses his job at the end of season two but then has his job in this episode. Putting this episode back into its proper home really helps with the scope of the show and putting stories into context. Finally, I'd like to say that I *LOVE* the packaging of these sets. I am sick of the foldout digipacks every other TV show is packed in. They fall apart after a week on the shelf, while this set still looks pristine! Job well done, Columbia!
OK, this review is incredibally long, but I'm proud of it. My basic point is that although these two seasons are not the show's finest, they are often hilarious and you'd be a fool to skip this set! And don't miss volumes two and three and all the ones to follow those!