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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2010
I read several professional and customer reviews on this product before buying, and for the price I think it is a mistake to pass on it if you really like the show. I got the complete collection for just under $25, so about $6 a season. First to respond to some of the complaints.

From everything I read there are only a few syndicated episodes in the first season and none in the later seasons. One reason for shorter running times is that the quick update from the last episode that originally aired for each episode has been removed. From a puriest perspective that means they have been cut but it does not mean they are syndicated episode or missing any real content since from what I recall those were in the shortened syndicated releases. So for me that is a minor issue since I don't tend to wait a week between epsiodes when watching on DVD, so I don't need the update from something I just saw (in fact I prefer it to be removed).

While I can see that the 90 minute special catch up shows between seasons could be a nice extra. Again, not a big deal for me since I'm not typcially waiting a summer between watching seasons, so why do I need a refresher.

As for the last season, these were apparently originally aired as 1 hour double episodes. But on the DVD's, except for the season premier, they are presented in there 1/2 hour installments. Nothing missing, just not joined together. This is another small issue for me.

The packaging does leave alot to be desired but the price makes up for this, in my case.

So if you are on the fence and can get it during a sale, you might as well go for it because:
- it is unlikely to be redone any differently
- it is unlikely to be put out on bluray since it would provide little advantage
- and if you are anything like me you may find it really isn't as bad as some have made it out to be when you consider this is probably all it will ever be.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2010
Although it's not listed in the specs at this time, I received "Soap: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)" and the set has closed captions. Being hearing impaired I thought this was a good thing. I was hoping it did, but the current Amazon specs doesn't mention this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2012
product arrived promptly. haven;t yet played all the discs so don;t know if there are any problems with them. not too worried about it because i have most of the series on vhs so after i've played all the discs and know they are all good i plan to donate the bulky vhs's to the local library. i don;t have an issue with the packaging. storage stuff for discs is cheap and i'm not into displaying a video collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2010
As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching reruns of Soap on television. Though I didn't get a lot of the jokes, I thought that Benson and Jessica were by far the funniest, and I became a fan of the series. Now that I'm older, I can watch the show for its social commentary and hidden messages. But I'm not here to discuss that,let's get on with the review, shall we?

Episodes
All ninety of the syndicated episodes are found here. The shows are presented with their original cliffhangers and lead-ins to get people interested in watching. People have warned about episodes being cut, but to be honest, I can't see it. Maybe it's because I watched them in reruns on local channels and then on tubetime. The episodes play out the same way on this.
The characters are still as charming and quirky as ever, from the constantly wisecracking Benson, to the scatter brained Jessica, to the incredibly weird Chuck and Bob. Each character works with teh next to make hte show as funny and memorable as possible.

Picture Quality:
Sometimes with older shows, the picture quality is bad and/or the quality of sound is sacrificed. To be honest, the quality seems to be the same as it was on the television.

Packaging:
This is where a lot of people are complaining. The disks are stacked on top of one another, which can lead to scratches. Luckily enough, I was able to get some empty CD cases for very cheap and was able to repackage the set with no problem whatsoever.

Value:
Considering the seasons cost 20-24 dollars apiece, this was quite a deal at only thirty. Sure, I had to repackage them, but at least the disks all work and the tales of scratching the disks turned out to be just folklore.

Closing Thoughts:
"Will Jessica find out about Chester's Affair? Will Chester find out about Jessica's affair? Will Benson find out about any affair? Will Benson care? Find out the answers to all these questions and more on the next episode of Soap."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
Funny show from way back. Great cast of characters.
Dvds were fine no faults. Pkg is cheap, and not organized
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
I have very little to say about the packaging. If you are careful with the discs, they will not scratch. For the price, this was a steal! What I wish was better is the quality of the video. While it's not horrible, its not much better than VHS. Colors are sometimes muted, off color, and the hues are just not good. I wish a better transfer could have been made but hey, I guess we are lucky we got this at all. Great show!
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on May 5, 2011
This is, in my opinion, the best comedy of all time. It's consistently funny and also has moments that can bring a tear to your eyes.
The cast is great and the acting is top notch. The last time I watched was when it first aired and the occasional rerun. I hate watching reruns unless I watch from episode one so I waited patiently for it to become available on DVD. I guess I can't claim to be an expert on the show and I didn't buy the individual seasons since I was waiting for the prices to drop. When I saw this all in one, I thought it was a good opportunity to get the whole set. I agree with other reviewers that this is very cheap packaging. I don't like the menus and the picture quality is not befitting such a great show, it definitely deserves better treatment. One of the discs also had a circular defect on the printed side. I don't remember every scene or the mid-season specials but they should have been included and the episodes should have been left intact, shame on Sony!! I am still happy I bought the set as the laughs were well worth it.
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on December 10, 2011
The show itself is 5 stars, and definitely in line with some of the best comedies ever made.

Regarding the packaging - an issue that seems to appear on many of the negative reviews - I personally find it adequate, even if there are better arrangements on the market.

I wouldn't call it, as others suggested, "the worst packaging ever". That title should be kept for the "M*A*S*H the Martinis and Medicine Collection". which is by far the worst packaging I've seen so far (also, alas, for a 5 star show...)

The upside of the package is that it does protect the discs well during shipping, and the downside is that it's less convenient if you use them a lot.

The one star deduction is due to it's total lack of extras and subtitles.

I'm a non-English speaker, and as such I found (along with my children) certain parts hard to understand especially Bob's lines...

I hope some day a more complete and sleek edition will be produced for all of the show's fans out there.
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on April 29, 2011
As my brother reminded me while watching all these DVD`s - this comedy was so way ahead of its time!

So many issues tackled - with comedic cover-alls - but actually taking giant leaps during the actual time it aired - exploring issues that were more or less forbidden at the time it aired.

This series writers should be applauded for their faith that somewhere inbetween all their comedic lines - they were actually exposing true life within a lot of families!
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I was thrilled to get the whole series in one small box, and I was equally pleased with the price. When it arrived, however, I decided I needed to repackage it myself in order to protect the discs from scratching. They were all piled on top of each other on a plastic spindle which would limit movement. I just knew that packaging was not going to work for the long haul.
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