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Not perfect but there's still no Blu-Ray.
on October 7, 2013
You can get series reviews everywhere. I write this to clarify what exactly this set consists of; I purchased the day of the Gold Box deal. I previously owned only three of the 'original' editions because they were SO honking expensive. The special features, on those sets, are to me not worth the extra hundred dollars, and I have not noticed any quality difference as far as this set's mastering/picture. I'm pretty sure it's the same data, just crammed into a smaller box and missing the 'bonus' disc.
This particular set did not come in a display box, as the official 'complete' release did. This is just a copy of each season and each movie packing-taped together and shrink-wrapped after the fact (each set within is still individually factory shrink-wrapped).
Don't flip out when you see seasons 1-4 are labeled fullscreen and 5-9 widescreen. They didn't gyp you; that's how they were aired and if fullscreen REALLY bugs you, wait for the rumored Blu-Ray release, because they will likely be widescreen. (The show was shot in wide from day 1, it simply wasn't aired that way because no one had widescreen TVs in 1993).
The sets are 'slimpacked' and each one has plastic 'pages' inside that two or three of the discs will snap into. They are not paper-sleeved as I have heard said of the slimline sets in the past (maybe they were when originally released?) It seems to be just fine for scratch protection and wear.
Overall, even at this current price, it's still a fair deal considering how many seasons there are and that each one is multiple discs, plus two movies, and we d not know for a fact there will BE a Blu-Ray release anytime soon. I would say,having seen both the slim and collector's editions, that it's NOT worth hunting older editions down individually for the bonus materials, though IF you find them individually for some insanely low price, go for it. Be aware, if you never saw the original box sets, you'll need a whole shelf. Some seasons, the box is three inches wide yet only houses one additional disc over these. Crazy.
When/if Blu-Ray finally appears, they will likely release everything they did with the 'collector' editions plus whatever new interviews they can drum up, PLUS all nine seasons in widescreen and with HD special effects (obviously they were originally mastered in SD). I don't need widescreen so much that I'll happily pay the several hundred dollars Blu-Ray will probably cost.
If this set goes on sale again, and you are on a budget, pick it up. There is no quality trade-off from previous releases.