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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh....Not the same!, April 20, 2009
This review is from: Felicity: Season 1 (DVD)
I originally caught Felicity when I was in my late teens and it's one of the few shows I could really relate to. The show itself is great and I would recommend it to anyone, but the DVD set....absolutely NOT! I blame myself for not reading the reviews for the previously released DVD sets, but this one has NONE of the original music that first aired with the program. I knew something was a bit off when some songs played over bits of dialogue in the wrong places; and LOUDLY so I could barely hear what was being said. My memory of one scene in particular had a very lovely song that was replaced by some wretched watered down version of ANOTHER song. To me, it definitely changed the tone of some scenes and the emotional connection was somewhat lost. Also, there are no great new updates where the video quality is concerned. It's almost like the show was cut and pasted from the WB onto DVD format and slapped together with some new music that really sets the whole thing off-kilter. Grr...If you'd like to watch a very well-told coming of age story I definitely do recommend the show. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic for your past (as I was) and want to relive some memories, STAY AWAY from these DVDs!!
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2013 2:51:52 AM PST
>>"STAY AWAY from these DVDs!!", etc.
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I understand the emotional attachment to music as one first hears it in an emotional context. Heck, it can be awfully jarring to hear some inferior version of any much-loved tune from your past even what the tune was everywhere when it was popular and had no attachment to particular events. I can understand how first-run fans of Felicity might feel that everything is ruined by the music substitutions.

OTOH, I would like to speak as someone who knows the series only from the DVDs: This is a wonderful, sincere, anti-cynical, warm-hearted series of compelling episodes that is real and moving and does not become worthless over the music issue. Far from it. I am 66 years old, and I was really touched by the privilege of being a fly on the wall during the imagined four-year life adventure of these kids at college. Writing, acting, directing....all so excellent. IMO, it would be an awful shame for anyone who does not already know the series to pass it by because of the extent to which the substitute music has disturbed many of the shows already-established fans. I suppose I count myself lucky, because I can watch the DVDs several times in upcoming years and I, personally, will never feel the lack of music that I never heard. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2014 4:55:15 PM PDT
M. Hills says:
I didn't watch this show when it first came out so I have no attachment to the music. The music that is on the DVD's would for me be the tunes appreciate as first run. But that said those that watched first run would feel this way. I have my first run shows to through out life and when I bought the seasons I was very disappointed to find the Music in the show had been changed like in an episode that a wedding dance and the song that the stars danced to had been changed. I had a feeling of let down. What really upset me was the replacement tune was not very good. So I can understand every ones feelings, just saying. I would hope these companies will listen to it's customers and not go to the cheaper side when developing these DVD's.
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