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Even Better Than I Remember,
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This review is from: Get A Life: The Complete Series (DVD)
There are certain shows you have fond memories of watching, but when you go back to watch them years later, the reaction you may often have it "Ugh...did I REALLY use to watch this?" Upon putting the first disc of this series into the DVD player I was bracing for yet another "ugh" moment which would have relegated this box set to an early retirement on the shelf, or for sale on an auction website. That feeling was gone about :30 seconds into the first episode, after Chris Peterson declares (wearing nothing except boxer shorts) "That's the last time I eat a whole box of Steak Umms right before bed," and launches into a morning exercise routine while blasting "Living In America." After falling out of the chair laughing, I was quickly reassured that the absurd, unpredictable, and completely out of left field humor that I enjoyed every single Sunday night on Fox way back in the day remains completely intact, even despite the passage of time. In fact, I seem to enjoy the show much more than I did back then. Since it's been so long since I've seen most of these episodes, it's literally like watching them for the first time all over again. Probably the best TV series purchase I've made in many years, and no doubt an item that will be among the most enjoyed my collection.
As for the transfer quality, no its not perfect. Its grainy and inconsistent at times, and thats putting it kindly. Consider however that the show was filmed in standard definition on video tape the late 80's / early 90's when Fox was practically still a start-up network, and that the show never pulled in huge ratings (not to mention that it was barely syndicated and sitting in a vault for over twenty years), and the last DVD releases of select episodes back in 2000 never came anywhere near setting any kind of sales records. That all said it is fairly unreasonable to expect this package to be anything other than straight dub from the master tapes with minimal to no restoration work done. No way this was going to get the THX or Critereon treatment; and why should it? The fact that these episodes still even exist (many with cast and crew commentaries!) and that I now own them is good enough for me. The blemishes in this "Un-Special Non-Anniversary Edition" almost add to its nostalgic appeal. Honestly, I think its just about the perfect box set.