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4.0 out of 5 stars Felicity still awesome but beware the music soundtrack, July 3, 2009
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This review is from: Felicity: Season 1 (DVD)
FELICITY has aged very well and is in no way dated. I grew up with this show and never purchased any of the seasons on dvd with their original release. The series is grounded by superb writing and direction, timeless storylines that affect college age people that never fade but most of all it is held together by the all around superb cast. The acting here is impeccable and runs the gamut from humorous to heartwrenching. And of course at its center is the star, the immensely talented Keri Russell. The weight of the show rests on her angelic shoulders and she carries it so gracefully. To follow her emotional journey becomes a gift to the viewer.

Most people reading this will agree with what I just said and are huge fans of the show. But what one wonders is why have these reissued boxed sets appeared and how is the quality? I never saw the original released boxed sets but know at that time series sets were rather bulky. This firs season is a very slim presentation with 6 discs perfectly placed in a plastic cd case which inserts into an outer cardboard protective sleeve. It is very attractive, takes up little room and I can only imagine that the show has continued to sell since its demise so they came up with a more user friendly version to hopefully get even more sales.

As far as I can tell everything abouth the discs and the video/audio presentation is exactly the same as the original set. The video quality is excellent even with the pilot episode. The show always has its emotional moments and the instrumental track works very well. The only complaint here was an issue with the original set as well. The show often used modern day popular songs and those songs are replaced on this dvd set for they chose not to pay the royalities to include those songs. Much effort was not put into choosing alternative songs. A perfect example is with the pilot. As we know Felicity corresponds with her friend Sally via tape. At the end of the pilot there is a voiceover of Sally's latest tape. The song in the background is obviously a replacement from what was originally uased and it is jarring, loud and it becomes very difficult to hear Sally. The song in no way reflects the emotions of the scene.

So bottom line. I highly recommend the series FELICITY. The video is here in all its glory and looks great. This boxed set is an elegant slimline version. Just note that if the only way you want to see FELICITY is exactly as it aired audio wise then these sets are not for you. The song replacement doesn't happen often but when it does it is jarring. Sadly there is no way to get FELICITY in its true original form audio wise. You must purchase it with this slight flaw or give it a pass. For me, once I adjusted to the switched occasional songs all was fine. The instrumental soundtrack is still intact. The show is still FELICITY and it delivers the same emotional wallop to me as it originally did.

The song replacement is obviously why I could not give this classic series 5 stars.
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Initial post: Apr 12, 2012 1:54:11 PM PDT
are these versions in widescreen???

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 6:57:33 PM PDT
I was getting ready to purchase this when I read this. I saw not one moment of the show when it was on. Now, I'm in love with this.
So glad I did not take the plunge. What a waste.
Shame on WB for chimping out.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 2:00:18 AM PST
>>Shame on WB for chimping out.

I know how you feel...but give thanks. Some of the real high spots in all of late 20th century American television were in the series, China Beach. My understanding is that the reason that we have never seen this much-loved series on DVD is the expense of the music rights. This was 60s music, especially the Supremes who supplied the theme music in their song, Reflections.

Then there was the problem with Northern Exposure, which was handled with substitute music in the same fashion as Felicity. Many people were very upset, but I never particularly noticed the NE music and did not mind the substitute music at all. (Perhaps it was past the era of my youth when I was intense about pop music.)

I don't blame the people behind the DVD release for "chimping out." I blame the incredibly short-sighted misers who control the music rights. Popular videos promote the heck out of their music. They should happily pay a fee to the DVD producers for promoting music that is decades old.

It is not hard to feel real bitter about miserable misers depriving people of the powerful emotional remembrance of the whole Vietnam thing in China Beach because of their delusional belief that they maximize their profits with their behavior. In fact, it won't really be that long before most everyone who gives a hoot about China Beach is dead, and the music of the Supremes will still be remembered but have negligible commercial value.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 2:36:53 PM PST
Bigsled says:
So does anybody know if there is any video quality difference from this 2009 release and the original dvd's from 03/04 ?

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 2:14:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 23, 2013 2:20:11 AM PDT
Billy Suratt says:
I'm a little confused about the music, especially with regard to whether there's any difference between the 2002 Disney/Buena Vista initial release, the 2009 ABC Studios re-release in slimmer packaging and the 2012 Lionsgate re-release. You said the song in the final scene in the pilot when Sally's tape is being played is "obviously a replacement." I can't remember what song originally aired with that scene because I haven't seen the show in 15 years, but I just bought the 2002 DVD edition of Season 1 and the song playing is Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." I can't imagine that song being a replacement.

FWIW, I found a website at which attempts to list all the music for each episode of the series. For the pilot at least, everything they listed is in my DVD edition. It's not clear if the song listings on that site were created extemporaneously when the show aired or just after the DVDs were released, so it's possible their listings just match up because they're only listing what's on the DVDs. They do have some notes about replacements in some of the episode listings, though.

I have two theories: 1) all three DVD releases are completely identical in content, and 2) some -- but not all -- of the music was replaced in various episodes on each of the DVD releases. Those are just theories right now, though.
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