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Absolutely MAD Magazine - 50+ Years

Platform : Windows Me, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows 2000
4.2 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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  • Read every single page as they were originally published - all the stories, letters pages, articles, and advertisements
  • Includes video clip interviews from the MAD writers and clips of Spy vs Spy animation
  • Over 600 complete printable issues, cover to cover, that’s over 17,500 scanned pages in full color
  • A truly interactive experience and can leverage the success of the late night show to introduce MAD Magazine to an entire new generation of consumers.
  • Every issue of MAD Magazine on 2 DVDs
  • Over 600 complete printable issues, cover to cover, that’s over 17,500 scanned pages in full color
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Product Description

Over 600 issues of Mad Magazines, (1952-2006) every regular issue (1-460),XL's, Super Special and Color Classics. Interview with the many of the writers, Spy VS Spy animation video, Spy VS Sky Mountain Dew commercials and much more.

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  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
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  • ASIN: B000HKMQ64
  • Item model number: 90005
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 26, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,133 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By Chei Mi Lane on December 22, 2006
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I have the older version of MAD, which is not from the same company. Kudos for this version in every respect but one (and I may be in error).
First, the old program suffers from a pain-in-the-(insert word here) interface, with no flexibility. This new version is all PDF. Transfer to your PDA and have fun!!!! It has some pretty good extras, like the covers of the paperbacks, which happened to be the only way we could get to see early stories like Starchie.
I gave this 5 stars because of the ease of porting this from one PC to Mac to PDA. Now the big downer: As far as I can tell, there are no audio files. No Gall in the Family Fare? the audio parody of Archie Bunker? Aw, c'mon! Is that such a big deal? In the 7 CD version there are very few sound files, so it's not a space issue.
Lastly, from a former printer, the register is not always great, as if they used poorly printed pages here and there. Print colors bleed. However, buy this one; it will not get any better. Find someone who has the old audio inserts or the original programs. Or, maybe I missed it, but dagnabit! I sure looked for them boogers. [Added] After more looking, they actually show the vinyl record and its reverse side, which is blank, but do not have the sound files. I don't really care about the extras like Spy animations that were not part of the original issues, especially when they leave out a key essential as a vocal version of a classic parody that WAS part of the originals.
It's a great value. It's the most flexible of releases. Those who remember Broderbund's obscenely overly done protection will feel great relief. Put out a great product and people will buy it. Buy this.
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Wow. To think I have box after heavy box filled with old MAD Magazines in my house and even that only goes back to the 80s. Now I can toss all those out and just have everything on one coaster sized DVD (yes it is on one DVD desipite it mentioning two somewhere above). But just kidding, I could never part with my paper copies, but still this DVD is a MUST HAVE for any MAD fan. I mean it has every single issue up through 2005 on it (so it is one year shy of being totally complete, but I guess they had to draw the line somewhere). Still 52 years of a magazine on one DVD is pretty darn impressive.

It is easy to get started too. Nothing to really install. After upgrading to Adobe 7.0 which is suggested, I was on my way. The interface is simple, you simply start with the decade you want, then narrow it down to a year, and then are presented with all the covers for the choices for that year. The regular issues are on the left and the specials on the right. I am not a huge fan of Adobe usually, but for this sort of product it does the job. It is easy enough to move pages, zoom in, etc. However I didn't realize everytime I'd look at a new issue, it opened a new tab on my bottom task bar. I must have had 30+ tabs open at one point. Oh well, such MADness. The way the Super Specials and other reprint issues are handled is OK. Instead of being able to flip through all 100 pages in a row like with the regular issues, you are only given the cover, contents, and any pages that were NEW material. All the previously reprinted material is available by clicking the link in the table of contents and you are taken to the issue it first appeared to view it that way. I suppose that makes sense rather than double and triple printing articles to save space.
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I have read MAD off and on since the late 80s, but never more than a couple of issues in a row. I have enjoyed it every time I have read it, but it just kept slipping my mind. Recently, thanks to a reborn love of all things EC, I have started reading over the newer issues and the older issues. In one of the new issues, I noticed the "Absolutely MAD" DVD and came on Amazon to buy it.

My one fear was that it would be incompatible with Linux. What information I found on it, though, showed it using PDFs and I figured that if I couldn't read it on Linux then I could read it on my wife's WinXP box.

The results are slightly mixed. Using the Linux version of Adobe Acrobat at about 120% zoom, I could see everything and generally read everything though some images were blurry and some words were harder to read than others. Using XPDF/KPDF I was able to get a clearer picture, but it didn't work too well on the two-page spreads and I had to page-up and -down to see them properly. I can extract the images from the file, and view them in an image viewer and they are crisp and clear, so it does not seem to be an image resolution problem but more of a PDF-to-screen problem.

Again, none of the above problems stop me from being able to read through the comics/magazine, but it will probably not be until acroread 8 is available to Linux users before we can view it as crisp as it is extracted.

Moving away from the technical to the content side, this is top notch stuff. If you like MAD humor there is nothing you won't like here. The evolution of Alfred, Spy vs Spy, the Marginals (which suffer the most from the resolution problems, by the way), and all the other bits that make MAD special.
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