Bones: The Flesh & Bones Complete Collection - Seasons 1-12
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(Jun 13, 2017)
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Based on the experiences of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, this chilling Fox mystery series focuses on Dr. Temperence "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a forensics expert and part-time novelist who gets recruited by FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to help solve a series of murders involving victims who cannot be identified by conventional means. Jonathan Adams, Michaela Conlin, Eric Millegan also star. 245 episodes on 66 discs. 175 1/2 hrs. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French; featurette; character profiles.
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Rather it is about the packaging and the disc programming, which like many others must be designed by people who really don't watch TV series on DVD and thus cannot anticipate even basic expectations of their customers. Packaging: the box is annoying because instead of the usual orientation, the DVD booklets go in face-to-front, two abreast, then there is a top cover over everything. The set either doesn't fit, or takes up too much space, on a DVD shelf. To pull out a booklet is a big operation, and all the pieces (box, top, and the booklet in use) wind up getting left strewn around.
Disc programming: No "Play All" command. Worse: Choosing an episode doesn't play it yet; it leads you to another interface first. Worse yet: at the end of an episode, the disc doesn't advance to the next episode, but re-sets to the opening interface for the episode just played. All in all, to progress from the last episode to the next, you need to make about 4 clicks (with pauses) instead of none. Don't they understand that people buy these sets so they can watch multiple episodes in a row?
The first and most prominent review almost caused me to decide not to buy this boxed set. The review makes it sound like it might be a cheap knockoff of the real thing, talking about having difficulty playing each episode and having so many steps to take, and since it speaks of the 'set,' it makes it sound like you're in for this difficulty throughout the entire series, but that is simply not the case. This particular problem is real, but only with the first season. After that each disc DOES have a 'play all' option in addition to listing the individual episodes on the disc. The set is not a specially designed set of every episode of Bones, but is merely a convenient gathering together of each separately-boxed season together in one outer box. Consequently, guess what? The first season is older technology - and it doesn't have the convenience of the 'play all' feature. While it is tedious for the 22 episodes of season 1, after that it becomes more of what we have become spoiled and accustomed to, and the rest of the seasons have the cure for our "lazy finger." "Play all" appears in season 2 and continues throughout the rest of the set, so you can "push it once and relax" through each disc.
As for the packaging, I found the box set to fit very well on a standard bookcase-style video shelf and since I am a little obsessive about holding on to the packaging and storing things in the original box (as I assume some others are, as well), it helps that the outer box is an attractive addition to my video shelf. But if the box is for some reason unable to fit on your shelf, it is certainly not an issue as each season fits nicely on your shelf as would any other video collection you might own. Just throw away the outer box and store the collection as you would any other video set.
End note? I'm glad I bought the set and have been enjoying it immensely. Now it's time to return to season one and start another round of binging!
Overall I don’t see anything to complain about. We love having every episode “archived” so as services like Netflix drop Bones we can still rewatch it on demand. The box and presentation isn’t special like a fancy collectors edition but you get all of the series regardless. I would definitely recommend for all the hardcore bones fans out there.
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