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The Mad About You Collection

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Product Description

Honored with several awards including 10 Emmy®s long-running Mad About You is one of TV's most beloved and popular comedies. Mad About You explores the romantic ups and downs of an endearingly neurotic couple Paul and Jamie Buchman as they cope with marriage mood swings love and life. Co-stars Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser have personally selected their favorite episodes to create this inspired collection. You'll experience the ultimate in laughs and entertainment with shows featuring celebrity guests Lisa Kudrow Carl Reiner Sid Caesar Estelle Getty Bruce Willis Hank Azaria Cyndi Lauper and more. This is truly the ultimate collection for everyone who is mad about Mad About You.System Requirements:Starring: Paul Reiser Helen Hunt Running Time: 491 Min. Copyright Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2005Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 043396090774 Manufacturer No: 09077


In the early to mid-1990s, Mad About You was about as good as sitcoms got. As newlywed couple Paul and Jamie Buchman, stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt crackled with rapid-fire wit, and a chemistry that created some genuinely moving moments. The Mad About You Collection is a set of 21 highlight episodes from all seven seasons; Reiser and Hunt selected the episodes and introduce each with a 4- to 6-minute Q&A. From the first season are the pilot and the story of how they first met. From the second season are Paul's encounter with Christie Brinkley in a virtual-reality investment opportunity and the recap of the marriage proposal. From the third season are the zany family Thanksgiving dinner in which Murray the dog eats the turkey, Paul's attempt to create an "honest" 15-minute film about a day in their lives (this was before the reality-TV craze), and Carl Reiner's guest appearance as a TV legend. From the fourth season are Yoko Ono playing herself and the three-part finale in which some hints of infidelity lead to serious marriage problems. Mel Brooks appears as Uncle Marty ("Firm embrace!") in the fifth season, and Bruce Willis makes a goofy guest appearance in the two-part season finale, "The Birth."

It's well-known that TV series that try to keep themselves relevant by making momentous changes usually go quickly downhill (a phenomenon known as "jumping the shark"). In Mad About You's case, it was the birth of baby Mabel, or perhaps it was that the lead characters' neuroses simply began to wear thin. Either way, the later seasons became more erratic, and it might not be a great loss to see only a few episodes from them. The selections from the sixth season focus on Jamie and Paul writing letters to Mabel, and Paul directing his parents in The Pirates of Penzance while Jamie battles postpartum depression. In the seventh-season episodes, Paul and Jamie ask their therapist about resuming sexual activity, they try to teach Mabel to go to sleep by herself, and Paul runs over his mother-in-law. Then in the series finale, Janeane Garofalo plays a grown-up Mabel telling how her parents discovered they weren't really married, and what happened over the following years.

In addition to the episode intros, the set's bonus features are enjoyable and informative commentary tracks by the two stars on the first and final episodes, a blooper reel, and featurettes on the guest stars and the theme music (you can see Reiser playing the piano). The involvement by the stars might appease the frustrated fans who bought the first two complete seasons on DVD then waited in vain for the third. DVD fans have become accustomed to having complete seasons, because no matter how well highlight episodes are selected, some favorites are bound to be missing (how about the what-if-they-hadn't-met episode, or the Rashomon-like taxi ride?). On the other hand, the previous sets had no bonus features, and a fan boycott that results in poor sales might mean no more Mad About You DVDs at all. That would be a shame, for even with its shortcomings, The Mad About You Collection reminds us that the series had a special ability to make us laugh and cry. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 21 episodes selected from the seven seasons
  • Commentary by stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt on the pilot and final episodes
  • Paul and Helen introduce and discuss each episode
  • Blooper Reel: The Seven Warning Signs of Madness
  • Featurette: Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are Mad About the Theme
  • Featurette: Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are Mad About Guest Stars
  • TV spots

Product Details

  • Actors: Tommy Hinkley, Leila Kenzle, Helen Hunt, Anne Ramsay, Paul Reiser
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 491 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SGYLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mad About You Collection" on IMDb

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By J. Cummings on December 6, 2004
I'm sorry, but I'm not sure I understand what Sony has in mind with this upcoming release. They release season one with a low bit rate, inexpensive 2 disc set, then season two in a better quality 3 disc set and now they're doing a "best of" set that has Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt participating in some of the extras and commentaries. Why weren't they involved from the beginning and then just release the series season by season? Does mean that this new set is the final word on Mad About You and that we will see no more season sets? Will they continue with "best of" collections? It's a perplexing way to treat a classic television show.

Before "Friends" was available in season collections they tried doing "best of" discs. I've noticed that those discs are now in the $5 pile at various electronics stores. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for this kind of format.
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I really can't believe Sony did this. I have dutifully bought Seasons 1 and 2 and have been patiently waiting for Season 3. What does Sony go and do? A "Best of.." hodgepodge?

I know that Season 2 sales were very low and they put this product together with Hunt and Reiser in order to draw in the non-cult crowd. Boycotting this set may guarantee there are never any other releases of any seasons. But I'm afraid that ship has already sailed or they wouldn't have done this "Best of..." to start with.

Yes, these episodes are all great but I still don't like it because:

a) It's just stupid, and
2) I want Season 3!
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As a long-time fan of Murray and the gang, I was waiting anxiously for Season 3 to be released on DVD. The good old taped copies pale in comparison to professional editing quality. So I'm happy that the series is still being considered for release and isn't dead in the eyes of Sony.

There are some really nice episodes here, like Giblets for Murray, and a blooper reel. So it's not Season 3, but it's a good start. I'll probably cough up the cash to ensure the new releases, then watch it gather dust when the rest of the show is released seasonally.. oh well. It's still one of the funniest comedies to come out of NBC, and the best NYC-based comedy (far better than those Seinfools and their LA eccentricities in my opinion).

Oh, and here are the disc contents if you're curious:

Disc 1

The Pilot (Season 1)

Met Someone (1)

Virtual Reality (2)

Cold Feet (2)

Giblets for Murray (3)

Special Features:

Extra stuff from Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser

Disc 2

Our Fifteen Minutes (3)

The Alan Brady Show (3)

Yoko Said (4)

The Finale (Parts 1, 2, & 3; Season 4)

Disc 3

Citizen Buchman (5)

The Penis (5)

The Birth (Parts 1 & 2; 5)

Letters to Mabel (6)

Moody Blues (6)

Disc 4

Le Sex Show (6)

The Conversation (6)

Paved with Good Intentions (7)

The Final Frontier (series finale)
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I boycott this because they stop releasing Season 3 and, instead, release a set that includes shows from Seasons 1 and 2 that we fans already bought. They should just release season by season. Many fans are disappointed. I boycott this set to send a message to SONY, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt that they should not jerk their fans around like that. Fans want to collect seasons by seasons in complete set with complete shows... not season 1, season 2 and highlights. Too bad a good series with talented Helen Hunt ended up like this.
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I am excited to finally see more Mad About You coming out on dvd! I am even more pleased to hear that Helen Hunt & Paul Reiser took part in putting this together. Hopefully there will be at least a couple of episode commentaries & other good Paul/Helen extras.

Since Seasons 1 & 2 are already out on DVD, I wish they would have chosen not to include 4 episodes from those seasons, although they choices they made (particularly "Met Someone") were good ones for those who don't have those DVDs. In general, the episode selection was good. I am pleased they included two of my all-time favorites, the Thanksgiving classic "Giblets for Murray" and the shot in real time outside of the crying baby's room episode "The Conversation."

However, many of my favorites didn't make the cut. Some examples:

* Mad About You, Parts 1&2 (the wedding episode)

* Purseona (Lisa & Jamie accidentily switch purses, & personalities)

* Two Tickets to Paradise (Paul & Jamie vacation & tell lies to strangers about who they really are)

* My Boyfriend's Back (Jamie's comic book writer ex makes her "Queen Talon")

* Ovulation Day (quite possibly the funniest Mad About You episode, where Paul's sister Debbie tells her family that she's gay); they chose "Yoko Said" over this?

* Get Back (Jamie's back goes out during sex on the floor of their apt.; Paul is quite proud of this)

Hopefully Sony will continue releasing full season sets (even better if they include commentaries/extras) after this collection so we can get some of these great episodes on DVD, especially the Mad About You at its peak Season 3...

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