Married... with Children: The Complete Series
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Spend some quality time with the family as you join hard-working husband Al (Ed O’Neill), housework-hating wife Peg (Katey Sagal), sexy daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate) and hopelessly horny son Bud (David Faustino) to celebrate the landmark TV sitcom Married...with Children. For 11 seasons it was brilliantly tasteless, daringly raunchy and a devilishly clever comedy that put the "Fun" in "Dysfunctional". Get hours and hours of Bundy bliss with this hysterical 32-Disc Complete Series Collection.
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Everything about this release reeks of cheapness, and I'm not talking about the packaging, which I think is actually better than the last release. With the exception of the known edits in season 4, this release appears to be a low-bitrate version of everything released before. Despite this criticism, the video quality of this release is actually surprisingly good, even on the most densely-packed disks, where episodes are squeezed in to little more than 500MB each.
Here's the bit that really bugs me, and why I can only give this release a rating of 3. Edits. There are two aspects to this - missing content, and the theme. For me, the issue with previous releases was never the theme itself, but rather the edits which occurred as a result of removing it. The original releases of season 4-11 were modified to remove references to "Love And Marriage" from the closing credits. While I saw this as unnecessary, I can understand why it was done. Bizarrely, this release actually removes these references from season 1 and 2 as well, despite the music being restored. What I cannot understand, is why this release has kept those edits, and simply restored the original theme music over the top. Yes, the theme is original, but the credits are not. As a result, this release has sacrificed live action sequences at the end of a number of episodes which could have been easily restored. I cannot comprehend, other than for the sake of complete and utter cheapness, why Mill Creek didn't revert to the original source material for all episodes. Clearly this was available in order to facilitate fixing numerous season 4 edits, and based on their own statements, they were aware of at least some edits that needed fixing in the original release. If they had used the original source material, they could have delivered a complete, original, and definitive release, instead of regurgitating the same old rubbish and perpetuating earlier mistakes.
Based on the edits listed on the Bundyology site, so far I have identified the following edits in this release...
Season 1 - Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Part 1 - Missing lines about finding Kelly's report card.
Season 2 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 2) - No licking.
Season 2 - Oldies But Young'Uns - Anna (Go To Him) missing from end credits.
Season 5 - Look Who's Barking - Static credits with BB King.
Season 4 appears to be intact, but not all of the edits are well documented.
Live action sequences from closing credits in seasons 7 and 8 are missing.
Seasons 1, 2, 4-11, omit references to "Love And Marriage" from the credits (only seasons 4-11 with the Sony releases).
My recommendation - If you don't own any previous release, buy this one. If you already have an earlier release, and are looking to reduce the number of edits, buy this one (or the combined season 3 & 4 from Mill Creek). If you have the German season 4 DVD set, you're probably pedantic enough to have noticed that is edited too, as well as the image being zoomed in, so again, buy this one. If you've already got an earlier set, and you're not as pedantic as I am when it comes to edits, give this one a miss.
The DVD's don't come in a plastic case as most collections do. They come in a box and the discs are in paper sleeves. Two discs per sleeve. One in the front, and one in the back so it's cheap.
I wish they would go back and convert some of these long running shows like Malcolm In the Middle and MWC to HD. That does assume they filmed the shows instead of using video tape. I would love to see these shows they way they were intended to be seen, and I am certain others would too. Hey, they put all the old Batman shows from the 1960's on Blu-ray and they're incredible, so why not these!
Only a few notes about this: The packaging is made from material not much better than card stock, and the video quality isn't quite high definition and there are no special features besides the menus. Still, this fits in with the quality of life that the Bundy family enjoys. So stock up on bon-bons, weenie-tots, and sit back and relax while you watch a family who has it worse off than most (especially the Cosby's).
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