M*A*S*H - Martinis and Medicine Complete Collection
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One of television's longest-running and most beloved shows of all time is now available in one extraordinary DVD collection. Loaded with top-rank extras that every M*A*S*H fan will love, The Ultimate Collection contains all 11 heartwarming and hilarious seasons, including the record-breaking series finale (still the most-watched episode in TV history), plus the original 1970 film, two all-new bonus discs and a retrospective book created exclusively for this release. Relive all your favorite M*A*S*H memories with the doctors and nurses of the 4077th that kept us in stitches-and created a true television classic.
This M*A*S*H-tastic 36-disc collection is one for the television time capsule. It contains all 11 seasons of this multi-Emmy Award-winning series, PLUS Robert Altman's 1970 iconoclastic anti-war classic, PLUS two discs of special features, including two reunion specials and a series retrospective episode of A&E's Biography. As with the individual season sets, there are no new episode commentaries, a major disappointment. But M*A*S*H-ophiles will enjoy this set's other bonus features, including emotional behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of the last half-hour episode, "As Time Goes By," the inevitable bloopers, interviews with cast members as well as fans about their favorite episodes, a segment about the series' "Jocularity," a parade of PSAs (cut down on salt to avoid heart disease), and the text of an unproduced script penned by Alda for an episode titled, "Hawkeye on the Double." All of this material (except for a commemorative booklet) is available elsewhere in different configurations, but this space-saving (albeit ungainly packaged) box set collects them all under one tent.
Adapted for television by legendary comedy writer Larry Gelbart, the series has long since supplanted Altman's film in the public's consciousness. Life and death at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War doesn't seem like ripe fodder for a comedy series, but M*A*S*H masterfully balanced laughter and tears (less so in its later, more preachy seasons). It often does play better without a laugh track (a viewing option for all episodes). During its run, M*A*S*H survived several delicate operations, including the departure of Gelbart after season 4 and the loss of core ensemble members McLean Stevenson as Col. Henry Blake and Wayne Rogers as Trapper John (after season 3), Larry Linville as Frank Burns (after season 5) and Gary Burghoff (a veteran of the original film) as Radar (after season 8). The show thrived with the introduction of some new blood, Henry Morgan as "regular Army" Col. Potter and Mike Farrell as compassionate BJ (season 4) and David Ogden Stiers as elitist Charles Emerson Winchester III (season 6).
M*A*S*H was honored with the prestigious Peabody Award "for the depth of its humor and the manner in which comedy is used to lift the spirit and, as well, to offer a profound statement on the nature of war." This was a sitcom that did not always leave you laughing, as witness the classic season 3 episode "Abyssinia, Henry." And throughout its run, M*A*S*H broke the sitcom mold with several episodes, including "The Interview" (season 4), in which Clete Roberts interviews the staff of the 4077th, "Point of View" (season 7), subjectively seen through the eyes of a wounded soldier and "Life Time" (season 8), which unfolds in real time. M*A*S*H boasted one of television's greatest ensembles, fully embodied characters who each became icons, most notably Alan Alda, who served with distinction as Hawkeye, the series' soul and conscience. But a special salute to Loretta Switt, whose Margaret Houlihan went from "Hot Lips" to nobody's pushover. From the "Pilot" to the feature-length finale, "Goodbye, Farewell & Amen," still the most-watched episode in history, this essential (but not so much if you bought the individual season sets) collection honors one of television's greatest half-hours. --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
Last Day of Filming, Jocularity, PSA's, Saxophone Promo, Just the FAQs - Game
M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion, Fan Base, Memories of M*A*S*H, Script from never made episode
Option to watch episodes with or without soundtrack
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No changes. No improvements. Same problems. Every disk had multiple scratches on them. several episodes skipped and a couple of the disks wouldn't even load. I know there are things that can be done when there are problems with disks. They can be cleaned or buffed. I've don it before- but not on a set of disks with multiple problems that are fresh out of the packing and cost me $100.
Bit thanks to Amazon because I'm able to return these. However, I can't believe no one at Amazon has questioned so many complaints. Well, enough of my rant. Time to pack these babies back up and ship them back. Guess I will have to settle for reruns on TV.
This show squeezes you. It makes you care. Though it is clear that the point of it overarchingly is anti-war, somehow it's not preachy. Instead, this is a premise of the characters meant to draw out the dichotomy of caring and pain, of trying to be healing in the face of destruction. I think I'm making it too heavy sounding. It's actually not heavy at all. It has moments, don't get me wrong. All great Sitcoms have their moments that make you tear up, but you'll treasure those moments because you'll love these characters. You'll fall in love with them.
It can simply be stated that M*A*S*H is perhaps the greatest TV program every made. It retains its humanity throughout. Never falters. The characters develop, change, some leave, some come in later, but you'll find yourself wanting more.
When the last episode ends you're not just sad because there's no more, you're sad because you'll already miss them. This show definitely makes you feel like these are people you know and care about. As far as fiction goes, you cannot be more successful in the creation of a believable and enjoyable group of characters.
Masterfully written. Maturely acted. Well produced. Consistent. High quality TV that has yet to be outdone. A+++
I don't think I am alone when I say I would have happily paid a few extra bucks to protect my investment. It's just really too bad, and bad for business. I would not recommend this at all.
First off, the content is fantastic. All of the episodes are here along with great bonus material including the final episode and the movie. I have absolutely no complaints there.
The DVD's are boxed in a very attractive book with sections that fold out. All of this is stored in a sturdy cardboard outer box that looks great. Where the DVD's are actually stored is in the fold out sections of that book. Each section has three slots. The problem is that the whole thing is so snug the DVD's are really crammed in there tightly. I removed the first one as carefully as possible and when I turned it over there were visible scuffs where the DVD had rubbed against the cardboard. This has been the case with every DVD I've removed.
They still play just fine, but they've only been in and out of the packaging once. It's easy to see that with continued trips in and out of their pockets, these DVD's would very quicly be ruined. My solution will be to purchase some cases for these DVD's and store them outside of the packaging. The box will sit on the shelf next to the entertainment center and look cool.
I still recommend buying this if you're a MASH fan. Like I said, the content is everything you want. Just be very carefull unpacking the discs and find them a better home.
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