M*A*S*H - Martinis and Medicine Complete Collection
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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 Liebenson
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
Top Customer Reviews
However, it is important for you to know that the MEGASet comes in a large binding book. All the DVD's are pushed into cardboard slots (a lot like the coin collector books). This means if you take the DVD's out a lot they are going to get scratched - EVEN If you are careful.
I have a soft, CD carrier that works very much the same, and I'm meticulous about not putting pressure on it. Still my CD's have gotten marred over the years using this.
If the DVD's were mounted on a spindle holder (like a normal case) this would be much much better. There is a reason that design was chosen, it protects the product.
If you just want these DVD's to sit on a shelf, okay then. But if you are going to use them, *****BE AWARE***** you may wind up damaging them. Put them in real cases as soon as you get them.
The cardboard slots are also quite tight, causing lots of pressure. And they have a tendency to break easily (the glue comes off, causing the DVD to slip down - more opportunity for scratching).
Highly recommended that you get a real storage system for this excellent collection.
Should also know that the original movie is provided in Widescreen format, whereas the TV series is provided in Full Frame.
I had bought a few of the MASH sets, but not enough to feel ripped off my buying this set. I'm glad to have a better appreciation for the later seasons which I previously avoided. Winchester is a fine character whom I used to dislike simply because he replaced Frank Burns. Oops.
Except for the bonus features, there is no difference between this and the previous discs. For better or for worse, the bonus features are quite good with the fine A&E Biography episode about the show and the 30th anniverary special. Fox really should put the two discs out separately for the fans that bought all the seasons.
The packaging here is really cool, but the cardboard sleeves are not. If you decide to purchase this, be ready to transfer the 36 discs into a DVD suitcase. The sleeves will scratch your discs in no time.
All in all, buy this and a DVD wallet if you don't already have MASH on DVD, and nicely bug Fox about the bonus features if you do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great collection! Just be aware that the sleeves the dvd's come in will scratch the disk with repeated use so i recommend using a CD/DVD case. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mason Bolton
Really good stuff on days when there's nothing to watch! a MASH marathon!!!!Published 22 days ago by Miles Jones
Do not like the packaging. Too hard to get the disc out of sleeves.But how can you not enjoy MASH.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would give it zero stars if I could. The disks came all scratched up and were unwatchable. The storage box was worn and was obviously not new.Published 22 days ago by S. Wright
My father has enjoyed these DVD's for countless hours during his open heart recovery!!! He is enjoying them with his children and grandchildren!!! This is PRICELESS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patti Smith
Amazing storage box. It will protect the DVD's for years to come. Olive drab cloth over sturdy box with M*A*S*H and a red cross stamped on it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffery M. Hughes
the way the discs are packaged when you remove them from the holder they end up scratched so some of the episodes won't playPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The packaging that the DVDs comes in scratches the DVDs when you pull them out. The MASH movie had such a deep scratch in it that the movie froze and couldn't be played.Published 2 months ago by DIane Baldasare
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