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Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Gift Set)

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Sex and the City: The Complete Series (DVD) (New Packaging)


Sex and the City is based on Candace Bushnell's provocative bestselling book. Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Carrie Bradshaw, a self-described "sexual anthropologist," who writes "Sex and the City," a newspaper column that chronicles the state of sexual affairs of Manhattanites in this "age of un-innocence." Her "posse," including nice girl Charlotte (Kristin Davis), hard-edged Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and party girl Samantha (Kim Cattrall)--not to mention her own tumultuous love life--gives Carrie plenty of column fodder. Over the course of the first season's 12 episodes, the most prominent dramatic arc concerns Carrie, who goes from turning the tables on "toxic bachelors" by having "sex like a man" to wanting to join the ranks of "the monogamists" with the elusive Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Meanwhile, Miranda, Cynthia, and Samantha have their own dating woes.

The second season builds on the foundation of the first season with plot arcs that are both hilarious and heartfelt, taking the show from breakout hit to true pop-culture phenomenon. Relationship epiphanies coexist happily alongside farcical plots and zingy one-liners, resulting in emotionally satisfying episodes that feature the sharp kind of character-defining dialogue that seems to have disappeared from the rest of TV long ago. When last we left the NYC gals, Carrie had just broken up with a commitment-phobic Mr. Big (Chris Noth), but fans of Noth's seductive-yet-distant rake didn't have to wait long until he was back in the picture, as he and Carrie tried to make another go of it. Their relationship evolution, from reunion to second breakup, provides the core of the second season. Among other adventures, Charlotte puzzles over whether one of her beaus was "gay-straight" or "straight-gay"; Miranda tries to date a guy who insists on having sex only in places where they might get caught; and Samantha copes with dates who range from, um, not big enough to far too big--with numerous stops in between.

The third season was the charm, as the series earned its first Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series to go along with its Golden Globes for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress (Parker). One of this season's two principal story arcs concerned hapless-in-love Charlotte and her pursuit of a husband; enter (if only...) Kyle McLachlan as the unfortunately impotent Trey. Meanwhile, Carrie has a brief but memorable fling with a politician who's golden, but not in the way she anticipated. She then sabotages her too-good-to-be-true relationship with furniture designer Aidan (John Corbett) by having an affair with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), who himself has gotten married. Like I Love Lucy, the series benefited from a brief change of scenery with a three-episode jaunt to Los Angeles, where Carrie and company encountered, among others, Matthew McConaughey, Vince Vaughn, Hugh Hefner, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The fourth season is just as smart and sexy as ever, mixing caustic adult wit and sharply observed situation comedy on the mean streets of Manhattan, though this time the quartet of singleton city girls must endure even tougher combat in the unending war of love, sex, and shopping. Carrie finally seems to have found her ideal life partner when she is reunited with handsome craftsman Aidan. But can their relationship survive trial by cohabitation? Meanwhile Charlotte seems to have both her dream Park Avenue apartment and a solution to her marital problems with Trey. But when the subject of babies comes up, everything starts to unravel for her, too. It's not just Charlotte who has baby issues either: after what seems like an eternity of enforced sexual abstinence Miranda is horrified to discover she's pregnant. And as for the sultry Samantha, she's on a quest for monogamy, first with an exotic lesbian artist, then with a philandering businessman, with whom to her utter dismay she just might have fallen in love.

It was a short but sweet fifth season, as HBO's resident comediennes found themselves affected by forces beyond their control--the pregnancies of both Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon. A truncated shooting schedule to accommodate the actresses forced this season to be reduced to a mere eight episodes, but they and creators forged ahead, creating a handful of episodes that if short in content were long on emotion and laughs. Carrie and Miranda wrestled with their solitary lifestyles, albeit with new attachments--Miranda had new baby Brady and single motherhood, while Carrie found herself in the world of publishing as the author of a real-life book of her columns. Charlotte wondered if she'd ever find another man, while Samantha finally got rid of the one that had been vexing her far too much. If the season as a whole felt less than the sum of its parts, those parts were some of the best comedy in the show's history. The season's climactic episode, "I Love a Charade," was one of the series' best episodes ever, equally touching and funny, and grounded the show in an emotional maturity that announced that after all their wild travails, these women had truly grown up.

After a long wait--like the entire fifth season--Carrie is dating again. The sixth season starts with Carrie and her sparkly new potential, Berger (Ron Livingston), trying to leave past relationships and hit it off, with mixed results. Meanwhile Carrie's friends seem to be settling down, relatively speaking. Miranda decides that her affair with TiVo cannot compete when Mr. Perfect (Blair Underwood, at his most charming) moves into her building. Charlotte's feelings for her "opposites attract" boyfriend (Evan Handler) deepen, but they still have a few things to iron out. Most surprising is Samantha's hot relationship with waiter-actor-stud Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) taking on something resembling love, despite Samantha's best intentions. Before the sixth season started in the summer of 2003, a bombshell hit: it was announced that this would be the finale. But it would be a long season, and these 12 episodes plant the seeds for the final 8 airing the following winter. These dozen episodes illustrate the maturity of the show: there's not a bad one in the bunch, and the show is still flat-out funny. The comedy blends serious points of how we perceive singles, couples, and parents (and the gifts we lavish on the latter two). Carrie's method of celebrating her singlehood is just another gem in this treasure of a series.

With the last eight episodes of the sixth season, HBO's grand sitcom concluded, leaving untold numbers of women--and many men--feeling deprived. The six-year series certainly did not outlast its welcome; the final season is some of the best TV had to offer in 2004. In many ways, the eight episodes served as a single finale, with all four characters approaching a kind of destiny and happiness, the theme of this last half-season (which aired weeks after the first half). Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) continues her romance with Russian artist (Mikhail Baryshnikov), a flippantly arrogant man who's been around the block, but able to supply Carrie's needed desire for magic. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has settled down with Steve (David Eigenberg), but there is more that will change with her, including her address. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) continues to make baby plans now that the husband slot is filled quite nicely (Evan Handler). Going down the final stretch--and Samantha's (Kim Cattrall) cancer--gives the series a more serious tone, but there's always a jab to tickle the funny bone: Miranda's awkwardness with happiness, Charlotte's latest passion, Carrie typing someplace new, and Samantha getting into Paris Hilton territory. Like any series winding down, there is a wedding, a baby, old faces popping up, and some star-ladened new ones. In the final two-part episode, "An American in Paris," Carrie faces her romantic destiny, but also solidifies herself as a fashion icon, an Audrey Hepburn for 21st-century television. In the penultimate episode, she asks her friends an emotional question: "What if I never met you?" Certainly fans can ask of themselves the same question and reminisce how much better TV became since they first tuned in these four women of the City.

Special Features

All six seasons and 94 episodes on 19 discs Bonus 20th disc with featurettes, games, and more

Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 2700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (909 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011UBDTK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Gift Set)" on IMDb

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Hi all SATC fans! Like the the first two reviewers, I wondered what the difference between this collection, currently on sale for $109.99, and the "Collector's Edition" on sale for $196.99. But since all I really wanted was to have all the episodes on DVD I went ahead and ordered the cheaper set. When I received it today, I read the back and toward the end of the top paragraph it said:

"Celebrate the show that explores the day-to-day - and night-to-night, world of single women in this, the definitive collector's edition.

With that read, I wanted to see if I really got the "Collector's Edition" so I called my girlfriend who bought her "Collector's Edition" at the regular price of $300 back a few years ago to compare the difference. Good news! Sounds like they're the exact same thing! What I received in my $109.99 set is a pink velvet spiral binder with various color pictures of the ladies and scenes from the show and short summaries of each episode. The DVDs are nicely tucked away, by seasons, in pockets of thicker pages after the summaries. The pink velvet spiral binder comes in a plastic sleeve for protection from scratches, etc. There's no way, however, to see if this DVD set was made in 2007. Everywhere I looked said 2005. Oh well, I'll be happy if all the DVDs work!

If you want to peek at what this set looks like I suggest clicking on the "Collector's Edition" for $196.99 and looking at Picture 4 of 9. It's the picture with the binder (closed and open) with the DVDs nicely scattered in front of it. That is exactly what I received today.

Happy shopping and I hope this helps!
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I ordered the 2007 set from Amazon last week, and despite the fact that the package says 2005 on the back, it actually is the newer one that was released on December 18, 2007. You have to look at the UPC...that's the only discernable difference between them (even the sets currently selling in stores with the free movie ticket say "2005 Home Box Office" in the fine print on the back, but they have the 2008 UPC..i checked at Target the other day!). There are three different releases floating around: 2005, 2007, and the 2008 release that comes with the free movie ticket. Amazon is not even selling the 2008 version at this time so I doubt anyone will be getting the free movie ticket. However, those of you who are disappointed that you believe you received the 2005 set from Amazon, check the UPC on the back to see which one you really have:

2008 # UPC 883929018062
2007 # UPC 026359445828
2005 # UPC 026359866128

Hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.
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Apparently there was a problem wherever these discs were manufactured, because I, like many other shoppers on here, have had to return my set due to malfunctioning Season 3.

Which basically means that, if you order this set, you need to watch every disc in its entirety within the 30-day return window.
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I love the series, it's worth buying. But this series from Amazon is defective. I returned my first one due to the freezing up on discs, particulary Season 3. I received my second one and it has the exact same problem!
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NOTE: This product only gets 1 star because of it's design flaw, not because of the series itself.

Warning to all buyers, the jackets that the DVD's are placed in will scratch the DVD. You have to be extra careful when you're removing and replacing the DVD's into the jackets. I have to admit, the packaging is enticing and being a big fan of the show I HAD TO HAVE IT. But i'm so disappointed in the product itself. Bummer
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What the description for this box set doesn't tell you is that it is half again as tall and half again as wide as a standard DVD, so it won't even fit on the same shelf as the rest of your DVDs. And as nice as the suede album cover might look, inside it's just a ring binder with cheap cardboard DVD holders. Definitely not the high quality boxed set I was looking forward to. And I really was looking forward to having a decent box set of Sex and the City, since the individual season DVDs had such flimsy plastic cases (very prone to ripping at the edges if you open them at all frequently).

Now I'm kicking myself for having sold my individual DVDs to buy this boxed set. Maybe in another few years they'll come out with a box set in which they do *not* skimp on the packaging. SatC is the only series I've seen that has such consistently shoddy packaging. I really don't understand why.
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I know that this sounds like a great purchase, and it would be, but 9 times out of ten, the one you recieve will be broken. Just look at these reviews...the first account of a defective set was from January, 2006! And that's almost what all reviews report onward. That's almost 2 years!!! I called HBO to see if there were lot numbers to avoid, but they told me they had no list of defective lot numbers published. It's a shame they haven't issued a recall. I took a chance and purchased this set from amazon two weeks ago, and sure enough...it was defective. Some episodes just don't play at all. Just to clairify, this problem is not limited to Amazon's copies; just check others websites too! Let's face it...do you really want to spend almost $200.00 dollars on something you'll probably just end up returning. The only way you can know if your set is defective is to watch EVERY EPISODE to see, and you have to do that within the 30 day return policy. It will take forever. Speaking of returns... when I discovered my set was broken, I immediatley called amazon on the phone and spoke to an indian woman who gaurenteed me a FULL refund since defective products are considered Amazon's error. She emailed me a prepaid shipping label, and I put the package in a UPS box. Three days later, I recieve an email saying the reason for return was: "customer ordered wrong item" WHAT?! and there's more: from the refund, they charged me for the "prepaid shipping", and a $99.00 restocking fee!! I only got refunded for half of what I paid for it! I immediately called Amazon and thankfully got it sorted out immediately. BOTTOM LINE: Save money, fear, and time by buying each season individually which is what I ended up doing. I know it isn't as convenient as having the show in one box, but when it comes down to it, what are you buying it for: to watch the series, or to look at the box?
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