Strangers with Candy - The Complete Series
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In creating Jerri, the 46-year-old high school freshman, Amy Sedaris and her co-stars/co-writers Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert imagined a person who is both startlingly crass and strangely innocent. One minute Jerri is uttering the immortal line "I like the pole and the hole"--the next she's only interested in "pizza, pizza, pizza," and joining the cheerleading squad. Her world view is completely unaffected by her 32 years as a "junkie whore." It won't take a rabid SWC fan--just a lover of wicked satire--to appreciate this trapper-keeper-shaped package and the After School Special-based stories inside. Some of the bonus features, including an interview with the stars at the Museum of Television & Radio, will be familiar to folks who have previous, single-season DVDs. However, certain new additions, such as "The Trip Back" PSA, which stars a real-life Jerri clone, make this set a worth-owning item. Other highlights include deleted scenes--one of which features an inspirational meeting between Jerri and Buddha Stalin, Flatpoint's most controversial rock star. A clever film strip by closeted lovers Chuck Noblet and Geoffrey Jellineck on their "research trip" to Mexico also draws chuckles. Over 30 episodes, the jokes do become a touch repetitive, but the series never loses its energy or sharp wit. If you're looking for a show that will teach you how to do the wrong things the right way, the Strangers with Candy boxed set has the lesson plan for you. --Leah Weathersby
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Fans of Comedy Central will want to see Stephen Colbert as Mr. Noblets, the nasty history teacher. He incarnates all the worst traits of every teacher who ever hated you: he's lazy, mistaken in his facts, mean and cowardly and Colbert makes him hilarious. He's so authentic that it's actually hard to watch him sometimes be spiteful to the stangely sympathetic Jerri. The regular cast is rounded out by series co-writer Paul Dinello as the wussy, self-absorbed art reacher Mr. Jellineck, and Greg Holliman as the Idi Amin-like Principal Blackman (that's his name--a good example of the series' bracing political incorrectness.)
My favorite episode is the series finale which features as a guest star the startlingly hot Winona Ryder as the high school queen mean girl. She learns her lesson in just the wrong way, as the school comes to an apocalyptic end. Check out the special features on these DVD's for some truly funny outtakes and compilations of the fabulous dance numbers which ended every episode. It looks like they had a lot of fun making this show, and you will thoroughly enjoy it too. It's like a smarter, extended, genuinely amusing John Waters project.
Now for 'The Complete Series' release. First of all, the packaging is almost unbelievably bad. BAD BAD BAD! Cheap PAPER, I don't know if I can even call it cardboard because it is so flimsy and fragile. I'll just call it thick paper. And the discs themselves are held to this PAPER only by a plastic hub glued on to the paper packaging, rubbing right against another disc on the next page. This makes it very easy for discs to fall out and become damaged. I can't stress enough how much I dislike the packaging. In one word: CHEAP.
Now moving on to the content. I haven't watched all of the content yet, but I have seen some of it and can compare it to the previous releases of all 3 seasons. I was really excited about this release in large part because of director's cuts that would appear on two episodes. I watched these director's cuts and wished the deleted scenes had instead been offered as a separate bonus. The editing of these director's cut episodes is so bad it really does take you out of the show. There will be music in one shot and it will abruptly stop when the next shot comes up. Many shots integrated into the footage are of much worse quality making it very noticeable when the transition takes place. The audio as well keeps changing so much that its really, really obvious, even in scenes that were in the original versions of the episodes. Someone will be talking from the front speaker, then suddenly you'll be hearing them talk from your rear speakers for NO REASON.Read more ›
For those who don't know this series, it definitely is too bawdy to watch with kids (I wouldn't let mine watch with me until they are at least 20, by which time they will probably find this material boring). If you are assembling a comedy collection, however, this series fills a unique niche.
My only complaint is that the packaging is a bit second rate. It doesn't even come in a box, but rather in a little "accordion-folder" package which is neither aesthetic nor practical (can't stack) nor particularly protective. It is also hard to remove the disks from the center catches without damaging them (I chipped one first thing out of the box despite expecting trouble, but fixed with carefully trimmed packaging tape; works fine).
I only had the first season and my family was getting tired of it, so I was very excited for this set, and preorded it several months in advance. My only problem is that I need to go buy the third season because my two favorite 3rd season episodes are director's cuts..NOT the originals I've loved so long. The cuts aren't cut very well, and as the other reviewer said, the slideshow/library scene in "is my daddy crazy?" is AWFUL. I wanted the box set to ultimately save me money, not make me want to spend another 25 bucks for two episodes.
However, it's great to see my old favorites and the new extras are great. I love watching the blooper reel, and am glad they kept the old special features while adding new ones. Especially loved is the audio commentary on the last episode--if only audio commentary is done on all of them!
So... more goods than bads, but the set is not perfect. Good for collectors and big fans. I just wish the directors cuts were special features. Most of the added parts are in the 'deleted scenes' anyway.
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Several disks did not work properly and my favorite episodes were unwatchable.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My wife loves this. I don't really get it, but I suppose it's worth picking this up if you were a fan of the show.Published 5 months ago by Max
I love this show, but who i bought it from didn't check to make sure it all works properlyPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The show is great, whoever transferred it to DVD should be tarred and feathered, what an atrocity. The video quality alternates between decent and 'flea market VHS tape'... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adam
The product was delivered earlier than expected and I'm happy to have the set as this was one of my fav shows....however I truly don't have a complete set. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sherlain Hunt