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Customer Review

on December 16, 2006
Well, Ive watched all 4 boxsets in their entirety, all 88 episodes, including the bonus material. Most fans love the show so I wont get into why its so wonderful and the great chemistry between Dean and Teri, blah blah blah. Lets get right on to it. Whats the best material and what, if any, are the problems plaguing the boxsets?

There are 3 things that are completely worth your attention, and the majority of it is on season 1. The commentary for the pilot, and the 30 minute looking back documentary. The other commentary is on season 2 and its on Deans Season's Greedings episode. Aside from that, the effort put forth as a whole for bonus material on these 4 boxsets is pathetic. There is plenty of other stuff out there that they could of included. ABC promos for every episode exist as well as other spots that appeared to promote the show, and none of it appears on these boxsets. There is also no comments on the wedding arc in season 3, and nothing to explain the shows untimely demise in the 4th season boxset. It's simply pathetic.

The 4th box needed to explain what was planned for season 5 had the show continued, and none of it is explained at all.

How is the transfer and sound?? Seasons 2,3, and 4 look fantastic all throughout. However, season 1 gets the lowest grade in the video department. The pilot, though crisp, has all sorts of source defects and dirt present. Also, several episodes following the pilot, look too soft and muddy in its picture and detail and color. This significantly improves though by the time you reach the latter half of disc 3 and on to disc 4. The sound is standard; nothing too impressive.

Finally, lets talk about the packaging and any other problems related to the dvd's themselves. The covers work for me, though id say season 1 is the best. It has a chrome appearance that is just really impressive. All the others are a dull cardboard. What they did inside each box has driven me nuts since season 1 was released. The discs are packaged practically stacked on top of each other. They overlap; which means that if you want to get to disc 2, you have to pry disc 1 up out of the box in order to get to disc 2. That is just ridiculous, and for those who arent especially careful with their purchase, it can be really easy to scratch the discs in this format. While my wife and I have been watching the series in order, I just remove disc 1 from the box and lay it aside in another case so that I have a space freed up for the other discs in the boxset so I can get to everything easier. That has worked for me. Though it is annoying that I have to move discs around in the first place. I would have preferred the WB package them like a book with one disc per tray, but thats just me. Also, the first 2 seasons feature a moving main menu screen which was really impressive. The WB then decided that for the last 2 seasons they would cut costs and use a static main menu screen; STUPID AND INCONSISTENT!! All 4 should match. They really dropped the ball with their season 4 package in that it was reported that many packages contained duplicate discs!! One fellow had to exchange his 6 times until he found a package that had a disc 1 in it!! Fortunately my copy had no such issues. However I had to exchange it one time due to a severelly damaged disc that I hadnt even touched.

Overall a great package, a great show. The extras that are there are good but missing tons of stuff. The packaging is less than I would want, but go buy this anyway. If you are careful with the discs, you shouldnt have any problem.
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