One has to ask why the piecemeal release schedule for this series,when one bears in mind that the early films date from 1999-2000,and all 22 films in the series have been released in the USA.
For me,the great strength of the films,apart from some fiendishly complex plots,is the way they bring to life the Southern Italians' love of life,food,wine,and beautiful women(not neccessarily in that order) mixed with great touches of humour.
Amongst the cast,my favourite is Angelo Russo who gives a marvellous comic performance as Catarella,and is at times a real scene stealer.
Having watched the films more than once,one discovers afresh certain scenes,segments of dialogue,or plot development,which did not fully register first time around.
This may be due to the great speed with which certain conversations are conducted.
I have to say I love this series,if only for the happy memories it evokes of life in the South of Italy,but more so for it's great combination of complex,interesting stories,comedy,great characters,and excellent actors-hence five stars.