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We the people... love the Cast Dairies!,
This review is from: Merlin - Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)Merlin is a fun watch. This review however will concentrate on the DVD Extras for the people out there like me who really appreciate seeing/hearing from their favourite cast members. Great extras help make the decision to buy an easy one.
Merlin have really spoilt the fandom, thank you to who ever gave the cast a camera for their video dairies, and the cast themselves for "doing their homework". It has provided the fans with fantastic informal moments. These daries and the ones from Series 1 have left me eagerly awaiting the Series 2 Box set.
Secrets and Magic (~10 - 15 mins each)
Each Merlin episode has a corresponding S&M episode. They are very much appreciated as they provide interesting footage on behind the scenes and guest stars. All 13 have been included in the box set (1-6 in Vol 2.1, 7-13 in Vol 2.2), which is great for non-UK people.
Last year the cast diaries were included as separate videos. This year there is no separate cast diary video. Instead their recorded videos have been sliced into the secrets and magic episodes where relevant.
The great upside to having the diaries in the S&M means we the fans get to see them on a weekly basis during airing which is -----> fantastic :)
But it would have been great if they had also included just the diary footage together as a separate video. This would allow fans to just watch the cast, rather then having to fast forward the S&M to get to say the "Your the Voice" (scratch that, its been cut, perhaps due to licensing) or "Lost in Abergavenny" video.
I was slightly hoping there may have been extended diary footage or new footage included in this box set as I have seen certain members with their cameras out (e.g. BJ in the A Night Less Ordinary interview). There is a couple of minutes in Making of Merlin though (see further below).
Overall one can not complain too much with the amount of extras the S&M episodes have given us.
The cast commentaries, providing some personal opinions, character insight (which is always welcomed), director talk and endearing ramblings (I'm looking at you BJ and CM - keep it up ;).
02.01 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan [Bradley & Colin]
02.02 Once and Future Queen [Angel & Anthony]
02.04 Lancelot & Guinevere [Bradley & Colin]
02.08 The Sins of the Father [Bradley, Colin & Anthony]
02.10 Sweet Dreams [Bradley, Angel, Julian Murphy (producer) & Alice Throughton (director)]
02.11 The Witch's Quickening [Katie, Julian Murphy (producer) & Alice Throughton (director)]
02.12 The Fires of Idirsholas [Colin, Katie & Jeremy Webb]
Cast and Crew introduction to Series 2 (~10min)
Snippets of the producers and cast introducing their characters and a couple of seconds on their series 2 thoughts/direction. They talk about and show scenes from episodes 1-6 etc.
Making of Merlin (~35min)
This is an additional Behind the Scenes (episode 14?) that has not aired (is only on the Series 2, Volume 2 DVD at this stage).
Plenty of snippets of the producers and main cast (and a bit of the extended/guest cast) talking about:
- The Legend
- Talking Spellish
- Horses (+ more joust talk!)
- Mystical Creatures / CGI
As with the previous Behind the Scenes there is also some new cast diary footage sliced in.
- Photo Gallery
The box set contains volume 2.1 and 2.2 (also sold separately on Amazon). Each volume contains 3 disks. 2 full of episodes and one full of extras.
Content wise though you are not missing anything if you brought the set separately. The benefit is that the volumes are enclosed in the cardboard box which nicely matches the Series 1 box set. May be nice if just this outer box was sold (cheaply) separately for the dedicated fans that didn't hold out for the full series set. Media lovers like matchy matchy.
The artwork on the disks and cases are also pleasing, with each disk containing one of the main 6 cast members (I uploaded four images). It has 5 DVD9s, and 1 DVD5 (~567 mins).
Merlin Series 3 Extras
Check out my Merlin - Series 3 - Complete [DVD] review for the Volume 1 [DVD] extras (Vol. 2 extras will be added once its released).
At this stage it appears there are no Secrets and Magic episodes for Series 3, or Cast Diaries which is a big shame. There are deleted scenes on Volume 1, and Volume 2 is yet to be confirmed. To BBC Merlin - any footage saved from the cutting room floor and included in the box set is appreciated! Fans love it and I believe it's a great DVD Box set seller.
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2010 17:02:54 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2010 19:35:47 BDT
Wow, don't feel you have to hold back there, will you?!
If you don't like the show, or have reservations about it, and have coherent reasons for not doing so (and it looks like you do), that is good - by all means, share them. It helps those of us who have not yet seen it to decide whether we might agree with you or not and avoid what might be a bad buy. Negative reviews can be as helpful as the good ones (provided people explain *why* they don't like something, instead of just saying "I hated it, it was rubbish"!)
You might only be interested in the shows and the outtakes themselves, but there are many fans who do enjoy all the behind the scenes stuff - the more the better. Doctor Who has tonnes of it which is lapped up by its many, many followers. The Lord of the Rings DVDs were particularly acclaimed by public and critics alike as value for money with their extended editions, four voice-over commentaries, plus all sorts of 'making of' extras. That is the pleasure of a good DVD package - that you can get so much that is not available on TV or film.
With programmes I'm not interested in, or where I find the actors/directors etc. to be humourless, self-absorbed, smug etc., I avoid the extras like the plague. With LoTR I had endless enjoyment hearing from the hard-working, talented and often witty cast, crew, designers etc.
I find it helpful that someone has gone to the trouble of going into so much detail about what extras are on there, so that people might know in advance of buying what they are getting for their money.
If you don't want it, you don't need to watch it, but I don't see any reason to knock the fact that it's there.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2010 16:06:07 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2010 17:04:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2010 17:11:57 BDT
JS, I suggest you read what I said properly instead of jumping on the defensive. My first line said only that I was amused at how very strongly your expressed your opinion. In the next paragraph, I said I was happy for you to give your opinion on the show and was glad that you had done so - coherent bad reviews such as yours can help.
What isn't okay is insulting anyone else. Why on earth do you assume that people who watch extras are saddos, loners etc.? Do you know all these people? Have you met them? Unless you have, I don't think you are entitled to insult them (and it is in any case pretty rude). Insult the programme all you like - you have seen that - but not its viewers, who you haven't.
I watched 2 out of the 4 LOTR commentaries, and found them both interesting and hilarious. I wasn't interested in the other 2, which were more technical. I recommended them to other people who, like you, would never have considered wasting their time watching behind-the-scenes stuff, and they were pleasantly surprised and thanked me for getting them to watch.
I am certainly not a "saddo", "loner" nor a "stalker". I am a lawyer who works in the City with a very busy schedule. I would never consider going to conventions (I am not really interested in the actors themselves, only in the fiction they create and what went into creating it), but neither would I presume to assume anything about those who do - okay, so some of them might be a bit nuts, but others might just see it as a way to let their hair down and party.
Why should people be "sad" or "desperate" to want to go through the extras? It can be interesting to know more about the movie/TV series than what you see on screen. If you're not interested, that's no problem. Just don't press the "special features" button. I have seen behind-the-scenes stuff that made me think "gawd, these people are really up themselves, aren't they?" or "why the hell would I want to know that?" or "that's not very informative/boring", and other stuff which I thought really added value.
In fact, you're so busy insulting everyone who contradicts the slightest thing you say that you have not even noticed when someone agreed with part of what you said (or at least, objected not the slightest to your saying it).
So who is the troll here? Me or you? I'm thinking you.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2010 20:41:43 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2010 17:29:29 GMT
Mister Kite says:
I think you won that argument Toad! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2010 14:02:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2010 14:31:17 GMT
It`s always been a policy of mine to remove old posts when they`ve served their purpose Mister Kite.
As the comments were written solely for toad, once he had read the posts, there was no further need for them to remain.
As for toad, he`s a lawyer, which is a perfect name for him.
Vive La Russia 2018!
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2010 15:36:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Dec 2010 21:48:41 GMT
I didn't know why you took down your posts (although if the comments were addressed *solely* to me, that doesn't seem to be a helpful use of the 'comments' function - all these things are supposed to be useful to prospective buyers. Had you not made personal references, it could have been a potentially interesting discussion of the virtue of having extras on DVDs). However, I certainly did not take it as a sign that you felt you'd been 'beaten'. In any event, it was a discussion, not a competition. But I do note that, yet again, you descended into the realm of personal insult.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2010 20:38:10 GMT
Mr. Joel A. Rabinowitz says:
I agree with you, Toad. This user is a loser who gets through life and he's been really nasty, so give him a verbal kick up the butt.
Vive la Qatar 2022! ;P