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The Mad About You Collection (Region 2) (Import)
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Mad About You - Collection (4 Discs) The best episodes of the television comedy Mad About You with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser. Mad About You has been rewarded with eg 10 Emmys® and 22 nominations and is one of television's most beloved and popular sitcoms. Mad About You show love's joys and tribulations of the lovely neurotic couple Paul and Jamie Buchman's existence, when they deal with marriage, mood swings, love and life in general. The protagonists Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser have personally selected their favorite section of this amazing collection. There will be laughter and entertainment at the highest level of guest stars as Lisa Kudrow, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Bruce Willis, Cyndi Lauper and many more. This is the ultimate collection for all who are crazy Mad About You. Subtitles Danish English Finnish French Dutch Norwegian Swedish Sound English (Dolby Surround) French (Mono) French (Stereo)
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Having said that there is a pro: Seasons 6 and 7 are finally available on DVD
So I am glad this set is finally released, but quality has been sacrificed.
The box it comes in is mediocre at best. It's a 3 star box.
The show itself is fantastic and holds up well over time. It's a 5 star show.
The image quality of the show on the discs is VHS quality, not DVD quality. It's a 1 star for image quality.
Ultimately it's not even close to being worth the full retail price of $70. It's worth $20 for a used copy if you really like the show like I do. But don't pay full price. Ideally the full price would be $20. At $20 this is a decent value considering the poor image quality. I paid $30 for a used copy and am pretty cheesed off about the quality at that price. If I'd paid the full $70 retail price I'd be positively livid.
About the box...it's plenty good enough to keep the discs safe on your DVD shelf for decades to come. It's the transit to your house that can damage it. So just check out every disc and make sure everything looks to be in good condition before you pass whatever return window you have. But don't let the box be the reason you don't buy the set if you want to own the show. If you do get a bad one, Amazon will send you a new one without argument because...Amazon.
The actual show is great and holds up fine 2 decades later. It's VERY 1990's in terms of fashion and general stuff the characters are interested in. So it's kind of a blast from the past to rewatch it. I had completely forgotten about Lisa Kudrow being a regular side character as Phoebe Buffay's (From Friends) sister Ursella, who's character had numerous appearances on Friends as well. So stuff like that became a pleasant surprise the second time through the series, as I had just plain forgotten about it.
All in all it's a fine show that probably would never get a chance by networks today because it takes more than 2 episodes to get acquainted with the characters and networks want to see super high ratings immediately. But its still better than most of the junk on network TV today. It's a theme that any modern couple should still be able to relate to.
On that note I like it a lot more now that I'm married than I did when it originally aired while I was in high school. I can just personally relate to the characters more now. So if you remember liking this show in the 90's, you might find you like it a lot more now if you've gotten married since you last watched the show.
As for the print quality, it's not HD because the show wasn't filmed in HD. It was filmed in standard definition because there was no HD in the 1990's. And since the show wasn't originally filmed in HD video or on actual film stock, there is nothing that can be done to up convert it to full HD later. It cannot be done.
But even by standard definition standards, this isn't a good quality transfer by any stretch of the imagination. The digital image has been heavily compressed to fit each season onto 2 discs each. (14 discs total for 7 seasons). So the resulting quality is pretty poor. It's watchable, especially on a smaller TV. But it's not DVD quality. It's maybe a half step above VHS quality. This is where the full retail price tag on this set becomes completely unacceptable.