Top critical review
12 January 2019
If I could give Seinfeld 10 stars, I would without hesitation. It is, quite simply, the best sitcom ever to have come out of the USA. Bar none. I would certainly recommend that you watch the show.
That being said, this product is faulty. I purchased it about 18 months ago and, whilst the packaging is not good (discs held in cardboard sleeves that can easily cause scratches), I had managed to play every episode without any problems right the way through from Seasons 1 to 7. As soon as I got to Season 8 I ran into big problems. Certain episodes would not play and would skip and jump and lock up the DVD player. I tried the discs in two DVD players (both less than 1 year old which have played everything else I own) with the same result.
I contacted Amazon who, to give them their due, sent me a replacement box set at no extra charge. As soon as it arrived I went straight to check the episodes from Season 8 I had had a problem with. I was extremely careful when removing the discs so as not to cause any scratches inadvertently. However, I had EXACTLY the same problems with the new DVDs as I had had with the old set of discs. The same episodes would not play in the same places. And there wasn't a scratch to be found on the discs.
From this, I can only conclude that there is a manufacturing error with at least some of the discs in this box set. I would strongly urge you not to buy it until Sony correct the problem. I'm going to watch them via Amazon Prime Video instead. As I said at the start of the review, the programme itself is well worth watching. But not via this DVD box set in my opinion. I cannot fault Amazon's service, though. Not only did they send me a replacement box set, but when I told them of the problems with the second one, they refunded me and told me to keep both sets. I do think, however, that they should probably withdraw it from sale and talk to Sony about correcting the problems.