Posted December 03 2002 - 09:40 PM
Paulie Waln said:
| IMHO: Other studios should do what was done for : |
'Mad About You' Season 1.
2 dvds. 24 episodes. Can find it for $20 on some sites.
Maybe the picture quality isnt as good as it should be, but if it keep costs low, & allows future seasons to be produced, then I'm all for it!
At the back of my mind, I was frightened that someone would say this.
My reply is: NO WAY.
Without offending any Columbia reps who might be lurking here, let me say that Mad About You looks pretty bad in places (I cannot believe that people complain so bitterly about the video quality of the two releases of The Wonder Years, yet find Mad About You any more acceptable).
On the other hand, The Jeffersons looked leaps and bounds better, and sells for the same price. Whatever Columbia did different between the two, Jeffersons should be the standard they go by.
On the third hand, even The Jeffersons - to me the best-looking of Columbia's season set releases so far - IMHO pales in comparison to the worst of Fox's transfers for DVD season sets. And I can't even think of an example to name for something like that, because all of Fox's TV-on-DVD efforts look so uniformly great!
I would hate for anyone to suggest to Peter that Fox ought to lower their standards to save a buck or two. They may indeed have to in the long run, but how do they plan for that? Which series would they predict should suffer low bit rates, high compression, non-cleanup of specks or dropouts or whatever?
There was no way they could have or should have predicted that a serious classic like The Mary Tyler Moore Show would under-sell. MTM? Sell bad? Pwah! Folks LOVE that show!
And, come the post-holiday season, Peter may realize that he has to re-evaluate what he said: perhaps folks were waiting to get these as gifts, or see what holiday bargains came along.
I also have to go back to one of those rambling thoughts I had before and agree that perhaps it was undermarketed. I admit I was a bit taken aback when I heard it was coming out; I felt like there was no forewarning to it, except for a 1-line sentence in a May USA Today article focusing on the reunion special that aired on TV back then. And then, after some HTF chatter back and forth along the lines of "we hope this is good", it was suddenly on shelves in Sept.
And this is ME we're talking about. David Lambert. TV-on-DVD and Weekly Roundup guy all rolled into one. Throwing modesty to the winds here: if *I* don't know something is about to hit, then what does the average customer know about it? By comparison, Malcolm in the Middle was shouted from the rooftops! HTFers weren't just talking about it; people at work approached me to ask questions about the upcoming set! I'm getting questions right now about Angel S1. OTOH, noone's mentioned NYPD Blue to me yet. Same pattern as MTM? I hope not.
I'll shut up now, before I accidently put my foot in my mouth. I've been doing that a bunch lately, and I really don't mean to offend, sound arrogant, or do stupid things. Let's just say I'm passionate, and must govern my passions or they get the better of me. I get it from my mom. If you think I'm bad, you should see the rest of my family: they are a real mess!
Thanks, however, to everyone who takes the time to sift through my thoughts and take my input seriously. I mean well, even if I put it the wrong way AND use too many words to say it.