I don't see any guarantee that all 5 seasons of GET SMART will make it to retailer shelves. If season 1 doesn't do well (which i admit will not be the case), they may not move forward with future seasons at retail.
Perhaps he's also happy that he didn't spend the $200 for the complete series when he can get (presumably) each season now for $25 and theoretically spend only $125 on the series (assuming he wants all the seasons, and that they will all be released).
I was thrilled to get it for $160 18 months ago and have enjoyed all the extras so it was worth it for me.
I can't imagine having all seasons w/o the extras! I'm so glad I chose to dive in and buy "Get Smart" blindly. It's one of the greatest series ever and I wish I had got into it a long time ago! IMO, you would be doing a disservice to yourself not to buy the whole series set from Time-Life.
Maybe he's like me and doesn't have a credit card, Time Life's website only accepts payment by CC. I'm glad Amazon takes money orders, I can see myself overspending very easily if I had one. I have a certain amount of money put aside each month for DVDs and M.O.s help me to stay within that amount.
I'm interested in getting this series but it's been a long time since I've seen any episodes, so I'm not sure if I will still like it. I'd rather buy one season set to see if I like it a lot better than basically blind buying the whole series for $200. The news that there won't be any extras is disappointing but I still might buy season 1.
I think HBO Video is making the right move. They're probably thinking that most die-hard fans will have already purchased the Time-Life complete set, so now they are aiming to the "on the fence" consumers or casual fans who don't care about the special features, and just want the episodes. The MSRP is 24.98 but it will probably be found cheaper in stores or online, more like $20 bucks, so IF they release all 5 seasons at this price, it could be had for approx. $100 for the retail version complete series.
You (and Brian's post above) do make it sound tempting. I was just checking out the link for the Time-Life set. Goodness, those special features look amazing. I would love to see those clips from The Andy Williams Show and The Bill Dana Show. This set does look quite good!
I have the Get Smart TL release. It is wonderful and heartily recommended. If one googles for TL discount codes you should be able to save quite a bit of money. I don't recall exactly what I paid for it but it was in the neighborhood of 20% off w/no shipping. There aren't many shows that I'd drop that kind of dough on at one time, but GS is one of them.
For a casual fan of the show, the retail releases, which are priced to sell, will probably suffice.
Ron, be on the lookout for a Mastercard or Visa "Gift Card." These are cards that can be loaded up with money, then used like a credit card. Since they're treated like a credit card, but used like a gift card, this may be a good route for you to explore if you're worried about over-spending on a normal credit card, or find a place that won't accept money orders.
I had to do some real soul searching before I bought the set. Mainly because I hadn't seen all that much of the series. That, and I'm very picky about what 60s TV shows I do buy on DVD. I'm not all that much of a fan of 60s TV, but there are a few shows that were either just plain outstanding that I just have to have them (Bewitched for example) or that are real iconic shows of the 60s (Get Smart, Gilligan's Island, Star Trek) that they deserve to be in my TV on DVD collection. After I bought and watched the set I was very, very pleased that I had the set. Get Smart is a real gem and Time-Life did a fabulous job with the set. It was well worth every penny I spent on it. Hands down, it is one of the best (if not the very best) TV on DVD set I've ever owned.
That's great to read. Now just don't tell me that they've removed all of the original music from the series.
Seriously, I am very picky as well, but not of shows from the 1960s; rather, I am very selective when it comes to shows that succeeded that decade. I own very few shows from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. There are, of course, exceptions to this, such as Trek. I am a completist as far as those shows and films are concerned.
Thanks for this recommendation, though. It sounds like something I should purchase.
All music is present AFAIK. The only edit I'm aware of, and it was supposedly unintentional and an error, was in the episode where the twins are born. A very brief shot of Max falling over a hospital cart was not included. From what was posted at Carl Birkmeyer's Yahoo Group nobody noticed this when the episode was transferred. This, in my opinion, is nothing to get upset over. We're talking about a few seconds of footage max (no pun intended).
I've seen those in the Grocery Store. The ones I've seen are only in the amount of $50 and the $5 usage fee scares me off. I try to stretch my spending money as far as I can, which is why I choose the free shipping option on Amazon and M.O.s only cost a buck. I'm on a tight budget as it is. Those cards don't seem to be worth using on larger orders, like the Get Smart set. After looking them up online, I think a Visa Re-loadable card would be a better option for me, since any amount can be put on it but the nearest place that sells them is 30 miles away. Thanks for the info,Gord, it's worth looking into more.
This may sound odd, but check out your local shopping mall - we have a number of them here that sell mall gift cards that are actually Visa pre-paid cards. It's the easiest thing for the stores in the mall to use since they're just ringing through a "credit card." The Time-Life Get Smart set is very, very nice, and worth owning.