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DVD Review: How I Met Your Mother, Season 1

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 21st 2006 1:04PM

How I Met Your Mother, Season 1Hot off the presses (DVDs are pressed right?), the first season of How I Met Your Mother is out on DVD today. Without getting into specifics, I got lucky and ended up with a copy last week. So I've had all weekend to play around with it. The simple answer is that this is a great DVD set... for all HIMYM fans. Anyone else that picks this up probably isn't going to get as excited about the special features as I did.

That being said, the special features are scant. There's not many, but what you do get is worth it. Once you get over the fact that it's only presented in full frame (Joel and I were both angry about the lack of widescreen), there's plenty to watch. I especially enjoyed the commentaries on the pilot episode and "Drumroll, Please" because Pamela Fryman sat in on those sessions. It's a rare occurrence when one person helms the directorial duties for an entire 22-episode run, but Fryman did it and created a constant visual style throughout the entire season. So her thoughts held some weight in those commentaries.

As you would expect, there are a few blooper reels. Those things are usually cheesy and I generally don't find them all that funny, but there were some good ones here. I couldn't stop laughing during one of the takes where Ted was trying to get through the infamous "green testicle" story. It's genuinely funny stuff, but once again, I suppose it's only something that a true fan of this unique sitcom could appreciate.

By far the best bonus is a short featurette called the "Video Yearbook." It chronicles behind-the-scenes madness of the entire season and tosses in a bunch of interviews. The good ones? Bob Saget! That's right, we get a few words from the narrator. Future Ted in the flesh.

The best Q & A came from show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas though. They had a lot to say about persevering and what a complete pain in the ass it was to pitch a show at a period when many were declaring the sitcom to be dead. I'm glad they didn't take no for an answer.

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Michael

HIMYM is absolutely the best new show on TV. While I love all the new drama series that have popped up, this comedy remains the fastest and freshest show out there.

My ONLY complaint about HIMYM pertains to the DVD Box Set and I am really ticked off about it. Why the HELL did whatever marketing BOZO think that we wanted this set in Full Frame aspect ratio rather than Widescreen??? First and foremost - the show is broadcast widescreen, so it obviously wasn't because it wasn't available that way. The show does well enough in the ratings that it would sell easily enough. Don't these idiots realize that there are virtually NO 1.33:1 TV sets being sold today and BY LAW more of the ones that are out there already are being replaced on a daily basis by 1.85:1 sets?? As much as I enjoy both Friends and Seinfeld, it is difficult to watch their respective DVD sets simply because I have to stretch them to fit my TV screen - and my set does a better job than most TVs do.

I know the answer to my question actually - it's always more about the money than providing what the fans want to buy. A widescreen edition would likely add to the raw cost of either mastering or production of this set and the studios are more concerned with profits than they are with the finished product. Sorry to appear bitter about this but dagnabbit - this is one of my all time favorite shows they are messing with!!!

Yeah, I'll be out there waiting in line today to buy this set for myself. I'm just not going to sit around quietly while I, as a fan WITH MONEY TO SPEND ON MY FAVORITE SHOWS gets short changed by the freaking rip off artists that put these sets together.

PLEASE - voice your opinion on this if you care to do so. If we don't complain, nothing will ever change. Your voice and opinion matter but no one will hear you if you sit idly by and don't ever voice what matters to YOU. Frankly, I would rather pay a premium to watch this (or any other) DVD set in a format that makes me happy than to be forced to buy an inferior product because someone decided to make a few extra bucks by cutting corners.

If I just wanted to watch this show in crappy full frame, I would just burn the episodes I recorded on my TIVO onto a DVD and not pay anyone for the privilege. I spend good money on DVDs because I want the experience to be as good or better than the first time I viewed this show - not worse.

Does that get my frustrated point across???

Thanks for listening to my rant. Hope someone else hears this and actually listens to it - that's the REAL point.

November 22 2006 at 6:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Philbin

Perfect review. A fun set.

A better image of the box set here: http://www.ericphilbin.com/wordpress/wp-content/content/howimetyourmotherseasonone.jpg

November 21 2006 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Philbin

A better image of the box set here: http://www.ericphilbin.com/wordpress/wp-content/content/howimetyourmotherseasonone.jpg

Fun set, btw.

November 21 2006 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Philbin

A much better image of the box set here.

November 21 2006 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khamel

i have been watching this show for the last couple weeks and am almost caught up. it is a great show but i think it suffers (now atleast) because it is up against the 18-49 year old male juggernaut that is prison break. thats the main reason i never saw it but i finally gave in and now im hooked. im still watching prison break, but i'll record himym and watch it later.

November 21 2006 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darren

This is one of the best comedy's on TV today. If you don't watch it - START. I can't wait to get the DVD! I will bring it to the Dominican with me to watch after a day full of drinking - it will be even more funny!

November 21 2006 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

Having just started watching it this year, I can not wait to see season 1. Why this series does not get more press, I do not know. The acting and writing are darn funny. The entire cast works very well together. My personal favorite comedy on TV right now.

November 21 2006 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Porchland

And still the show has crappy ratings.

I don't understand why it's not a top 10 show. Some of this seasons episodes have been right up there with the best "Friends" episodes.

November 21 2006 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DieH@rd

HIMYM is the best! Cant wait to see those bonuses, i know that they are "legendary" :) :D

November 21 2006 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jumas

the series are great, so the dvd might find itself a very good marketplace

November 21 2006 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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