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Holiday loot spending guide: DVDs

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 1st 2007 2:44PM
the office dvdI don't know about you, but I am very picky about which television series I own on DVD. I don't often want to sit down and watch old episodes of shows unless they truly are spectacular and worthy of multiple watchings. For me, that means Firefly and Arrested Development are must-owns. But, I've also included some others on this list that have some great extras for the fans who would like a little bit more:

The Office Season two of The Office on DVD is quite good. While the season was spectacular, it's the extras that make the purchase necessary. It includes deleted scenes (some of which are hilarious and some are pretty obvious why they were deleted) and a gag reel, which is always essential for a quality DVD-watching experience. Plus, it includes all the extras that the cast did, such as their fake PSAs and NBC.com webisodes. And, there's swag: a Dunder-Mifflin folder, pad of paper, pen and post-its.There are also different versions depending on whether you buy it from Best Buy, Target, or Amazon. Cost: $25.

Arrested Development Who cares about the extras? This is a must-own-DVD simply for the sheer genius of the short-lived series. You can buy all three seasons in on box set for $54 (the price went up after Christmas- dammit!). The extras really aren't that exciting: a few deleted scenes here and there and a few episodes with audio commentary. Owning the AD series on DVD is like having a bag of Lay's potato chips: you can't watch just one.

Battlestar Galactica This is for the hard-core fans who want more, more, more. The fifth disc in the season one set includes eight (yes, eight!) featurettes about every aspect of the series, including the original mini-series, characters, plot, and set design. And 9 of 13 episodes have in-depth audio commentary in the form of podcasts. The DVD set reminds me of all the extras on the Lord of the Rings DVDs. Cost: $42.

fireflyFirefly If you haven't seen Firefly, you should. If you have, you should definitely own the DVD set. It's only fourteen episodes of Joss Whedon's short-lived space cowboy series from 2002. While it's awesome to watch all the episodes again, the audio commentary makes it even better. In particular, I prefer the audio commentary version of "War Stories" with actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk. Probably because they poke fun at themselves. The gag reel, which was made for the wrap party, is also hilarious. Cost: $40.

Best of Futurama If you don't have a big balance on that gift card, how about buying Matt Groening's four favorite episodes of Futurama? Monster Robot Maniac Fun includes "Hell is Other Robots", "Anthology of Interest I", "Roswell that Ends Well", and "The Sting". The first episode, "Hell is Other Robots", has a potpourri of options for audio commentary, including some from Groening and John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender). Cost: $13

Alias: The Complete Collection Seasons 1-5 of Alias came out on DVD just before the holidays. The box set is packaged in a replica of the Rambaldi artifact and, in true Alias style, it includes a secret compartment with a bonus disc that includes interviews with the cast, a reunion, and bloopers. Cost: $145.

sesame street old schoolSesame Street: Old School Vol. 1 Remember when Snuffleupagus was a secret? Or, do you sometimes get the pinball counting song stuck in your head? Those were the good old days of Sesame Street and the folks at Jim Henson Co. have released this first in a series of "Old School" DVDs for those of us who grew up in the '70s and early '80s. It also includes original classics like "C is for Cookie", "I Love Trash", and "Rubber Duckie". Sadly, some of the episodes have been edited a bit because of rights to the songs. But, all the classic and original Sesame Street stuff is there. Cost: $26.

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No worries about the "1 to 30 business days" thing. Just got my Firefly DVDs from Walmart today.

January 04 2007 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Circuit City's website is listing Firefly as $40, but it wouldn't be the first time their site had completely different prices than their store.

However, I did find it for $19.99 at Walmart (with $.97 shipping).


I went ahead and bought it, but I thought it was funny that Walmart's site said that the order "usually takes 1 to 30 business days to process before shipping" and it's listed as in stock! Didn't really matter to me since I wasn't plan to watch it right away anyway, but I thought it was weird to list an item as in stock and then warn that it could take a month to process.

January 01 2007 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Amazon was having an amazing DVD sale right after Christmas. I was able to pick up Firefly for 19.99. They said delivery the first wee of February, but I got it on Saturday.

January 01 2007 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love buying my favorite shows on DVD. I just got How I Met Your Mother for $20 on Amazon, and I got Supernatural for $24.99 last week.

Season Two of The Office on DVD is incredibly awesome. The episodes themselves are great, and the deleted scenes add to it even more. I got it along with Season One in that special package that Best Buy was selling.

January 01 2007 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I own all seasons of Arrested Development and The Office, I can die a happy man.

January 01 2007 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I got the first season of How I Met Your Mother for Christmas, It's teriffic.

January 01 2007 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you pay $40 for Firefly today you are crazy. The show is good and I got it for $24 last year but it is always on sale for $20 or less. This week in the USA at Curcuit City the price is only $18.

January 01 2007 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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