DVDs in Review #2 - Seinfeld

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The Seinfeld Seasons are identically set out between each season, the only differences being box art and the actual season featured. There are also two versions of the complete collection, one special version in a box that looks like Jerry's fridge and another more normal version. The special fridge version is nothing more than a cardboard box that looks like a fridge, it's rather disappointing tbh. But the fridge magnets that come with it are rather cool.


think I can sum up the show for you with one word: nothing."

Each season comes in an outside sleeve, a second box slides out of this sleeve and then you slide out the dvd box out of that. Yeah, you read that right. These babies come double bagged (well boxed)! It seems a little excessive for the needs, just one of the external boxes would have done the job just fine. While it's not much extra packaging, it does mount up when spread over 7 boxes.
The internal DVD tray is quite nicely done, it includes a short pamphlet that tells you about each episode and the tray itself is a book style two page layout. So you only have to open it once to get access to each of the DVDs. This system works well for seasons that fit on 4 DVDs.
The box art is nothing spectacular (as you can see), but it does include a wide range of pictures with no duplications between seasons. It's also kept consistent between each season, there are no sudden changes in style and the only real difference between each season box is the colour of the outside border. This keeps it all looking tidy and a part of the whole.


"I can't believe you're bringing in an extra bed for a woman that wants to sleep with you. Why don't you bring in an extra guy too."

The Seinfeld DVDs include the usual selection of features, the wonderful "Play All" button is here and the menus are rather pleasing to look at, consisting of scenes/places related to the show. Most of the usual suspects are present in the extra section, you have deleted scenes, outtakes, a smattering of commentary (but it's not as good as it could have been), featurettes and collections of Jerry's stand up work. There's literally hours of extras.

But the two stand out amazing extras are the Seinimations and the "Notes about Nothing". You can see the Seinimations in the link above, but it's the "Notes about Nothing" that are clever and unique to the Seinfeld DVDs (so far anyway). Notes about nothing are a collection of interesting facts placed like subtitles in each episode. They keep track of some statistics (like the number of relationships everyone has, how many times Kramer enters Jerry's apartment and the like), plus provide a whole range of facts about the show or related subjects linked to the show. It's like watching the show with the worlds biggest Seinfeld nerd telling you all about everything, but without being annoying. It's a brilliant feature and I often now watch the show with it turned on.
9/10 (It would be 10, but the commentary leaves a little to be desired - more people in each commentary and more episodes with commentary please!)


"Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Seinfeld is a genuinely seminal show, it changed the face of sitcoms and altered viewer expectations. It remains a "love it or hate it" show, often provoking extreme reactions from people one way or the other. Which is a sign of how brilliant it is. Really I don't need to go on about how influencial this show is, so many parts of it have crept into popular culture and have influenced later shows.


"Bread - $2 extra."
"$2? But everyone in front of me got free bread."

"You want bread? "
"Yes, please. "
"$3! "
"No Soup for you!"

While you can pick up the earlier seasons cheap when in sales the RPP tends to be between £28 and £35 per season. That's 7 boxes for lets say £30 each (but as I said you can get it for less), containing 180 episodes. Which works out at £1.17 per episode or 5p per minute. But, that is still comparable to Futurama and as such it's pretty reasonable. The complete collection represents an even larger saving, so it's worth taking this time.


"Yada, Yada, Yada"

Watching Seinfeld via the DVDs is better than watching it on television, add to it the sheer bulk of good extras and you have something that's must have for fans of the show. "Notes about Nothing" is one of the best extras on a DVD ever.

Packaging: 7
Features: 9
Show: 10
Price: 8
Overall: 85%

And to wrap up, here's one of my favourite exchanges in the show.

[Scene: Jerry has answered the phone to a telemarketer]
Jerry: This isn't a good time.
Telemarketer: When would be a good time to call back, sir?
Jerry: I have an idea, why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you back later?
Telemarketer: Umm, we're not allowed to do that.
Jerry: Oh, I guess because you don't want strangers calling you at home.
Telemarketer: Umm, no.
Jerry: Well, now you know how I feel.

[Hangs up phone]

And as a special bonus:
Here's a link to the Seinfeld Poster Challenge there are 38 images related to Seinfeld moments!
(Here are the answers for the impatient or lazy.)


1 comment so far.

  1. Anonymous 12 May 2009 at 17:29
    Great review! Obviously no need for me to profess my love for this show. It is miles and miles of anything done before or since.

    The notes about nothing feature is indeed ingenious and it also bears the fact of how much references were crammed into the show. From Movies, to Geography, to history etc, etc.

    I've noticed that a lot of shows have now adopted referncing as an art but I doubt any show did much of this before Seinfeld.

    DVDs are worth every last penny of course. Absolutely fantastic. The beauty is everyone associated with Seinfeld never believed in half measures. If it was a TV show, it ended being the best ever made and the DVDs are way way better in terms of material than anything else I've seen.

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