‘Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series” Positives Outweigh Its Negatives

Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS

Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS

Early this year, itv and PBS’ hit serial drama Mr. Selfridge took its final bow with the conclusion of the series’ fourth season.  In celebration of the series’ end, PBS Distribution released the series in its own complete series box set last month.  The set is a good gift idea for fans who might not already own the series’ previous standalone sets.  That is due in part to the set’s pricing, its key element.  While the pricing is a key positive to note, the set’s availability only on DVD is something of a negative that must be addressed.  This will be discussed later.  The availability of the series’ original bonus material in this collection makes up for the set’s primary negative.  Each element is important to note in its own right, to be fair.  All things considered, Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series is still a set that the series’ fans will want to have in their DVD libraries.

Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series is a fitting final statement for fans of the beloved itv and PBS series.  That is due in part to the collection’s price.  The collection’s average price The set is listed at a rather wide range of prices from one retailer to the next.  When those prices are averaged out, though, the set averages at approximately $63.  So considering that average and the collective cost of the series’ standalone season sets, the average price of this set proves to be its own positive.  This is the case even considering that PBS’ price for the set is the most expensive at $85.  When one adds up the cost of the series’ standalone season sets both on Blu-ray and on DVD through various outlets including PBS, the collective pricing of each by itself is still more expensive than this new set’s most expensive price.  That is especially true when one adds in the cost of shipping and handling to those collective prices.  Keeping all of this in mind, while the set’s price varies from one outlet to the next, it is still lower than the collective price of the series’ standalone season sets.  That maintains its place as a clear positive to the set’s presentation.  While it is a clear positive, the set is not exactly perfect in its presentation.  That is because it is presented only on DVD.

The pricing for Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series is clearly a positive that must be noted in examining this full series presentation of the show.  While it is an important piece of the set’s presentation, it is not the only element that must be noted.  The fact that the full series set is available only on DVD must also be noted.  For whatever reason, the show’s full series set is available only on DVD.  Audiences are not given the option to watch it on Blu-ray as well.  Sure, it might be a little more expensive than the DVD set.  But said set would likely be less expensive than the collective cost of the series’ standalone Blu-ray sets.  It is a minor complaint to have, certainly, but still one that must be addressed.  The same was an issue with the full series presentation of Inspector Lewis.  It would have been nice to see that set released on Blu-ray as well as DVD, too.  Even with that in mind, the availability of Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series exclusively on DVD is the set’s only real negative.  Considering this, the set is not a total loss.  The inclusion of the bonus material included in each of the series’ standalone sets is also presented here.  It makes up for the negative that is the set’s exclusivity on DVD.

The pricing for Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series and the set’s availability exclusively on DVD are both key to the set’s presentation.  The pricing is a positive while the availability of the set only on DVD is a bit of a negative, but it doesn’t completely ruin the set.  Even with that one negative in mind, this set is still a good addition to the home DVD library of any of the show’s fans.  That is especially the case considering the fact that the set also includes the bonus material that was included in the series’ standalone season sets.  That material includes cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and even a documentary focused on the downfall of Henry Selfridge in the series’ final season among much more.  The fact that all of the bonus material included in the series’ standalone season sets is included here more than makes up for the fact that the series is available only on DVD.  It make that lone negative trivial even as important as it is to note.  All things considered Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series proves itself to be a piece that any of this hit series’ fans will want to have in their home DVD libraries.

Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series is a good addition to the home DVD library of any of the series’ fans.  That is due, again, in part to the set’s pricing and the inclusion of the bonus material presented in each season’s standalone season set.  While all of this stands out positively in examining the series’ presentation, it isn’t without its negatives either.  The set is available only on DVD.  Audiences are not given the option to view the series on Blu-ray even though its standalone season sets were available on both DVD and Blu-ray.  Even with this in mind, the set’s two brighter positives outweigh that one negative, maintaining the set as a welcome addition to the DVD library of any of the series’ fans.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other Masterpiece titles from PBS is available online at:

 

 

 

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