NBC at one point was one of the leading networks in primetime broadcasting. Series such as Cheers, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Seinfeld and so many others made the network a powerhouse. Just as many of those series have already seen full-series releases on DVD and/or Blu-ray. Early next month, yet another of the series that once made NBC a leader will see a full series home release for the first time ever thanks to Shout! Factory in the form of Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series. The 19-disc set will be released Sept. 5 in stores and online. Being the first time ever that the series has been released in whole, it is easy to say that it will be difficult for any company to top what Shout! Factory has done with this collection. That is due in no small part to the set’s packaging, which will be discussed shortly. The set’s average price point is just as important to note in examining the set’s overall presentation as its packaging, and will be discussed later. The set’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the collection’s overall presentation. All things considered, Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series proves to be one more of the year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray releases for grown-ups.
Shout! Factory’s forthcoming Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series box set is one of this year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray releases for grown-ups. That is thanks in part to the 19-disc set’s packaging. The series’ first six seasons are packaged together in three of the set’s cases while the seventh season is housed in its own standalone set. The discs themselves are placed on either side of the case’s plates, safely protecting them from marring one another. In some cases, the discs even sit alone on a spot inside the case separate from the plates, yet again showing Shout! Factory’s dedication to protecting the discs from damage. Considering that the series ran for seven seasons and a total of 148 episodes, such packaging–which is the norm for Shout! Factory–is surprisingly ergonomic. Considering all of this, it becomes clear why this set’s physical packaging is so critical to the set’s overall presentation. It is only one aspect of that packaging that should be noted, too. The episode listing inside each box is just as important to note as the actual physical packaging.
The episode listing is important to discuss because it, too is a norm for Shout! Factory. The season-specific listing presents short but concise summaries for each episode. This easily gives audiences a reference point not only for the episodes’ stories but also which gives them a reference point for the seasons, too. That is important to note since the seasons are not noted on the discs. Simply put, Shout! Factory has shown through attention to even this detail its determination to present the best product possible to the series’ fans. Considering this and the set’s equally wise physical packaging, Shout! Factory is to be highly applauded for its efforts to present solid packaging for Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series. The series’ packaging is only one of its key elements. Its average price point is important to note in its own right.
The average price point for Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series is important to discuss because it is a relatively affordable price. For the sake of this review, the set’s average price point was determined using its price as listed at Shout! Factory’s store, Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. The average price point from those prices is $55.44. What is really interesting about this price point is that it would be little different if fans were to order the set online. That is because each of the noted outlets generally allow for free shipping, Taxes would push up the average price point a little, but not by much. Considering that the series’ 148-episodes are spread here across 19 discs, that—again—makes the set’s average price point relatively affordable. While it is clearly an important part of the set’s whole, it is not the last of the collection’s most notable elements. Its bonus material rounds out its most important elements.
The bonus material included with Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series is an important piece of the collection’s whole because it is material that was not included in any of the series’ previous standalone sets, none of which were released through Shout! Factory. That makes the set’s bonus material all the more important and a bonus. Audiences will be happy to know that Shout! Factory doesn’t tease them and hold the bonus material for the set’s last disc either. Instead, they present that material right from the series’ outset. “Always in Fashion,” the set’s lead bonus is also the bonus material’s cornerstone. Audiences will be interested to learn about the series’ roots from series creator Steven Levitan and star Laura San Giacomo’s thoughts about the importance of the sitcom being led by female stars versus male stars in this nearly half-hour featurette. Audiences also hear from fellow stars David Spade, George Segal and Wendy Malick about their characters, and how the characters worked together on screen among other items. Everything presented in this bonus is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in regards to the bonus material. Four of the series’ episodes also include audio commentary that offers its own extra insight and entertainment, strengthening the set’s viewing experience even more. Given, all of the episodes featuring audio commentary come only from the series’ first two seasons, but that is not necessarily a negative. The laughs and learning that said commentaries present still makes for enough enjoyment that it doesn’t matter that other episodes don’t have any commentary. Keeping all of this in mind, it should be clear why the bonus material include in the first-ever full series release of Just Shoot Me! is just as important to its overall presentation as the set’s packaging and pricing. When all three elements are joined, they prove this collection to be one of the year’s best new DVD and BD box sets for grown-ups.
Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series is one of this year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray box sets for grown-up audiences (versus new releases for kids and family). That is due in no small part to well-thought out packaging that even includes a solid episode list for each season. The set’s relatively affordable average price point strengthens it even more. The bonus material included in the 19-disc set rounds out its most important elements. It is previously unreleased material and material that offers plenty of insight and entertainment for audiences. Each element is clearly important in its own right. All things considered, the noted elements make Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series, once more, one of this year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray box sets for grown-up audiences. It will be available in stores and online on Sept. 5. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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