The Donna Reed Show is back again…sort of. For the first time ever, mpi media group released the series’ first five seasons in one box set last month. The final three seasons were not included in the set because mpi currently does not have the distribution rights to those seasons. This new collection, while not a full-series set, is still a welcome addition to the home library of any of the show’s fans and to that of any classic television fan. That is due in part to its average price point. That is the most important aspect to consider here because the content featured across each of the five featured seasons is exactly the same as that featured in the seasons’ previous standalone releases. It will also be addressed in this analysis. The set’s general packaging plays its own important part to the set, too, and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5. All things considered, they make this collection a good collection for those fans who do not already own the series’ first five seasons. For those who do, there is, in full discretion, no reason to purchase this set.
mpi media group’s release last month, of The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5, is a worthwhile purchase for those fans of the series who do not already own the series’ first five seasons. That is due in part to the collection’s average price point. This is the collection’s most important aspect because the sets that make up this set’s packaging are exactly the same sets that mpi media group released one by one in the past. Looking at prices listed at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million, the standalone sets that made up the series’ first five seasons range in price from $25 to as much as $40 each. The new bundled set however, averages at $102.71. Considering that the original press release that announced the box set’s release listed the set’s MSRP at $129.98, that average price – using listings at Target, Amazon, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble – is not too bad. That is especially the case considering that the five seasons that make up the set span 186 episodes. When one considers this along with the collective price of five standalone sets, ranging between $25 and $40, an average price of $102.71 becomes even more affordable.
The average price point of The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5 is critical to its overall presentation if only for the fact that this set takes all five of the previously released standalone sets into one large bundle package. Audiences who do not already own the series’ first five seasons will find this aspect to be a positive in its own right. Adding in the fact that the primary and secondary content is exactly the same in each season’s set, that price becomes even more noteworthy. It should be noted here that in having done the research on The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5 and the show’s standalone sets, the alleged “new” bonus material featured in this set is in fact not new. All of the bonus content featured in the seasons’ original releases is featured in this collection. What’s more, the commercials that originally ran with the show are included as part of the episodes’ presentation within each season’s set, too. This is key to note because of the sense of nostalgia that their inclusion generates among audiences. When it is considered along with the overall fact that the same sets featured here feature the same primary and secondary content as that of the original season sets, the box set in whole becomes that much more appealing for longtime fans.
The fact that The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5 is comprised of the very standalone sets that mpi media group has previously released, and that the content is exactly the same in these sets as is in the previously released sets, audiences who purchase this collection can rest easy knowing they have the exact same presentation that is exhibited in those noted standalone sets. While this is critical in its own right to the whole of the collection, it is not the last notable item in this box set. The set’s general packaging rounds out its whole. As noted already, the box set is composed of the same standalone season sets that mpi media group already released in past years. That includes not only the content, but the packaging, too. Each season set features a full episode guide printed inside the case’s wrapping. The guide lists specifically each episode within the confines of its respective disc. Having that listing saves viewers time in deciding which episode to watch. It would have been nice if the episode guide had listed a brief episode summary, and not just episode titles, air dates and disc numbers. Beggars can’t be choosers, though. To that end, the packaging – despite the one negative – is just as much of a positive to this set as the set’s content and general presentation. When it is considered along with those elements, the end result becomes a set that presents a fully positive viewing experience for fans of The Donna Reed Show and classic TV fans in general. Now if only mpi media group could get the rights to the series’ final three seasons, fans wishes would finally come true for a full series run of this timeless series.
mpi media group’s recently released five-season set of The Donna Reed Show is a positive new offering for fans of the classic sitcom and for fans of classic television in general. That is because fans who do not already own the series’ standalone season sets, which have already been released through mpi media group, get those same season sets in one complete bundle in this box and at a more affordable price at that. Those same fans also get all of the same content in each set, both in terms of their primary and secondary content. The packaging, in terms of the episode guides is also the same. Each item is a positive in its own right to the whole of The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5. Collectively, they make this set a positive offering for fans of The Donna Reed Show who did not already own this series’ currently available sets. With any luck mpi media group will one day claim the rights to the series’ final three seasons, thus allowing all of the series’ fans to finally own the series truly in whole. The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 – 5 is available now. More information on this and other titles from mpi media group is available online now at:
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