Fans of NBC’s classic sketch comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series are getting a new opportunity to own the series in whole thanks to Time Life. More than three years after the show’s initial full-series release, Time Life has re-issued the show in its fun, this time with some notable differences from its previous release, the first being the packaging. This will be addressed shortly. The new re-issue’s average price point is notable in its own right and will be examined a little later. The set’s overall content and quality thereof rounds out the most important of this set’s presentation and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection in its own way. All things considered, the items noted here make this re-issue a presentation that the most devoted fans of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In will enjoy.
Time Life Entertainment’s new re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is a presentation that the series’ most devoted of the series’ fans will appreciate. That is especially the case for those noted fans who might not have purchased the series’ 50th anniversary box set, which was released in 2017. That set marked the first time that the timeless series ever received a full-series release. One of the most important elements of this re-issue that deserves attention is its packaging. The packaging used for the re-issue is simple. It features all six of the series’ previously released standalone season sets contained in a lightweight cardboard outer box. The series’ 50th anniversary release by comparison, holds each of the show’s standalone season sets in a much more durable box similar to that used in Time Life’s Carol Burnett Show box set that was released in 2016. While the box used to house the standalone sets in Laugh-In’s 50th anniversary set is sturdier than that of this new re-issue, the packaging for the series’ re-issued set is more ergonomic. Audiences will find it easier to place the series onto their DVD/BD racks rather than having to set out the larger set on, say a coffee table or somewhere else. What’s more, the simpler packaging also means that instead of having to open the container, they can just slide the separate boxes out of the bigger housing. Now the immediate rebuttal there is that such packaging also allows for boxes to just slide out, fall, and break. That is a valid argument. There is no denying that. However, true devotees of Laugh-In are going to be careful so as to protect the set so they can enjoy the show for years to come. To that end, the more ergonomic packaging ultimately proves to be a key positive to take away from this set, and just one of its positives. The set’s average price listing is important in its own right to address.
Time Life’s new re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is difficult to find in researching its price at major retailers. Information provided last month ahead of the set’s release stated its MSRP was $169.95. It is also listed at Amazon at a far less expensive cost of $97.89 and at Best Buy only slightly more expensive, at $98.99. These are the only major retail outlets at which the set’s re-issue was listed at the time of this review’s posting. The three listings collectively make the set’s average price listing $122.28, which is itself well-below the noted MSRP of $169.95. Additionally, the prices of less than $100 at Best Buy and Amazon mean that audiences who want to own the series in whole will not break their budgets to own the collection. That is even with shipping and handling added in.
Staying on the topic of the set’s pricing, the noted prices for the new re-issue are also lower by themselves and averaged than those for the original release’s average price point of $154.30. The set was only listed through Amazon, Walmart, and Time Life at the time of this review’s posting. Amazon and Walmart’s listings of $106.45 were far less expensive than the listing of $250.00 (five separate payments of $49.99 – or basically $50.00) through Time Life. In other words, the separate and overall price for this re-issued set are less expensive than those of the original set. So what people get here overall is a set that takes up less space than the original set and that is less expensive than that presentation. Keeping all of this in mind, this set offers the most devoted fans of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In plenty to appreciate from this set. It still is not the last of the set’s most important aspects. The content and quality thereof in this set rounds out its most important elements.
The content featured in this set and its quality are collectively so important because they ensure audiences largely get the same content as in Time Life’s existing Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In sets. The only difference between this set and the 50th anniversary set, again released in 2017, is that this set lacks the bigger booklet that accompanied that earlier set. That is not necessarily a bad thing, though. Considering that this set is just another collection of the standalone season sets, then nothing else is lacking. The same audio and video quality is there, creating the same sense of nostalgia as the existing sets created. The in-depth episode guides featured in those previous releases are here, too. So in essence, the content featured in this collection ensures that audiences will have the same positive viewing experience in this case as with the show’s existing sets. That insurance, together with the overall more affordable prices and more ergonomic packaging creates an overall presentation here that makes Time Life’s new presentation of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In one of this year’s best new DVD/BD re-issues.
Time Life Entertainment’s recent re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is a positive new presentation of the timeless sketch comedy show. Coming more than three years after the initial release of the show’s full series run, it offers lots to like, beginning with its packaging. The packaging is far more ergonomically sound than that of the show’s previous full-series release. The set’s average and separate price listings are less expensive than those of the show’s previous full-series set, making for even more appeal. The only down side to those price listings is that there are so few listings. That aside, the overall pricing is still positive. The fact that audiences largely get the same content and quality here as those who might own the existing sets rounds out this set’s most important elements. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation. All things considered, they make the set one of this year’s best new DVD/BD re-issues. Time Life Entertainment’s new re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is available now.
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