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I have already reviewed the gift set and this volume is inside of it.
I am a big Seinfeld fan. When it was on network tv, I watched it religiously. I also taped episodes so I would get the full cut not the syndicated one where they would snip a few seconds here a few seconds there. I even got to go to a Seinfeld taping when I was in LA. When I heard that Seinfeld would be on dvd, I was ecstatic.
Most dvd sets of tv shows have 5-6 disks packaged together in one slipcase set. You open it up, and one disk is next to the other. Not this set. In both volumes, there are four separate jewel box/dvd cases in the slipcase. On the cover of each box and the disk is the image of one cast member. The inside of the jewel box has a image of Jerry's apartment.
Volume 1 has 4 disks
disk 1 contains season 1, episodes 1-5;
disk 2 contains season 2, episode 1-5;
disk 3 contains season 2 episodes 6-10; and
disk 4 contains episodes 11-13 and a bunch of extras like "how it began" documentary; The Tonight Show tv appearances, NBC promos and trailers.
Each disk contains extras which is mentioned on the back of the jewel box in detail along with the episode names, synopsis, and a still photo from that episode.
There is also an insert with a listing of each episode on the disk; under the title and episode number is a list of credits--actors, executive producers producers, and director.
The episodes are all in pristine condition and beautifully re-mastered. Everyone looks crisp and clear and the sound is great.
The menus are fantastic too. In the 1st disk of volume 1, first you see what looks like an apartment listing with call buttons, you then hear Jerry's voice saying "come up"; then you see Jerry's apartment along with a clip from the show of Jerry and in this case Elaine. When you go to the episode guide which has a listing of all the episodes and click on the episode you want, the information about the episode (like play, inside look, commentary, extras) is placed to look like the side of a cereal box which has nutritional and ingredient information.
As for extras, this set goes beyond most sets and you really get your money's worth. Not only is there interesting commentary but each episode has an "inside look" at the episode where the different actors, writers, directors and NBC executives talk about the episode or some aspect of the episode. Did you ever wonder why the names of the episodes start with the word "The" with the exception of a few. In Inside Look for "Male Unbonding," (volume 1 episode 3), Jerry explains that he wanted each episode name to start with "The" so the writers would not spend alot of time trying to think up cute titles that most people would never see.
Another great feature is a pop up where trivia pops up at the bottom of the episode while it is playing mentioning background information that was in the script and not put in the show. The pop up also gives 1st time references; in "The Stakeout" (volume 1 episode three), it mentions this is the first time George refers to himself as an architect, the first mention of Art Vanderlay and that he is an importer/exporter. It also refers to later episodes like Kramer's idea of opening a business where everyone making their own pizza pies which I believe, happens in season 6.
Other trivia facts include the bit actor's names and what they have appeared in; Jerry girlfriend counter, Kramer entrance counter, Elaine boyfriend counter, George girlfriend counter, Kramer girlfriend and Newman hello counter.
There are deleted scenes for episodes so you can see what was left on the cutting room floor either because they decided to go in a different direction or it did not fit in the episode due to time or timing.
There are very funny bloopers. I wish they would have noted from what episode the bloopers are from.
There are also NBC promos that are amusing to watch.
There are also other featurettes, two versions of the 1st episode, a documentary on how things began and other items.
Now, you can finally see complete Seinfeld episodes with nothing cut out along with extras that really enhance your understanding and appreciation of the series.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age