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    TV on DVD

    Ein herrlicher Artikel von Tim Goodman aus dem San Francisco Chronicle. Er schreibt über das Kaufphänomen bei TV-Serien auf DVD, und wie sehr zumindest Amerikaner Komplettisten sind. Seine Serientipps sind wirklich ziemlich cool, aber einige seiner Vorschläge sagen mir leider garnichts:

    DVDs to buy -- as if you have any free time

    It is the ultimate busman's holiday when I walk into a store and buy a DVD collection of TV shows. It's asinine, really. And yet, there I am. Fool.

    Imagine yourself walking into Virgin Megastore and saying to the clerk, "You got any files back there that I can pore over? Any paperwork I can approve? I'll take this new Elvis Costello album and, hey, is there a place I can plug in my laptop to set up some charts and graphs?"

    I'm having a hard enough time watching the TV shows I get paid to watch. But like a lot of people who have been poisoned by the holidays like dioxin in their soup, I'm out there shopping. Has there ever been a better -- how would the business types put this? -- ancillary revenue source than DVDs? Movies make sense. But TV? Completely mystifying. "Say, honey, why don't you buy me this 'Seinfeld' DVD boxed set of the first three seasons? You know, the ones we get for free every day in reruns?"

    And yet ...

    Last year, I found myself in just this predicament. I railed then that people were being lured into this Bright Shiny World of DVDs without really thinking it out in terms of hours taken off their life. If you buy a movie -- say, "Hero" or "The Bourne Supremacy" -- then you've got, what, 120 minutes waiting to be wiped away? But if you buy a wobbly wheelbarrow of "CSI" offerings, well, we're talking protracted there, pal. Very protracted.

    But I realized, as I bought a bunch of TV series on DVD that I'd already seen, that it's not about the watching. It's about the owning. Rare is the person who says, "I'm going to buy the first season of 'The Simpsons' out of curiosity. But not the next four years. And not the 12 to come." Ours is not that culture. "I really loved the first two seasons of 'The Sopranos,' but I wouldn't dare buy the next three seasons. Oh my, no. Who has the time?"

    As consumers, most of us say, "I'll take all four of these seasons and I'd like to be wait-listed for Season 5 and the yet-to-be-shot Season 6. Here's my Visa with Uncle Junior and Bacala on the front."

    Americans are collectors. And worse, completists. Count me among you. Last Christmas, I got Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective" and have yet to watch it. Well, I saw it on TV first, naturally. I just wanted the DVD. I also got the first collection of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoons, which I adore, but have yet to watch sequentially. Late at night -- sure. Same goes for the "Looney Tunes" collection. Now I must have Volume 2 of each. Yes, must.

    That's a long-winded way of saying I've climbed off the high-horse. No more crowing about how you don't have enough time in the world to watch these shows. I have caved. I am in front of you buying "Gigantor." Both offerings.

    Given that, here's a list of TV series on DVD that would make swell gifts for all kinds of people, even people who already have TV sets.

    This is not a complete list. Let's not kid ourselves. There's a Web site called TVShows-OnDVD.com that claims there are 4,338 shows on DVD. No couch is big enough to absorb that. But if I was wandering the aisles of my local bricks and mortar or clicking away in a red wine-fueled green-light binge, I'd go for these:

    "Alias" (girl, gun, skirt -- say no more); "Arrested Development" (duh -- don't make me write anymore on that); "Angels in America" (a lot of people get their HBO fix on DVD, and there will be a lot of it on this list); "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (because the world needs cartoons about a shake, a box of fries and a "meatwad"); "Band of Brothers" (a great miniseries); pretty much anything by Ken Burns, but "Baseball" and "Jazz" for sure; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (already missed); "Chappelle's Show" (probably the funniest thing most people haven't seen); "The Corner" (another fine HBO miniseries that makes a terrific companion to "The Wire," which you just knew I'd tell you to buy).

    "Cracker" (Robbie Coltrane Brit versions only); "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (perfect for when the holidays go sour); "Deadwood" (one season so far, hopefully a lot of good ones to come); "Eerie, Indiana" (another cool TV show killed before its time); "Family Guy" (the show that helped spawn the DVD sensation for the TV industry, plus just damn funny); "Gilmore Girls" (proof that family fare doesn't have to be dumb); "Harold and the Purple Crayon" (amazingly great, and sweet); "Home Movies" (if you didn't catch it in all its short TV show life, and afterlife, now's the time for some lo-fi animated coolness); "Kids in the Hall" (best sketch comedy ever, maybe?).

    "King of the Hill" (underrated, even on this end); "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (late Friday night, big sandwich, feeling bored); "MI-5" (two seasons, no badly spliced commercials); "The Newsroom" (brilliant satire, plus you've probably never seen it); "Northern Exposure" (quirky, done exquisitely); "The Office" (new package includes both seasons and the special, which wrapped it up ever so brilliantly); "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" (separating the artist from the art, of course); "The PowerPuff Girls" (officially a classic), "Prime Suspect" (all six sets are precisely why DVDs were invented); "Seinfeld" (of course); "The Sopranos" (likewise).

    "Sex and the City" (just because); "The Shield" (just because Michael Chiklis); "The Simpsons" (Oh, Christ, you almost have to at this point), "The Singing Detective" (some of the best television ever made); "South Park" (because you forget how funny it is when cartoons swear); "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" (because it essentially launched "Adult Swim" on Cartoon Network); "Speed Racer" (too cool for words); "The Tick" (it still makes me sad that Fox canceled it); "Thunderbirds" (they are always go!); "Wonderfalls" (see "Tick").

    Not entirely thorough, mind you, but plenty of options. Now, if you can find a way to get these, pay for them, complete each set, find time to watch them and still lead a relatively normal life, do drop a line.


    Zum Schluss dann noch den sehr passenden Link zu einer meiner Lieblings DVD-Seiten: TVShowsOnDVD.com
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    Ich habe gerade einen weiteren Artikel zu diesem Thema gelesen, den ich sogleich natürlich gerne verlinken möchte:

    A Couch Potato's Guide to TV On DVD (Matthew Wilder - City Pages)


    Ein sehr lustiger Artikel über mehr oder weniger bekannte amerikanische Kult-Serien.
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    Aus der aktuellen epd Film!

    Lob des Fernsehens
    Von „Miami Vice“ bis „CSI“: das Fernsehen ist experimentierfreudig geworden (Barbara Schweizerhof - epd Film)


    Hier wurde auch viel über die Erzählweisen aus aktuellen Serienproduktionen, und vor allem auch über Lost geschrieben!
    If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed. (Stanley Kubrick)

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    Gut zu lesender Artikel. Vor allem finde ich ihn persönlich sehr aktuell, da langsam meine Abneigung gegenüber Serien abbaut. Dank Lost 1-2, Freaks and Geeks und jetzt wahrscheinlich SFU.
    The West Wing klingt mal cool...
    Hatte das Topic bis jetzt noch gar nicht entdeckt, der erste Text ist auch witzig zu lesen.
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    Da scheinst du bisher nicht der Einzige zu sein...
    If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed. (Stanley Kubrick)

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    Das is sowas von wahr habe bisher alle Staffeln der Sopranos und von Seinfeld auf DVD (die bisher erhältlich sind) wenn ich mir von 1 Serie eine Staffel kaufe dann muss ich auch alle anderen Staffeln haben, diese typisch Sammelsucht.

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    Die Sopranos hat ein Kumpel von mir auf DVD. Die werd ich mir als nächstes kaufen.

    Und dann "The A-Team" die 3. Staffel (1 und 2 habe ich bereits) die ab 28.09 rauskommt.

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