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Soap - The Complete First Season


TITLE: SOAP - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003 (Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $29.95
Number of discs: 3
Number of episodes: 25
Running Time: 600 minutes
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned
Special Features: Bonus Trailers for Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment products

Review (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.5/5
Audio quality: 4.0/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.0/5

Soap Season 1 DVD Menu

Thoughts:

This is a tale about a classic TV series on DVD. The classic late '70s controversial sitcom -- SOAP -- has finally hit DVD. Yes, this set was released six months ago, but since the news has just been released that season two will be coming out this summer, we are going to try to get everyone who is a fan, or even a newcomer, very interested in buying this set and the upcoming season two set. It would be ashame if we don't get all four seasons on DVD. How can someone not be interested in seeing Jessica Tate having an affair with her tennis instructor (Robert Urich)? If that's not enough, Jessica's daughter, Corrine, is having an affair with the same man, who happens to be ... I won't spoil who the tennis instructor is on the show, you will have to see yourself!

SOAP was the first primetime television series to have a season finale that had a cliffhanger and fans didn't know the outcome until six months later. It is a good thing that season two is coming or newcomers would have never found out the answers for the first season finale. SOAP is a satire on soap operas, this zany comedy threw together a group of family members whose lives were larger than life and never dull! Stories take some bizarre and unexpected turns as the daily living of the wealthy Tate family and the blue-collar Campbell family unfold.

As for this DVD set itself, the video is pretty decent -- not bad for a 1977 series. The audio is mono, which I really don't like, but I'm not going to make a big deal out of it, as long as you can hear what they are saying. The menu navigation is nice and easy, but there is no music playing in the background. The extras, well there are none related to the show. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has trailers for their movies, sitcoms, and classic dramas on DVD. Columbia is good in releasing lots of sitcoms on DVD, but they are weak in the extras department. One other thing I wasn't quite fond of was that discs one and two had ten episodes each (disc three has five episodes and the trailers). They should have expanded the set to at least four discs.

The show features an all-star cast of Billy Crystal, Richard Mulligan, Robert Guillaume, Katherine Helmond, Cathryn Damon, Robert Mandan, Diana Canova, Jimmy Baio and Arthur Peterson.

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 03/19/04

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