honestly say that I don't watch anything on my TV except for DVD's. I
can say that with 100%
honesty - the only thing connected to my TV is my DVD player. Now -
that may be just because the TV company haven't round to hooking me up
in my new house yet, but I'm in no rush. Why?
As any regular reader will know, I pretty much
live for films. The rest of life can pass you by and turn on you when
you least expect it, but you can always switch on 'The Godfather' and
you know exactly who to expect. You know how they'll act, pretty much
exactly what they'll say and you can be sure that they won't let you
down - the script sees to that. Maybe I'm being too gushing here but I
really do believe a film you truly love can become almost a friend for
life. Always there when you need it and, thanks to DVD technology,
they'll never grow old. Even though you will!
I've never been a big TV watcher (I'll leave that
to Lorraine, here at Scribe) but, in the words of the cliché, I know
what I like. And what I like is film! But trying to find movie-quality
TV shows used to be a nigh-on impossibility until TV companies like
Channel 4 started plundering the US channels for their finest programs.
In one fell swoop in the late eighties/early nineties, we found
ourselves treated to top class, mature TV entertainment. Shows such as
NYPD Blue, Law and Order, ER and (my personal favourite) Homicide: Life
On The Streets began to crop up in the schedules. If you were lucky and
they grew popular (NYPD and ER) they even got a regular timeslot! Other
shows (Homicide and Oz) got bounced around the schedules until it
became impossible to keep up with them, unless you worked very unsocial
hours and had access to satellite TV.
Which is where DVD saves the day, once again.
Video box sets have always been big business. The fact that George
Lucas can happily re-release the original 'Star Wars' trilogy over and
over, just in a different box pays testament to this fact. But DVD box
sets are a completely different beast altogether....
sexier - much sleeker packaging, taking up less shelf space.
adverts!!! What's worse than having to listen about Jennifer Aniston's
hair being 'Worth it' when you're waiting for Tony Soprano to whack
some poor schmuck?
3) Extras!!! Oh
- the motherlode. Director's commentaries, alternate scenes, everything
that makes life worthwhile!
But the best thing is - DVD box sets are being
released thick and fast. In the last six months alone, we have had
releases of 'The X Files', 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', 'The
Professionals'(!) and that's just sit alongside the already released
first two seasons of 'The Sopranos', 'The Avengers' and 'Buffy The
Just this week, for example, I took delivery of
two much anticipated box sets. The first season of the ground-breaking
'24' and the third season of 'The Sopranos'. Two of the best examples
of the types of show I'm talking about, which almost suit the DVD
format better than the TV format that they were created for. '24' in
particular is wonderfully suited to DVD. As I'm sure anybody who's
watched any TV at all over the last month is aware, the show takes
place in (almost) real-time over a 24 hour period in which Kiefer
Sutherland's CIA agent has to thwart an attempt on the life of a
presidential candidate. Each episode takes place during a particular
hour of the day so watching multiple episodes back-to-back, as DVD
affords you to do, you can actually see Sutherland's character growing
wearier as the day goes on. This wasn't overly obvious when you had to
wait a week between broadcasts but it's clear why Sutherland won the
Golden Globe for Best Actor. A truly astonishing performance.
'The Sopranos' must surely rank as one of the
greatest TV shows of all time. There is very, very little to fault in
the scripting or the characterization. Is there a man alive who
wouldn't love to be Tony Soprano - even if it was just for one day? And
the best thing about having Season Three sitting in my living room is
the fact that I haven't seen a single episode of it yet. As I said, I'm
not a big TV watcher, so I never got round to watching any of the
broadcasts. And it looks like I'll not need to bother scouring the
schedules again. Just a cursory glance around the web shows us that TV
companies such as Fox and HBO have got their release schedules packed
with forthcoming box sets of these types of shows.
So whether it's 'Ally McBeal', 'The X Files', 'The
Sopranos' or even 'All Creatures Great and Small', you've no need to
hunt through the TV Times to look up repeat schedules - just trust your