Fans of the hit show Ally McBeal finally have a reason to celebrate as Fox unloads the complete hit series in one whopping 32 disc collection. You get all 5 seasons plus a best of soundtrack featuring music from the show as well as all new special features and featurettes and a full cross over episode of The Practice.
First off I am not a fan of the show. I ignored it when it aired on television and as I watched the show for review I couldn’t help but wonder how the world is so unbalanced with blue bloods outweighing white collar types and yet shows that star upper class rich yuppies seem to become the biggest of hits; Friends, Seinfeld, Ally McBeal. I couldn’t associate with the characters in the show even if I was an upper class yuppie lawyer. The characters are flimsy and one dimensional and the individual stories presented here are pretty much the same. I give the show credit for being one of the first to incorporate fantasy sequences into the fold, think the now defunct Eli Stone, but with a cast that does nothing for me their all but wasted. That being said the show was a monumental hit and people everywhere loved it so go figure.
Wasn’t that impressed with the overall DVD transfer. The lengths that technology has stretched since the show ended seem to bring out all the film flaws of the original print. Sound quality is fine, though I have to say the show has one of the worst opening themes ever as well as music in general. Regardless fans of the show will want to get their hands on the set simply for the bonus features which there are a ton including interviews with the original cast, a feature hosted by Politically Incorrect’s Bill Maher, music video’s, specials, the works. For fans this is a huge value at $129.99 (amazon) for the complete set and all the bonuses. Enjoy.