Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Shield Complete Series|
Actors: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace, Jay Karnes
Director: Bill Gierhart;Brad Anderson;Clark Johnson;Craig Brewer;D.J. Caruso;David Mamet;David Von Ancken;Davis Guggenheim
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
All seven seasons of the Emmy®-winning, groundbreaking series in a collectible 34-page bound anthology book filled with photos, quotes and a special letter from creator Shawn Ryan! Loaded with DVD extras including new feat... more »
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Packaging not Practical
R. Kohler | Augusta, GA USA | 11/18/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I only give this set one star because of the way it was packaged.
If it was just about the quality of the series and the episodes themselves I'd give it 5 stars.
The set is packaged in a coffee table book type case that, while great looking, is not practical for holding DVD disks. The DVDs have to be slipped in and out of a very tight space in between two sheets of cardboard. Almost every disk in this set had small scratches on them and some had huge gashes in them. A few were unplayable. There were also small particles of glue on the disks that came off of the cardboard book packaging."
Kristin M. Cole | Over Here | 11/06/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Many of the DVD's were scratched, and scratched badly upon opening. This is not an Amazon shipping problem, but a Sony packaging problem. It seems that the glue to hold the pages together dried on the inner sleeves, and when you pull them out (DVD's) the scratch on the hard glue. I am getting a replacement set, hopefully this was an original production run problem."
Hate the packaging, love the series
Scott Sherman | Valencia, CA United States | 11/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a fan of The Shield and I am guessing that you are at least familiar with it or you wouldn't be looking at the box set. Since you are here to decide to buy the box set or not, I want to warn you that they have created something that looks like a picture book which has the discs squeezed between the pages. The problem is that every time you take a disc out or put it in, the disc is scraping across the surface of the cardboard pages in which it is sandwiched. The book is nice looking so I did give it 3 stars for that reason and of course the series itself is as the other reviewers have mentioned well worth your time if you like the cop genre. If this is the only DVD series you own, it would look nice on your coffee table, but if you have a DVD case it is awkward because of the shape and size of the box. I suppose they create these cardboard box set holders to save money or to get you to buy the series in the boxes that you get with individual seasons. I had the same problem with the complete series of the Wire. I will probably have to take the DVD's out of the box set sleeves and put them in conventional plastic DVD cases to protect the DVD's which is an additional expense to consider if you are buying this set to save money. It would be nice if the manufacturers offered alternative (conventional) packaging as an option without forcing you to buy the series one season at at time for double the price of the box set."
Dark, gritty, and powerful
Bryan Creel | 03/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently finished all 7 seasons of The Shield. This series has to be in my top 5 TV series of all time.
The show is very character driven. Each one usually has a typical "cop show" subplot, but the broad arcs are about the characters. Make no mistake, this is a very dark show. I would find my moods affected by watching it often times. I like how "real" the characters are. Even the moral centers of the show do bad things and have human failings. In my view a large part of the series is a meditation on morality. Vic Mackey does some horrible things but is also in many ways a good and sometimes even heroic character. It embraces the shades of gray that real people are made up of.
If you have any attraction to action dramas then watch this show. After the first episode you will know if you like it or not. As a testament to how much I liked the series, after I finished it I went online and watched the videos F/X hosted of conversations with the cast and creator. That's not something I ever do.
It's also very unusual for a series to remain strong over such a long run. That's especially the case when it is a coherent story and not an episodic show like a comedy. Five out of five stars. I would give six if I could."