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The State: The Complete Series
The State The Complete Series
Actors: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann
Directors: Michael Patrick Jann, David Wain, Mark Gentile, Michael Dimich
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2009     8hr 34min

The State was simply one of the sharpest, funniest, and most under-rated shows of the 1990?s. Originally created as MTV?s first foray into the sketch comedy genre, The State was a comedic gem that rocked Generation X with ...  more »

     
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Actors: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann
Directors: Michael Patrick Jann, David Wain, Mark Gentile, Michael Dimich
Creators: Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, David Wain, Jonathan K. Bendis
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: MTV
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/14/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 8hr 34min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Disk info.
Roger Lamont | Washington, DC United States of Bill Pullman | 05/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Disc 1 (Season One)
All five episodes from Season One
Commentary on every episode by various cast members
Interviews
Origins
Feedback
Outtakes

Disc 2 (Season Two)
All six episodes from Season Two
Commentary on every episode by various cast members
Interviews
Roles
Catchphrases
Outtakes

Disc 3 (Season Three)
All six episodes from Season Three
Commentary on every episode by various cast members
Interviews
Outtakes

Disc 4 (Season Four)
All seven episodes from Season Four
Commentary on every episode by various cast members
Interviews
Outtakes

Disc 5 (Bonus Disc)
Pilot
Over 90 minutes of unaired sketches with commentary from the cast
Outtakes
Special Appearances:
-"The State" on "The Jon Stewart Show"
-The cast's performance on MTV's "Shut Up & Laugh, Panama City" (1996)
-Spring Break Safety Tips
-MTV Christmas Party Video
Promos"
Thankful, but a bit let down
K. Blanchard | California | 07/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It has been years since I've seen The State, and the moment I saw the commercial for it on TV, I immediately ordered it. It's a great DVD set with some really worthwhile bonus features, particularly the cast commentaries.

That being said, yes, the music replacement is quite noticeable, as is the frequent and sometimes scene devastating blurring of any and all images that might require MTV to pay something for their display. The insert that comes with the DVD set claims that to include these images and songs would have cost millions and forbade the production of the DVD. I find that hard to believe.

How much is it going to cost to have a picture of Andrew Shue on a goofy homemade collage? Or some obscure album cover from 15 years ago? I can't imagine those would cost all that much. And how much can the inclusion of a handful of songs cost? Even just for those few that were played over the live performances in studio, which is where the dubbing is most noticeable (any skit performed in the studio that contains licensed music, does not have a single piece of original sound, whatsoever. It's all dubbed over with new music, generic audience laughter, and re-recorded performances by the original cast members). Pretty much every licensed song used in the show is background music with dialogue recorded over it. How, in that kind of context, is some Marvin Gaye song from 30 years ago or goofy grunge song from 1993 is going to cost "millions" to license? And how did songs such as "The Power" by Snap!, which is played over the guidance counselor sketch, make it in and all these others didn't?

I'm sure the real explanation is that MTV didn't give this DVD production any kind of budget at all, which is why we get all these alterations. I guess we should be thankful that the cast members and producers were so dedicated to the show that they took the time to find ways to get around all these inconveniences forced upon them by their stingy bosses.

It's great to see the show again and so many of my favorite skits, particularly from the first season. It's just a shame so many great parts are ruined by all the editing and audio dubbing. I consider it's 4-star rating entirely MTV's fault for being so cheap with one of its greatest shows."
Less than $60 worth of pudding...
Victor Love | Hub City, NJ | 07/02/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know how much of the music has been replaced (I've only checked Pants and $240 Worth of Pudding) but it's definitely jarring to not have Cannonball playing while Kerri is high-kicking or to hear Barry sound like a giant pudding clot is stuck in his throat. It's a sad commentary that such an incredible pop culture high-water mark can be scarred by the pop culture copyright tsunami. The dubbing probably won't bother somebody who has never seen the show but it may make even an infrequent 90s viewer feel that something is a little off. Surely somebody out there will compile a list of music substitutions and dialog re-recordings, but MTV already has our money and at the end of the day this is better than the tape that got eaten by my VCR.

(Edit: There's an episode I've never had on tape, that I caught maybe two or three times on MTV, and that contains the one line I've blurted out who knows how many times any time I see a bottle of rosemary - "Ahhhh! Rosemary!" - and the substituted muzak track prevented a moment of utter joy. The State is one of the few objects of nostalgia I've clung to and it feels like that link to the past is getting weaker while watching some of these episodes. Sigh. In all fairness, I didn't notice any dialog re-recording in the TV Watching skit like I noticed the absence of Beck. )

(Another Edit: Yes, the replaced music can be distracting at times - it can also be barely noticeable at other times. There are only a handful of sketches which are tough to separate from their of-the-time accompaniment and a much larger percentage of pure goodness. And ,yes, the blurring can be annoying, especially when they try to block out most of a moving character's background, but that only happens once or twice. Finally, yes, the reports of dubbed lines are disturbing, but I've only noticed it in one particular character's scenes. I don't regret buying this set at all.)"
Dialogue dubbing
Daniel Thompson | Columbus, OH | 07/01/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"we've all been waiting years for this to come out.. but the fact that none of the music will be the same is so hard to get over. generic songs take away from the sketches. and to make matters even worse, audio had to be re-dubbed if there was music playing in the background??? it's so noticeable in season 1 with the $240 worth of pudding. if i could pay the same price for the entire original series on bootlegged VHS i would have more enjoyment :\

i'm glad there are at least some extras and commentary and such."