Seinfeld: Season 9 is a four-disc boxed set including all 24 episodes from the ninth and final season of the long-running series, including the finale and hours of exclusive, never-before-seen bonus footage. The wealth of ... more »bonus features for Seinfeld: Season 9 include scenes from "The Roundtable" (excerpts from the one-hour table discussion), deleted scenes, bloopers, trivia, interviews, stand-up comedy footage, and other behind-the-scenes bonus material. The ninth season was nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and features an astounding array of noteworthy episodes such as the unique backwards episode, "The Betrayal," and the reemergence of a classic arcade game in "The Frogger." The season culminates in the highly rated two-part finale, which boasts an illustrious gathering of some of the show?s most memorable guest stars including Larry Thomas (Soup Nazi), Wendel Meldrum (Low-Talker), Golden GlobeŽ Award-winner Teri Hatcher, TV journalist Geraldo Rivera, and others.« less
A great & unique comedy series takes its final bow
calvinnme | 08/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season nine starts where we left off the previous season, with George recovering from injuries he took down a flight of stairs, thus interrupting the "Summer of George" he was planning to enjoy with his generous severance check from the New York Yankees. George quickly finds another job, but his potential new boss has misunderstood his cane, and before George can explain the boss tells George about all of the benefits he will enjoy as a handicapped employee. George decides to go along with the ruse when he discovers he will have his own specially outfitted bathroom to suit his handicap - a perk George cannot resist. When George is found out by his employer and even offered another generous severance package to leave, he decides to dig in and the whole situation turns into a humorous seige. George never fails to offend and infuriate people, so later in the season when an acquaintance is working on step nine of the AA program by going around and apologizing for past transgressions George is unhappy that he is never apologized to. He agitates the acquaintance about this so badly that he does eventually get the apology. However, unfortunately now the poor fellow has an anger management problem on top of his alcoholism due to George and must enroll in still another support group.
Elaine is in a longer relationship than usual, continuing her romance with ace auto mechanic David Puddy. The mismatched couple have as tortured a relationship as you would expect and in the opening episode are bickering during a plane ride all the way back from Europe where they have been vacationing. They break up but end up sleeping together every time they see each other. This works out for Jerry and for Puddy since Jerry keeps betting Elaine that she can't stay away from Puddy - and winning - and it turns out that Puddy likes not having to stick around to cuddle with Elaine afterwards.
Although I have no idea how Kramer manages to live in Manhattan without any visible means of support, at least we finally discover why he has been unemployed. He's been waiting for the strike to end at H&H Bagels for 12 years. The strike ends when the minimum wage finally reaches what the union demanded in the first place. Of course, Kramer is the only one of the strikers who has actually been faithfully striking all these years. When he decides to celebrate George's father's version of Christmas - Festivus - he wants the day off. When H&H refuses Kramer goes back on strike because his religious beliefs are not being honored, thus ending Kramer's brief venture into the world of work.
Jerry has numerous romantic misadventures this season including a girlfriend that looks either beautiful or hideous depending on what the lighting is, another girlfriend who likes to wander around sans clothing yet still manages to annoy Jerry when he discovers there is such a thing as "bad naked", and yet another girlfriend whom Jerry throws over for the sound of his own voice imitating the noises that the girl's stomach makes.
This year has Newman making quite a few appearances, most notably in "The Butter Shave" where he discovers that he is strangely attracted to Kramer in a culinary way after Kramer uses butter as a tanning lotion and then falls asleep in the sun. That all-over butter smell is just too much for Newman to resist ending in a hilarious chase scene through the middle of Jerry's stand-up routine. Newman and Kramer are also featured in a satire of the X-Files when Kramer starts to complain about his junk mail to the post office and goes there to declare he no longer wants his mail delivered.
The last four episodes - Puerto Rican Day, the two clip shows, and the finale were a bit of a let-down to me. Puerto Rican Day didn't seem to have the same level of ensemble humor I was accustomed to seeing, the clip shows are just bits and pieces taken from prior shows that were shown on the night the finale was broadcast, and the finale just didn't live up to my expectations. But then it would be hard to wrap up in one hour a show that spent nine years focused on the minutia of life as experienced by four self-involved people and somehow managed to never disappoint. It's hard to have a satisfying conclusion to something that had no real beginning or middle to it. The following is the list of special features:
Digitally Mastered Audio and Video Audio: English (Stereo), French Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish "The Last Lap" - the cast and crew reminisce about their final days making SEINFELD and share their impressions about the show's legacy. Scenes from "The Roundtable" - Excerpts from a conversation with Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louise-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Larry David nine years after SEINFELD went off the air. "Inside Looks" - Behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and creators "Not That There's Anything Wrong With That" - Never-before-seen outtakes and bloopers "In the Vault" - Season Nine never-before-seen deleted scene saved from the cutting room floor, including 15 bonus minutes from "The Finale". "Yada, Yada, Yada" - Cast and crew audio commentaries 2 Sein-Imations - See classic SEINFELD scenes re-imagined in Sein-Imation "Notes About Nothing" - Behind-the-scenes trivia and production notes "The Betrayal" Back-to-Front - Watch Seinfeld's "backwards" episode forwards Factoid Tracks on all 24 episodes
Note that "Seinfeld the Complete Series" is now available for pre-order, so you might want to consider that package before buying this solitary final season."
Ending on a high note
D. Surine | Minneapolis, MN | 09/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many Seinfeld fans were disappointed to see the show end, but it's very understandable that Jerry wanted to end while the show was on top rather than wait until they ran out of ideas.
This season is filled with episodes that contain that classic Seinfeld style of humor. Many people who don't like Seinfeld don't appreciate how complex and well written the story lines can be. The Betrayal (or Backwards episode) seems to be dreaded by many but is a favorite for me. I see it as a well written and thought out episode that ventures into a much more daring style of writing. Show me a movie or TV show that comes even close to this format (flashbacks DON'T count) and still maintains a funny and engaging plot.
The final episode was a disappointment for me, and I will also admit that it fell short of the standards set by the previous episodes. But I also applaud their ability to bring the show to a close and still incorporate so many of the extras that made appearances over the years.
Though maybe not the best, this season is still one of the best of the Seinfeld show. Even if you consider this a hit or miss season, those that hit, are absolutely hilarious. The goofy, unrealistic, off the wall style is what the show was all about. Pick up a copy of this as soon as it comes out."
Festivus for the Rest-of-Us
R. J Rey | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | 11/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After nine hilarious seasons, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards say goodbye in "Seinfeld: The Complete Ninth Season". "Seinfeld" follows the funny misadventures of stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his close group of eccentric friends going through everyday life in New York City. In the final season, Jerry becomes annoyed when his rival Kenny Bania receives much success as a "time slot hit". George tries to preserve his decades-old high score on a Frogger machine. Elaine gets a big surprise when she is invited to a 13-year-old boy's bar mitzvah. Kramer finds the old studio set from "The Merv Griffin Show" and turns his entire life into a talk show. "Seinfeld" is the award-winning comedy series that became one of the most watched sitcoms on television. The ninth and final season has some very funny moments and clever subplots. The season includes such notable episodes like "The Slicer", "The Betrayal", "The Merv Griffin Show" and "The Dealership". The final episode features numerous cameo appearances, scored sky-high ratings but was heavily criticized by audiences and critics as being mediocre and unfulfilling.
Come celebrate the holidays around the Festivus pole and check out "Seinfeld: The Complete Ninth Season". All 24 hilarious episodes of the ninth and final season are presented in their original full screen format. The 4-disc DVD box set contains a clean and nicely detailed picture quality. Its 2.0 Dolby Digital audio is clear and well balanced. One of the most appealing features in the box set is the 20-minute "The Last Lap" featurette that focuses on the final days of the series. Other DVD extras include never-before-seen outtakes, deleted scenes, behind-the scenes interviews with the cast members and creators in the development of the series, production notes and audio commentaries with the cast members and production crew. Overall, "Seinfeld: The Complete Ninth Season" receives an "A-"."
Alfabrou | Montevideo, Uruguay | 04/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This product is recomend for you . I live in Uruguay South America , and i a fun of Seinfeld . Thank You"
A good season, but no the best
M. D. Fonseca | Thunder | 11/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok. It's a known fact that the tone of the series changed dramatically when Larry David left. The eight and ninth seasons of Seinfeld are really different from the others. In the first seven seasons, there was at least a little bit (very little bit) of genuine comradeship and affection between the maisn characters. After that, they become the real selfish and greed guys they became known for...
Season Nine is good, but by any standards is far from great. (mainly when you compare it with the show's own very high standards!).There are uneven episodes, but none of them is bad by itself, and the show was far from jumping the shark. Maybe to avoid this at all costs was the reason why Jerry Seinfeld decided to call it a day (this, plus the fact that he was extremely tired from working on the show non-stop all that years - and the last two without support from David).
As for the final episode, I tought it was very good and absurd like the show itself. As lawyer Jack Chiles says in his opening statement to the jury, the absurd of the trial is that the criminal itself (the guy who robbed the fat guy) is free and people's taxes are being thrown away trying to convict the four guys who did not help, based on some silly Good Samaritan law! This concept itself was very funny. OFfcourse, it's very rare to see a sitcom end with the four main characters being in jail!! But, hey, it was for "only" one year... :)