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Stan The Caddy







PostPosted: June 2, 2004 9:05 AM 

Well, it certain seems official now: Seinfeld will be released on DVD this November.

Check out this survery about the packaging of the DVD.

The first page begins "SEINFELD is due to be released on DVD later this year ". That's makes it official, if you ask me Smile

Later it says "When this collection is released, it will be on 4 discs with 18 episodes (?pilot? episode, all 5 episodes from season 1, and all 12 episodes from season 2). " Which is what I predicted for the intial release.

The survey ask people to rate the following four DVD covers:


I think they all suck! Why are they using promo photos for the DVD cover!?! They should use a funny scene from on of the episodes in each release.

The also asks people to rate these products that could be included in a "free gift":




Some of these are okay, I really just care about the dvd.

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 2, 2004 11:09 AM 

Quote: "Why are they using promo photos for the DVD cover!?! They should use a funny scene from on of the episodes in each release"

I agree. The first time I saw these designs they looked like something I could have thrown together myself with Photoshop in about fifteen minutes -- not hard to do since the logo and photos are all stock material. A bit disappointing...

I imagine they wanted an appealing image that conveys the essence of the show while at the same time giving equal exposure to all four of the stars. But they could keep everyone happy with images from the show which highlight different major characters on different season boxes. Or use an image from the show with photos of the characters creatively superimposed over it. In any case, they could have done a better job on the overall designs. "Frasier" and "Cheers" use the same promo-photo concept but IMO they're more creatively designed.

shmibson
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PostPosted: June 2, 2004 12:53 PM 

Well fortunately they set up this survey and can get some negative feedback to inspire them to improve the DVDs. But really the DVD covers are of little importance compared to the DVDs themselves with their Seinfeld goodness.

walter
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PostPosted: June 2, 2004 1:59 PM 

So how long in between DVD release's?

3-4 months or so?

I love the whole series, but I've seen season 1-2-3 hundreds of times. This whole set is gonna be so expensive to own. I hope they release each season in 1-2 month intervals. GIving us the whole series in about a year and a half

Marine Biologist
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 2, 2004 2:43 PM 

Those were exactly the points I made earlier. At an SRP of US $49.95 per season (except for 1+2 packaged together), adding in taxes, it's quite an investment for the whole set (about $650 Canadian with taxes). I would certainly like to focus on the seasons I like best, and if I still have to wait two years or more for the best ones then this November release is a total non-event ... it's not as if these guys have not yet made enough out of a series which on average is now ten years old ... $200 million for Larry David alone, more than $1 billion for Seinfeld ... they should at least release them as fast as they can reasonably be put into production.

YO YO MA! - Kramer
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 2, 2004 4:03 PM 

I think the WORST cover is the one where they are sitting in the coffee shop. The other 3 are all good. Also, I would want the script copy and the bowls or whatever those are.

kyoko
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PostPosted: June 2, 2004 11:21 PM 

Actually, Jerry Seinfeld had announced the release of the DVDs during his recent appearance on Jay Leno when he also did some stand-up act as well.

He had said on the show that the DVDs were going to come out in November and that there will be a lot of bonus materials to be included on the DVDs.

I can't wait until November!!!!! :-D

Buck_Wild
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PostPosted: June 3, 2004 10:46 AM 

As of 10:23 EST, the survey is over. Anyone know when it started? How long did it last?

I can understand Sony's decison to feature all four main characters on the cover, and I concur with that decision, but why not do four covers, each with a different main character in an amusing situation? For the first DVD, perhaps the generic cover choices presented here are good, but later on, individual character covers (which have been done before) would be better. Offhand, I'm thinking Kramer as the pimp in the Technicolor Dreamcoat, the close-up of Jerry looking up in horror as the knife descends upon him (in The Blood), &c., &c.

Beginning with Season 3/the second DVD, Sony could find plenty of these kinds of images, and they'd make a great display in the Borders/Barnes & Noble-type superstores that would sell a hefty amount of these. Eye-catching Kramer images are, of course, plentiful, but one could find loads of close-ups of the others... George getting angry, Elaine looking desperate, Seinfeld looking... well, whatever. (Jerry running away with the rum cake and Jerry sitting at his table smugly smoking a cigar and laughing as Elaine pays him off for sleeping with Puddy are two winners.)

As the series progresses, the covers could feature each main character with a memorable secondary character, e.g., Kramer with Mickey, Elaine with Peterman, Seinfeld with Banya making a face, etc. Using these extra folks would help work out the imbalance of popularity of having certain characters on the cover (otherwise, there would too heavy of a demand for Kramer covers, for example). Such covers would also stimulate sales, as such individualized covers would remind borderline fans of favorite episodes.

Considering the multimillion production involved with these DVDs, the cost of having four covers instead of one would be negligible. Even the possibility that Sony might have to pay royalties to various actors for having their pictures appear on these covers would be made up by the sales generated by the more dynamic cover style. Impluse buyers would be more swayed, after all, by seeing four scenes from memorable episodes than by bland promo shots.

Buck_Wild
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PostPosted: June 3, 2004 10:49 AM 

Rum cake? Sorry, I meant rye bread.

shmibson
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PostPosted: June 3, 2004 1:48 PM 

I want to see one with Elaine wearing the Urban Sombrero

Jen
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 7:13 AM 

Um, hate to be a wet blanket, but of course we're not all going to like these things that are marketed towards joe public who probably aren't huge fans like we are. Me personally, I don't mind the silver cover, and I thought the bowls and the nodding head dolls were really fun. But what I really want, more than me liking the cover, is the series on dvd, and for enough people to buy it that they bring all of them out on dvd. If it takes "marketing" then so be it. I need it on dvd soon, because while I am lucky enough to have the entire series on tape after a marathon on tv1, they won't last forever.. Sad

I hope there's plenty of outtakes. That, and the series on dvd, I'll be happy.

Jose
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 9:02 AM 

This is how marketing works and Seinfeld is no different, season 1 of a tv show is released and if the sales are poor or below expected it gets canned, that's what happened with Twin Peaks, season 2 might never be released because of poor sales of season 1.

YO YO MA! - Kramer
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 4:30 PM 

What the hell is twin peaks? Ofcoarse twin peeks didn't sell, because I've been watching tv 7 hours a day for my whole life and never heard of it.

Marine Biologist
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 4:47 PM 

I was never a fan of Twin Peaks, but it had a lot of critical acclaim and a lot of talent behind it -- it was created and produced by David Lynch. So although you may not have heard of it, it did have a fairly big impact in its time. It only ran two seasons but interestingly, it started the same year as Seinfeld.

That said, Seinfeld has much, much broader appeal. As the #1 TV series of all time by some surveys, it's virtually guaranteed that all Seinfeld seasons will come out on DVD.

Bob Fugger
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 6:54 PM 

I agree, they need to do way better with the cover art. As for the free gift, am I the alone in absolutly loving the buzzer?! I think it's HILARIOUS and would provide hours of side-splitting laughter while stoned. Laughing

Bob Boyden
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 8:00 PM 

Is George Steinbrenners voice done by Larry David? Can anyone who knows the answer email me...thanks

Burt Harbinson
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 10:05 PM 

Yes, Larry David did the big stein's voice.

Randall
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 5, 2004 12:04 AM 

I like the picture where they're sitting at the table, and here's why:

If the discs contain episodes from the first two seasons, then the picture on the cover should reflect that. The other three pictures are too new.

I'm not sure if the picture of them sitting was taken sometime during the first two seasons or not, but it certainly is an earlier picture than the other three. The others were taken during Season 6 or later, because Julia didn't change her hair to that style until at least after Season 5.

Randall
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 5, 2004 12:05 AM 

I would like the script or the napkin/ketchup/mustard combo.

Chris
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 6, 2004 8:19 PM 

What I know for now is that 1&2 will be together for 49.95 and season 3 will also be 49.95. You can also get 1-3 in the same set with a free gift for 129.95. Is this right Stan.

striker
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PostPosted: June 7, 2004 1:31 PM 

wow i can't wait. I come from the UK and sadly, Seinfeld is never hardly shown. I had never seen an episode in my entire life until last year when it appeared on a Paramount channel, and now they are on every night at 8!!! Its so cool, but so far i'm only just into series 3 Sad Meaning i got alot of catching up to do, but already its grown on me and become one of my favourite TV shows. I will defently by the DVD and i'm getting loads of ppl over here to watch the show, some of my m8s didn't know who Jerry Seinfeld is??? Mad How come Seinfeld is so famous, yet its hardly noticed over here???

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