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Daria: The Complete Animated Series

Tracy Grandstaff , Wendy Hoopes , Aaron Augenblick , Anthony Davis    Unrated   DVD
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Turns out that Clarissa did not explain it all, like what a sick sad world it is, how much student life sucks, and how the notion that it is great to be young is a storybook fantasy. Daria, which aired on MTV between 1997 and 2002, does not paint a rosy picture, but this so-called outcast for whom suburban life "is one smart-ass joke" gave sardonic voice to the disaffected. "I'm not miserable," Daria states, "I'm just not like them." She's not kidding. Though she's referring to the "interesting idiots" she suffers none too gladly at Lawndale High School, she could well be talking about the women normally paraded on MTV, the hedonistic spring break partiers, serial daters, spoiled sweet sixteeners, and tabloid tarts like Tila Tequila. And then there's Daria, an animated (just barely) character who after five seasons and two movies (both included in this eight-disc set) managed to survive high school with her sense of self unbowed and uncompromised. Daria came a long way, baby. Before she got her own series, she was a recurring character on Beavis and Butt-head, a brainy foil for the two heavy metal imbeciles, whose pet name for her was "Diarrhea." Daria relocated her to Lawndale and introduced her self-absorbed yuppie parents and her airhead, popularity-obsessed younger sister. It also gave her a best friend and kindred misanthropic spirit, Jane Lane. Their deadpan and sarcastic banter has lost none of its incisive edge. The broadly drawn high school stereotypes--vapid cheerleaders, fashion-plate mean girls, corruptible administrators, empty-headed jocks--seem unworthy of their contempt. But the series really hit satiric pay dirt when it addressed "profound and fundamental moral issues of life," such as one episode in which Jane joins the track team out of spite, but becomes a track star, alienating Daria, who is not above enjoying some of the perks of Jane's newfound popularity. When all reverts back to, for want of a better word, normal, Daria remarks, "The system continues, you haven't redeemed yourself, and we're ostracized anyway… Hey, they really are preparing us for the real world." Daria comes to DVD with 99 percent of the original music changed due to rights issues, regrettable, but that shouldn't be a deal breaker, especially for those making Daria's acquaintance. The special features almost compensate. They include an animatic version of the pilot episode "Sealed with a Kick," a series retrospective featuring series creator Glenn Eichler and key members of the voice cast, Daria and Jane episode intros, and a Top Ten video countdown hosted by the duo (videos not included). --Donald Liebenson

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great show, a good DVD set May 14 2010
By Gareth
MTV's "Daria", loosely spun off from the far-better-known "Beavis & Butthead", is something of an enigma. Who would have thought that a low-budget, crudely-animated show on a network not known for its, umm - intellectual prowess? - would be so thoughtful, engaging and funny?

For the uninitiated, Daria is an intelligent, sensitive introvert, recently arrived at Lawndale High. The quintessential outsider, she is constantly at odds with the hypocrisy she sees in her peers and teachers. To add insult to injury, her younger sister Quinn is a bubbly and popular girl around school. Fortunately, she quickly befriends another outcast, the artistic Jane Lane, who makes the absurdity of her high-school life bearable. While Daria overcomes adversity through sarcasm and wit, the show reserves some of its most biting criticism for Daria herself, and the unrealistically high standards to which she holds herself and others - it is at times merciless on its own protagonist. Daring, and not exactly what one might expect from a spin-off of a comedy that got most of its laughs from repeatedly using the word "wiener".

Of note is that the episodes presented here are presented without the songs as originally broadcast. This is unfortunate, and somewhat jarring at times, but the producers of the show really didn't have much choice - there are many, many songs used throughout the run of the show, and as explained in the liner notes, it would have been prohibitively expensive to secure the rights to all those songs. I do wish I'd known that before purchasing it, but it would not have been a deal-breaker. The show stands well on its own.

The positive side of this decision is that MTV have made this set available to fans at a very reasonable cost (at the time of writing).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans. May 1 2013
By yanche
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Contains all episodes plus the two movies. Many episodes per disc and opening credits cut, only the first episode on the disc has the full intro. Only complaint: many of the original songs not included (for licensing reasons). Other than that: excellent buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past Jan. 12 2011
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The character Daria was actually first created on Beavis and Butthead as a side character but became so extremely popular that she got her own television show. Daria, at the time (and still is), is an unusual television show with aired on MTV with the fact that it made fun of everything MTV stood for. The show was so different in its time that it created an extremely loyal and dedicated fanbase. The show ran from 1997 to 2002 and stayed silent, until 2010 when this DVD series was released.

The show is about an extremely sarcastic teenaged girl named Daria trying to survive through high school with as little social interaction as possible. Along with her clever wit and her friend Jane, she journeys through the trials and tribulations that high school has to offer.

This set comes with all 65 episodes as well as the unused pilot and the 2 movies. There are also many extras such as the 'Daria Day' openings as well as interviews with the cast members.

A major thing this set is missing is all the original music. Unfortunately, due to many licensing issues, almost all of the original songs had to be taken out of the show but in my opinion it is not a total loss. The humor and personality of the show still shine without the music and the producers have attempted to replace them with dummy versions which aren't so bad. Overall, Daria: The Complete Series is a definite purchase for those who were fans of the series and recommended for those new to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 26 2014
By Dany
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The unique and cynical Daria experience is complete with this collection. The only downside being most of the original songs got taken out, it's a fair price to pay for the beautifully depressive lines Daria delivers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Lawndale April 21 2014
By Keith Little TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This show is wonderul and actually fascinating to watch as I find it to have much more depth than most animated series - it has a lot more depth than most non-animated series for that matter. The collection has all the episodes and the movies as well as a handful of extras. I didn't find the lack of some of the original music to be an issue - in fact, I didn't really notice it at all. I definitely recommend this show and set.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I like the cartoon but... March 29 2014
By Sykai
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The front of the case it in was damage which is fine. Overall the series brings back good memories :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars When it was 1990 something... Nov. 24 2013
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I was in my early teens when this show was airing and I got to liking it quite a bit because it was so much different from the other brainless garbage that MTV was flaunting at the time. Not to mention a lot of the family dynamics; the clueless/angry dad, the busy body mother, the dull-witted narcissistic sibling, reminded me a lot of my own.

This DVD is a good thing to have if you liked the show a lot. They did cut out all of the music, but it didn't make much of difference to me, considering most of the songs they had playing on the TV had nothing to do with what was going on in the show.

One thing that did disappoint me is the fact that they didn't even bother to release a HD version. ie: 1280*720p. Instead they 4:3 released the TV version 4:3 with a resolution of only 720*480. But from what I understand MTV gave them a very low budget to work with on the release.

Delivery was very fast, but the plastic cover over the front cover was all out of sorts from the packaging, but not nothing putting it underneath one of those old encyclopedia's can't solve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
I'm so excited to have this series on DVD to watch with friends. Daria is one of my favourites from the late 90's.
Published 11 months ago by Kalee
5.0 out of 5 stars I looooove it
Daria is one of my all time favorite series and i was so happy to receive it in this box set containing all the seasons!
Published 14 months ago by Kaji
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
I am very satisfied with this purchase it was exactly what what I wanted the discription was perfect. It came in great timing and I had no problem tracking my package
Published 15 months ago by mmedeiros
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast From the Past!
This DVD set rocks. If you were never a fan of Daria, it isn't likely to convert you, since it's stripped down of the accompanying music that really placed it in my memory. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amanda Cavanagh
3.0 out of 5 stars The Descent of Daria
I so loved the first season of Daria. Refreshingly nihilistic and amoral, Daria represented a truly wonderful break from the saccharine pap we're usually fed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Theo
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Yes the music is different, but to be honest, it didn't really matter as much as I thought it would. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2012 by Daria Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
I absolutely love Daria. This had all the episodes though the background music was changed to prevent copyright infringement. Overall a great series and it still holds up today. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2011 by Danni
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great buy!
The price for the DVD is pretty good and when i ordered the DVD from amazon, it came two days later. A lot earlier than i expected it come. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2011 by music7gurl
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