The 'Dead Like Me' collection is a must for any fans. The collection comes with every episode made plus the straight to dvd movie that came after the shows close. My only problem with the collection is the quality of the actual dvd that the show is on. Several of the discs began skipping upon the first play of each. There were no scratches and they were played in several dvd players (i.e. sony dvd player, desktop computer, laptop computer, Xbox 360, Ps2.) I originally thought there was an issue with my dvd player. Hence why I played the dvds in several different outlets.
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Product description mismatchedMarch 8 2009
Mehdi J. Pieloor
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THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT "DEAD LIKE ME - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION", 9 DISK SET
So my wife and I started watching Dead Like Me on Video On Demand, and were both so caught up in it that we didn't want to wait for the second season to be made available that way... so we ordered the box set.
The box set *includes* "Life After Death", the movie MGM made in 2008.
Let me start with the DVDs of the ShoTime TV series:
Disks 1 through 4 contain the series pilot, and the 14 episodes of season 1. Disks 5 through 8 contain the 15 episodes of season 2 and the bonus features for the series.
Up through here, that's 5 stars. If I could have give 6, I would.
Disk 9... contains the straight-to-DVD movie.
If you're interested in DLM and reading this review (and the many others), I don't have to tell much about the series - they stand firm as they always did, in high, widescreen quality, uncensored and uncut (and the bonus features contain a bunch of deleted scenes and other fun stuff about the series.
The movie, though. Oh dear lord, the movie.
The movie was made to appeal to an audience that is not in the know about what DLM is about - so the first 15, 20 minutes are an introduction (with cuts from the series), done in comic-book style, with Georgia Lass (Ellen Muth) narrating about what the premise of the story is. After the introductions are done, we're introduced to a flaky storyline about Rube (Mandy Patinkin, direly missed in the movie) having gotten his light, and having been replaced by a Cameron Kane (played by Henry Ian Cusick), who... has... some sort of agenda, plan, whatever, and uses the merry band of reapers to... cause chaos... or something, by having them mess up their reaps.
The role of Daisy Adair was performed by Sarah Wynter, who - I'm sure - is a great actress... just not a great Daisy. The series' last episodes had gone through great lengths to turn Daisy into someone with a secret that's eating her, a seemingly callous but very human, confused and hurt woman, who warmed up with every episode, showed fear, love and understanding.
In the movie, however, Daisy is a callous, uninteresting, selfish, vulture-like and petty wanna-be actress, with no depth, no heart and no struggle. One of the bonus features actually tried to explain away the Daisy part, but regardless of the reasons, it was painful to watch, and did not do the part of Daisy Adair any justice - better they had had her "get her light", just like Rube. Callum, Ellen and Jasmin Guy could have carried it off by themselves...
... or maybe they just shouldn't have bothered at all.
The storyline about the relation between George and Reggie (Britt McKillip) was done nicely, and actually allows for some feeling of closure.
My initial plan was to get the series, and rent the movie to see if it was worth buying.
If you buy this box, the movie is included... but if you already have the series, and consider yourself a hardcore DLM fan, do not bother with the movie. It felt like it was thrown together in a hurry (and the fact that *neither* of the writers of the movie had been involved with the series shows, big time), and feels more like an extended "crap, we need a finale" episode than anything else...
Aside from the Reggie/George interaction, the only good things about the movie were:
1. We finally got to see Murray the cat 2. The very, very last scene, after some consideration (had to sink in for a moment).
My wife and I... we'll toss in the series, every now and then, for a DLM marathon session... the movie will remain in its box, though. It's part of the set, but as far as we're concerned... only to keep the outside box from being too wide for the series' DVDs.
And that's why the product gets only 4 stars... I'm not averaging (the movie would make the average be negative, and that's no good) because the series and bonus features are excellent, as expected. The movie just... takes it down a notch. Sad, but true.
57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Get it for the series, not the movieMarch 1 2009
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This series is one of my all-time favorites, easily worth five stars.
The brand new movie, Dead Like Me: Life After Death (see my separate review there), however, is not. To say I was disappointed by it would be an understatement. As films go, it is complete junk.
However, buying the set is still very much a worthwhile purchase if, like me, you didn't already own the DVD sets for the TV series's two seasons. The series itself is great fun to watch, beautifully written and acted, with characters that have depth; for this reason, I've given a five-star rating, as this is the best way to obtain this excellent series on DVD. But the movie is a jarring contrast: badly written, with characters whose previous complexities have been thrown out the window, and a mind-numbingly, painfully stupid plot.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An Excellently Quirky SeriesJune 21 2011
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Dead Like Me is a dark comedy following Georgia Lass, an unambitious eighteen-year-old who rarely smiles and is going nowhere in life. In the first episode, George dies. More specifically she is hit by a space debris-a toilet seat-that fell from a Russian space station. You may wonder where the show can go when the main character dies, but though Lost executives turned down this idea for Jack Shepherd, this is a situation where the death was necessary, as it introduces us to the mythology of the show. Instead of moving on to an after life, George is relegated to the undead role of Grim Reaper. Her job is to collect the souls of people right before they die so that they do not feel any pain when the death occurs and then guide the soul into the afterlife.
George is slowly but surely trained in the ways of a Reaper by a merry band of reapers:
Rubin, the father of the family who doles out post it notes with the time and place where the reaping will be
Roxy, the tough mother figure with a fiery temper who works as a meter maid (later a police officer)
Mason, the teenage rebel who goofs off and has a weakness for sex, drugs, alcohol, and law breaking
Betty, the spirited wild-child who disappears midway through the first season
Daisy, the devious starlet who likes to scheme to make money with minimum effort
And the rules are for the most part well-established in this show (excluding the movie, which seems to decide it can ignore all of the rules for no good reason). George slowly but surely learns the rules and the consequences of their job, though that doesn't keep her from fighting her position as a Reaper wherever she can
The most mundane thing in life declaring the end of someone's life.
There's a catch to being a Reaper though. Two actually. The first- No paycheck. Hardly seems fair, but there it is. So everything they get is either taken from the dead or earned through side jobs, which is how George ends up at Happy Time, a temp agency where she worked for a single day before her death. As a reaper, George appears different to the world and goes by the name Millie. The second- you don't actually know who you are going to reap, you need to figure it out yourself. The post its only provide the first initial and last name, which has led to complications on more than one occasion.
Meanwhile, George's family has to deal with the loss. George's inept mother, emotionally confused father, and STRANGE sister all grieve in their own ways. (I say strange because what other way is there to describe a girl who steals toilet seats and lies to the neighbors saying her mother won't let her go to the bathroom?) Though Georgia can never come home and reveal herself to her family (there are rules and consequences preventing that) George still looks in on the family she cared little about during her first life. She occasionally leaves small tokens of comfort for the family she can't be a part of and tries to take pieces back with her whenever she can.
Part of the show's charm is that it is so different than anything out there and it didn't run for long enough to "jump the shark" (though the movie managed to do that all on its own). The writers are creative, developing not just a unique lifestyle but also unique phrases that make the plotline feel all encompassing. Everything but the movie are posted on hulu and if you're looking for something to watch, this is definitely a good option. The most unfortunate thing about the show is it got canceled before we could learn everything there was to know about this world and before we could see George finish growing up and move on.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Flaming Toilet Seat That Started It All...April 27 2009
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If you are a fan of the show Dead Like Me then you'll love the complete collection. Not only does the collection include both seasons it also includes the new movie that just came out. If you have not purchased the seasons in the past you need to invest in the complete collection. It's a really good price for this set. You won't want to miss this box set.
If you have already purchased season 1 and season 2 seperately then there is no need to get this set. You would be better off just purchasing the movie because there is nothing special about the box set.
This show is grim reapers at their best.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One MAJOR FlawJune 23 2011
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This deserved a five star rating except for one very disappointing thing. Though one would assume these are close-captioned, they are not. Had I known, I wouldn't have bought this. One the box it states that bonus features may not be CC. Now, the CC symbol is not there, so I should have been aware, but the notge about the bonus features threw me.
No Closed Captioning!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!