After a long and torturous gap of years of waiting -- during which time lucky "Dallas" fans were able to get 7 seasons of their favourite show issued to DVD -- finally we "Dynasty" fans have something to cheer about too. At last the red tape transferring legal rights has been taken care of and a new company that seems to appreciate the value of this show has taken over the DVD issuing. Let's hope this means the remaining seasons will now continue to come out in a timely fashion.
After waiting SO long, at long last the incomparable Joan Collins once again graces my TV screen with her ravishing presence. I felt so let down when she did not even appear at all in the Season 1 set I bought. Without her, "Dynasty" seemed bland and somehow lacking its usual spark. Now finally I get to see the "Dynasty" I had been longing to see again.
The packaging for this set is slightly different from the Season 1 set that I bought years ago. Instead of individual slipcases for each pair of discs, I was amazed to find all 6 discs fitted inside a single case only slightly thicker than a standard 1-disc case. Usually this means some kind of system in which the discs are layered on top of each other and we must risk damaging them every time we pop one out to get at the one below. But not so here. This is a brand new case design I have never seen before, and each disc is completely independent of the other discs and quite safe. I find this quite a good and effective design, and I think it will save a lot of space on my overcrowded and ever-growing DVD shelf.
Just a couple of minor quibbles. First, as others have mentioned, the traditional "last time on Dynasty" intros have been chopped from all of the episodes. I had always found these quite useful in refreshing my memory on the often intricate plot -- especially if I had not watched for a week or two. And second, unlike the Season 1 set, there are no extra interviews or featurettes here, just a "Carrington family tree". I would love for them to interview more cast members (especially the ones advanced in age who might not be with us much longer). And how about some episode commentaries too? I'd love to hear what Joan Collins and Linda Evans have to say about all their catfighting! In this respect the set is a bit bare-bones. But...I guess I should be grateful just to have this on DVD at all.
Hard to believe we have to say that for this show that topped ratings for nearly a decade round the world in its day. But I guess the studio execs have more important things on their minds these days, like the latest pathetic waste-of-time reality show or moronic American Idol clone. Ah well, at least now I have something good to watch so there's no need for me to be subjected to such garbage.
I just hope they hurry up with the release of Season 3, because this one is so good I'm going to be through it in no time!