It is indisputable that “Ellen” is one of the best, funniest, most important US-sitcoms ever, which makes the policies of releasing it on DVD completely incomprehensible.
First of all it took years for the first two seasons to be released at all (which of course is/was the case with other important sitcoms as well and might have legal reasons, I don’t know).
Then the first two seasons are released in the USA and technically they are a real disappointment: bad picture quality, obviously no re-mastering at all, plain, boringly designed menus, one language track only, no subtitles, almost no additional materiel at all. To say the truth this DVD-set is hardly any better than my old tapes of the episodes from German television, these even having the advantage of both the English and the German language track. All this does no justice at all to this groundbreaking show.
Why is one of the best sitcoms ever being treated so unlovingly? Why hasn’t it been released in Europe yet? Why has there been more than half a year since the release of the second season without any hint of the third or fourth or fifth...??? I just don’t get it!
Why can’t Ellen get the same treatment on DVD as e.g. Seinfeld, the DVD releases of which are superb. Important as Seinfeld might be, I don’t think that it is any funnier, wittier, cleverer or more important for US cultural history than Ellen, in my opinion it often even plays in a much lower league, lacking the spontaneity and wit of Ellen DeGeneres, who is not only a much better actor than Jerry Seinfeld (concerning facial expressions and body language alone Seinfeld seems to be made of wood), but also the better, more sophisticated comedian (just compare “SeinLanguage” to “My Point... And I Do Have One” to see what I mean).
I would just like to stand up and say: Please, release the other seasons of Ellen in a quicker pace, and release them in a quality the sitcom and its fans deserve!