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The Outer Limits: Best of Seasons 1 & 2

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1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Sept. 28 2004
OK, to have the word "complete" anywhere in here is a joke. These 2 "complete" seasons are missing 25 (out of 45!) episodes, some of them being really good. As an avid fan of the series, I was very excited to hear they were coming out with the "complete" series... only to find out (after buying it, didn't even cross my mind there would be tons missing) that this is only about half of seasons 1-2 eps. Anyways, be warned. This set still has a lot of good episodes, but a lot (and a couple favorites) are missing as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing June 19 2005
By A Customer
If this set contained all 22 episodes of the first season, I'd give it five stars without hesitation. However, what you get is 5 discs with 4 episodes each ("Sandkings" is a two part episode, so you get 19 episodes total).
As annoying as it is to have less than half the episodes, it's still more than what you get in the States. A couple of years ago, MGM released two discs, each with six episodes, using a "theme" approach. How 20th century of them... Every other show, including the original Outer Limits, is being issued in this cherry-picking fashion.
In June 2005 MGM released another four discs of "themed" collections, and now offers them in a box set along with the earlier two releases. That's 30 episodes out of seven seasons' worth.
As for extras, none to speak of.
The Canadian box also features optional Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, which is not available on the U.S. releases. Also, you hear the control voice say "Please stand by" after the intro, which is not on the U.S. versions (if memory serves). This was added to the commercial editions of the episodes but was left off when they originally aired on Showtime without commercial breaks.
Between this box, and the Canadian Season 3 box (still incomplete, with only 18 episodes from the third season), and the six US discs, there are only four episodes in common, so you're not throwing your money away by buying both.
Of course, you can decide to save your money and wait for a complete release ... or you can say "c'est la vie" and watch them now. It's a real treat for me as I missed most of these, and as this is one of my favorite shows I enjoy watching the ones I saw once or twice before.
And the more people that buy the series, the more there's a slight chance MGM might wake up and release everything. But you never know...
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3.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking? Sept. 28 2004
The decision to market an incomplete set containing only 19 of the 43 episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 is beyond my understanding. Collectors want complete seasons. I am sure that if the distributors had marketed a Complete Season 1, it would have sold as well as this collection, and they would have been in a position to make more money yet when they released the Complete Season 2. As it is, those of us who unwarily bought this sadly deficient set will be faced with an unwelcome duplication of episodes if they ever get around to releasing complete seasons.
To be fair, nowhere on the box does it say "complete", and the set contains some superb episodes, but some excellent shows, among them "Birthright", "The Voyage Home", "I, Robot" and "Dark Matters" are regretably missing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Manufacturer should be sued for misleading!! April 15 2005
It seems Amazon has renamed the title of this set to "best of" and removed cover pic. It's not Amazons fault but the manufacturer should be nailed with false advertizing. As mentioned by others here this set is incomplete. I bought it at a local store believing it was the complete seasons 1 and 2 as its cover title is "The Outer Limits, The Series - Season 1 & 2" which to me means what it says. I payed good money for this only to find out here and other places I checked that it is incomplete and now the only way to get the missing ones is to buy them again duplicating ones I have already paid lots for. If any other company marketed a product and mislead purchasers like this they would be sued so how come video companies get away with it?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who is the producer ? July 9 2005
By A Customer
It is beyond my belief. Someone has been taken somewhere out there in the outer limits to come up with such an incomplete set of episodes. I would really like to speak with the decision maker, to understand why. The complete season 3 has been released. So they realized their mistake.
Like many people, I am going to wait for the complete season 1 and 2 before to purchase anything about the Outer Limits. I love the show, based upon true sci-fi short stories. I'm ready to buy all seasons... all episodes, nothing less.
The producer, I guess, didn't have any bad intentions in mind when it comes to release only a few episodes. But, as far as I'm concern, I'm holding off my purchase until the REAL complete season 1 and 2 is available.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Season Set??? Sept. 10 2004
I won't be buying this dvd set because it IS NOT a complete
set for either seasons 1 or 2. Over the years I taped a lot
of tv series on video, but am slowly converting to dvd. I
have ALL the episodes of this series on video. After viewing
the episode listing for this release I thought it was a little
short. So I went to my videos and compared them against this
release. Exactly 11 episodes from the first season are missing.
Exactly 14 episodes from the second season are missing. And I
can prove this too!
This release may be for Region 1 (U.S. & Canada), but I'm
wondering what country these "complete seasons" were shown
in--it sure wasn't Region 1!
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