Daria: The Complete Animated Series
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Daria ~ Complete Animated Series
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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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).Read more ›
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.
With a witty plotline that's as intelligent as Daria herself, it's a perfect parody on teen school life that's just as relevant today as it was the day it was made. An anti-social outcast who only has one friend; she's surrounded by everything from an overly ambitious mother, a highly strung father, a popular girl sister and a huge cast of schoolmates and neurotic teachers. With parodies on virtually everything popular at the time from movies to culture. And over the course of five seasons and two movies; never loses that sardonic touch. It's not the highest animation quality you've ever seen but it's typical of most late night adult series like Archer or Undergrads and it will do. Likewise for the original musical soundtrack which had to be changed due to horrendous licensing costs. Compromises that don't change the quality of the storyline while giving us the entire series at a one season price! So kudos there as well.
As for this collection, it's on eight discs with nine episodes per disc. With the last two episodes plus the two movies and extras on the last disc. In fact, if I have any criticism it would be that they couldn't have put each season on one or two discs instead of simply running from one season to the next without any breaks.Read more ›
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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Came very fast. Love this show works well. Great price for the whole series.Published 1 month ago by rus
You won't be disappointed even if 99% of the music has been changed, you won't really notice a difference. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This show still holds up today! It's hilarious, so well written...punchy but without being aggressive. I love this show and was sad when I finished the dvds. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ButterChubs
excellent box set for collections, all the special movies are included too!Published 4 months ago by Michael Chen
Great DVD set, everything I expected. Didn't even notice the music changes/omission. My babe loved it!Published 6 months ago by Sally A.
I purchased this for 19.99 from what I assume is directly from amazon.ca rather than a 3rd party seller. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul To
I'm making this review specifically to warn you that all of the music has been altered from the original broadcast. It sucks, I know. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer