Masters of Horror: Season One Box Set
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If you all remember a year ago, Masters of Horror as a collective won the coveted Pick O’ the Year award from your ole’ pal Rufus. While they ranged from great to good with only one or two that I was not a complete fan of, as a whole the series was a great present to all horror fans. Gordon, Carpenter, Landis; they were all here. We got a great collection of directors. If you didn’t watch it on Showtime or did not pick up the DVDs, then Masters of Horror has another gift for you; the Masters of Horror Season One Box Set!! No need to run around buying them all individually. They are all here in a pretty sweet looking box set.
All episodes are collected here, including the unaired Takashi Miike’s Imprint. If you read my review then you’ll know that was one hell of a jacked up episode. Not only are all the episodes here, but so are the extras like Working with a Master, my favorite featurette from each DVD. The one addition that came with the box set is a bonus disc that consists of Mick Garris interviewing a couple people and Dinner with the Masters. Dinner with the Masters was pretty enjoyable, if not too short for my tastes. A few “masters” are sitting around a table eating and talking. That’s about it. Telling stories and chatting about their movies or episodes. (If you’ve read any interviews with Mick Garris about the series then you know this is how the whole show started.) I loved this featurette, but it was broken up too much for my tastes. A topic screen would show up and the viewer gets to watch, in mid conversation at times, when they touched on that topic. Frankly, I would have been happy with a static cam and the whole entire dinner on tape. No need to break it up for time. I can fast forward if need be. Sadly, we get a nice portion of their conversations, but not the complete dinner.
I guess I’ll just have to wait till Mick Garris invites me over to eat dinner with all the directors…….wink……..nudge…..
The one complaint that I have with this box set is that each DVD is separated by director (which is great of course) but in a paper sleeve. The first episodes on DVD had some great covers and the artwork is missed here. Take a look at Cigarette Burns or Dreams in a Witch House. Of course the covers got more generic as the series went on (Homecoming anyone?) but I would have liked to see them included.
Small complaint really with the box being as sturdy as it is and all that is jam packed in this collection. If you watched the shows or not, you just need to buy this. Even question a double dip. The collection would look slick on anyone’s shelves and what is inside the box is pure horror gold. Give or take a few episodes, of course.
Added: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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