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« Reply #160 on: 06-25-2005 00:27 »

The problem with the Futurama DVDs is that the material of the case wears out around the corners VERY fast (at least for the Region 4 one, I know other regions are slightly different). The Simpsons DVD seems to be stronger, even if the folding is annoying.
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« Reply #161 on: 06-25-2005 00:44 »

The Region 1 DVD sets seem to be ok, though I don't take off and put on the case very often. The only complaints I would have is how they were packaged as two of mine are slightly bent.
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« Reply #162 on: 06-25-2005 01:12 »
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The only complaint I have with the Futurama Region 1 DVDs is the Season 4 DVD case, since the plastic covering wears out case on the corners, unlike the other covers found on Seasons 1 through 3. The flip-open cases for the Simpsons' DVDs isn't too annoying, though I like the Futurama cases for the DVDs themselves also.
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« Reply #163 on: 06-25-2005 06:18 »

My problem with the Futurama boxes is the size of them. Region 2 Futurama boxes are HUGE, about twice the size of Region 1's. What a waste of space...
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« Reply #164 on: 06-25-2005 08:50 »

 
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Originally posted by DotheBartman:
I think they changed the picture URL.  But here's the original story, complete with picture:
 http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=3576

Amazon should have the image up too.

Eh, it's not quite as bad as I was thinking from reading the comments you guys posted.  Still, I'm hoping that's just an outside sleeve holding the season 6 box because it looks pretty tacky.  I'll echo everyone else and say I like the way the 1-5 season boxes are now.  If the Homer head isn't just a slip over or a special edition, I'll be quite disappointed.

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« Reply #165 on: 06-25-2005 09:25 »

Well here's a petition protesting it, we all know how successful they always are.
but this is a bit differnt from asking them to re-order a show so you might as well if you don't like it.
But People please, you really should use your real names and don't add stupid comments.
 http://www.petitiononline.com/smpsns/
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« Reply #166 on: 06-25-2005 10:41 »

I think the season six DVD cover art is great, but it will look really out of place with the other seasons already released.
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« Reply #167 on: 06-25-2005 12:40 »

I have a hard time beliving people over 14 could like this box.
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« Reply #168 on: 06-26-2005 06:19 »

To quote my own signature in the petition: It sucks. I am reluctant to buy such a piece of juvenile trash.

Seriously, there's nothing particular bad with this set; sans the fact of continuity, but latter sets are going to look utter garbage. Lisa and Maggie are going to look erriely similar, and look horrible with spikes coming out of the spine, Marge is going to be a mess; no doubt they'll cut half her hair off, and Bart isn't going to look great, either. I've only seen 8--or something-- episodes from Season 6, and was waiting for the DVD set, but if it's released with such a banal and uninspired cover, I'm going to pass up on buying it. The features are really the only thing I'll be missing out on, and if the extras reflect the utter childishness of the cover; then I ain't missing out on anything...
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« Reply #169 on: 06-26-2005 06:35 »

I wouldn't let the box put me off buying the best Simspons season ever. It'll just be an example of beauty being inside while wrapped in ugliness...
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« Reply #170 on: 06-29-2005 08:26 »

I'm just curious as I wasn't a part of the online Simpsons community at the time. Does anyone know the general fan reaction on the internet when it was discovered that Mike Scully was taking over as executive producer? How about Al Jean?
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« Reply #171 on: 06-29-2005 11:33 »

I don't know but I think people were less educated in the importance of showrunners back then.
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« Reply #172 on: 06-29-2005 17:07 »
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With Jean I definitely remember some new hopefulness, albeit lots of pessimism as well.  One thing I remember is that shortly before his episodes started airing there was an article that came out where they talked about the internet reactions to recent episodes, and they quoted Jean as actually saying that the fans had a point about Homer's stupidity and the craziness.  That gave people (including me) some hope since it indicated that he had an actual interest in changing some of the problems.  Some were actually really optimistic and were flat out expecting the show to get better; I sort of did but wasn't sure what to really expect, and was really anxious to see "She of Little Faith". (and btw, I'm actually literally going mostly off the first month or two of NHC's existance; I'm not really sure how A.T.S. was reacting at the time, outside of the occasional post I've found)

For Scully, I wasn't there at the time either, though from what I've gathered from A.T.S. posts I've found I don't think anyone really knew what to expect.  Unlike Jean, Scully didn't have a history of running the show previously, so there wasn't much to go on outside of writing credits, which we all now know to be even less reliable then the A.T.S. guys did.  In general I think a lot of the reactions probably were more rooted in how people felt about the show's direction in 7 and 8 (or perhaps 5-8) then on Scully in particular.  I remember seeing at least one post from a guy who was deeply disapointed with the show's direction at the time and said he was hopeful that Scully's direction for it would be better.  But, it really just depends.  People who were perfectly or basically happy with what were the most recent seasons at the time probably just hoped that the quality would continue and didn't think much of the change.  Those that weren't happy probably held on to some brief hope that the show would get better (and then very likely gave up the following season), or were/had already given up on the show anyway.  A lot of old-schoolers gave up around season 8 I think.
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« Reply #173 on: 07-04-2005 01:00 »

Sorry for the double post.  This will be worth it though.

Crappy cover aside, the season six dvd looks to be armed to the teeth with special features.  Courtesy of NHC's member George Cauldron, who looked up the British Board of Film Classification (for dvds they apparently rate individual features along with with the main film/tv episodes):

Two Deleted Scenes from Round Springfield
Three Deleted Scenes from Bart's Comet
TV Special - Springfield's Most Wanted
Featurette - Simpson's Plane
Introduction with James L. Brooks for Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1)
Two Deleted Scenes From Two Dozen And One Greyhounds
Two Deleted Scenes From Lisa's Wedding
Multi-Angle Animation Showcase For Lisa's Wedding
Two Deleted Scenes From Bart VS. Australia
Deleted Scenes Reel
Three Deleted Scenes From Grampa VS. Sexual Inadequacy
Four Deleted Scenes From Itchy & Scratchy Land
Three Deleted Scenes From Homer VS. Patty & Selma
Three Deleted Scenes From Homer Badman
Six Deleted Scenes From Fear Of Flying
One Deleted Scene From Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1)
Two Deleted Scenes From And Maggie Makes Three
Five Deleted Scenes From Homer The Great
Two Deleted Scenes From Homie The Clown
Multi-Angle Animation Showcase for Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1)
One Deleted Scene For Sideshow Bob Roberts
Illustrated Animatic Footage for Treehouse of Horror V
Four Deleted Scenes From Treehouse of Horror V
One Deleted Scene From The PTA Disbands
Three Deleted Scenes From A Star Is Burns
Animatic Footage For Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1)
Four Deleted Scenes From Bart Of Darkness
Two Deleted Scenes From The Springfield Connection
Deleted Scenes Introduction
Animatic Footage for Treehouse of Horror V
Illustrated Animatic Footage for Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1)


Not everything has been rated yet I assume (George only mentioned two commentaries having been classified so far), but that gives us a good idea of what we're in store for.

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« Reply #174 on: 07-04-2005 01:25 »

They look like good Special Features.

Does anyone know when the New Episodes are coming back on in Australia?
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« Reply #175 on: 07-04-2005 01:32 »

Cool, it looks like they are giving Who Shot Mr Burns Part 1 everything they can, including Springfield's Most Wanted. I got a copy of it not too long ago, thanks to [cheesy echo effect] The Internet [/cheesy echo effect], but it'll be nice to have a good quality official one.  Deleted scenes are also good, I guess.
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« Reply #176 on: 07-04-2005 13:00 »

Is "Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 2" in a different season, is there only a Part 1, or is there no special features for it?
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« Reply #177 on: 07-04-2005 13:27 »

"Part 2" is in Season 7...

Anyway, that looks like a nice healthy array of Special Features. Hopefully we'll be treated to more cloolsome animated menus much like Season 5's (unless they decide on a radical change like the packaging. god forbid...) I'm left here wondering how they're going to fit all those extra features onto 4 discs already jam packed with some of the most episodes in a Simpsons Season. If they can do it I won't complain though...
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« Reply #178 on: 07-04-2005 17:09 »

It's only a matter of fitting in one extra episode on one of the discs I think (plus it's commentary), so I don't think it's a concern.  Someone at NHC explained that if they need to they can put one or two episodes at a different bitrate so they take up a little less space, and the difference wouldn't be noticable to someone watching.  It's listed as four discs, so they must have figured it all out.

And incidentally, I mentioned this at NHC as well...if you go on the site(www.bbfc.co.uk/), you can look at all the individual feature listings they have (try a search for "Simpsons", and set the timeline from, say, the beginning of June to now so you don't get anything from the other sets).  On the deleted scene ones, a lot of them actually have brief little descriptions of what the scenes are, and there's some intriguing sounding stuff.  If you post them though, put them in spoilers, as CombienReaction said at NHC that he wants them to be a surprise, and others may feel the same way.
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« Reply #179 on: 07-04-2005 18:49 »

I don't really think space on the DVD is much of a problem. Hell, the Arrested Development Season 1 DVD managed to spread 22 episodes over 3 discs, fitting 8 perfect-quality episodes on discs 2 & 3 each, with quite a few extras, too. Off-topic, I know, but just saying, they can fit a LOT onto DVDs.

Back on topic, those are some damn good special features. Right now, the only Simpsons DVD I have is Season 4 (I know, it's not much, but the episodes are shown in Australia so many times I already know most Season 2-10 episodes off by heart without even owning them...) but I'll be sure to get my hands on Season 6 when it drops in price. Really looking forward to this DVD, despite the vomit-inducing cover.
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« Reply #180 on: 07-05-2005 18:47 »

I have the first 5 seasons of The Simpsons on DVD, and I don't think they should change the packaging. They should just make sure they keep the quality the same, and keep the special features coming.

I'd like to see more behind the scenes featurettes.
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« Reply #181 on: 07-08-2005 09:58 »

Some Australian TV Simpsons News:
the new episode "Treehouse of Horror XV" which we all thought would air on halloween is actually going to air July 19, Tuesday 2005 at 8.30pm why at 8.30pm? because it is rated "M" it contains Drug Use! and if that couldn't get better another "M" Episode will be airing at 9pm "Weekend at Burnsies" but it's a repeat... well enjoy fellow australians
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« Reply #182 on: 07-08-2005 22:10 »

Hmmm, never occured to me that episode would get an M rating here, even with all the opium use in the crappy 2nd story... Oh well, at least we finally get to see Weekend at Burnsies again. I love that episode. Fucking stupid, but SO many funny moments.

"They call them fingers, but I never see them fing! ...Oh wait, there they go."

Thanks for the heads-up, Fry2005.  wink
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« Reply #183 on: 07-09-2005 20:14 »

Weekend at burnsies contains one of my favourite post classic quotes ever

Marge: I'm not happy with a gang of crows outside our house.
Homer: It's a murder honey, a group of crows is called a murder.
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« Reply #184 on: 07-09-2005 22:58 »

Who Shot Mr. Burns... was season 6?  Man... I remember when all that stuff was new... it's things like this that just point out that all that is left is the memories....

I make myself sad  frown
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« Reply #185 on: 07-10-2005 02:58 »

 
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Weekend at burnsies contains one of my favourite post classic quotes ever

Marge: I'm not happy with a gang of crows outside our house.
Homer: It's a murder honey, a group of crows is called a murder.

I personally like:

MOE: This ain't no crow bar... THIS is a crow bar (reaches under the desk & pulls out a picture of a bar, full of crows). Look, they got the little stools and everything!
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« Reply #186 on: 07-14-2005 21:53 »

Emmy nominations are in: The Simpsons is nominated in the Outstanding animated show category for "Future-Drama", against South Park's "Best Friends Forever" (the Terry Schiavo episode, incidentally a great one), Family Guy's "North By North Quahog", and the usual nominations of Spongebob Squarepants and Samurai Jack. 

It's also nominated for best dramatic score (for THOH XV) and best original song (Lisa's song at the end of "A Star is Torn" ).  I forget the other nominees in those categories though.
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« Reply #187 on: 07-14-2005 22:05 »

Family Guy nominated North by North Quahog... and they expect to win? Jeez, I like Family Guy and all, but what were they smoking when they nominated that?

Anyway, I'll be rooting for South Park. Despite my comments on it being fairly average in the laugh department, Best Friends Forever is an incredible episode, and after 9 years, South Park more than deserves to win this emmy. But I'll be happy if The Simpsons gets it, Future-Drama is great, too.  smile

Anyway, in news concerning Australia, it appears Fox 8 will be airing Treehouse of Horror XV... 2 days before Channel 10 does. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this going against their contract? I thought Fox 8's contract with Channel 10 forbid them to show new episodes before 10 did?

Oh well, either way, good to see Fox 8 entering Season 16. Funny enough, the episode appears to be getting a G rating on Fox 8 right now... yeah, I know Foxtel's ratings are basically jokes, but still, funny considering it was postponed all this time on Channel 10 due to its M rating.
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« Reply #188 on: 07-14-2005 22:39 »

I really hope South Park gets it. South Park has been on the air for a long time now, and I really admire Matt and Trey for the show they have created. Futu-drama was a good episode, and it wouldn't be a travisty if it won, but I just think it's time South Park got the nod.
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« Reply #189 on: 07-15-2005 02:04 »

 
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Originally posted by Beamer:
Family Guy nominated North by North Quahog... and they expect to win? Jeez, I like Family Guy and all, but what were they smoking when they nominated that?


That's interesting.  It actually seems to be one of the more popular new episodes.  In fact I've seen a lot of negative comments about Season four (which I personally haven't been watching) on the internet, and in fact that episode seems to be the only one that some people like.


That said I don't know if they'd really expect to win, given The Simpsons' track record.  The only time FG has actually beaten The Simpsons was for the original song one year (which was one I actually sort of had to give to FG, because the Simpsons song in question, the "Branson" one, wasn't anything special).

Anyway, I'll be rooting for Future-Drama I think, though I definitely wouldn't mind if South Park won.
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« Reply #190 on: 07-15-2005 04:16 »

 
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That's interesting.  It actually seems to be one of the more popular new episodes.  In fact I've seen a lot of negative comments about Season four (which I personally haven't been watching) on the internet, and in fact that episode seems to be the only one that some people like.

For a new season premiere after so long, it just seemed like a step backwards for me, especially after all the good things Season 3 brought. It was by no means bad, it was just average - and there HAVE been much better episodes of Season 4.

Then again, given the deadline that the Emmys probably have, it wouldn't surprise me if that was one of the only episodes they were allowed to submit due to its airdate.
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« Reply #191 on: 07-18-2005 10:20 »

Got Simpsons season 1 a few days ago at wal-mart; originally wasn't gonna get any of the Simpsons' box sets, but they wanted only 16 dollars for it! I got a Simpsons 5-episode disc for the same price! That was awesome!  big grin

Then I went home and watched a South Park episode about how evil Wall-Mart is and how it is sucking people in wiith it's low prices to put otther stores out of buisiness and causing employees to kill themselves and...
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« Reply #192 on: 07-18-2005 12:46 »
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HA i got the season 1 for the simpsons for 10 bucks at fye.......   im still waiting for my rebate
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« Reply #193 on: 07-18-2005 12:49 »

He's from Canada and you're probally from the US. Different dollar amounts.

I was going to buy on of the box sets, maybe Season 5, but then I noticed it was thirty-something dollars at Borders, and that was the only store open in the mall at that time.
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« Reply #194 on: 07-18-2005 16:19 »

 
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He's from Canada and you're probally from the US. Different dollar amounts.

Ah yes, I forgot to mention that. 16$ Canadian.   roll eyes  Thanks ic.
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« Reply #195 on: 07-19-2005 13:17 »

 
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Originally posted by DotheBartman:
Emmy nominations are in: The Simpsons is nominated in the Outstanding animated show category for "Future-Drama", against South Park's "Best Friends Forever" (the Terry Schiavo episode, incidentally a great one), Family Guy's "North By North Quahog", and the usual nominations of Spongebob Squarepants and Samurai Jack. 

It's also nominated for best dramatic score (for THOH XV) and best original song (Lisa's song at the end of "A Star is Torn" ).  I forget the other nominees in those categories though.

With Future-Drama, at least Bender has a shot at an Emmy this year, even if the rest of Futurama doesn't.  I'm rooting for The Simpsons - they picked the right episode to nominate.
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« Reply #196 on: 07-19-2005 22:28 »

I'm amazed they didn't nominate There's Something About Marrying. While I DO think Future Drama is a little better, the gay episodes always seem to fare well with critics - and it WAS a really good episode.

Oh well, I'm happy with their choice, even if I am rooting more for South Park.
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« Reply #197 on: 07-29-2005 14:52 »
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I'm getting Season 6 from America now, infact I'm getting every Season from now on from America. With a new packaging design the continuity won't make any different now anyway. I'm sick of Simpsons sets being pushed back months later here than America, why should I have to put up with this? I'm not going to, I'll have to just watch it on my Dads multi-region instead...
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« Reply #198 on: 08-04-2005 16:16 »
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Dvd news: Here's an image that's appeared on NHC



And Tv shows on dvd has a bunch of pictures:
 http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=3838

EDIT: No respsonses yet, interesting....well, anyway, a guy at Simpsons Collector Sector got ahold of the set and had all this to say (note that that I'm pretty sure the thing about the send-in alternate packaging is a joke):

 
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Many thanks again to the many seedy NYC DVD stores that have no regard for street dates... I now own the Season 6 DVD set. I have posted some pics on the website. Excuse the quality; I took these at work. I can do better pics at home with my camera later. www.simpsonscollectors.co...a sp?id=904

First off- wow, what a complicated bit of packaging! The main packaging is the Homer head, of course, but over that is a see-through plastic cover with Wiggum and Burns on the side and the name of the set. Take that off and you have the Homer head. On the back is the standard removeable back cover that lists the extras; this is held on with tape. The real back cover is the back of Homer's head. So now we're down to the main packaging. That pops open, from the top to bottom, not at the side. I wish I hadn't cut my nails this morning; that part was tricky.

Inside the packaging is a separate piece (the Homer head is just an outer shell) housing the DVDs. Open this up and you have the discs themselves and accompanying materials (DVD booklet with specific episode/extras info), an advertisement for Simpsons merchandise, and a flyer I will get to in the next paragraph. The inside art (disc art, etc) is all based on "Who Shot Mr. Burns". Disc 1 features Smithers, Disc 2 features Barney, Disc 3 features Moe, and Disc 4 features Homer.

The included flyer may be some relief to collectors concerned with the packaging. It reads:
"For all those that fear change... For those those anal-retentive nerds who like their DVD boxes to line up perfectly on the shelf... For all those who dislike storing their digital media inside a hollowed-out human head, have we got a deal for you:
Just call [1-800 #] for a very derivative, old-style just-like-before box with almost nothing new or creative to annoy or terrify you. Enjoy!"

I ommitted the actual # for now, since this isn't supposed to be out yet.

The special features, as listed on the back:
-Special introduction by Matt Groening
-Audio commentaries on every episode
-"Springfield's Most Wanted" TV special
-Insight from James L. Brooks
-"The Simpsons" Airplane Featurette
-"Who Shot Mr. Burns" Suspect Gallery
-Original Sketches
-Multi-Angle Animation Showcases
-Illustrated Commentaries
-Deleted Scenes
-Commercials
-Special Language Features and more!

I will post more later when I actually have time to watch.
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« Reply #199 on: 08-05-2005 13:57 »

The inside looks nice but messy. Design should never get in the way of practicality or function, it should serve to enhance it. As for the spine, I am very pleased that they listened and gave use a slipcase, it's just a pity that the painted on spine is the wrong size. That leads us onto a new big problem, this packaging design takes up much more room on the shelf per set than the old design. My DVD storage space is limited as it is, let alone having another 4 huge boxes filling up what could have stored 7 or 8 boxes of the original design...
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