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 Monk: Complete Series Limited Edition Box Set


  Review by Suzanne 10/7/10

Monk is one of the all-time great shows, in my opinion. It was not always the best show every single episode, but when it was great, it was great.
The show was always hard to classify because even though, technically, it is a comedy, it is an hour long, and often very funny, and had many moments of great drama and pathos.
This is because Adrian Monk was a character that embodies all of those traits, and the great actor Tony Shalhoub was masterful at every single nuance of Monk and his neuroses.

If you like great detectives like Sherlock Holmes, you have to love Monk, the world's greatest detective. If you love comedy, too, you can't get much better than watching Shalhoub in just about any scene. He is as great at being funny as Monk is at solving cases.
A few of the seasons after 4 were not as funny, for some reason. They let some of the minor characters, especially Randy, get really irritating, and that sort of ruined it for me because he wasn't funny, just stupid. Sharona was the better companion for Monk. When she was replaced, the too-perky Natalie was not nearly as good. She never really fit in the same way. The first four years are really good, and then the show sort of sucked for a few years, but it got better again. I don't know why - maybe they changed writers?

In case you have not seen Monk before, he is a former police detective in San Francisco. He had a mental breakdown after his wife, Trudy, was murdered. He'd always had phobias and OCD, but they got much worse after she died, so he had to take a leave of absence from the police force. They called him back to assist, since he is the world's greatest detective. Eventually, he does solve Trudy's murder and is able to get on with his life, and they hire him back on as a regular detective. If you love TV, you should definitely watch Monk, and this is an excellent collection.

This is a great set to have for any Monk fan. The DVD's come in a white box with a plastic sheath on the outside. It folds open in a cool way. Now, if you own any of the other Monk seasons, these have pretty much the same content. That is nothing to be sneezed at because each Monk season comes with loads of extra features that are great to watch. Also, this box has two paper booklets. One is an episode guide, and the other is a little booklet about Monk that is very fun. It has quotes, cleaning tips, info about his OCD, and more. I am proudly displaying this set in my living room!

Press Release:

Available on DVD for the first time ever in one collection

Monk: the complete series

October 5, 2010
Own it on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Hailed as "the best detective show to come along in decades" by the New York Post, "Monk" the Complete Series arrives on DVD October 5, 2010. Starring Tony Shalhoub in his three-time Preimetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning role, "Monk" The Complete Series features all 125 episodes, including the finale - the most-watched drama telecast to ever air on U.S. basic cable. Viewers can get even more Monk with this 24-disc collection that highlights tons of special bonus features from all eight fresh and funny seasons.

PRELIMINARY BONUS FEAUTRES (Exclusive to the Complete Series):
* Exclusive Collectible Obsessive Compulsive Guide
* Episode Guide to all 125 episodes!

He's ingenious, he's phobic, he's obsessive-compulsive. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner "Tony Shalhoub is a riot" (TV Guide) in Monk, the show that critics are praising as "fresh, exciting and utterly original." (Chicago Tribune)

Monk's hilarious, offbeat antics have made him unfit for duty but he's back as a police consultant to help out on their most baffling cases. The brilliant but neurotic Monk is now fighting crime as well as his abnormal fears of germs, cars, heights, crowds and virtually everything else known to man.

Technical Information - DVD
Street date: October 5, 2010
Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61112463
Layers: Dual
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1
Rating: Not Rated

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

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