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Featured TV on DVD Review: The L Word: The Complete Collection

June 1st, 2015

The L Word: The Complete Collection - Buy from Amazon: DVD

This is the third full-series Megaset I've reviewed recently. Like the previous two, I've reviewed a season or two of The L Word in the past and this show has been released on a complete series Megaset in the past, so this review is going to be shorter than most. I'm obviously not going to review every episode. I'm going to give a brief overview of what the show is list and whether or not there's anything new on this Megaset.

The Show

The L Word is about a group of lesbians living in Los Angeles. This includes Bette Porter and Tina Kennard, who are in a serious relationship at the beginning of the season. However, Bette cheated on Tina with Jenny, who at the time wasn't a lesbian. Alice Pieszecki, who starts out as a journalist and becomes a TV personality later in the series. She also has a rather homophobic family (except for her mother). Shane McCutcheon is the love them and leave them type lesbian. Kit Porter is Bette's half-sister and the only straight character among the main cast who stuck around all six seasons. Many of the plot threads are about persona or professional growth. However, much of the storylines have to go with soap opera level romances. There is also a lot more sex and nudity than I remember. At least it doesn't come across as exploitative, like it does in Californication, for example.

The Extras

As expected, there's nothing new in terms of extras on this DVD. They even have ads for contests that have long since expired. Additionally, much of the extras are episodes of unrelated Showtime shows. The box is the biggest change. It does fit much better in a DVD shelf, but it isn't as fancy as the previous release.

On the other hand, the price is a lot cheaper than the previously released Megaset. The list price of this release is just $80, which is lower than the discounted price on for the previous release. With the discount, it only costs $60, which is great for this kind of release.

The Verdict

I'm not in the target audience of The L Word and I find the show a little too much of a soap opera. The extras are not great, but the price of the The Complete Collection is a lot better than the previous release. If you already own it, don't bother upgrading. If you don't, but you like the show, now it is a time to buy it.

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