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Our reviews of Sex And The City: The Complete Fourth Season (published June 4th, 2003), Sex And The City: The Complete Fifth Season (published February 11th, 2004), Sex And The City: Season Six, Part One (published May 31st, 2004), Sex And The City: Season Six, Part Two (published January 5th, 2005), Sex And The City Essentials: Breakups (published February 22nd, 2006), Sex And The City Essentials: Lust (published February 22nd, 2006), Sex And The City Essentials: Romance (published February 22nd, 2006), Sex And The City: The Complete Collection (published November 4th, 2010), Sex And The City: The Movie (Blu-Ray) (published January 7th, 2009), and Sex And The City: The Movie: Special Edition (published September 29th, 2008) are also available.
Carrie: Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.
When you've got a great series like Sex and the City, the temptation is to pump out as many variations of the same product as you can. HBO Video has released every season of the groundbreaking show individually, and this past year offered a very handsome, very pricey collector's edition of the entire run. Now for all you impulse buyers comes the bargain priced Sex and the City Essentials collection. The discs are merely three similarly-themed episodes with a nice black-and-white photo of Sarah Jessica Parker (The Family Stone) posing as the lead character, Carrie Bradshaw. I'm not sure who's supposed to buy these volumes, since most hardcore fans already own the full collections in some form. Add to that Sex and the City's current syndication deal, and a casual viewer can catch edited versions of the shows nightly on basic cable or local television. If you're merely looking for a sample of the show or a favorite episode, this might be the way to go, but it seems to dampen some of the brilliance of the show itself.
Sex and the City morphed beautifully with well-thought-out arcs over its six-year run, which started in 1998 and wrapped up in 2004. Each volume of Sex and the City Essentials includes a hodgepodge of episodes from all the seasons, so any continuity is lost. Additionally, nothing has been done to improve the transfers, which were always soft and grainy with a lot of shimmering on the buildings and wilder clothing patterns in the fashion. All extras have been stripped as well, with no commentaries or featurettes included. This is as bare bones as it can get, folks; but at least it's a bargain for people who don't want to shell out forty—or even two hundred—bucks to get a season or the collector's box set.
This volume is called Sex and the City Essentials: Mr. Big. The episodes included are:
• "Sex and the City"
• "Ex and the City"
• "I Heart NY"
Sex and the City Essentials: Mr. Big contains the best three episode selection of all these single-disc collections. It seems strange to only have three episodes represent Chris Noth's character, whose ghost haunted every episode of the entire run. Even when Big was not featured, viewers measured every man Carrie went out with against him. Noth was nearly fifty when the series began production in 1998, and he proved how sexy and alluring older men could be. He was suave, rich, powerful, and always a little distant yet warm. In the book his character was described as looking like Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Carrie ended up dating him indefinitely without ever marrying him. In an odd move, this disc doesn't include the series finale, which came to a similar close. That episode can be found on Sex and the City Essentials: Romance.
Random Trivia for Sex and the City's fans: The show recreated every chapter of Candace Bushnell's book except for one. Chapter 2 of the book includes a sordid misadventure where Carrie ends up in a bathhouse for straight couples who "swing." It included Carrie wandering around a sex club in a towel, watching random strangers get it on right in front of her. As racy as the show was, it was deemed too much for HBO. Plus, Sarah Jessica Parker had a no-nudity clause in her contract, which would have made some of the episode unflimable. But something tells me Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall, Big Trouble in Little China) wouldn't have minded going.
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