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Blu-ray review: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is finally getting a physical media release. That’s right, cheapskates…you waited out Netflix. Mill Creek keeps low-key dropping releases I love because they’re secretly awesome. However, I find myself hesistant to heap too much praise at times. Why is that?

Well, I get that the transfers and potential special features all originate from the original producing studio (Universal). However, when Universal sold the show to FOX then to Netflix, it revealed a flaw in this new media matrix. If a final venue for entertainment wasn’t decided until late in the game, then where does that leave the returning consumer.

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If you’re a home media enthusiast with a penchant for physical media, this means you. As media paradigms shift and studio after studio redlines what gets supplemental material or attention…so many programs and films will fall through the cracks. That’s why I hate and love what Mill Creek is doing here.

I love that they’re saving shows from disappearing in the void, but I hate that they serve as a reminder of how much has changed in the last decade. You can’t stop the culture as culture is always moving, but it serves as further proof that technological convenience can be manipulated to dictate what consumers get to see.

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Normally, I’d wax on about the show. If you’re a fan, you watched most of it and faded somewhere between the overlong Seasons 3 and 4. However, the transfer looks on par with a decent HD showing on Netflix. Plus, you get a DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track on the episodes. That’s better audio than Lionsgate can give a lot of its recent theatrical releases. If you’re a fan, I’d recommend picking it up.


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