In this last day of Amazon’s week of HBO DVD deals, todayâ€™s Gold Box spotlight item is Six Feet Under – The Complete Series Gift Set for $59.99 (down 67% off the original price of $179.90).
The set 25-disc set contains all five seasons of the Alan Ball heavy dramatic series, plus two bonus soundtracks, audio commentary, deleted scenes, episode previews and recaps, and several featurettes (you might recognize creator Ball’s name now for his latest HBO offering True Blood). As far as packaging goes, this one’s genius: the top of the box looks like a stone grave marker with the show’s name and years of running (2001-2005) surrounded by grass, with the rest of the box made to look like dirt. The set also comes with an exclusive illustrated booklet with character obituaries and memories from the show’s creators.
Math time: At a total of $59.99, that works out to just under $12 per season, which usually run at nearly $40 each, so this is a super savings.
For those of you not familiar with the show, it’s main selling point right now might be that it starred Michael C. Hall, known now for playing the serial killer who offs serial killers on Showtime’s Dexter. In Six Feet Under, after their father dies, two brothers must help their meek mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) by running the family business — a funeral home. Hall’s character David, who’s in the closet, is actually the good son, while prodigal son Nate (Peter Krause) returns home reluctantly to serve as co-director of the funeral home.
The show also starred Lauren Ambrose as their David and Nate’s free-spirited younger sister Claire, Freddy Rodriguez as the mortician looking to move up, and as a reoccurring character, Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office) as a peculiar mortuary intern who gets involved with Ruth. There was plenty of guest-stars as well, and in my opinion, the series has one of the best series finales in television history.
Here are some other DVD deals that are still valid:
— 50% Off DVDs: Get 50% off on select DVDs like The Terminator ($8.99), I, Robot ($8.99), Fantastic Four – Rise of the Silver Surfer ($10.99), Edward Scissorhands ($8.99), Enemy Mine ($5.99), Robocop ($11.49), and many more (five pages’ worth). Sales ends January 26, 2009.
— 50% Off Boxed Set Sale: Get 50% off select DVD Box Sets like X-Men trilogy ($18.99), Planet of the Apes – The Legacy Collection ($29.99), Home Alone: The Complete Collection ($21.99), Revenge of the Nerds: The Atomic Wedgie Collection$14.99 (I need this one!), The Complete Omen Collection ($21.99). Sale ends February 2, 2009.
— In conjunction with the recent announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, there’s the Oscar-Winning DVD Sale: Get 50% off past Oscar winners and nominees like No Country for Old Men ($11.99), Juno ($11.99), The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ($11.99), Pulp Fiction ($11.99), Jaws ($8.99), and much much more (scroll through 11 pages of DVDs available for this offer). Sale ends February 23, 2009.