Okay, here's the scoop. I have always considered "Soap" as one of my top two favorite TV series of all time, the other being "Monty Python's Flying Circus". I audiotaped a bunch of episodes during the original series run in the 70's-80's (missed the first season because the ABC affiliate at the time, now NBC-10 KTVE, aired reruns of "The Odd Couple" that season, because they were paranoid about what the religious muckity muks in this area, would think about a "controversial" series). In the early 1990's, the Columbia House mail order company offered the series on a monthly subscription basis, each tape consisting of 4 episodes, each tape costing $19.99 each, plus shipping charges, which, by the time I got the entire series, resulted in this, a total of 23 VHS tapes (you can do the math on the total cost):
Then, in the early 2000's, it became available as season DVD sets, at $24.99 per set. Bought all four seasons:
NOW, Sony Home Entertainment is releasing the entire series in a "flip type digipak set" for $59.99. Doubt I'll buy that one, unless none of the episodes are edited from the original broadcast versions... a couple of the DVD sets above were chopped a bit, using the syndicated versions, while the old VHS tapes I have are intact:
Anyone else get annoyed by constant DVD repackaging? Can't really be annoyed by buying the VHS version, DVDs weren't out then...