The Good

The final episode of this wonderful show is brilliant.

The Bad

I don't think it's right that they didn't include any extras on this final season DVD.

M*A*S*H: Season Eleven contains all 16 episodes of the final season of this American Landmark. While I could talk about the other episodes that make up this show (and believe me there certainly is a lot ot say), it is the final two hour episode Goodbye, Farewell and Amen that really needs to be discussed. This is a series finale unlike any I have ever witnessed on TV. Finales are always sad, I don't care if you're talking about the final show on Seinfeld or the last episode of Three's Company, there is a somberness in knowing that we are seeing these people who have come into our home and been like family go away forever. Sure, they might come back in different forms but it's like moving out, you never really come home to stay.

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen is two hours of heartbreak, heartache, and joy. It is a bittersweet finale to a show that never did anything but try and make us laugh and think. Clocking in at 490 minutes, M*A*S*H: Season Eleven is one to savor.

Features

No extras came with this DVD.

Video

Full Frame - 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio. These shows looked really sharp on this DVD. I don't know what this show was shot on, what type of film or video was used (something tells me it was film), but it seems like the transfer and compression to DVD had a very positive effect. This is the kind of show that is so beloved by so many people, they could have done the transfer from toilet paper and I don't think they would have gotten too many complaints.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English, Spanish, and French Mono. Close Captioned. Subtitled in English and Spanish. I actually was surprised at how low the audio was on these discs. I didn't have the sound up very loud when I put the first disc in, then the opening helicopter sequence began and I didn't hear anything. Well, I turned up my volume to a bit more than halfway, started the DVD again and everything was fine. I just couldn't believe how low it was initially.

Package

All of the main cast members grace this front cover with the iconic sign from the base behind them. This is a really nice image and I am glad the creators of this DVD didn't try and make it look any newer than it is. The back contains two shots from the show (the "Goodbye" picture is moving), a description of what Season 11 has to offer, technical specs, and a cast list. Inside, all three discs are housed in their own trays with a booklet listing out and describing each episode. Before the booklet begins there is a short essay that talks about how this show went out on top.

Final Word

I guess the biggest reason why Goodbye, Farewell and Amen resounds with me is because I watched this episode (on VHS) on a camping trip when I was 13. It was actually a reunion in the Winter from a camp I had attended in the previous Summer. It was at a Jewish Camp in Huntington Beach and we were all Pioneers. What this meant was that we were the big shots in the camp. We were the oldest (some were as old as 16), and we were the rowdiest (like some of the characters on the show). The previous Summer, through Rabbi Grossman, all of us had formed a bond that was very much like that of the characters on M*A*S*H. Even though our situations were 100% different, there was still a camaraderie between us that was quite similar. As the group on TV was broken up we were all being broken up, left to go our separate ways, and for one weekend through the power of television we had a small part of our not too distant past back.

That's why I was so excited to own M*A*S*H: Season Eleven. So I could have that piece of my past forever.

M*A*S*H was released .