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From the box in the corner to the box set on the shelf: 'TVIII' and the cultural/textual valorisations of DVD

Hills, Matthew James 2007. From the box in the corner to the box set on the shelf: 'TVIII' and the cultural/textual valorisations of DVD. New Review of Film and Television Studies 5 (1) , pp. 41-60. 10.1080/17400300601140167

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Abstract

This paper considers the role of DVD releases in relation to TVIII. As well as moving towards multi‐platform and hence transmedial versions of ‘television’, TVIII can also be linked to the provision of selected TV shows as material consumer artefacts—DVD box sets—which frequently emphasise values of ‘completeness’ and ‘collectability’ (Kompare, Rerun Nation, Routledge, New York and London, 2005). I analyse how DVD releases bid for television's cultural value, especially by re‐contextualising TV series as symbolically bounded art objects rather than as interruptible components within TV's ceaseless ‘flow’. I discuss this as the ‘text‐function’ of DVD, suggesting that whilst much ‘ordinary TV’ (Bonner, Ordinary Television: Analyzing Popular TV, Sage, London, 2003) is marginalised by not being made available on DVD, cult and quality TV tend to be over‐represented categories within DVD release patterns. As such, DVDs partly work to reinforce TV canons (Bignell, New Review of Film and Television Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 15–32, 2005), as well as promoting ‘close reading’ of ‘isolated texts’. Furthermore, DVD commentaries typically, though not always, work to reinforce discourses of TV auteurism—again operating as cultural and textual elevations of ‘mere television’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1740-7923
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 02:04
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/4027

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