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Bundled ‘Sex and the City’ release has everything in one box set

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | Nov 17, 2021

Matt Sayles, Associated Press

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, right, and actor Willie Garson appear at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 1, 2008.

When we first met Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte in 1998, “Sex and the City” captured our hearts with these four single women managing their lives in the heart of Manhattan. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis inhabited their characters and even though they were radically different woman, they managed to form a tight-knit foursome and would do anything for each other.

The series lasted 94 episodes and spawned two feature films. So why are these characters, along with their male friends Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler), Trey MacDougall (Kyle MacLachlan), Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), Aiden Shaw (John Corbett), Jerry Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis), Anthony (Mario Cantone) and Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) so endearing to viewers? Perhaps it is because in this group of friends, viewers can recognize parts of themselves and others. Fans of the show think of themselves as either a “Charlotte,” a “Carrie,” a “Miranda” or a “Samantha.”

Joining the lovable cast of characters was the often-joked fifth members of the gang — the city of New York. These women loved Manhattan, and although Miranda ended up moving to Brooklyn after she married Steve, they were Manhattanites to the core.

The styles from designer Patricia Field and the shimmering jewelry still give fans happiness and brings them back to their original enjoyment of the show. The diamond necklace given to Carrie by her “Russian,” the “Carrie” necklace, the black diamond ring given to her by her husband Mr. John Big, and plenty of necklaces, broaches, earrings, and rings stood out among the glamorous backdrop of New York City.

While the women maneuvered through the canyons of NYC and through their various relationships, at the heart of the story was their deep and abiding friendship and love for each other. They brought us the glamor and glitz of NYC while avoiding the dark side of the Big Apple. This show was a great advertisement for the city.

The first feature film was devoted to the ups and downs of commitment in relationships. Carrie and Big were supposed to have a wonderful wedding before he got cold feet. Coming to their friend’s defense, the three friends accompanied Carrie on her “honeymoon” to Mexico. Then as she tried to put back the broken pieces of her life, Miranda was wondering how her own marriage would survive knowing her husband had cheated on her. Their lives are always up and down, but that is why we watched them through the years and invested our time with them. Spoiler alert, Carrie and Big do finally tie the knot.

And speaking of ups and downs, the second feature film also had a major dilemma for Carrie and Big. The foursome went to the Middle East for an all-expense paid vacation, thanks to Samantha’s new client. Carrie ran into her old love Aiden, and one small kiss ruined the rest of her time overseas. But fans of the show always rooted for Carrie and Big to have their happily ever after and they were not disappointed.

There are many previously released bonus features, but nothing new. With no new bonus features why is this an important collection? It is because this one box has it all. The entire series along with the two films are included in one box set. Just grab the box and take it on your next girl’s get together. Binge on the foursome as much as you like. Or think about this as the perfect gift for a Sex and the City fan.

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