How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Season 9 [3 Discs] [DVD]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (213 out of 221)

    Special Features


    • Alternate series ending
    • How it all ends - behind the scenes of the final episode
    • Cristin Milioti's audition for "The Mother"
    • Behind the scenes of Gary Blauman
    • Audio commentary on "The Locket, the rehearsal dinner and how your mother met me with Series Creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays
    • Deleted scenes
    • Gag reel
    • Closed Captioned

    Cast & Crew


    • Josh Radnor - Ted
    • Jason Segel - Marshall
    • Alyson Hannigan - Lily
    • Neil Patrick Harris - Barney
    • Cobie Smulders - Robin




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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      *Spoilers. Don't read if you haven't seen finale.

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      adamst143
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      The first half of the season kind of dragged and was a bit slow, but it still had its great moments and it tied up some loose ends thankfully. Right after the atrocious rhyming episode, the show got back to its roots and was once again hilarious and charming all at once. The second half really made up for anything I didn't enjoy in the first half. In fact, it may contain some of the best episodes over these past three seasons. The highly emotional "How Your Mother Met Me" had me choked up moreso than any other episode in the show's long run. If you aren't at the brink of tears during her monologue, you don't have a heart. Bottom line. I was so excited for Ted last night, I really was. The entire first 40 or so minutes of the episode did so much to tie up loose ends and give us an engaging picture of Ted and the Mother's life as well as that of the gang. I didn't really care either way that Barney and Robin split. Sure, they'd built up the wedding for so long you thought they'd end up together. It *is* a major slap in the face of their long romantic arc, but I can let it go because I didn't really care about them being together anyways. It was always Ted's story. The only problem with this finale is the last three minutes. The story should have ended with, "And that, kids, is how I met your mother." With the promise that was set forth by the writers on day one, that was the exact point at which it should have ended. I'm a writer (and I'm not being arrogant about it. I'm unpublished as of right now, but I've studied storytelling for pretty much my entire life) and they broke the cardinal rule with this rug they decided to rip out from under us. You can't deny the payoff you promised at the beginning of the story. They gave it to us, yes, but it was made all at once unimportant when not even two minutes after the final reveal, he goes back to his ex. It doesn't matter if you liked it and were able to let it slide. It's a fact that they destroyed the entire story by undermining it will the final "twist". It is an insult to the grand story arc they built up for 9 years on "being in the right place at the right time" or "how everything in your life is leading to something". They just couldn't leave well enough alone. It would not have been tragic if she'd died and Ted was left alone with his kids. It would have thoroughly reinforced the strength of why this story had to be told to his children, to honor his wife and show them how much he loved her. The last three minutes make Tracy seem like a conciliation prize until he could get Robin who was ultimately selfish and didn't deserve a person like Ted. By having Ted continue on after that and going back to Robin, they essentially washed away all the emotional build up of their meeting. It's fine that she died. What isn't fine is Ted's seeming ambivalence to the occurance. We only see him begin to cry when mentioning the word "Mother" in one of their flash-forwards in an episode 8 or so weeks ago. At the time I had no idea what it was about, most of us didn't (I'd assumed maybe his mother had died or something. I never really thought at that time that Tracy might have died). Now we know he was crying because she was sick when they were in Farhampton for their anniversary. That's the only scent of sadness about her death. The writers botched it. The promise was to show us Ted's grand journey of how he came to meet the woman of his dreams and boy was she. Tracy is Ted's perfect mate. Cristin M. did an outstanding job of making her so loveable and so much of what Ted wanted, I immediately bought in. And when they meet under that umbrella and piece together all those very key moments throughout this lesson for his children, it gave me chills and nearly made me cry. I was so happy for them. Radnor's performance with her in the flash-forwards, especially in the last episode, also made me believe she really was his perfect soul mate. Never in the show's history had Ted grabbed a woman and kissed her as passionately as he did her, even Robin. They did an amazing job commiting to this performance as a couple. And then it's gone in one fell swoop. Some people say they "liked it," Whatever. You can like it if you want, lie to yourself about it, whatever gets you through the day. But the very fact of the matter is the writers ruined, lessened the value of, and basically utterly destroyed all that build up to why Ted and the MOTHER'S meeting was magical. Whether or not she died, she should have been the only woman who could fill that void. The "I let go of you finally, Robin" episode, "Sunrise," was a lie in the end. In the end, the entire show was a lie. For me it will always end with the perfect line, "And that, kids, is how I met your mother." It could have been the *perfect* finale if they'd just had the guts to end it there and give viewers some credit. EDIT: So I'm sure we've all now heard they have an alternate and alltogether happier ending that will be featured on the DVD for this season and the boxed set. I guess, at least, there is some solace to those of us who didn't enjoy the telling as it stands now. My only problem with this is that it's still the "alternate" ending, meaning it's meant as a kind of poultice for the unhappy segment of their fanbase and it will always feel like the afterthought, in a way. Still, I guess it's better than nothing that they at least acknowledge the misstep in some small way. Maybe if I view that ending enough times I can make myself forget the old one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for fans of the show

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      thebell
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Capping off the collection

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      Caffeinator2
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      While I have enjoyed this show, and was somewhat sad to see it end, all goods things must end. The reason for four stars rather than five is the content of the program, not the product itself. The final season dragged out quite a few parts of the story line longer than they needed to, and felt like they skimped out on the finale. One bonus was the alternate scenes for the series finale were included in this standalone set, which previously had been advertised as only included with the HIMYM Complete Series box set. Since I already owned the previous seasons, I really didn't want to spend that much money just for a single special feature, and fortunately, I didn't have to.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The End Finally Arrives

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      NightMagic
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      How I Met Your Mother was a great show. The final season was basically the weekend leading up to Ted's wedding. While it was good to tie up the series and provide the answer to "how I met your mother", season nine just doesn't feel like the earlier days of the series. Perhaps it's because we know where it's headed, but once the mother was identified in season eight, the tone of the show took a turn, and in my opinion, for the worse. Had this been the first season, I think the show would have been cancelled after about four or five episodes. That being said, it's a must have to complete your series collection of an otherwise great TV series.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The final couch talk

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      daBBkid
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      Ted's kids are so close to getting to do whatever they need to do after what feels like almost a decade of listening to their father describe himym in this final chapter of the saga. As a devoted fan who's religiously purchased each season as it came out, I wish season 9 also came with the same extras as the complete box set. I too was hoping for a beautiful finale, deserving of the series. I now have the answer that carter and bay's always wanted to share, but like other fans, I've had to create my own version. Still, you gotta stay true to the story and I am proud to say that himym is part of my collection of great stories.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Exactly what you expect...

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      RuthlessCynic
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      I loved HIMYM, and for closure purposes I had to have this. The fact that it had an alternate ending sweetened the deal for me. Unfortunately much like the later half of the series this is a mixed bag. There are some of the best episodes of the series in this set, but overall the quality of the material is middling. The presentation is as good as it can be on DVD, but I am still baffled by the decision not to release on blu ray, The alternate ending should have been the final word on this, but sadly, it feels like a tacked on extra that is there to try and satiate fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Even the worst season of a great show is good…

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      DJPitaB
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      I will admit that this was the weakest season of the series, and the finale was definitely not what I had hoped for, but having said that: I still think that the weakest season of How I Met Your Mother can stand up to most of the other garbage you could be watching any day. There is an alternate ending for folks like me who didn't particularly enjoy the original aired finale; there are other fun features, like outtakes. If you're a fan of this show, then it goes without saying that you ought to pick up this set.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      a great way to close it up

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      monchiceja
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      I wouldn't spoil the the series finally but the dvd has an alternative ending to the series that didn't make me feel any better. Over all the show does a good job of wrapping it all up. I think I after so many season I was expecting a more epic love story but you can only do so much with 23 episodes. If you're a fan who has all the other seasons I say go for it if you have seen it here and there want to see how the whole thing plays out get the box set for the 120 which comes with other little bonuses.

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