TITLE: 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN - SEASON 3
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 27
Running Time: 594 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: approx 125 minutes
Languages: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Brand New French Stewart Interview
Wild About Harry Favorite Harry Moments
Interviews with the Cast: The Superest 2-Part Episode
Season Three Highlights
16-Page Collectible Booklet
The New York Daily News instantly called 3rd Rock from
the Sun “by a long shot, the funniest, most original,
best written, and best produced new comedy of the
season,” when it debuted. For the next five years, it
remained the most wildly inventive, critically
acclaimed, and flat-out hilarious show on TV. Now we
get to enjoy season three of 3rd Rock from the Sun on
Welcome to the most outrageous year of alien lunacy
yet! Get ready for out-of-this-world and
certified-classic hilarity as Dick Solomon (John
Lithgow) and his “family” Sally (Kiristen Johnston),
Harry (French Stewart), Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
and Dr. Albright (Jane Curtin) experience the insanity
of human behavior like no other comedy in television
history! Wayne Knight, Simbi Khali, Elmarie Wendel
and Jan Hooks co-star in this acclaimed third season
that was nominated for 8 Emmy Awards.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This season is one of the best of the series IMO.
Almost every episode in the season is a gem. A few
Fun with Dick and Janet - Dick receives an unpleasant
order from the home planet on the third-season opener:
he must marry the Big Giant Head’s niece Janet. As
Sally, Harry, and Tommy escort Janet on the rocket to
Earth, the bride-to-be sets out to prove that she’s a
true domestic goddess, brushing up on her skills by
reading The Joy of Cooking, The Joy of Sex, and The
Joy of Yiddish. Then, in Part 2, a defiant Dick is
still reluctant to marry Janet and is sticking by
Mary: whether Mary will stick by Dick is another
question. Meanwhile, Janet’s arrival in Rutherford
becomes anything but quiet. Officer Don suspects
that aliens have landed.
Tricky Dick: Dick and Mary take out their frustrations
about their broken engagement on each other, and begin
an elaborate game of practical joke one-upsmanship,
while Sally eyes her disinterested yoga instructor and
Tommy reluctantly joins a garage band, with Harry as
A Friend in Dick: Dick, friendless after his breakup
with Albright, tries to shoehorn Officer Don into his
life as best friend and constant companion…with mixed
results. Sally shanghais the slickly popular dancer
Peter Connelly, the “King of the Dance” to Johnny
Foam’s Café as a sacrificial lamb for her moody artist
boyfriend Seth, and is horrified to learn that rather
than the dork and tortured soul she fell for, Seth is
a poseur…and a jig fan. Harry tries to get a job so
he can buy Tommy some roller blades, but lacking the
required diploma, he must first weather the
indignities of night school
36! 24! 36! Dick!. Another two-parter. This is “The
Super Bowl Episode”. Venusians disguised as gorgeous
babes plot to plunder Earth of it’s riches in an
uproarious episode that climaxes at the Super Bowl in
San Diego. When hordes of beautiful women start
showing up in sleepy Rutherford, Ohio and seem
enthusiastic about dating average Joes like Dick,
Harry, Tommy, and Officer Dan Sally suspects that
something’s amiss. Later, the Solomon men embark on a
country-wide search for Sally that ends at the Super
Bowl, where the lethal livelies have planned to
unleash their most devastating weapon yet, the
ultimate beer commercial, designed to enslave mankind
into coughing up the rest of their pricey consumer
goods. Phil Hartman fans, prepare to wretch however,
as Brynn Hartman, the woman who just 4 months later
would kill Phil before taking her own life, is in this
episode. If you can get past that, you’ll probably
HAVE to take pause at Phil himself guests in an
episode that aired just 8 days before his death.
There are many more good episodes to this season, but
I’ll let you discover them on your own.
And now for the one part of my review that makes ANY
THE NOT AS LONG AS LAST TIME LIST OF GUEST STARS, 3rd
ROCK SEASON THREE EDITION:
Roseanne: Fun With Dick and Janet
Pat Finn (game show host): The Great Dickdator
Brynn Hartman (AKA: Phil Hartman’s wife/murderer): 36!
24! 36! Dick!
Greg Gumbel (Sportscaster): 36! 24! 36! Dick!
Cindy Crawford (…): 36! 24! 36! Dick!
Dom DeLuise: Auto Erodicka.
John Cleese (Monty Python!): Just Your Average Dick,
Dick and the Other Guy
Phil Hartman: Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary.
8 Days after this episode aired, Brynn Hartman shot
and killed her husband Phil Hartman before taking her
own life. The fact that both guest starred on the
same show within a relatively short time span, in
hindsight, is just weird.
The packaging is your standard 4-disc Digipak…except
it talks. All those The Critic “Buy My Book”
references I made during the review for Action! would
probably be appropriate here. And unlike the copies
I received for seasons 1 and 2: THIS ONE ACTUALLY
TALKS!. The sound clip IS: “Oh my
GOD…You’re…GORGEOUS” (Voice: Dick). As before, the
mechanism is hidden in a compartment behind the cover,
resulting in the packaging being thicker than normal.
The front cover features the main cast (sans Dr.
Albright playing pool in front of a light-reflective
blue-ish background, with a yellow/green 3rd Rock logo
at the top. Reverse cover has the introduction on the
top, while, underneath a “ring” the cast stands there.
They are in front of the female symbol. For the
interior panels, Dick is in a leather jacket, Harry is
in his “ORCA” uniform, and Sally and Tommy (each on
their own panel) are dressed as Sonny and Cher.
Dr. Albright is made up to look like a 60s-style
hippie. The artwork behind the discs is a panoramic
shot of the five main cast members in front of the sun
in the Rambler, similar to what was on the back cover
of season 2’s box. Part 3 of “A Guide to Living on
Earth”, which I again remind you is not new material,
but is reprinted from 3rd Rock From the Sun The
Official Report on Earth by High Commander Dick
Solomon (Complete book available from Harper-Collins
Publishers and finer bookstores everywhere!). Even
though none of it’s new, it’s still just as funny.
Section 1 is some medical advice from Harry that no
one tells you above (Example: “Do not insist that
there is such thing as recreational enemas and you
want one “right now!”). Next is a guide on holidays
and special days. After that is…uh…some random
pictures, and then followed by episode details. Wow
that was sparse. Running out of material already,
Unlike last time, the discs are NOT related to the
background art. This time, Dick, standing in front
of a Saturn-like blue planet, is on Disc 1 (episodes
1-7). Sally, wearing something you’ve just gotta see
to believe is featured in front of a Neptune-like
planet on Disc Two containing shows 8-14. Harry,
in his costume from the Halloween show, is on disc 3
(in front of some blue-green rings). Episodes 15-21
are on the third disc. On disc 4 (22-27) you will
find Tommy just…standing there and smiling, it is
nothing unusual, he is just standing there.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are incredibly well done…except they’ve
already been done. The main menu animations, while
great, are essentially just the same bouncing planets
used in the first two seasons’ menus, just without the
cast being used anywhere in the menus. The episode
selection menu is the same as the previous release
selectable text below 4 planets. Clicking the
episode title presents you with a screen with info
about the episode the episode synopsis, a photo for
the episode, as well as two “Play” options…you can
either play the episode, or choose to view an episode
preview for each episode. Each preview runs 0:30.
Video and Audio Quality:
I’ll cover the runtimes…in the runtimes subsection.
This part I want to talk about the VQ and AQ of these
episodes. By talk I mean say roughly exactly what I
said about seasons 1 and 2, as they video is in
identical shape. The video quality is fairly good.
Most episodes are bright and vivid with minimal
compression. Some of the later episodes appear
slightly faded, but still look good. Audio is your
basic 2.0 English. The sound is spread evenly among
both channels. The audio is loud and clear. There are
no detectable muffled spots. Essentially it’s the same
as season 1’s review as well as season 2’s. VQ on
the previews appears to have gotten noticeably better,
while AQ stays good. Chapter stop is placed only
after the end of the main credits. Better than
Syndication cuts, BE GONE. Carsey-Werner, and as a
result Anchor Bay (who licenses most of the C-W
library for DVD purposes) have listened to the fans,
and the episodes on this and future sets ARE ORIGINAL
BROADCAST PRINTS. And with the dropping of the James
Earl Jones intro for this season, adds a whopping 15
seconds to the runtime. I like to complain about
edits as much as anyone, but seriously, 15-20 seconds.
Obviously, it’s more important for shows that due to
when they aired run longer for example Roseanne.
That being said, for those who don’t believe me, here
are the runtimes. 21:50 to 22:00 was the “magic
number” for Carsey-Werner syndication cuts, so….
Fun With Dick and Janet (1): 22:11
Fun with Dick and Janet (2): 22:12
Tricky Dick: 22:10
Scaredy Dick: 22:11
Moby Dick: 22:11
Eleven Angry Men and One Dick: 22:11
A Friend in Dick: 22:11
Tom Dick and Mary: 22:11
Seven Deadly Clips: 22:11
Jailhouse Dick: 22:11
Dick on a Roll: 22:11
The Great Dickdater: 22:11
36! 24! 36! Dick!: 22:11
36! 24! 36! Dick!: 22:11
Pickles and Ice Cream: 22:11
Auto Erodicka: 22:11
Portrait of Tommy as an Old Man: 22:12
Stuck with Dick: 22:11
My Daddy's Little Girl: 22:12
The Physics of Being Dick: 22:11
Just Your Average Dick: 22:11
Dick and the Other Guy: 22:11
Sally and Don's First Kiss: 22:11
When Aliens Camp: 22:11
The Tooth Harry: 22:11
Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary: 22:11
Season Three Highlights: The funnier moments of
season three condensed into 9:23.
Interviews with the Cast: The Superest Two-Part
Episode Ever: Interesting thing that was filmed on the
set of the episode. The parts filmed in the evil
lair in the various pictures are blurred out. 4:54
French Stewart Interview: French was cast on 3rd Rock
after getting fired from another show. First thing
he thought when reading the audition script was that
the show was great, the 2nd that it would never get on
TV. What kind of character is Harry? Harry is an
idiot. French's words, not mine. French loved that
Harry was a traditional "sidekick idiot". 10:32 of
French's opinions on Harry and the show.
Wild About Harry: Favorite Harry Moments. 6:07.
Various Harry clips from season three. All clips are
from the third season.
Bloopers: 10:11 worth of bloopers. Dinnertime!
Tricky Dick: 22:10. Commentary By: Executive
Producers Mike Schiff and Bill Martin, and Actor
French Stewart. All 4 commentaries for season three
will be these guys, so sit down and be comfortable,
you're getting 90 minutes of the same commentary team.
Mike and Bill had become the show runners (main
people) behind the scenes at that point. Essentially,
this episode is the burn off of all the post-breakup
angst of Mary and Dick.
Dick on a Roll: Mike Schiff, Bill Martin, and French
Stewart: Lithgow hurt himself, so they come up with an
idea to have Dick hurt himself on-the-show. 22:11.
Want to know more: Buy/Rent the DVD and listen!
Dick and the Other Guy: Mike Schiff, Bill Martin,
French Stewart. Basic reflective commentary. Proof
that French Stewart is NOT like Harry. 22:11
Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary: Mike, Bill, and French.
More of the Same. 22:11
Runtime of Special Features: Roughly 125 Minutes
I’m going to reprint this in every 3rd Rock review
until the point gets made:
Seth’s Guide to Placing Chapter Stops (abridged):
Step One: Every time show fades to black, insert stop
Step Two: Repeat.
It’s a simple thing, and I seriously do NOT know why
some releases don’t have them. Now, that being said,
this is a good set. Special features seem a bit
thinner, but all things considered (we’re at season
three now) it’s not that bad. There’s still a wide
array of special features here - more than you’ll find
on most other sets. Those out there that wouldn’t
purchase previous releases due TO that lost 20 seconds
of actual content (plus the James Earl Jones intro,
admittedly), it’s now safe to buy this set. It’s
Recommended for purchase. It’s a good show, and
should keep you laughing for many hours on end.
Can’t wait for season four.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 3.5/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 02/20/06
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