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Boy Meets World - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: BOY MEETS WORLD - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005 (Buena Vista Home Video)
Color/1995-96
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 491 minutes
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special features: “The World According to Boy” Pop Quiz


Introduction:

After a short wait between the first two seasons, the wait between seasons two and three was a long one, but nevertheless, season three has now arrived on DVD nine long months after season two! This season we see Cory and Topanga break-up. Can they rediscover their magic in time for season’s end? Will Topanga take Cory back? Or will Cory move on? Find out in season three of Boy Meets World!

The season three cast features Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, Rider Strong as Shawn Patrick Hunter, William Daniels as Mr. Feeny, Will Friedle as Eric Matthews, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, Danielle Fishel as Topanga Lawrence, Alex Desert as Eli Williams, Anthony Tyler Quinn as Mr. Turner and William Russ as Alan Matthews. The part of Morgan Matthews is now played by Lindsay Ridgeway. Lily Nicksay played the part the first two seasons. In my opinion, this is the last real good season, even though this season doesn’t compare to the first two seasons. After this season, it gets unwatchable in my eye.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable season two episodes include: “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “What I Meant to Say,” “Rave On,” “The Grass is Always Greener,” “A Kiss is More Than a Kiss,” “I Was a Teenage Spy,” and “The Happiest Show on Earth.” Boy Meets World also had some familiar faces guest starring this season, some include: Brittany Murphy (as Trini), Richard Karn (“This Little Piggy”), The Monkees (“Rave On”), John O’Hurley (“Stormy Weather”), Happy Days’ Tom Bosley, Anson Williams, & Pat Morita (“I Was a Teenage Spy”) and Step by Step’s Dana Foster, Staci Keanan (“The Happiest Show on Earth”).


Packaging:

Let’s start analyzing this set with the packaging. The color scheme for this set is orange now. Season one was a maroon type color and season two was blue. The box cover has Topanga, Corey, Shawn and Eric by lockers (with Cory and Shawn inside of them). The logo is in a white background and blue font. The logo we all know. Back of the box has lots of color snapshots of the show, such as Tom Bosley and Ansom Williams with Corey, and set synopsis, along with the list of special features in a blue box with lockers in the background. The case cover is the same as the box cover. Back of the case has a full color photo of Corey and Shawn being pulled out of the lockers by teachers. When you open the case, you get about three small flyer type sheets. One is to watch Gilmore Girls on ABC Family Channel Weekdays at 5/4 Central. The next one is a sweepstakes form, just like in season two’s set, in which you have a chance to win something from the Buena Vista TV-on-DVD library. The last one is a TV on DVD booklet for Buena Vista titles, such as the upcoming Desperate Housewives and Lost sets. As for the case itself, when you open it, the left side has disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles, writers, directors and special features. There is also another message from Michael Jacobs, with his signature and a lot of small color photos surrounding his message. When you open the case a second time, you get to the discs. Now, this set’s case is again not that good in my opinion. Season one’s case was bigger. Seasons two and three has only 2 sides for the 3 discs. This time, Disc three gets its own side (right side), while discs one and two are on top of each other. I’ve never liked the cases that have discs on top of each other.

The discs are all in orange, like the box cover. Disc one has a photo of Cory and mentions it has episodes 1-7. Disc two has a photo of Shawn and mentions it has episodes 8-15. Disc three has a photo of Topanga and mentions it has episodes 16-22.


Menu Design and Navigation:

When you pop-in disc one on your DVD player, you get the famous FBI Warning of course, the Buena Vista Home Entertainment logo, and then some 3 minutes worth of previews automatically play. The play list is as follows: movie trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia; TV on DVD Trailer: Lost, Desperate Housewives, Golden Girls, Home Improvement, Alias, and Scrubs are featured; finally a nice DVD promo for Life As We Know It plays . After that you get to the menu screen! The season one theme song is playing in the background, I wonder why they didn’t use the season three theme (I like the season one theme better anyway, so no complaints from me!). It loops, so it keeps playing over and over again if you don’t want to choose something really quick. The menu screen is orange (duh! That’s the color scheme for the set!) and has the logo and video clips playing in the O’s in Boy and World. The options on the menu screen are: Play All, Episode Selection, The World According to Boy (disc three only) Set-Up, and Sneak Peek (disc one only). When you select ‘Episode Selection,’ you get to a sub-menu listing the episodes on the disc, with the episode number in a globe, followed by a photo from the episode, and episode title. Like the previous sets, when you go to Set-up, the options are: Captions, Return to Episode, Register Your DVD, and Main Menu. Register Your DVD is if you put the DVD on your DVD-ROM drive on your computer, you can register it and could get updates and technical support, in case anything goes wrong. The Sneak Peek is only available on disc one. There are trailers for the same ones that popped-up before the menu screen on disc one.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is decent. Expect something similar to previous sets. The audio is pretty good, too. I didn’t find any flaws in either. OK, now to some bickering. The first two seasons had chapters. This season doesn’t! There are no scene selections either, but they were not needed for the first two sets, but they sure are needed now since there are no chapters for season three. I was pissed at this. Each episode runs about 22-23 minutes. I’m assuming they are unedited (I think they are, don’t worry). Because the mid 90s, I believe is when the transformation of 22 minutes or so per series started. There are two episodes (“Grass is Always Greener” & “The Pink Flamingo Kid”) that run under 22 minutes, though, could be fishy.


Special Features:

After two great decent sets with a lot of commentary, this set is a total let down! We have basically nothing except a cheap pop-quiz game on disc three, titled "The World According to Boy." The quiz is lame I think. You don’t even have to really watch the episodes. I actually played the game first to see how I would do, and I still got a B -- easy quiz. Anyway, it starts with a 30 second intro, and then the questions come up. I’d say about 5 or 6 of them. After you get the correct answer (you only have one try), a clip of that answer plays. If you get it wrong, they don’t tell you the answer, they just tell you, you are wrong and move on. And at the end, just like school, you get a letter grade. It’s a neat idea, but this shouldn’t be the only special feature for this show. I’m sure they will have commentary for future sets, since I guess, the show was more popular then, even though, I like the first three seasons the best.

If you all remember the season one set, they had a bonus season four episode with commentary. So, that makes me think commentary for that set will be included. We know that episode will at least have commentary. Unless that episode is not on the DVD, which I hope is not the case.


Final Comments:

Overall, the set is not as good as the previous sets. Lack of commentaries (or real extras), disc layout again, and no chapter stops make this set a let down from the previous two. The episodes are enjoyable again, for the last time I think. To me seasons one and two were the highlight of the entire series, with season three being the last watchable season. All fans should still buy this set and continue their collection. I don’t know when to expect season four of this series, as there was no indication this time on this set at all. I’d guess maybe in early 2006. I doubt they will come out in November, like last year, but who knows.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 3.5/5 -- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 08/03/05

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