TITLE: CHEERS - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004 (Paramount Home Video)
color, approx. 619 minutes
Number of discs: 4
Number of episodes: 25
Languages and subtitles: English, close captioned
Special Features: Virtual Vera, Shrink Wrapped: Introducing Frasier Crane, Carla's Whipping Boy, Nicholas Colasanto: His Final Season,
Cheers Bar Tour
Paramount has done it again: season 3 of Cheers is every bit as wonderful as seasons 1 and 2. The classic sitcom set in a bar in Boston
is back with a vengeance with more laughs and a new character in the form of Dr. Frasier Crane. This is also the final season for the
beloved Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto.
Video and Audio Quality:
The episodes are all in their remastered glory--both picture and audio. The audio is "stereoized" just like the first two seasons, but they
sound great. The picture looks more than likely better than it did when it aired on NBC 20 years ago.
The special features are a little bland, but comparable to those from other sets. "Virtual Vera" and "Carla's Whipping Boy" are more
strung-together clips with a theme. "Shrink-Wrapped" is a mixture of interviews and clips about the introduction of Dr. Crane. "Nicholas Colosanto" is
a touching mixture of clips and interviews about Nick's final season playing Coach and the impact his death had. The "Cheers Bar Tour" is somewhat
interesting--a photograph of the bar with clickable items on which you can get clips and/or tidbits about the bar. The only thing that is missing in
my opinion is a blooper reel if one exists. The one on the season 2 set has really spoiled me and I was expecting another one.
Overall, any casual or devoted Cheers fans need to get their hands on this set. It's absolutely gorgeous and is the perfect companion for seasons 1 and 2.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
Video quality: 5/5
Audio quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Greg Brobeck (snowpeck) on 05/23/04
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