TITLE: DALLAS - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Number of discs: 5 (double sided)
Number of episodes: 25
Running Time: 1176 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: approx. 20 min.
(not counting commentaries)
Languages and Subtitles: English; English, French &
Spanish Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Commentary on two episodes by
Patrick Duffy & Linda Gray; a new documentary "Who
Shot J.R.?: The Dallas Phenomenon"
DALLAS fans, this is the season that sky-rocketed the
series into a pure gold-mine of drama and intrigue and
launched the series into the hit it was meant to be.
This season began with the kidnapping of baby John and
ended with what's probably the greatest cliffhanger in
TV history: Who shot JR? Throughout this season,
secrets are kept and lost while manipulation,
backstabbing and scheming ran rampant. Everything you
know and love about DALLAS is all right here on this
5-disc DVD set, which includes all 25 Season 3
episodes, plus a brand new documentary. Don't miss a
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This season was ripe with memorable episodes, starting
with the season premiere, the two-part "Whatever
Happened to Baby John?" This season we have many
important episodes, including, the introduction of
Kristin in "The Silent Killer," Pam's pregnancy in
"Secrets," JR's dastardly secrets in "The Kristin
Affair," the introduction of Dusty Farlow in "Rodeo,"
Miss Ellie's mastectomy in "Mastectomy, Parts 1 & 2,"
Gary Ewing's return in "Return Engagement," the brief
return of Bobby's former flame, Jenna Wade in "Jenna's
Return," Jock's trial for murder in "Jock's Trial,
Parts 1 & 2," and all of it leads up to the fantastic
finale, "A House Divided" in which nearly everyone is
truly gunning for J.R. Ewing, leading to the shot
heard around the world.
This season sees the introduction of Ted Shackelford
as Gary Ewing. Joan Van Ark returns as well, to play
Valene. Other guest stars this season include Jared
Martin as Dusty Farlow, Francine Tacker as Jenna Wade
and Mary Crosby as Kristin, Sue Ellen's sister.
The packaging is identical to the S1/S2 release (which
is nice for continuity). The cover features spliced
cast shots of Linda Gray and Larry Hagman pasted over
the Dallas skyline. And again, the way it's laid out
is similar to both the opening credits and the S1/S2
release. The overall color of the set is a nice teal
color with white text. It's a slip sleeve. The inside
case folds open to the discs included with the set
(S1/S2 had a similar design, but this time, no episode
summaries, they are in an insert inside the box).
Unlike many TV DVD releases, there aren't any
individual cases, which can be a plus, but it's nice
to have individual cases, too.
There are five discs, which are two-sided and an
overall 25 episodes are covered, as well as a bonus
feature. Disc One/Side A (Episodes 30-32), Disc
One/Side B (Episodes 33-35). Disc Two/Side A contains
episodes 36-38; Disc Two/Side B contains Episodes
39-41. Disc 3/Side A contains episodes 42-44 while
Side B contains episodes 45-47. Disc 4/Side A holds
episodes 48-50 and Side B holds episodes 51-53. Disc 5
contains episode 54 as well as the new documentary
"Who Shot JR?: The Dallas Phenomenon".
The discs are exactly like that of the S1/S2 release.
There are no photos on the disc, only small text
around the hole telling you what side the disc is.
It's a very unattractive plain white color.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are very easy to navigate. There is a "Play
All" feature on the main menu. The main menu is the
only menu that has the Dallas theme-song looping in
the background. There is an episode selection menu. If
the episode has commentary, you will be able to select
that as well. There is also a setup section to choose
subtitles, etc. It's quite easy on the eyes and a nice
menu screen (it's fairly identical to the S1/S2
release, not exactly the same, but it is close).
Video and Audio Quality:
The color is tame, not vibrant, but pure and
considering how old the footage is, it's
understandable. It's still a good quality video. The
audio is decent, not overly low or too high. No real
problems to talk about. There are chapter skips for
each episode, and each episode runs about 48 minutes.
There is commentary by Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray on
two episodes, "Sue Ellen's Choice," and "A House
Divided." The only special feature included is a new
documentary made called "Who Shot JR?: The Dallas
Phenomenon." The special runs about 20 minutes. The
special includes brand new interviews with Patrick
Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, David Jacobs (Series
Creator), and Charlene Tilton. A cool part is that it
has actual opening credits with new images! Mostly,
it's a clip fest with each actor talking about what it
took to shoot the scenes, how they weren't told who
would actually be the shooter, etc. It's a great
feature. I don't want to spoil it all here, so go out
and buy this great set!
In closing, another fantastic set from Warner
Brothers. The commentary is as always, wonderful to
have. I'm a big fan of commentary on releases because
it gives you a great insight into what actually
happened during that episode and funny behind the
scenes gossip. The special features on this set are
bare, but the one that was included, the new
documentary, is fantastic. It's put together very well
and it's great to see new interviews with the cast
talking about the show. Those kinds of things are
always good. The packaging is simple, yet effective,
and to have each and every episode uncut is a huge
plus. Overall, this was yet another great release from
Warner, but as always, I would love to see some
bloopers, or even some original CBS promotional
commercials. Other than that, a fun release and I
cannot wait for Season 4 and beyond!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 08/17/05
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