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Dallas - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: DALLAS - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007 (Warner Home Video)
Color/ 1982-83
MSRP: $39.98
Number of discs: 5 (double sided)
Number of episodes: 28
Running Time: 1380 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: 11 minutes and 22 seconds
Languages and Subtitles: English; Portuguese Subtitles (on episodes only); Closed Captioned
Special Features: "Power and Influence: The Dallas Legacy"


Introduction:

As J.R. would say "Darlin', this here is Dallas!" and with those words we begin our review of the sixth season of the massive hit primetime soap opera, DALLAS. The series ran for a whopping 14 seasons, airing in the late 1970s, the entire 1980s and into the early 1990s. The series stars, in alphabetical order, Barbara Bel Geddes as matriarch Miss Ellie Ewing, Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing, Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, Susan Howard as Donna Culver Krebbs, Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs, Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes, Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing and Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Major milestone episodes this season to watch are "Changing Of The Guard" in which Ellie, Bobby and Lucy vote J.R. out as President of Ewing Oil. "Jock's Will" in which a codicil to Jock's will sets loose a Texas style tornado in the Ewing family, pitting brother against brother. "The Wedding" is the one in which Sue Ellen and J.R. remarry. "Mama Dearest" in which Miss Ellie contests Jock's will. "Crash of '83" in which the Wentworth family jet crashes. "Legacy" in which Lucy and Mickey get chummy, Cliff and Katherine reconcile and Pam leaves Bobby. "Things Ain't Goin' Too Good at Southfork" in which a boozed-up Sue Ellen makes a play for Clayton, then crashes the car with Mickey in the passenger seat. "Penultimate" is the one in which Lucy blames Sue Ellen for Mickey's injuries while Clayton blames J.R. for Sue Ellen's drinking. Finally, the sixth season finale, "Ewing Inferno" in which JR, Ray, Sue Ellen and John Ross are trapped in Southfork, which is engulfed in flames.

Recurring stars this season include Priscilla Pointer as Rebecca, Audrey Landers as Afton, Deborah Rennard as Sly, Howard Keel as Clayton, Ted Shackelford as Gary, Timothy Patrick Murphy as Mickey, John Beck as Mark, Morgan Brittany as Katherine.


Packaging:

The set is brown in color and features spliced shots of Larry Hagman as JR, Victoria Principal as Pamela, Patrick Duffy as Bobby and Audrey Landers as Afton. The set continues to do the slip-sleeve cases, introduced for Season 5, instead of the flip-fold that was used for seasons one through four. There are three slip sleeve cases, hosting the five double-sided discs. The slip-sleeve cases highlight the episodes with a description and which side of the disc they are on. The cases also boast a number of pictures from the episodes this season.

Case 1 contains Disc 1 while Case 2 contains Discs 2 and 3 with Case 3 containing Discs 4 and 5.

Disc 1/SIDE A contains episodes 1-3 while SIDE B contains episodes 4-6. Disc 2/SIDE A contains episodes 7-9 while SIDE B contains episodes 10-12. Disc 3/SIDE A contains episodes 13-15 while SIDE B contains episodes 16-18. Disc 4/SIDE A contains episodes 19-21 while SIDE B contains 22-24. Disc 5/SIDE A contains episodes 25-26 while SIDE B contains episodes 27-28 and the special feature.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu remains the same as the first five season sets. It features a similar design to the box art. The Dallas theme song loops over the menu. The selections are "Play" which is a Play All option. "Episodes" in which you go to another menu to select the episode you want to watch and "Languages" in which you choose Spoken Languages (which is English) and Subtitles (Portuguese).


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is getting better but there is still a bit of fuzz here or there. Other than that, the audio is fine and nothing to worry about. There are chapter skips and the episodes are definitely uncut, running a good 49 minutes in length.

Disc 1 / Side A:
1- Changing of the Guard (49:20)
2- Where There's a Will (49:22)
3- Billion Dollar Question (49:19)

Disc 1 / Side B:
4- The Big Ball (49:23)
5- Jock's Will (49:21)
6- Aftermath (49:14)

Disc 2 / Side A:
7- Hit and Run (49:22)
8- The Ewing Touch (48:50)
9- Fringe Benefits (49:18)

Disc 2 / Side B:
10- The Wedding (49:20)
11- Post Nuptial (49:16)
12- Barbecue Three (49:18)

Disc 3 / Side A:
13- Mama Dearest (49:22)
14- Ewing Blues, The (49:20)
15- Reckoning, The (49:19)

Disc 3 / Side B:
16- Ewing Is a Ewing, A (49:22)
17- Crash of '83 (49:21)
18- Requiem (49:22)

Disc 4 / Side A:
19- Legacy (49:23)
20- Brothers and Sisters (49:23)
21- Caribbean Connection (49:22)

Disc 4 / Side B:
22- Sting, The (49:23)
23- Hell Hath No Fury (48:51)
24- Cuba Libre (49:19)

Disc 5 / Side A:
25- Tangled Web (49:20)
26- Things Ain't Goin' Too Good at Southfork (49:21)

Disc 5 / Side B:
27- Penultimate (49:17)
28- Ewing Inferno (49:18)
- Special Feature: "Power and Influence: The Dallas Legacy" (11:22)


Special Features:

* "Power and Influence: The Dallas Legacy" (11:22) This is a newly created bonus featurette for the DVD. Features interviews with Robert Thompson (Professor of TV and Pop Culture, Syracuse University), Barbara A. Curran (Author "Dallas: The Complete Story Of The Worlds Favorite Prime-Time Soap"), and Colin Hunter (Co-Founder UltimateDallas.com Fan-site) in which they discuss the appeal of the show, as well as various subjects relating to it, specifically the "Who Shot J.R." storyline.


Final Comments:

I have to say that I applaud Warner Brothers for continuing to feature a bonus feature! It is better than nothing at all! I do miss the commentary and am PLEADING with them to bring it back! Overall, though, I cannot really complain about the set. DALLAS remains one of my favorite shows ever and it is a pleasure to review each and every season!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 01/29/07

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