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Dinosaurs - The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons


TITLE: DINOSAURS - THE COMPLETE THIRD AND FOURTH SEASONS


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007 (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)
Color/1992-94
MSRP: $39.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 36
Running Time: approx. 670 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 15 minutes (not counting Easter Eggs or commentaries)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features:
* I’m the Baby, Gotta Love Me!! Featurette
* Creatures with a Cause: The Issues of Dinosaurs
* 2 Episode Audio Commentaries
* Bonus Unaired Episodes
* Dino-Eggs Hidden Easter Eggs


Introduction:

Not the mama! The hilarious Sinclair family returns one last time on a four-disc DVD set that includes a herd of long-awaited bonus features including seven episodes never aired on network TV, two featurettes and tons more from the entertaining pre-historic family! The set brings the return of the side-splitting Sinclair Family including Baby, (Gotta love him!) now in his terrorizing twos, and even-tempered Fran, who struggles with getting loudmouth Earl to shoulder more responsibility for raising the little lizards. In addition, Charlene’s idiotic theory that the world is round gets her in trouble at school, while her brother Robbie discovers some animal instincts. In addition, the controversial series finale where everyone is stuck in the ice age caps it off. DINOSAURS: THE COMPLETE THIRD AND FOURTH SEASONS will be available on 4-Disc DVD box set for $39.99 from Walt Disney Home Entertainment!

Starring the voices of Stuart Pankin as Earl Sinclair, Jessica Walter as Fran Sinclair, Jason Willinger as Robbie Sinclair, Sally Struthers as Charlene Sinclair, Kevin “Elmo” Clash as the Baby, Florence Stanley as Grandma Ethyl and Sherman Hemsley as B.P. Richfield, Earl’s Boss at Wesayso Corporations.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Like I mentioned in the last review, I am sure many of you have not seen this series in such a long time. It was briefly syndicated in the mid to late ‘90s on local stations and the Disney Channel. With only 65 episodes total, it was hard to air it for a long period of time. We get the last 36 of those episodes in this set. All of them are very good. But I’ll break the down the best of them as best as I could. The third season premiere, “Nature Calls,” Fran tells Earl that she's changed every diaper in the past 15 years and now it's time for him to the responsibilities. “In “The Network Genius,” not only does Earl prove that any dinosaur can be a network programming honcho, he also proves he's a genius by scheduling shows like "The Test Pattern" and "The Happy Colors Show." In “Little Boy Boo,” Baby pulls a fake death after eating a cookie to prove on scaring Robbie, so Robbie decides to get him back at telling him a story that is scary and tells about a cavemen monster. In “License to Parent,” Earl & Fran’s parent license is being taken away from the Parent Patrol Officer Battleheim. In “Charlene’s Flat World” (no, this is not about her chest), Charlene gets arrested stating that the world is round and everybody believes that the world is flat. It’s a day for the men, in “Wilderness Weekend,” Earl, Robbie and Baby Sinclair including the other males go out into a Wilderness Weekend to experience the male supremacy of knowing what their legacy and spiritual meanings are all about. In “Steroids to Heaven,” Robbie doesn’t feel that much comfortable with being the weakest dinosaur in the family, so in order for him to become very strong and muscular, he uses one of Dolf's favorite foods to make him become very strong and that's when he starts giving Caroline the hots and tries to woo her love.

In season four, we had 7 episodes that were aired and 7 that were unaired. Super Earl…that is what happens in “Earl, Don’t Be a Hero,” as Earl assumes the powers of a superhero and intends to put them to good use, but he's powerless before the Wesayso Corp., to which he's contractually bound to use his might. In the “Terrible Twos,” the baby turns two and is possessed…a great Exorcist spoof. And in the final aired episode, “Changing Nature,” the nature is changing and will the dinosaurs survive the ice age? This was a very controversial episode and a great way to end the show. The seven unaired episodes I have never seen, but they were all of course made prior to “Changing Nature.” The plotlines on those look good as well.

Lending their voices as guests on this set are Jeffrey Tambor, Dan Castellaneta, exercise guru Richard Simmons, Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Charlie’s Angels), and Michael McKean.


Packaging:

The packaging is simple. The box cover has a shot of Fran and Earl. The logo is beneath them and the complete third and fourth seasons, 4-disc set label is above them. The back of the box has a photo, synopsis of the show and the set, with bonus features info. Then we pull the case out of the box. The case’s cover has the full Sinclair family photo, with the label of the complete third and fourth seasons, 4-disc set and the show logo above them. The back of the case has a short message from Brian Henson, Michael Jacobs and Bob Young. Then it has breakdowns of what episodes and bonus features are on each disc. There is a message saying you can excavate hidden Dino eggs, just like on the last set! When you open the case, you get two sides, the left side has discs one and two, and the ride side has discs three and four. However, they are overlapping like last time; I hate that so much.

Each disc is grey and seems holographic. Disc 1 has a picture of Earl and episodes 1-9 from season three. Disc 2 has a picture of Fran and episodes 10-19 of season three. Disc 3 has a picture of Robbie and episodes 20-22 from season three & episodes 1-7 from season four. Finally, disc 4 has a picture of Charlene and has episodes 8-14 from season four which were never aired on network TV and the extras are also on this disc. A Disney Movie Rewards flyer is also inside the box, if you are wondering.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Now to the menu navigation--it is very simple and easy to use. First, disc one starts with auto previews of various movies, Scrubs season five DVD, and The Muppet Show Season 2 DVD. Then we get to the animated opening! You see fire. Then it zooms to the main menu. The end theme song is playing in the background. All of this is the same as last time. Disc one has a photo of Earl on the main menu, disc two has Fran, disc three has Robbie & Charlene, and disc four has the Baby. The options are Play All, Episode Selection, Audio Commentary, Bonus Features, Set-Up, and Sneak Peaks. Audio Commentary and Sneak Peeks are just on disc one. Sneak Peeks has the same previews as the auto-previews. The Set-Up option lets you turn on subtitles in English for the hearing impaired and if you want to Register your DVD. Bonus Features is only on disc four and we will detail them in the bonus features section later on. Episode Selection has the episodes on each disc and has fossil rocks with a snapshot from the episode along with the episode title. Disc four instead of Episode Selection it says Bonus Episodes. Sound effects from the show play in the background on all sub menus.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality is very good, just like the first set. The show never looked and sounded better. I found no problems whatsoever once again. There are like nine episodes per disc and it still looks good. The episodes run usually around 23-24 minutes or so, all uncut! There is however one episode that runs 22:19, “Little Boy Boo.” Maybe that episode just ran short originally. I can’t prove if it is edited or not. Maybe someone who has an original ABC copy can. Four chapter stops are available for each episode. The episodes are in airdate order. Therefore, the seven unaired episodes are the last seven and the series finale is actually before these seven. The following are the episode run-times:

Disc 1
Season 3:
1. Nature Calls (23:03)
2. Baby Talk (22:52)
3. Network Genius (23:16)
4. The Discovery (23:06)
5. Little Boy Boo (22:19)
6. Germ Warfare (23:08)
7. Hungry for Love (23:08)
8. License to Parent (23:09)
9. Charlene’s Flat World (23:05)

Disc 2
10. Wilderness Weekend (23:01)
11. The Son Also Rises (23:01)
12. Getting to Know You (23:10)
13. Green Card (23:09)
14. Out of the Frying Pan (23:10)
15. Steroids to Heaven (23:10)
16. Honey, I Miss the Kids (23:09)
17. Swamp Music (23:09)
18. Dirty Dancin’ (22:59)
19. If You Were a Tree (23:10)

Disc 3
20. We Are Not Alone (23:10)
21. Charlene and Her Amazing Humans (23:11)
22. The Clip Show II (23:06)
Season 4
1. Monster Under the Bed (22:56)
2. Earl, Don’t Be a Hero (23:26)
3. The Greatest Story Ever Told (23:25)
4. Driving Miss Ethyl (23:26)
5. Earl’s Big Jackpot (23:25)
6. Terrible Twos (23:26)
7. Changing Nature - Series Finale (23:25)

Disc 4 - Unaired Episodes
8. Into the Woods (23:27)
9. Scent of a Reptile (23:26)
10. Working Girl (23:25)
11. Variations on a Theme Park (23:27)
12. Life in the Faust Lane (23:26)
13. Earl and Pearl (23:25)
14. Georgie Must Die (23:26)


Special Features:

The extras are good once again and this time we have audio commentaries! Two featurettes and Easter Eggs are also on this set. All the extras are on disc four except the first audio commentary. We will get to that in a moment, but first we will start with the two featurettes. “I’m the Baby, Gotta Love Me!!” runs 5:46 and has interviews with Kirk Thatcher (Character Designer), Brian Henson (Executive Producer), Bob Young (Creator), and Kevin Clash (The Baby). We learn a lot about the baby and how he was formed. Kevin Clash does the voice of the baby at the end of the interview as well. Clash of course also voices Elmo on Sesame Street. This is a fun and interesting featurette. The next featurette is titled, “Creatures with a Cause: The Issues of Dinosaurs.” It runs 9:20 and has interviews with Brian Henson, Bob Young, Kirk Thatcher, and Kevin Clash. The show attacked everyone in a fun way and could get away with it because it was a puppet show. It also talks about controversial episodes such as the New Leaf episode from the last set and the controversial series finale, where we assume they all die from extinction because of the ice age. This is probably the best extra on the set. Then we have two audio commentaries. One on disc one for the season three premiere episode “Nature Calls.” Commenting are Brian Henson, Kirk Thatcher, Kevin Clash and Bill Baretta (who wore the Earl suit). The same team gets together on disc four for the first unaired episode “Into the Woods.” They like to laugh a lot! Finally, on every disc we have Easter Eggs once again. “Dino-Eggs Hidden Easter Eggs” is what they call them. I won’t give how to find them, but you can easily find them.


Final Comments:

We now have all 65 episodes on DVD. This show is so wonderful and funny. It was the Family Guy of the '90s. It had so many spoofs. We saw an episode where the baby turned two on this set and turned wild, like in the movie The Exorcist. They watch a lot of TV and I love the Dino-TV buts. DNN (spoof of CNN), Blarney (spoof of Barney), Mr. Ugh (spoof of Mr. Ed) and DSPN (spoof of ESPN) are some of the hilarious spoofs they do on Dino-TV. The baby loves watching Captain Actionfigure and Georgie! I thought seasons three and four would be on two separate sets, but I was wrong thankfully. We had two seasons on two sets...very convenient. Each set had decent amount of extras, too. I am thankful we have all the episodes on DVD. I urge you to buy the DVD. We’re not dictators like B.P. Richfield here at Sitcoms Online but when ‘we say so’ you must listen and buy this set because Wesayso!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 04/28/07

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