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Ellen - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: ELLEN - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006 (A&E Home Video)
Color
MSRP: $49.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: approx. 9 hours and 36 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 4 minutes and 41 seconds
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English Stereo; No Subtitles; Closed captioned.
Special Features: Bloopers and cast biographies


Introduction:

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres stars as hapless Ellen Morgan, a bookstore owner surrounded by a bunch of wacky friends, Adam (Arye Gross), Spence (Jeremy Piven), Paige (Joely Fisher), Joe (David Anthony Higgins), and Audrey (Clea Lewis). Fresh off a successful second season, ELLEN returns to even more outrageous plotlines and hilarious comedy that you've come to love. In what the Chicago Tribune calls "one of TV's savviest, funniest, slyest shows," ELLEN is back in her Emmy-award winning third season. You can find all 25 episodes here along with some funny extras.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

"Shake Rattle & Rubble" in which an Earthquake hits and leaves Buy The Book in shambles. "The Shower Scene" in which Ellen accidentally tapes over Paige's sister's tape of giving birth with an episode of "thirtysomething." "Hello, I Must Be Going," in which Ellen's long-time friend Adam (and Arye Gross) leaves to take a job out of the country. "She Ain't Friendly, She's My Mother" in which Ellen's mom gets therapy and wants to be friends with Ellen. "Salad Days" is the one which a small dinner party turns into a major disaster, with a very surprise guest. "The Movie Show" in which Paige produces a movie in Ellen's store. "Horshack's Law" is the one which Paige invites everyone to John Travolta's birthday but all they get Horshack. "Witness" is the one which Ellen is forced to show off her stripping skills. "Lobster Diary" is the one which Ellen is honored for saving a hundred year old lobster. "To Mammograms and a Wedding," is the one which Ellen befriends another patient when she goes for a mammogram. "When The Vow Breaks" Parts 1 and 2 in which Paige prepares to get married, but the "I Do or don't" depends entirely on Ellen.

Notable guests this season include Ron Palillo ("Welcome Back, Kotter") as himself, Dan Gauthier ("Melrose Place" and "One Life to Live") as Matt, Paige's season-long boyfriend/fiancée. Connie Britton ("Spin City") as Paige's sister, Heather. Anthony Clark ("Boston Common" and "Yes, Dear") guest stars as book-club member Will Davies. Martha Stewart guest stars as herself. TV legend Mary Tyler Moore also guests as herself. And Carrie Fisher guests as herself. Carol Kane ("Taxi") as Audrey's mother and Barry Corbin as Audrey's father. Alice Hirson guests as Ellen's mother, Lois and Steven Gilborn guests as Ellen's father, Harold. Also guest appearing are Jamie Kennedy ("Jamie Kennedy"), Christine Taylor ("The Brady Bunch" movies), Janeane Garafalo, Beverly Garland, Brian Doyle-Murray, Concetta Tomei, Paul Dooley (recently of "Desperate Housewives"), Kathy Najimy ("Veronica's Closet"), and Gregory Sierra ("Sanford & Son" and "Barney Miller").


Packaging:

The cover art is Green this go around (Orange in Season 1 and Yellow in Season 2). It features the same design as before—a big cropped picture of Ellen with the cast from that season (Joe, Paige, Audrey and Spence). The case is a slip sleeve that includes three individual cases with the three discs in each of them. The cases themselves have the exact same design as the main cover art. The back of those cases list the episodes on that disc as well as a very brief episode description. The discs themselves are Green in color (no pictures). Disc one features episodes 1-8, disc Two features Episodes 9-16 and disc Three features Episodes 17-25 and the bonus feature (bloopers and cast biographies).


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is easy to navigate. It features virtually the same design as season's one and two and follows the pattern of the cover art for the main box design. The theme song plays in the background and loops. You have a "Play All" feature as well as an episode selection feature that takes you to another menu that lists the episodes and you can pick the episode you want to watch.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is good, as well as the audio. The audio is nice and crisp ­ in stereo! No complaints in that department. It has closed captioning but no subtitles, either in English or Spanish or any language for that matter. Each episode runs around 22 to 23 minutes in length, as shown below.

Disc 1:
1. "Shake, Rattle and Rumble" (23:00)
2. "These Successful Friends of Mine" (22:58)
3. "The Shower Scene" (23:06)
4. "The Bridges of L.A. County" (23:00)
5. "Hello, I Must Be Going" (23:00)
6. "Trick or Treat - Who Cares?" (23:00)
7. "She Ain't Friendly, She's My Mother" (22:59)
8. "Salad Days" (23:01)

Disc 2:
9. "The Movie Show" (23:01)
10. "What's Up, Ex-Doc?" (23:00)
11. "Ellen's Choice" (23:02)
12. "Do You Fear What I Fear?" (23:02)
13. "Horshack's Law" (22:46)
14. "Morgan, P.I." (22:47)
15. "Oh, Sweet Rapture" (22:16)
16. "Witness" (22:46)

Disc 3:
17. "Ellen: With Child" (22:46)
18. "Lobster Diary" (23:19)
19. "Two Ring Circus" (22:36)
20. "A Penney Saved" (22:46)
21. "Too Hip For The Room" (22:45)
22. "Two Mammograms and a Wedding" (22:47)
23. "Go Girlz" (22:46)
24. "When The Vow Breaks" Part 1 (22:16)
25. "When The Vow Breaks" Part 2 (22:47)

Bonus Feature: Bloopers (04:41)


Special Features:

Well, was A&E reading my last review? I can't be certain but my complaint (I always seem to have one, heh) last time was that there MUST be bloopers out there. By God, there were and A&E has added them! I'm stoked, but unfortunately, there aren't any commentaries this time around. Guess we can't have it all, huh? Most of the bloopers appear to be from the current season (three), but there might be some others mixed in. It's awesome to have bloopers and I applaud A&E for adding them. And on top of the bloopers, there is actually a chapter skip option available during the bloopers! The cast biographies aren't all that special. Just gives some info on each main actor and lists their filmography. The bloopers run under 5 minutes.


Final Comments:

Although it will be nearly a year to the date in between releases, it was a solid release by A&E. They've done a good job with continuity of the sets and the menu screens. Each set has a small but important bonus feature (cast commentaries in the first two seasons and bloopers in season three), which is nice, considering a lot of sets have nothing included on them. Before I close out, I want to go back to my initial statement about there being a year wait in between releases. I've heard "Ellen" isn't selling all that great (apparently, but I could be wrong) and the reason I think that could be is the street price. 49 dollars is quite steep for a show that lacks the major bonus features some shows do. I really think a lot of fans just aren't willing to shell out 50 bucks for "Ellen". If the sets were, say, around even 30 dollars, I think it would be a huge improvement and sales would increase--just my humble opinion. It's overpriced and that's not a good thing (okay, so I threw in a Martha Stewart saying, so sue me... whoops. Heh). No disrespect to A&E, and I love ELLEN, but If they are reading this, I feel the need to say something. But nevertheless, go out and buy it because there are many places who sell it for quite less.


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 02/01/06

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