TITLE: EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS - THE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008 (CBS DVD)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 457 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: approximately 110 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-captioned
Special Features: Commentaries; Deleted Scenes; Director Webisodes; Off the Cuff Cast Interviews; Chris Rock: V.O. Session Unplugged; Location, Location, Location; More Ms. Morello-isms; Slaver Slav Music Video; Gag Reel
Everybody hates certain things that happen in life, but hopefully, everybody likes Chris... except that isn’t the way it is on Everybody Hates Chris. The Third Season brings all 22 episodes of the 2007-2008 season of the sitcom to a four-disc DVD set that contains much more about that guy that thinks everybody hates him. The series, based in part upon the life of Chris Rock as he was growing up in the 1980s, goes into the teenage years of Chris, where he is just about ready to move on into the next stage of life: high school. But first, he has another year of middle school. How will he make it if everybody hates him?
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The season begins with “Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor,” where Chris has a meeting with his guidance counselor--who just so happens to be played by some guy named Chris Rock. Chris gets to move his father’s car in “Everybody Hates Driving,” but he ends up moving it all the way to school. The family has a new security dog that Chris must train in “Everybody Hates Blackie,” but Chris just wants a pet. T.K. Carter guest stars in the episode “Everybody Hates Bed-Stuy.”
In “Everybody Hates Houseguests,” Greg is going to be staying at Chris’ house for a while, but in the meantime, Julius is driving a fugitive (played by Tommy Davidson) across the country in a taxi cab. Phylicia Rashad guest stars in “Everybody Hates Kwanzaa,” where Julius decides that the family should get in touch with their roots and celebrate Kwanzaa instead of Christmas (or maybe because Kwanzaa is a cheaper holiday to celebrate). Jimmie Walker wasn’t being hassled or hustled on Good Times, but he may just be one himself in “Everybody Hates the Port Authority.” Wayne Brady also guest stars.
Drew and Chris cut school to look for... Wayne Gretzky... in “Everybody Hates Gretzky.” In “Everybody Hates Earth Day,” Chris and Julius have found an activity that they can do together--collecting cans. Chris gets caught with cigarettes at school in “Everybody Hates Being Cool.” Chris needs to find a date for the ninth grade dance in “Everybody Hates the 9th Grade Dance,” but what will the reaction be when he is forced to pick a white girl? In “Everybody Hates Mothers Day,” Chris can’t afford to buy perfume at the store, so he buys some from Risky, but how risky is that? It is about time for Chris to go to high school in “Everybody Hates Graduation,” but how will he react when he finds out that he won’t be going to high school with Greg?
There are many recurring guest stars this season, including Todd Bridges, Ernest Thomas, Antonio Fargas, and Jackée.
The first two seasons had the nice double slimcases, but CBS DVD has put an end to that on this season (just as they have done on every other DVD set that they release). We now have a slim Amaray case that contains four discs. It is very simple, but plain. The cover art has a photo of Chris and his family, and inside, we have episode descriptions, airdates, and special feature information. Discs 1 and 2 contain 6 episodes each, and Discs 3 and 4 contain 5 episodes each. All of the special features that are not episode specific can be found on Disc 4. As with every other CBS DVD product, there is no disc artwork, just a silver disc with the show logo on it.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on this set are just like the previous sets, which have been a little nicer than basic and standard menus. The main menu begins with a short video of clips from the season with the theme music playing in the background. There is a listing of all of the episodes on the disc, as well as Play All and Set Up options. Additionally, Disc 4 has a Special Features option. Once you select an episode, you are presented with an episode menu that gives you options of Play Episode, Webisode, and Set Up. If there is a commentary track for the episode, an option is presented for that as well. Set Up is simply an option that allows you to change the audio from Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound to Stereo Surround Sound. This is very useful for those using older TV sets. While there are no scene selection menus, chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality on the set is generally excellent. Being a series that is this new, the expectation is that the quality should be pretty good. That isn’t to say it is totally flawless, as the audio can tend to be a little soft, but most of the problems are just minor nitpicks. The episodes are all presented in widescreen format, which is generally the standard these days. You can hear the episodes either in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound or in stereo surround sound. The episodes are closed-captioned.
As usual, there is the infamous CBS DVD disclaimer about the possibility of there being edited episodes. I don’t know what, if anything is edited, but it seems that much of the original music is intact. The episodes are pretty consistent, with each running around 20:55... although a few do have a slightly shorter runtime. Runtimes are as follows:
Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor (20:40)
Everybody Hates Caruso (20:55)
Everybody Hates Driving (20:55)
Everybody Hates Blackie (20:55)
Everybody Hates the Bachelor Pad (20:45)
Everybody Hates Bed-Stuy (20:55)
Everybody Hates Houseguests (20:54)
Everybody Hates Minimum Wage (20:53)
Everybody Hates the New Kid (20:55)
Everybody Hates Kwanzaa (20:55)
Everybody Hates the Port Authority (20:55)
Everybody Hates Bad Boys (20:54)
Everybody Hates the First Kiss (20:55)
Everybody Hates Easter (20:54)
Everybody Hates Gretzky (20:54)
Everybody Hates the BFD (20:55)
Everybody Hates Ex-Cons (20:54)
Everybody Hates Earth Day (20:55)
Everybody Hates Being Cool (20:54)
Everybody Hates the 9th Grade Dance (20:55)
Everybody Hates Mother’s Day (20:55)
Everybody Hates Graduation (20:54)
First, the set once again has commentaries. The first commentary is on the episode “Everybody Hates the Counselor” and is by Ali LeRoi. But the other one, which is a commentary by Vincent Martella on “Everybody Hates Houseguests,” isn’t your run of the mill commentaries. This commentary includes a video introduction from the person doing the commentary, and they are not merely commentary audio tracks, but rather video commentaries. In other words, Vincent Martella will pop up on the corner of the screen every minute or so to say what he needs to say. It is very nice to see!
There are many deleted scenes throughout the set, for a grand total of 14 minutes worth of deleted scenes. Some episodes have a few deleted seconds, and others may have as many as four minutes worth of deleted scenes. A lot of these deleted scenes are pretty good scenes, and it seems unfortunate that time restrictions required them to be removed.
The next special feature can be found for not one, not a few, not many, but EVERY episode on the set--the “Webisodes.” These are short behind-the-scenes pieces from the directors of the episodes where the director talks about making each episode. Each Webisode runs around 2 or 3 minutes. Fans of other classic TV shows will notice that one of these Webisodes features Ted Wass, as he directed one of the episodes in this season. Actual runtimes are as follows:
Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor (3:28)
Everybody Hates Caruso (2:19)
Everybody Hates Driving (2:24)
Everybody Hates Blackie (2:50)
Everybody Hates the Bachelor Pad (2:36)
Everybody Hates Bed-Stuy (2:44)
Everybody Hates Houseguests (2:33)
Everybody Hates Minimum Wage (2:44)
Everybody Hates the New Kid (3:08)
Everybody Hates Kwanzaa (2:26)
Everybody Hates the Port Authority (2:53)
Everybody Hates Bad Boys (2:57)
Everybody Hates the First Kiss (2:50)
Everybody Hates Easter (2:47)
Everybody Hates Gretzky (3:04)
Everybody Hates the BFD (2:16)
Everybody Hates Ex-Cons (2:56)
Everybody Hates Earth Day (3:09)
Everybody Hates Being Cool (2:29)
Everybody Hates the 9th Grade Dance (2:47)
Everybody Hates Mother’s Day (2:36)
Everybody Hates Graduation (2:34)
The remaining special features can be found on Disc 4. We have “Off the Cuff Cast Interviews” (20:08) on Disc 4, which contain interviews and clips from the main cast, as well as guest stars, including Antonio Fargas, Phylicia Rashad, Jimmie Walker, Tommy Davidson, Wayne Brady, and more...in fact, a lot of this talks about the many guest stars in the series. “Chris Rock: V.O. Session” (9:12) goes into the studio with Chris Rock as he records voiceovers for one of the episodes. This is fun to watch! In “Location, Location, Location” (4:26), we have the production designer for the series talk about finding locations to shoot scenes and entire episodes from the season, with video from the episodes. “More Ms. Morello-isms” (2:14) is a featurette that compiles some of the funniest moments of Chris’ teacher and her views upon black people (which she means well, but always comes out sounding incredibly racist). I usually don’t enjoy clips like this, but there are some great moments here. “Slaver Slave Music Video” (1:19) is a hilarious parody music video of Flavor Flav that I believe (although I may be wrong) was used to promote the series. Finally, there is a “Gag Reel” (5:44), which, as it sounds, is a bunch of bloopers from episodes.
This is a great show with a great DVD release! This is one of those series that I, for whatever reason, never get an opportunity to watch on TV, but thoroughly enjoy watching and can’t stop watching on DVD. I don’t understand why more people don’t watch this show. This is also one of the few (rare) series that CBS DVD puts together a great DVD product for. Although the disclaimer on the set does cause me to be a little bit concerned, I honestly didn’t notice anything that would cause me to be alarmed as far as edits were concerned. So if everybody hates this DVD set, then everybody is crazy!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 08/13/08
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