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Full House - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: FULL HOUSE - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/1989-90
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 552 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 3 minutes and 55 seconds
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Subtitles in English, French and Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: "Joey Impersonations: Season 3 Montage"


Introduction:

The Tanner Family is back in this 4-disc set that includes all 24 season 3 Episodes! In this season, a season of "growing up," Michelle (Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen) starts preschool. Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) is the only Tanner left in elementary school. And D.J. (Candace Cameron) makes the big move to junior high school, an exciting and scary new world that includes makeup, boys, parties and one very freaked out father like Danny (Bob Saget).


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some notable episodes include: "Tanner's Island," in which a family vacation on the high seas ends up with the family stranded on a deserted island; "Nerd for a Day," in which Stephanie learns that making fun of someone really isn't funny at all. "Granny Tanny," in which Danny's mother decides to retire - and move in with him and the girls! "Star Search," in which Joey, after struggling for 10 years as a stand up, gets his chance on Star Search. "And They Call it Puppy Love," in which the family gets a dog - who happens to be having puppies! "The Greatest Birthday on Earth," in which Michelle vanishes from her circus-themed birthday party. "Aftershocks," is the one where an earthquake rattles the Tanner family. "Lust in the Dust," is the one where Danny dates a neatness-challenged woman. "Honey, I Broke the House," in which Stephanie accidentally starts Joey's new car - and crashes into the kitchen. "Fraternity Reunion," is the one where a fraternity reunion ends up with Joey and Danny in drag - and in jail. And, "Our Very First Telethon" in which everyone gets in the act when Danny hosts the 24-hour "We Love Our Children" telethon.

Some notable guests this season include: regular guest appearances by Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler; daytime drama star Bobbie Eakes ("All My Children"), Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") as Granny Tanner, Ed McMahon ("Star Search") as himself, Scott Baio ("Happy Days" & "Charles in Charge"), Dana Sparks ("Falcon Crest" & "Passions") and Barry Van Dyke.


Packaging:

The cover art is a little bit different than the first two releases. Instead of individual shots of the cast, it's "family photo" of the cast from the third season. The main colors are purple and a dark pink. And another change to tell you about is that the flip fold design is gone; replaced with individual slip cases. I've always been more partial to these kinds of releases anyway. The cases are designed like the slip sleeve was with one side listing the episodes on the first disc in that case and on the back the second disc is listed. It's different, that's for sure. Disc 1 has a purple background (all of the discs have the same background color) and uses the same picture of Bob Saget as Danny on its cover. Disc 2 features John Stamos as Jesse. Disc 3 has Dave Coulier as Joey, and Disc 4 features all three of the kids (Candace Cameron as DJ, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie and Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen as Michelle). And for the episode layout on the discs: Disc One contains episodes 1-6, Disc Two contains episodes 7-12, Disc Three contains episodes 13-18 and Disc Four contains episodes 19-24, as well as the one special feature.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu design is virtually the same as the box art. A picture of the cast is next to the menu selections. The theme song (with lyrics) loops over the menu. The selections to choose from are "Play" (which is the play all feature everyone loves), "Episodes," which takes you to another screen that lists the episodes on that disc. Then there is the "Special Features" selection (on Disc 4) that takes you to another screen, where it lists the bonus features available. Finally, "Languages" takes you to another screen where you can choose English as the spoken language and English, French and Spanish subtitles.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is pretty good. It's what you'd expect for a show from 1989/1990. The video is a little soft at times, but overall not very many problems at all. The audio itself still seems pretty low, so make sure you adjust the sound on your television. The episodes, as per usual, run 23-24 minutes in length, which was the norm for back then. They are uncut, so you get about 2-3 minutes more footage than you'd probably see in syndicated reruns. And it's also nice to note that Warner has continued to include chapter skips. They weren't available on Season 1, and of course we noted that, but then in Season 2 they were added. I'm assuming they do listen to what we (and other sites) have to say about their releases, because some changes are just too coincidental.


Special Features:

The bare minimum has been included, a couple minute montage of Joey impersonations. It's not much, but at least it is something. And Warner, if you are listening, the fans want commentary! I'd love to hear some of the casts' thoughts and it really shouldn't be all that difficult to round up the cast, as they regularly see one another.

* Joey Impersonations: Season 3 Montage (approx. runtime: 3:55 minutes)
Basically what it says. A montage of all of the impersonations the character of Joey makes throughout the third season.


Final Comments:

Well, it was a good release. I'm happy with the changes they made on the box art (the cast photo is better) and I like the fact that they've stopped using flip-fold packaging and are now doing slip sleeve cases. It's visually nicer and I think more effective. Of course it's just my opinion, but kudos to Warner Brothers on the changes. On the other hand, the bare minimum in special features is disappointing. As I stated above, the Joey impersonations montage is cute but the fans would probably enjoy bloopers and commentary by the cast or producers. Hopefully Warner starts to do this before the series ends (which are still several seasons away yet). Nonetheless, it was a good release, and I'm sure hardcore fans of the show will buy it, with or without great special features.


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

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

- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 04/01/06

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